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Top Picks for a Catskills Getaway

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It’s time to start planning your fall getaway, and we’re here to help. With the region’s already burgeoning food, drink, and art scenes, the Catskills, located in southeastern New York, makes for the perfect destination. With a short car or train ride, it’s possible to feel worlds away from the rush of the city. Below, some of our old and new favorites to make the most of a Catskills getaway this fall.

Stay…

The Arnold House

Just two hours north of New York City, you’ll find The Arnold House located on Shandalee Mountain near Livingston Manor. Escape the city in this expansive retreat on 7-acres of lush forest complete with hiking trails, a barn and greenhouse. Roam the grounds or spend some time in the tavern or at the spa. Whatever type of escape you need, The Arnold House is sure to cover it. 

839 Shandelee Rd, Livingston Manor, NY; T. (845) 439-5070

Deer Mountain Inn

Perched in the hills above Tannersville, you’ll find Deer Mountain Inn overlooking the Catskill Mountains. Surrounded by forest and an abundance of hiking trails, Deer Mountain Inn is a refuge from urban living. The feeling of urban escape is only reinforced by the classic and cozy log cabin aesthetic. Setting this inn apart from the others is its restaurant; with Michelin-starred chef Ryan Tate running the show, you may want to visit DMI just for its dinner. 

790 County Route 25, Tannersville, NY; T. (518) 589-6268; Restaurant open Thursday-Sunday

Scribner’s

Modern in influence, Scribner’s mountain lodge aims to serve as a basecamp for city dwellers looking to explore the Catskills region in comfort and style. Its location in Hunter, NY, puts you in close proximity to some of the best swimming holes, skiing areas, waterfalls and hiking areas in the Catskills. And if you prefer to stay put, you can always roam the 20-acre property for a good dose of nature, and visit the on-site restaurant, Prospect, for some Alpine-inspired cuisine. 

13 Scribner Hollow Rd, Hunter, NY; (518) 628-5130

Dine….

Table on Ten

Known more for its restaurant than its accommodations, Table on Ten has some of the best pizza you’ll find in the Catskills. Sourdough pizza made with local, organic ingredients anchor a menu also featuring equally appetizing salads, soups and sweets. On the building’s second and third floors, you’ll find three rooms for rent, which make up the inn portion of this unique space. 

52030 NY-10, Bloomville, NY; (607) 643-6509

Bonfiglio & Bread

Touted as one of the best bakeries in the Catskills, Bonfiglio & Bread is worth a drive to the riverfront town of Athens. Handmade loaves of bread and breakfast pastries are the standout but with a selection that changes daily, Bonfiglio also offers equally divine pizzas and sandwiches.

44 2nd St, Athens, NY; (518) 444-4705

Phoenicia Diner

Phoenicia Diner is a traditional diner with a modern twist. A classic mainstay of the Catskills, the diner was originally built in 1962 and made its move to the region in the 80s. Come for old favorites like omelettes and pancakes or for newer staples like avocado toast and Caprese. Vegetarian and vegan options are particularly good here, as well. 

5681 NY-28, Phoenicia, NY; (845) 688-9957

Lucky Dog Farmstore

Found in Hamden, Lucky Dog Farmstore is a general store featuring fresh, local ingredients and a cafe which, logically, features the same. Paninis and sandwiches make up most of the menu but you’ll find salads, soups and plenty of veggie options, too. 

35796 NY-10, Hamden, NY; (607) 746-8383

Blue Bee Cafe

With an antique aesthetic, Blue Bee’s almost feels like an old-fashioned ice cream shop. Fittingly, they do sell very good ice cream (and tasty pastries), but they also offer delicious options for breakfast, lunch, and especially brunch. Initially a bookstore with a cafe, the cafe portion eventually took over and made Blue Bee’s the delicious, must-stop restaurant it is today. 

114 Main St, Delhi, NY; (607) 746-8060

Explore…

Plan Bee Farm Brewery

Located in Poughkeepsie, this brewery features beer with ingredients primarily grown on its own farm—thus the name. With the intention of staying entirely locally made, all the beers by Plan Bee feature 100 percent New York State ingredients. Stop by the 25-acre farm run by former musician Evan Watson and his wife, Emily for one of these New York brews in a gorgeous, local setting.

Private road left of the fire hydrant, 115 Underhill Rd, Poughkeepsie, NY; (765) 307-8589

Tuthilltown Distillery

In the countryside of Gardiner, NY, Tulhilltown Distillery is New York’s first whiskey distillery since prohibition era. You can take a tour for $15, or head to the tasting room for a flight or a sample of one of their many locally made spirits. 

14 Grist Mill Ln, Gardiner, NY; (845) 419-2964

Wayside Cider

The cider at Wayside Cidery may convert the cider haters in our lives. Not too sweet (but still just sweet enough) Wayside Cider finds a happy medium for beer drinkers, wine lovers, and cider devotees. Located in the historic Catskills town of Andes, the taproom and cidery are situated just off the road on a beautiful, grassy space perfect for a shared bottle or two.

55 Redden Ln, Andes, NY; (845) 676-6002

Westwind Orchard

Visit Westwind Orchard, a family-run apple and raspberry orchard, for some traditional apple-picking in the fall or raspberry-picking in the summer. But if you’re just looking for some good food, be sure to come for the wood-fired pizza. The menu changes according to the produce grown on the farm but no matter what the current offerings, the unexpected pizza found at this orchard will not disappoint.

215 Lower Whitfield Rd, Accord, NY; (845) 626-0659

Kaaterskill Falls

A visit to the Catskills wouldn’t be complete without a hike to its crown jewel: Kaaterskill Falls. The picturesque two-tier waterfall attracts visitors year-round and with just a short one-mile hike, the trip is worth it. But be sure to visit the surrounding areas for lengthier hikes and in warmer seasons, the swimming holes couldn’t be better. 

Hunter, NY

WORDS Hillary Sproul 

PHOTOGRAPHY K. Trageser, courtesy of Phoenicia Diner

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