Kathy Renwald tests drives the $120,000 Range Rover in her winter road trip to New York City to see Robert Glasper and the Museum of Modern Art

Blog Post Mar 25, 2015

By Kathy Renwald

Forget about going somewhere warm in winter, why not head to New York City? That was my thinking when we gassed up a lovely Range Rover to make the late winter road trip.

A giant reason to visit NYC in winter is the hotel rates. Our destination was the West Village. We wanted to be walking distance to the famous jazz club, the Village Vanguard. We had tickets to see Robert Glasper. The cross over jazz/hip hop artist was fresh off his second Grammy win, and his run at the Vanguard was sold out. I bought tickets in December and started planning the trip then.

We decided to stay at The Marlton Hotel, an eight-minute walk to the club. The Marlton is a lovely small hotel with just 107 rooms and a famous history of housing authors and musicians.

The rooms are tiny but elegant, 100 to 150 square feet, so small there isn’t even a chair. But the lighting and linens are beautiful, the bathroom spacious and you can open a window for fresh air. The lobby of the Marlton has cozy seats near the fireplace to read and relax, a large rustic table next to the espresso bar and a fine lounge with craft beer on tap.

The casual restaurant was always busy. In February the rate was $225 and included a continental breakfast. There’s so much to see and do in the West Village, and The Marlton’s location means you can duck into the lobby on the way by to rest with a coffee or glass of wine.

Driving to NYC is fabulous. We don’t go all the way into the city. We usually go as far as Poughkeepsie and park the car at the Metro North train station parking lot and take the train into Grand Central Station. Parking there is cheap, $12 a day and free on weekends. The train hugs the Hudson River the whole way and the views are splendid.

The river was stacked with ice on this trip, and many of the train stops are familiar for their history or as settings in TV shows or movies. The trip takes about and hour-and-a-half and cost us $40 return.

Driving to Poughkeepsie takes several hours. We like to meander, and if you happen to be test-driving a $120,00 Range Rover, there will be every reason to meander.

Our vehicle was the V6 with 340 horsepower and loads of posh features. From the heated and cooled seats with their massage function, one can ponder the sweeping view from the Range Rover’s commanding position on the road. You never forget the first time you drive a Range Rover, it has air suspension that gives it a creamy smooth ride, yet always feels in touch with the road.  

A feature called terrain response lets you program the vehicle to travel through mud, snow or even water – meaning streams and rivers. The well- crafted interior, panoramic sunroof and excellent sound system make the Range Rover feel like travelling in a condo on wheels. 

Had we been shopping on our road trip, we could have stuffed all sorts of purchases in the cavernous trunk, or even slept there if we ran out of money. My only complaint about this rugged, versatile SUV is the computer controls for climate and audio, they’re fussy and slow to react. You just can’t beat knobs and dials for these functions.

In summer if we make this trip, we often stop in the Finger Lakes area, where a fantastic place to overnight and tour is Cooperstown with its beautiful houses and the excellent Baseball Hall of Fame. On this winter trip, we stopped overnight in the pretty town of Rhinebeck. The historic Beekman Arms is a swell place to stay and dine, where the first thing the waiter offers is “well-deserved martini.”

The Metro North train terminates at Grand Central Station, but you can also jump off at Yankee Stadium, which we have done in the past to take in a game. At Grand Central, make your way down to the lower level and sit down at the counter the Grand Central Oyster Bar. The oysters of the day are all printed on a chalkboard or on a paper menu published every day. You can sit and watch the oyster shuckers work and the constant turnover of customers. On one side you may have a woman in a mink coat and on the other a construction worker. The oyster bar is non-stop entertainment.

We took a $12 cab to the hotel, but the subway is right there at Grand Central as an option.

The Robert Glasper performance was wonderful. The Village Vanguard holds just 125 people, and is a burnished piece of jazz history. There’s no food, just drinks, and everyone there goes to hear the music, not chat. For a total immersion in jazz, the Vanguard, the Blue Note and another jazz club called Smalls are all within blocks of each other.

Day 2 of our stay we went to the Museum of Modern Art where you can spend hours roaming among Matisse, Picasso and Pollock. It’s thrilling and exhausting.

The return trip home in the Range Rover was a chance to meditate. With the radio on, and the sun setting over the Catskill Mountains, we could review the art, architecture and music of New York.

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Kathy Renwald is an award-winning journalist. She writes about cars, houses, gardens and travel for the Toronto Star, Hamilton Spectator and lifestyle magazines. She’s found exploring in cars is her path to discovering stories. You can find her at kathyrenwald.com; kathyrenwald.blogspot.ca; on Twitter @kathyrenwald; and Instagram at krenwald

    

 

Kathy Renwald tests drives the $120,000 Range Rover in her winter road trip to New York City to see Robert Glasper and the Museum of Modern Art

Blog Post Mar 25, 2015

By Kathy Renwald

Forget about going somewhere warm in winter, why not head to New York City? That was my thinking when we gassed up a lovely Range Rover to make the late winter road trip.

A giant reason to visit NYC in winter is the hotel rates. Our destination was the West Village. We wanted to be walking distance to the famous jazz club, the Village Vanguard. We had tickets to see Robert Glasper. The cross over jazz/hip hop artist was fresh off his second Grammy win, and his run at the Vanguard was sold out. I bought tickets in December and started planning the trip then.

We decided to stay at The Marlton Hotel, an eight-minute walk to the club. The Marlton is a lovely small hotel with just 107 rooms and a famous history of housing authors and musicians.

The rooms are tiny but elegant, 100 to 150 square feet, so small there isn’t even a chair. But the lighting and linens are beautiful, the bathroom spacious and you can open a window for fresh air. The lobby of the Marlton has cozy seats near the fireplace to read and relax, a large rustic table next to the espresso bar and a fine lounge with craft beer on tap.

The casual restaurant was always busy. In February the rate was $225 and included a continental breakfast. There’s so much to see and do in the West Village, and The Marlton’s location means you can duck into the lobby on the way by to rest with a coffee or glass of wine.

Driving to NYC is fabulous. We don’t go all the way into the city. We usually go as far as Poughkeepsie and park the car at the Metro North train station parking lot and take the train into Grand Central Station. Parking there is cheap, $12 a day and free on weekends. The train hugs the Hudson River the whole way and the views are splendid.

The river was stacked with ice on this trip, and many of the train stops are familiar for their history or as settings in TV shows or movies. The trip takes about and hour-and-a-half and cost us $40 return.

Driving to Poughkeepsie takes several hours. We like to meander, and if you happen to be test-driving a $120,00 Range Rover, there will be every reason to meander.

Our vehicle was the V6 with 340 horsepower and loads of posh features. From the heated and cooled seats with their massage function, one can ponder the sweeping view from the Range Rover’s commanding position on the road. You never forget the first time you drive a Range Rover, it has air suspension that gives it a creamy smooth ride, yet always feels in touch with the road.  

A feature called terrain response lets you program the vehicle to travel through mud, snow or even water – meaning streams and rivers. The well- crafted interior, panoramic sunroof and excellent sound system make the Range Rover feel like travelling in a condo on wheels. 

Had we been shopping on our road trip, we could have stuffed all sorts of purchases in the cavernous trunk, or even slept there if we ran out of money. My only complaint about this rugged, versatile SUV is the computer controls for climate and audio, they’re fussy and slow to react. You just can’t beat knobs and dials for these functions.

In summer if we make this trip, we often stop in the Finger Lakes area, where a fantastic place to overnight and tour is Cooperstown with its beautiful houses and the excellent Baseball Hall of Fame. On this winter trip, we stopped overnight in the pretty town of Rhinebeck. The historic Beekman Arms is a swell place to stay and dine, where the first thing the waiter offers is “well-deserved martini.”

The Metro North train terminates at Grand Central Station, but you can also jump off at Yankee Stadium, which we have done in the past to take in a game. At Grand Central, make your way down to the lower level and sit down at the counter the Grand Central Oyster Bar. The oysters of the day are all printed on a chalkboard or on a paper menu published every day. You can sit and watch the oyster shuckers work and the constant turnover of customers. On one side you may have a woman in a mink coat and on the other a construction worker. The oyster bar is non-stop entertainment.

We took a $12 cab to the hotel, but the subway is right there at Grand Central as an option.

The Robert Glasper performance was wonderful. The Village Vanguard holds just 125 people, and is a burnished piece of jazz history. There’s no food, just drinks, and everyone there goes to hear the music, not chat. For a total immersion in jazz, the Vanguard, the Blue Note and another jazz club called Smalls are all within blocks of each other.

Day 2 of our stay we went to the Museum of Modern Art where you can spend hours roaming among Matisse, Picasso and Pollock. It’s thrilling and exhausting.

The return trip home in the Range Rover was a chance to meditate. With the radio on, and the sun setting over the Catskill Mountains, we could review the art, architecture and music of New York.

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Kathy Renwald is an award-winning journalist. She writes about cars, houses, gardens and travel for the Toronto Star, Hamilton Spectator and lifestyle magazines. She’s found exploring in cars is her path to discovering stories. You can find her at kathyrenwald.com; kathyrenwald.blogspot.ca; on Twitter @kathyrenwald; and Instagram at krenwald

    

 

Kathy Renwald tests drives the $120,000 Range Rover in her winter road trip to New York City to see Robert Glasper and the Museum of Modern Art

Blog Post Mar 25, 2015

By Kathy Renwald

Forget about going somewhere warm in winter, why not head to New York City? That was my thinking when we gassed up a lovely Range Rover to make the late winter road trip.

A giant reason to visit NYC in winter is the hotel rates. Our destination was the West Village. We wanted to be walking distance to the famous jazz club, the Village Vanguard. We had tickets to see Robert Glasper. The cross over jazz/hip hop artist was fresh off his second Grammy win, and his run at the Vanguard was sold out. I bought tickets in December and started planning the trip then.

We decided to stay at The Marlton Hotel, an eight-minute walk to the club. The Marlton is a lovely small hotel with just 107 rooms and a famous history of housing authors and musicians.

The rooms are tiny but elegant, 100 to 150 square feet, so small there isn’t even a chair. But the lighting and linens are beautiful, the bathroom spacious and you can open a window for fresh air. The lobby of the Marlton has cozy seats near the fireplace to read and relax, a large rustic table next to the espresso bar and a fine lounge with craft beer on tap.

The casual restaurant was always busy. In February the rate was $225 and included a continental breakfast. There’s so much to see and do in the West Village, and The Marlton’s location means you can duck into the lobby on the way by to rest with a coffee or glass of wine.

Driving to NYC is fabulous. We don’t go all the way into the city. We usually go as far as Poughkeepsie and park the car at the Metro North train station parking lot and take the train into Grand Central Station. Parking there is cheap, $12 a day and free on weekends. The train hugs the Hudson River the whole way and the views are splendid.

The river was stacked with ice on this trip, and many of the train stops are familiar for their history or as settings in TV shows or movies. The trip takes about and hour-and-a-half and cost us $40 return.

Driving to Poughkeepsie takes several hours. We like to meander, and if you happen to be test-driving a $120,00 Range Rover, there will be every reason to meander.

Our vehicle was the V6 with 340 horsepower and loads of posh features. From the heated and cooled seats with their massage function, one can ponder the sweeping view from the Range Rover’s commanding position on the road. You never forget the first time you drive a Range Rover, it has air suspension that gives it a creamy smooth ride, yet always feels in touch with the road.  

A feature called terrain response lets you program the vehicle to travel through mud, snow or even water – meaning streams and rivers. The well- crafted interior, panoramic sunroof and excellent sound system make the Range Rover feel like travelling in a condo on wheels. 

Had we been shopping on our road trip, we could have stuffed all sorts of purchases in the cavernous trunk, or even slept there if we ran out of money. My only complaint about this rugged, versatile SUV is the computer controls for climate and audio, they’re fussy and slow to react. You just can’t beat knobs and dials for these functions.

In summer if we make this trip, we often stop in the Finger Lakes area, where a fantastic place to overnight and tour is Cooperstown with its beautiful houses and the excellent Baseball Hall of Fame. On this winter trip, we stopped overnight in the pretty town of Rhinebeck. The historic Beekman Arms is a swell place to stay and dine, where the first thing the waiter offers is “well-deserved martini.”

The Metro North train terminates at Grand Central Station, but you can also jump off at Yankee Stadium, which we have done in the past to take in a game. At Grand Central, make your way down to the lower level and sit down at the counter the Grand Central Oyster Bar. The oysters of the day are all printed on a chalkboard or on a paper menu published every day. You can sit and watch the oyster shuckers work and the constant turnover of customers. On one side you may have a woman in a mink coat and on the other a construction worker. The oyster bar is non-stop entertainment.

We took a $12 cab to the hotel, but the subway is right there at Grand Central as an option.

The Robert Glasper performance was wonderful. The Village Vanguard holds just 125 people, and is a burnished piece of jazz history. There’s no food, just drinks, and everyone there goes to hear the music, not chat. For a total immersion in jazz, the Vanguard, the Blue Note and another jazz club called Smalls are all within blocks of each other.

Day 2 of our stay we went to the Museum of Modern Art where you can spend hours roaming among Matisse, Picasso and Pollock. It’s thrilling and exhausting.

The return trip home in the Range Rover was a chance to meditate. With the radio on, and the sun setting over the Catskill Mountains, we could review the art, architecture and music of New York.

---

Kathy Renwald is an award-winning journalist. She writes about cars, houses, gardens and travel for the Toronto Star, Hamilton Spectator and lifestyle magazines. She’s found exploring in cars is her path to discovering stories. You can find her at kathyrenwald.com; kathyrenwald.blogspot.ca; on Twitter @kathyrenwald; and Instagram at krenwald