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Amtrak Empire Service between Albany, Hudson or Rhinecliff, NY and Penn Station, NYC.

Amtrak 449 Lake Shore Limited between Pittsfield and South Station, Boston.

Bard Bus and Shuttle  On select summer weekends, Bard offers round-trip bus service from Manhattan’s Lincoln Center directly to the Fisher Center, exclusively for performance ticket holders: $30 round-trip. Reservations are required. Box dinners can be ordered in advance for $10. Bard also offers shuttle service from and to the Poughkeepsie Metro-North train station for select performances: $10 each way.

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Peter Pan Bus Lines  Boston/Albany route serving Albany, Great Barrington, *Lee, Lenox, *Pittsfield, Stockbridge, Williamstown, and Boston South Station and Boston Logan Airport  (*greater frequency, better fares). NYC/Williamstown route serving Williamstown, Lee, Stockbridge, Great Barrington, MA, or Canaan, CT and Port Authority Bus Terminal, NYC.

Roosevelt Ride Free Shuttle  Free round-trip shuttle service daily (summer through October) from the Poughkeepsie train station to Hyde Park, Val-Kil, the Vanderbilt Mansion, Top Cottage, and the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum so Metro-North train passengers can tour historic sites without a car. For reservations and tour info, call the Wallace Visitor Center: 845-229-5320.

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Laps of Luxury: Where To Swim During the Winter

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The pool at Taconic Hills High School is a beauty and a bargain

For some reason, most of the pools in our region seem to be locally-guarded secrets—but no more. You can buy day passes at all of them, and, except for the pool at the preppy Hotchkiss School, you gain access to other fitness equipment like treadmills and weight machines.  All of these pools offer various membership categories and payment structures so check their websites or call to find out about the, deals that would most suit your lifestyle.  Now, you can keep your New Year’s resolution to get healthy and strong—and get warm at the same time.
 
Bard College Stevenson Gymnasium
Annandale-on-Hudson, NY; 845.758.7531
There are several options for using the six-lane, 25 yard pool at Bard College—from a full-year individual membership for $525 to a six-month weekend membership for $155. (You also get to use the other faciities such as the squash courts). An individual day pass is $10 and twelve passes cost $57;  a dozen family passes is $83.
 
Canaan YMCA at Geer Village
77 S. Canaan Road (Route 7) Canaan, CT;  860.824.2790
There is a four-lane, 25-yard pool with scheduled lap swims, family swims and classes.  Monthly memberships: $37 for seniors, $40 for adults (22-64), $60 for couples, and $69 for families. Day passes are available and limited to six visits annually: $5 for children under 12;  $8 for teens 13 - 18;  $11 for adults;  $20 for a family.
 

Rural Intelligence Road TripsKilpatrick Athletic Center at Simon’s Rock
84 Alford Rd, Great Barrington, MA; 413.644.4400
There is an eight-lane 25 yard swimming pool that is part of a modern fitness complex. Individual annual memberships are available (children under 21 free and a spouse or partner gets a 40% discount.  One-day guest passes: $15 for 18 years and older; $7.50 for 14 to 17 years olds; $5 for 13 and under.  Ten adult passes are $130; 25 passes are $275. Seniors receive a 10% discount.
 
Berkshire South Regional Community Center
15 Crissey Road,Great Barrington, MA; 413.528.2810
Tucked off Route 7 near the Kmart and Price Chopper, the modern community center has a six-lane swimming pool that is open seven days a week.  Individual memberships are $610 annually for adults (18-64) and a day pass is $15. Family/Couple/Domestic Partner memberships are $830 annually, and a family day pass is $37; a single-parent family day pass is $30.
 

Rural Intelligence Road TripsHotchkiss Pool
Routes 112 & 41, Lakeville, CT
The ten-lane pool at the prestigious prep school is open for adult-only swims sponsored by the Salisbury Recreation Commission on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 9 - 10:30 a.m. The fee is $5 per session. The Sharon Recreation commission offers swimming for adults on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8 - 9:30 a.m.. The fee is $7 per session or $250 for the winter season.
 
Taconic Hills Aquatic Center
73 County Route 11A, Craryville, NY; 518.325.0432
This six-lane 25 yard pool at the Taconic Hills High School is conveniently open 12 months a year, and it’s a bargain. Day fees: $2 for adults and seniors and $1 for college students. Annual memberships: $75 for adults; $50 for seniors and college students.            
 
The Pittsfield Family YMCA
292 North Street, Pittsfield, MA; 413.499.7650
There is an Olympic sized pool at this downtown Y, which is open daily from 4:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.. It has many membership categories.  Individual adults pay $41 a month, single-parent families pay $44 and two-parent families pay $60. Day passes: $8 for adults and $20 for a family.

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