What is there to do in the Catskills?
This is a question I get asked all the time and I love it!
It’s an opportunity for me to share some fabulous insider Catskill experiences. We’ve
been exploring the Catskills and the fabulous Delaware County for over fifteen years.
Here my top five ways to spend a day.
Yoga at PLaY (Peace Love and Yoga @playcatskills) followed by coffee at Watershed’s
deck (@watershedroxbury). Of course, this is our number one adventure. Start the day
in one of our expertly-led classes. You’ll be inspired by the incredible view, the
beautifully designed space, and the friendly community. After class, take a short walk or
drive down the road to Watershed. There you can sample delicious coffee or tea, and
tasty treats. Now that’s how you start a Saturday!
Susan’s Pleasant Pheasant Farm. Halcottsville,N.Y.(@SusansPleasantpheasantfarm)They rent and sell kayaks and canoes.Paddle on their lake and river wetlands and enjoy the bird life. Osprey, eagles, great blue Herron,
kingfishers, common mergansers, owls, red tail hawks, wood ducks, cedar wax wings,
and more. They have a beaver lodge and dam too. There’s an charming spot to picnic.
Hop across the street to Sweet Pea Supply Company (@sweetpeasupplycompany) for
fresh food prepared with love in the heart of the Catskills.
Ski Plattekill (@plattekill_mtn) -Roxbury NY As local as local can get. Family owned and
operated by the Vajtay family. Fiercely Independent and “keeping it real” in the Catskill
Mountains. Authentic mountain vibe and a unique atmosphere. Powder magazine called
it “The Alta of the Catskills”! Follow a day of skiing with a sumptuous and hearty dinner
at Half Acre (@halfacrecatskills). Warm cozy vibe, friendly staff, and excellent seasonal
fare celebrating Catskills Heritage.
Rent bikes at the Roxbury General Store (@roxburygeneralstore) or take a relaxing
hike, stroll, ski, or horseback ride on the Catskill Scenic Trail. The Catskill Scenic Trail is a
multi-use rail trail along the former Ulster and Delaware Railroad right-of-way in rural Delaware
County, New York. It runs approximately 26 miles from Roxbury, New York to Bloomville, New York.
Halfway along the trail, you’ll find yourself in the backyard of the wonderful Hidden Inn 1893 in South
Kortright, N.Y.(@thehiddeninn1893). Great food, great service, and an iconic Catskills experience.
Last but not least, make your way to Big Indian and hike the majestic and challenging
giant ledge. Enjoy this 6.3-mile out-and-back trail. Generally considered a challenging
route. This is a very popular area for camping, hiking, and snowshoeing, so you’ll likely
encounter other people while exploring. The trail is open year-round and is beautiful to
visit anytime. Dogs are welcome and may be off-leash in some areas. After you’ve
worked up an appetite head over to Eastwinds Hotel and Dandelion Restaurant
(@dandelioneastwind) for the vibes and the food! But don’t believe me – read what
Conde Nast has to say “Dandelion, the property’s restaurant and bar, is inspired by cozy
aprés-ski bars, its hearth and warm corners designed to offer shelter and retreat. The
menu, consisting of “international comfort food,” is small, thoughtful, and impeccably
executed by Daniel Cipriani, the co-founder and F&B director.”