• Thu. Aug 11th, 2022

Explore the natural wonders of the Catskills


Cutting-edge digs, locally sourced cuisine, and all the nature you can handle set the stage for a weekend of R&R at this bustling New York hideaway.

Eastwind’s “Lushna” suite opens onto a private outdoor area. Also understood? Your personal fireplace and outdoor shower. / Photo by Lawrence Braun


New pastures

New York’s Catskills area has seen an impressive surge in popularity in recent years, and if you ask us, a new appreciation for the area’s sparkling waterfalls, numerous hiking trails, and gorgeous foliage are just around the corner. ‘part of the equation. The mountainous region now offers a range of cool accommodation options, from recently introduced glamping cabins to Windham’s East Wind hotel-equipped with private bathrooms and Frette linens-with charming accommodation in Urban Cowboy, in Big Indian. Open in 2020, the property’s brand new suites amaze with clawfoot tubs, custom wall coverings, and private terraces from which to admire forest views.

Urban Cowboy Lodge offers one to six bedroom suites, each uniquely decorated and filled with antiques. / Photo by Ben Fitchett

Wood accents, handmade light fixtures, and taxidermy stands are all part of the vibe of Peekamoose, designed by Shawn Patrick Anderson. / Photo courtesy of Peekamoose


Memorable bites

Hunger? For a farm-to-table meal with a touch of classic Catskills vibe (think bar shelves made from found branches and logs), book a table at Peekamoose. Located in Big Indian, the longtime restaurant appeals to discerning taste buds with entrees such as English Spring Pea Risotto and Pan-Roasted Rainbow Trout.

For a more casual meal, go to The Kaatskeller at Livingston Manor. Offering indoor and outdoor seating options, including a wood-paneled bungalow and a garden filled with picnic tables with string lights, the restaurant specializes in wood-fired pizzas like “The Manor “, with aged prosciutto and local mozzarella.

Homestedt began welcoming buyers in 2019. / Photo by Peter Crosby


Selected collectibles

When you are done exploring the many natural wonders of the area (could we suggest Northern State Adventure Guides for expert-led hiking and paddling trips?), look for souvenirs at Homestedt, in Livingston Manner. Led by a husband-and-wife interior design team, the welcoming housewares store features handmade wooden bowls, Opinel knives, beautiful Redecker brushes, and more. Then head to Long weekend, which is right around the block. A haven of vintage furniture and accessories, the store’s many treasures include French-made “Tulip” stools, soap dishes by Siera Matsuo Ceramics and Capra Designs planters.