I wish I could say I visit the Catskills more often. It being only a 2 hour drive north, you would think I would. After this trip this past weekend, I can assure you I will make more of an effort to get here more.
If you are unfamiliar with the Catskills, it’s a region just about 3 hours north of NYC. If you are looking for skiing, hiking, farmer’s markets, and just a general sense of “escaping it all”, the Catskills is your place.
Normally, we come to the region in the winter to ski at either Hunter or Windham Mountain. All summer I have had the desire to disappear into the woods, so I decided this would be the perfect place for a little weekend getaway. Around the same time I was perusing Harper’s Bazaar and stumbled upon this article that mentioned the new Eastwind Hotel + Bar. I knew that we had to stay there with it’s Scandinavian inspired decor and it being dog friendly! Unfortunately, their popular Lushnas (triangle shaped glamping cabins) were all sold out, but their King Room accomodations were equally comfortable and stylish.
The owners of Eastwind, Julia and Bjorn (and their adorable children), could not be better hosts. They were so warm and welcoming from the moment we arrived. They are also so helpful when looking for things to do in the area. On the weekends, they prepare and serve a communal breakfast including fresh fruit, german pancakes, yogurt, and charcuterie. Oh and because Friday was #NationalSmoresDay, they left s’mores kits in everyone’s rooms! We cannot wait to go back to Eastwind soon.
If you do not want to stay in a hotel on your trip, AirBnB is also always a great option. We typically AirBnB when in the area on a ski trip.
Things To Do in the Catskills:
- Go Hiking – There is a trail for everyone in the Catskills including Kaaterskill Falls, Windham Path, Huckleberry Trail, and many, many more. When the rain cleared on Sunday, we headed out onto the Windham Path which was a great and quick 2 mile loop. Kassterskill Falls is supposed to be gorgeous, but since we had the dog, we decided to do that one another time. Another spot we want to check out next time is Diamond Notch Falls which is conveniently located near West Kill Brewery.
- Go Skiing – If you are taking this trip in the winter, visit Hunter Mountain and Windham Mountain for great skiing. I’ve been to both and tend to prefer Windham over Hunter since Windham has more options for those of us that ski only greens and blues, whereas Hunter has far more black diamonds.
- Go to a Drive-In Movie – Yes, a DRIVE-IN MOVIE THEATER. Drive-In 32 plays your favorite classic movies from Spring to Fall. There’s even a snack shack and a beer garden serving up local fare and brew. We particularly liked it because it was pet-friendly, all you need to do is purchase a Pup-Pass. The couple that owns this drive-in also could not have been nicer.
- Visit the Local Farms – Explore the best ones in the area here.
- Visit the Woodstock Animal Sanctuary – All of the animals that live in the sanctuary are rescues and the sanctuary offers them a safe place to live with food.
Places to Eat + Drink:
- West Kill Brewery – Saturday was a very rainy day and what else is there to do when it’s too soggy to explore the outdoors with your pup? Head to this pet-friendly and kid-friendly brewery. We had a great afternoon hanging at the picnic tables, eating venison, and playing Battleship.
- Phoenicia Diner – This obviously has to be #1 on my list. It is the most popular diner in the area for a reason. Not your typical diner fare is served here and it’s all delicious.
- Chicken Run – When we are in Windham, we love stopping by Chicken Run for a casual lunch at the bar. Nothing fancy, but is always just right.
- Jagerberg Beer Hall & Alpine Tavern – With a pet-friendly beer garden, how could you pass this up? Local brew and delicious Fare.
- Deer Mountain Inn – Unfortunately we couldn’t visit this place since we had the dog with us and didn’t want to leave her alone in the hotel, but their seven course tasting menu featuring locally sourced ingredients is said to be a must!
- Bee’s Knees Cafe at Heather Ridge Farms – Both a local farm and a cafe in one. Visit this year-round cafe that has sprawling views of the Catskills Mountains serving their own meats and locally sourced and foraged ingredients.
What to Pack: