All the signs of Spring are here in the city - the daffodils are opening the cherry blossoms are sprouting and the migratory birds are spotted! This year, Spring feels delightfully welcome, especially with the hope of more individuals being vaccinated. If you're ready for a weekend away like one here in the Catskills let Good to Gather know. We have weekend packages starting at $150 and curated weekend packages, with food and activities starting at $500 for the weekend. Contact us for more info.
A simple retreat for a re-charge.
If you travel 75 miles northwest of New York City, you can reach the southern part of the Catskills, a lush, nature-rich area of New York State that surrounds the Catskill Mountains. If you've seen the episode of "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" where they go to the Catskills, you could get an idea of what it feels like. Today, it still holds a modern escape for New Yorkers.
A 10-minute drive along Rte. 17-W from the expanding Livingston Manor. is Roscoe, NY a small fly-fishing town (aka: Trout Town USA) that has attracted visitors for decades. I stayed at the fabulously quaint spot The Roscoe Motel; while the website doesn't reflect the cosmetic updates the new owners have provided, it has all the feel of a 70's era nature-escape, with the updated essentials you need. The 16-room, pet-friendly establishment, offers rooms with a brand new coffee maker, cable TV, sparkling-clean bathrooms with new towels and soft linens. Not to mention, the river-front views from my bed. As pictured in the photo to the left.
Something for everyone.
I was surprised to find that there really is something for everyone in the Catskills. If you're looking to spend the afternoon with fluffy animals there's the Buck Brook Alpacas (photo below is from their Instagram), or maybe you'd love to visit where Woodstock took place (hint it's not in Woodstock, NY). The newly opened Hurley Performing Arts Centre has exciting things on the horizon, including movies in the park during the summer and the opening of the Tango Cafe featuring world-famous chef Tom Velenti.
Nature trails and more.
The best part about the Catskills is being out in nature. Even if you look at trees everyday, these are different trees! There's dozes of different hiking trails in the area - including the ADA compliant Ashokan-Rail-Trail, that offers 11 miles of flat, easy trails above the Ashokan Reservoir.
Bird lovers can discover endangered species among Hunter Mountain. or enjoy one of the many trails great for birding. The Fly Fishing Center and Museum is located on 50 acres of land with river access and trails. Image below from the CFFCM.
No matter how you spend it, a weekend in the Catskills can be a great, easy vacation for New York City dwellers. Good to gather is happy to help plan it for you.
Until next time,