…because nobody puts the Catskills in the corner.
Stay: Eastwind Hotel & Bar
Vibe: The Catskills have been undergoing a revival in recent years, eschewing retro-family-vacation vibes for stylish boutique hotels, a hot farm-to-table scene, and an influx of younger vacationers. Case in point: Eastwind, a former bunkhouse for hunters and fly fishermen that’s now a Scandinavia-meets-Upstate-style resort, with cozy-luxe touches like wool blankets, hand-woven Turkish rugs, spa bathrooms, wood-burning stoves, and some funky wallpaper (yes, those are drunken woodland creatures). Three A-frame Lushna Cabins — a minimalist take on glamping, with Frette linens, private firepits, and wildlife journals — take full advantage of the view.
While You’re Here: Hiking, biking, kayaking, or any other outdoorsy activity (like lounging in Eastwind’s oversized hot tub) is the way to go, with the resorts Windham and Hunter nearby. For dinner, make the 15-minute drive to Scribner’s (another of the area’s cool, new lodges) for playful, locally inspired cuisine at Prospect.
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Psst!… Have you ever climbed a fire tower? Built to detect wildfires nearly a century ago, five towers remain scattered throughout the Catskills, offering unparalleled panoramic views. For more info, visit www.catskillcenter.org/fire-tower-project.
Rates: From $159/night; www.eastwindny.com
Photos courtesy of Eastwind Hotel & Bar