Call it one of the most creative uses we’ve ever seen of an old silo—a 56-foot grain tower alongside an 1841 dairy barn in Mount Tremper has been transformed to an always-changing, gotta-see riot of color. Trust us, your inner child will go crazy for the World's Largest Kaleidoscope at the Emerson Resort and Spa.
Okay, so not every wilderness has this bit of scenic brilliance. A hundred years ago or so, 23 steel fire towers were raised up in the Catskills so observers could keep watch for forest fires; now five have been restored. The Balsam Lake Mountain Fire Tower lifts you nearly 50 feet above the pines for unbeatable views.
This romantic 15-foot drop adds to a lovely section of the Northern Catskills in the Hunter-West Kill Wilderness. A rocky-but-short trail in the notch between the Hunter and Westkill mountains pays off in a snap (it’s just 1.5 miles round-trip) at this waterfall.
Yes, Hanah Mountain Resort and Country Club is great for getting away from it all and enjoying a round of golf, but the best kept secret might be its indoor pool. Even better still, you can grab a day pass to take advantage of the facilities even if you aren't staying at the hotel.
Overindulgence is a quintessential part of vacation—get right to the point with a scoop or two (it is vacation after all) at Nancy's of Woodstock Artisanal Creamery. Flavors like Caramelized Banana and Sour Cream Cherry are on offer as well as over-the-top sundaes, including the banana split and other seasonal options.
If you’re game to ascend to 3,000 feet, the trail to this Sundown Wild Forest summit is worth it—not only for the sweeping views, but for (bonus) the loads of wild blueberry bushes growing on the way up.
The Catskills are so big (almost 6,000 square miles, y’all), it’s easy for the less savvy to miss that there’s a welcome center where experts will point you to the best hikes and sweet little spots. But hey, you’re now in the know—you shouldn’t miss the Maurice D. Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center!
These ciders, locally produced in Sidney with apples grown in the Catskills are worth buying by the bottle wherever you can find them. But the real treat is joining Awestruck Cider at their taproom on Fridays, starting at 3pm, for a happy hour celebration where you can drink your way through all of their offerings.
Make the trip to Mount Utsayantha for some of the most impresive views of the Catskill mountains. Take to the fire tower for a full 360 degree view of the area—and to add to the breathtaking moment, get there before dusk to catch the sunset.
Referred to as New York's Mount Rushmore, a visit to Pratt Rock is definitely off the beaten path. The short, but steep hike is unmarked so keep your eyes peeled for the carvings and take an up-close-and-personal look at this work.
The Roxbury—a boutique design motel—offers rooms like you've never seen before, themed after TV shows created in the '70s. Stay in a totally shagadellic Austin Powers suite, travel in time in a Jetsons themed room or find an excuse to just hang out inside the massive I Dream of Jeannie bathroom, meant to feel like you're actually inside the genie bottle.
The Hanford Mills Museum is the perfect stop for some hands-on learning for all ages. Learn more about the mill's history and expansion on the forefront of technology and ingenuity. Squeeze in a history lesson on the mill's contributions to the area over time.
Talk about a stunning Instagram photo: The Hudson Athens Lighthouse sits beautifully perched in the Hudson River. The lighthouse is currently being restored to reflect how it would have looked in the 1930s, but guests can still take occasional tours through the Preservation Society.
Experience a slice of life on the farm at Buck Brook Alpacas with a tour to see these sweet animals up close. Tours are available throughout the weekend and by appointment, but make sure to stop by the farm store to browse the selection of home goods and clothing made with alpaca fur.
Hop aboard the Rip Van Winkle flyer for scenic and entertaining rides through the Catskills. Enjoy the lighthearted train robbery ride for an Old West theme or sail by in the evening on one of the twilight rides featuring live music.