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Follow their lead to discover the charms of this woodland escape. You can still see their traces in town, although it has become one of the more sophisticated spots in the region. Tinker Street is the main thoroughfare, home to boutiques, art galleries and plenty of cafes and restaurants. Head to the Center for Photography for diverse works by local photographers, or to independent bookstore The Golden Notebook to pick up some vacation reading material. And if you still have room in your stomach, Woodstock also has an outpost of Bread Alonethe Catskills-born bakery famous for its organic, wood-fired loaves and other baked treats made from locally sourced ingredients.
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Just north of Woodstock, the Overlook Mountain trail follows an old carriage road that was used in the late s to transport guests to the Overlook Mountain House. It was a favored location for painters from the Hudson River School, who used its unique vantage point to capture the surrounding landscape on canvas.
Since then it has evolved to cater to its discerning city-slicker visitors, offering hearty breakfast and lunch, great coffee, chai and matcha lattes, plus a curated selection of grocery goods, including local maple syrup. Palenville is also a good base for taking advantage of the many spectacular hikes in the region.
To burn off the calories afterwards, the 4. A sleepy but picturesque hamlet perched on the banks of Esopus Creek about 20 minutes from Tannersville, Phoenicia is a beloved getaway for lovers of the outdoors. Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are the draws in winter, while fishing, tubing and hiking are all prime activities in the warmer seasons if you have the stamina, the five-hour round-trip hike to Giant Ledge and Panther Mountain offers especially rewarding views. Many New Yorkers make the trip here with a single goal in mind: to indulge in the delightfully caloric fare at Phoenicia Dinera Greek diner that was transported to the Catskills from Long Island in the 80s.
Another key draw for New Yorkers, the gathering of vendors from the region offers up everything from vintage clothing to apothecary items and handmade furniture. For the traditional lodge experience, Deer Mountain Inn sits tucked on a hillside above Tannersville and features six rooms, plus two nearby cottages with four rooms each.
A little further east at the tip of the Ruth Reynolds Glunt Nature Preserve on the bank of the Hudson River, the Saugerties Lighthouse which is temporarily closed is an especially charming stay. The restored red-brick building not only houses a museum, but also a bed and breakfast that welcomes guests Thursday to Sunday year-round be warned that there is no air-conditioning in summer.
Climb up to the fully operational light tower for panoramic views of the Catskill Mountains and the Hudson Valley. This article was originally published in March and updated in June Get more travel inspiration, tips and exclusive offers sent straight to your inbox with our weekly newsletter. How to plan the perfect Catskills weekend getaway. Mikki Brammer. Small town charm in the Catskills. Share this story:.
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