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GET­TING THERE

Vir­gin Aus­tralia and part­ner Delta Air Lines fly from Syd­ney, Mel­bourne and Bris­bane to New York City and Bos­ton via Los An­ge­les.

Walk­ing there

The 3,524-kilo­me­tre Ap­palachian Trail stretches from Ge­or­gia in the south to Maine in the north. It’s threaded with hun­dreds of side trails that can be ac­cessed by road and walked in tan­dem with stays at good lodg­ings, par­tic­u­larly in New Eng­land where the trail in­ter­sects many towns.

See The Ap­palachian Trail Con­ser­vancy (ap­palachi­antrail.org) and the Ap­palachian Moun­tain Club (out­doors.org).

STAY

Trout­beck This newly re­mod­elled 18th-cen­tury es­tate in New York’s Hud­son Val­ley has hosted nat­u­ral­ist John Bur­roughs and writ­ers Mark Twain and Henry David Thoreau. It’s an easy drive to the Ten Mile Hill hike at Bull’s Bridge. 515 Leedsville Rd, Ame­nia NY, +1 845 789 1555, trout­beck.com Bri­ar­cliff Mo­tel The Brady Bunch house meets colour­ful Scan­di­na­vian cheer­i­ness at this re­vamped road­side mo­tel. Stay here for ac­cess to Mount Grey­lock. 506 Stock­bridge Rd, Great Bar­ring­ton, MA, +1 413 528 3000, the­bri­ar­cliff­mo­tel.com

Built in the early 20th cen­tury, the last re­main­ing White Moun­tains grand ho­tel was once the sum­mer play­ground of rail­road barons from New York and Bos­ton. It has 200 rooms and suites, a golf course and, al­legedly, oc­ca­sional vis­its by the ghost of one of its orig­i­nal own­ers. Take a daytrip to the im­pos­ing Mount Wash­ing­ton – there’s a pop­u­lar cog rail­way to the top if the hike is too chal­leng­ing. 310 Mount Wash­ing­ton Ho­tel Rd, Bret­ton Woods, NH, +1 603 278 1000, om­ni­ho­tels.com/ho­tels/ bret­ton-woods-mount-wash­ing­ton

Adair Coun­try Inn Ex­pect flocked wallpaper, flo­ral bed­spreads and no-fuss coun­try food such as bowl­ing ball-sized popovers, a cross be­tween a crois­sant and a York­shire pud­ding. Stay here to ac­cess the Lone­some Lake Hike. 80 Guider La, Beth­le­hem, NH, +1 603 444 2600, adairinn.com

For­get ev­ery­thing you think you know about hos­tels; this wel­com­ing, woodsy log cabin run by Justin and Me­lanie Steele holds pop-up din­ners with lo­cal chefs and stocks Maine-brewed craft beers.

Make this your base for hik­ing to Horns

Pond and other trails in the Bigelow Ranges. 3004 Town Line Rd, Carrabas­sett Val­ley, ME, +1 207 237 0088, hostelof­maine.com

There can be few bet­ter places to wash off the wilder­ness than the Plaza, which had a $130-mil­lion ren­o­va­tion in 2017. The ad­ja­cent Strip by Strega does up­scale steak and seafood.

50 Park Plaza at Ar­ling­ton St, Bos­ton, MA, +1 617 426 2000, boston­park­plaza.com

Chef Joel Viehland crafts his sour­dough pizze from a 30-year-old starter and tops them with lo­cal heir­loom toma­toes and house-made bur­rata. 3 Maple St, Kent, CT, +1 860 592 0404, ore­hil­landswyft.com

A lit­tle bit of New York in the Berk­shires back­coun­try. This hotspot is packed day and night. 178 Main St,

Great Bar­ring­ton, MA, +1 413 528 5050

No reser­va­tions here, but the short-rib and brisket burg­ers or the artery-plug­ging lob­ster mac-and­cheese are worth the wait. 20 Rail­road St, Great Bar­ring­ton, MA, +1 413 528 9345, 20rail­road­pub­li­c­house.com

On the banks of the tum­bling Am­monoosuc, this for­mer 18th­cen­tury grist­mill serves fancy flights – the spicy Bel­gian-style Eras­tus is our pick – and wood-fired pizza. 18 Mill St, Lit­tle­ton,

NH, +1 603 444 4800, schilling­beer.com

Own­ers Heidi Dono­van and Tony Rossi source seafood from the Gulf of Maine and meat, eggs and veg­eta­bles from their own farm.

8252 Carrabas­sett Rd, Strat­ton, ME,

+1 207 246 0016, coplindin­ner­house.com

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