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Our Curated Catskill Mountains, NY Travel Guide: A weekend of Nature, Fall Festivities, & Local Charm
As you leave the chaos of New York City behind, a short 2-hour drive North will take you to the peaceful town of Hunter, New York. This quaint town is nestled within the magical Catskill Mountains and offers the perfect fall escape. You can look forward to exploring colorful foliage, charming villages, and stunning scenery. It's a place where time slows down, and nature's beauty becomes the main attraction.
Upon reaching Hunter, NY, we highly recommend reserving your stay at The Lodge by StayMarquis, an enchanting sanctuary that combines the best of comfort and elegance. Recently renovated and professionally designed, The Lodge is the perfect vacation home for families or a group of friends looking to explore everything Hunter and Windham Mountain have to offer! Located directly across from Hunter Mountain and only a 15-minute drive to Windham Mountain, it is equipped with all the amenities your heart desires - hot tub, sauna, game room, plunge pool (open through October), and more. As you step inside, you will notice the open floor plan, abundant light throughout, high-end finishes and multitude of areas to relax and have fun. Nestled in the embrace of nature, it serves as the perfect launchpad for your autumn adventures.
Kaaterskill Falls stands as the Catskill Mountains' most renowned natural attraction, celebrated in various forms of art and literature, including paintings, poetry, film, and books. Visiting this waterfall is a highlight of any Catskills excursion and can conveniently fit into a weekend getaway. This hike covers a relatively short distance and offers a moderate challenge, making it suitable for those with limited hiking experience. Ascend the rugged trails and be rewarded with a view of one of the magnificent Kaaterskill Falls. It's a picture-perfect moment amidst the tapestry of fall.
After an invigorating hike, unwind with a craft beer at West Kill Brewing. Enjoy one of their delightful ales while relaxing by the fire pit or within their cozy taproom in the colder seasons. Their beer selection spans from traditional lagers and IPAs to creative seasonal choices infused with local elements like maple, sumac, or herbs, ensuring there's a brew to suit every taste. We recommend you keep an eye on their Instagram for a lineup of exciting food pop-up events happening throughout the season.
Story Farms is a warm and welcoming family-owned farm that offers an authentic experience of autumn in New York State. Here, visitors enjoy acres of farm fields and pick farm fresh pumpkins and apples during their harvest season. With its variety of activities for all ages, Story Farms is a perfect destination for those seeking fall festivities in the heart of the Catskills.
Fellow Mountain Cafe is a local treasure nestled in the heart of the Catskill Mountains. It's a beloved retreat for outdoor enthusiasts and coffee lovers, offering a cozy reprieve after hiking or skiing. With a menu of sandwiches, locally sourced treats, fresh baked cinnamon rolls, and coffee brewed to order, it's a favorite stop for those seeking camaraderie in the midst of the mountain's natural beauty.
The Vineyard at Windham offers a 4-acre property with panoramic views of Windham Mountain and its awe-inspiring view. As dedicated wine enthusiasts, they not only craft their own wines, but also curate fine selections from all of New York State. Ranging from the Finger Lakes to the celebrated North and South Forks of Long Island, their tasting room provides a great opportunity to enjoy discovering new wines alongside your friends and family.
Before leaving Hunter, take a leisurely stroll along Main Street and explore the posh local boutiques at Kaaterskill Market. Whether you're in search of farm-fresh ingredients, chic sustainable homewares, or a warm and friendly atmosphere, Kaaterskill Market provides an autumn experience that captures the essence of Catskill hospitality. This local favorite reflects the Catskills' support of locally made and fair-trade products.
The Hunter Scenic Skyride offers a comfortable ride to Hunter Mountain's 3,200-foot summit on the Catskill Flyer chairlift. Enjoy stunning views of the northern Catskills, and on clear days, the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts and Vermont's Green Mountains. The round-trip Skyride takes about 11 minutes each way. Don't miss the Rip Van Winkle statue at the summit. You can also hike to the Hunter Mountain Fire Tower, the highest in New York State. If you ride the Skyride down, make sure to return to the top half an hour before closing time.
Bailiwick Animal Park and Riding Stables offer a diverse range of activities, including our most recommended, horseback riding through their private and scenic 300-acre property. You can also explore their petting zoos and enjoy guided tours to learn more about the wildlife in the area. This destination is a must for any animal lover or nature enthusiast.
In just 48 hours, you'll have experienced the very essence of the Catskills. From the brilliant nature scapes to rustic vibe and adventure, this unforgettable retreat will call you back for more with its chic, yet charming fall ambience.