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Located in southeastern New York, the Catskill Mountains are a region of stunning natural beauty with places like Kaaterskill Falls and Sunset Rock inspiring many 19th-century landscape painters. A popular getaway from NYC, the area has long been popular for summer retreats, with resorts drawing guests since the 1800s. You’ll find a wealth of options to choose from in the Catskills, from grand resorts to charming smaller properties, with these being some of the most highly rated and perfect for your next trip.
One of the most luxurious resorts in Upstate New York, Mohonk Mountain House is an all-inclusive that looks like a Victorian castle, set atop a cliff at the edge of Lake Mohonk, surrounded by wilderness. Built in the mid-19th-century, it’s a National Historic Landmark with upscale accommodation hosted in rooms, suites, and cottages. The cottages include kitchens and all feature period decor with various features like fireplaces and balconies with picturesque views. A wide range of activities can be enjoyed too, including hiking, rock climbing, and ice skating, while dining is available outdoors or in the main dining room with the menu focused on the Hudson Valley’s local bounty.
The Emerson is a long-time favorite, especially popular among families who can take advantage of all sorts of activities in and around the property, from tubing and fishing during the warmer months to skiing and snowshoeing in the winter. It’s also a popular spa resort offering relaxing treatments, including massages and body wraps, along with a pool to lounge around while catching some rays. The on-site eatery draws guests and locals alike with its farm-to-table fare, while rooms are located in the inn and the Adirondack-style lodge. Those in the inn have luxurious touches like jetted tubs and gas fireplaces.
A secluded property providing a tranquil, stress-melting setting, the Shandanken sits on 12 acres along Esopus Creek, transformed from a famous 1920s golf clubhouse. It has a classic-meets-rustic elegance design with a main lounge that has a bar and wood-burning fireplace. There’s also an outdoor fire pit, a pool, a tennis court, and a fitness room with Peloton bikes. The Clubhouse Restaurant attracts locals as well as guests, who enjoy a generous complimentary breakfast as part of their stay. All meals feature fresh produce and other ingredients thanks to the wealth of farms in the area.
Originally built in the 1940s, Hotel Mountain Brook is an Adirondacks-style lodge that offers lots of period charm although it was completely renovated in 2008. Overlooking the Catskill Mountains just four miles from Kaaterskill Falls and skiing at Hunter Mountain, accommodation is in luxury suites, cottages, and cabins. Period details like fireplaces were preserved while modern amenities were added, including flat-screen TVs with DVD players and bathrooms with whirlpool tubs. Some have private balconies or shared porches with mountain views. A gourmet breakfast is served in the dining room, and there’s also a cozy bar and library. You’ll find lots of enticing common spaces too, including the wraparound porch with mountain views.
Originally opened as an inn and boarding house, Foxfire Mountain House was built in 1914. Nearly a century later, the property was purchased by Eliza Clark and Tim Trojian, who lovingly transformed it with the interior now looking like something out of a fairytale. It sits on 10 acres of private land with hammocks strewn about, providing perfect spots for an afternoon nap. The old pool is now a pond home to frogs and lily pads, and there’s a bocce ball court along with a fire pit for nightly bonfires. The on-site restaurant/bar has a stone fireplace and exposed beams, while rooms include bathrooms or access to a shared bathroom. There is also a three-bedroom cottage with a kitchen, fireplace, living and dining space, and a flat-screen TV.
A rock ‘n roll themed boutique hotel, the eco-friendly Herwood Inn is infused with the bohemian spirit the town of Woodstock is known for, with rooms named after famous female singers like Stevie Nicks, Joni Mitchell, Aretha Franklin, and Carole King. All come with modern comforts and New Age-type decor, think crystals, dream catchers, and macramé, along with record players and vinyl, luxe linens and mattresses, and kitchenettes with a small fridge, a dishwasher, and an electric cooktop. Outside, there’s a shared patio, cedar hot tub, a fireplace, and a covered seating area.
This former hunting and fishing lodge was transformed into a boutique property, providing a memorable getaway in the Hudson Valley for escaping city life. From the moment you step inside the Eastwind Hotel, with the crackling of the fire next to the lobby bar, a blissful mood is set. Guests can enjoy sleeping under the stars in one of the A-frame cabins with Faribault wool blankets and Frette linens, or in a chic guestroom with many thoughtfully curated touches. Family-style dinners are served in the salon on Saturday nights upon request, while buffet breakfasts are offered on weekends. If you want to explore on two wheels, loaner bikes are available too.
Set on a three-acre property with a summer camp vibe, The Graham and Co. is just a couple of blocks from Main Street in Phoenicia, but it’s surrounded by nature, providing a relaxing escape with a number of impressive features on the grounds. There’s a large outdoor swimming pool, movie nights on the lawn, and roaring bonfires. Loaner bikes are complimentary, and you’ll be welcomed with beer and check-in too. The rooms are simple and come in various sizes, all of which have Tivoli radios with iPod hookups and big, comfy bean bags. There’s also a two-bedroom bungalow that was repurposed out of a storage area with a Scandinavian-meets-Catskills vibe.
Offering an idyllic retreat in the Catskills since 1966, Scribner’s Catskill Lodge was beautifully renovated in 2015, so much so that it became a member of Design Hotels while managing to preserve the history, character, and charm of the region. The epicenter is the lounge/library with a sophisticated Scandinavian feel, a wood-burning-effect stove, a huge skylight, and comfortable seating with faux-fur throws. There are board games, shelves filled with books, and a pool table too. Rooms have maple floors and custom-designed furnishings, with flat-screen TVs and Wi-Fi. Some have decks, mountain views, and fireplaces. It makes a great base for hiking, just eight miles from the forested trails in Catskill Park, and in the winter, skiing, with Hunter Mountain ski resort only a mile away.
A romantic B&B-style hotel set within an 18th-century Dutch Colonial Mansion, Hasbrouck House is a postcard-perfect country home on magnificently manicured grounds. The rooms, lofts, and suites are located within three historic properties: the main house, the Stable House, and the Carriage House. There’s also a cottage with three bedrooms in a private home for those who need more space. The Club Room offers a cozy hang-out spot with a billiards table and a roaring fire, ideal for sipping wine or a hot cup of cocoa next too. During the summer, there are patios and gardens for relaxing in the fresh air. You’ll also find a historic 1920s swimming pool, a vast lawn where BBQs are often enjoyed, a private lake, and hiking trails.
Hotel Dylan is a Bohemian-style retreat with a focus on music, thanks in part to the help of HGTv’s famous designers Bob and Cortney Novogratz. Parked out front is a VW van with a peace sign to welcome you in. All of its 22 rooms include a record player that was handmade in the Hudson Valley, complete with a stack of period LPs, while local photographers’ work and original Woodstock festival photos are dotted across the walls. Each room was named for a Woodstock icon, like the Janice and the Jimi, and feature amenities like free Wi-Fi, cable TV, minifridges, and Keurig coffeemakers. The grounds include a beautiful saltwater pool with loungers, and there’s also a Ping Pong table and in-room games.
The owners of The Roxbury describe it as “Imagine if Alice in Wonderland married Willy Wonka and set up residence in Oz.” It’s lots of fun at The Roxbury, with all sorts of unique quirks like lime green doors, technicolor lighting, and rooms that are bold, bright, and inspired by retro movies and TV shows. Each one has a theme and a definite Tim Burton vibe, from The Shagadellic based on Austin Powers to one that feels like you’re sleeping in an enchanted forest, inspired by the owner’s first walk to the waterfall located right on the property. Guests can also take advantage of the pool and spa, which includes a large steam area made from recycled green car windshield glass, a hot tub, and a dry sauna.
Ideal for a romantic getaway, Onteora Mountain House is a popular wedding venue in a remote location with breathtaking mountain views. It was built in 1928 as the summer residence of mayonnaise magnate Richard Hellman on the side of Mount Tycetonik in the heart of the Catskill Mountain Preserve. Offering B&B-style accommodation, the great room is a common space that’s absolutely magnificent with its soaring ceiling and huge stone fireplace. Guests can enjoy soaking in the sauna and playing billiards in the game room before turning into one of the elegant rooms. Some have hot tubs and fireplaces, and one includes a window seat with fabulous views of the valley.