Monroe, N.Y., exudes a bit of a Shangri-La essence

06/20/2008 | NYTimes.com

Sitting on the foothills of the Catskills, Monroe, N.Y., offers visitors -- with or without children -- a place to relax or indulge in a number of diversions. The Heritage Trail, for example, is a scenic stretch of highway featuring an intriguing living history museum. The highlight of a trip to Monroe, however, is the Ananda Ashram, a retreat where stressed-out city dwellers flock to forget about their worries.

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