Though I'm a city kid through and through, while in the mountains, I was definitely game for an action-packed, high-altitude weekend -- but first, a pot of fondue and glass of red on the deck of Lookout Cabin was in order.
Seventy-five years ago, my mother found herself a celebrity after being named the nation's best rural correspondent of 1936. Her star treatment is chronicled in yellowed clippings from the New York newspapers.
When in Rome, get off the regular tourist track and try some things some real Romans would do. Like gladiator training, driving a Ferrari, taking a secret tour and getting a reservation at the top restaurant in the city.
Usually the Pennsylvania Society weekend retreat passes un-noticed by most New York residents, but this time New Yorkers and Pennsylvanians came out in force to protest the gathering, at which the Energy Association and the Marcellus Shale Coalition hosted after-parties.