The Catskill Mountains are a year-round playground for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers. About a 2 1/2-hour drive north of New York City, the mountains span six counties in upstate New York. Whether you intend to hike or fish with the family, take a romantic ski trip or sample wine from the nearby Hudson valley vineyards, you will find a number of relaxing inns ready to accommodate your needs.
A stay in the mountains offers endless views of nature.
Caleb Street’s Inn
Situated in the historic village of Catskill at the base of the mountains, the Caleb Street’s Inn (calebstreetsinn.com) was built in 1785. A veranda provides a view of the garden and Catskill Creek or guests can step outside for a walk along the Hudson River. Refreshments are served in the evening and a full breakfast is served every morning. Each of the four pet-friendly rooms offers a private bath and a view of the creek or neighboring buildings. Hiking trails, golf courses, historic sites, and Windham and Hunter Mountains are only a short drive away.
Winter Clove Inn
Nature lovers enjoy a prime location in the Northern Catskill Wilderness Preserve at Winter Clove Inn (winterclove.com). Built as a farmhouse open to sight-seers and naturalists in 1863, the inn has been owned and operated by the Whitcomb family for the last 150 years. With wood floors and colonial décor, each room has a private bath and air conditioning. Families and groups staying at the inn can gather in one of the inn’s five common rooms, or relax on the wrap-around porch. With active days of tennis, hiking or cross-country skiing ahead, guests don’t have to go far for a breakfast, lunch or dinner beside the fireplace at the inn’s restaurant.
A former Tavern built in 1805, the Christman’s Windham House (windhamhouse.com) is the oldest inn continually operating in the Catskills. The 300 acres of grounds in the town of Windham include a tennis court, golf course, heated pool, a restaurant and two full bars. Colonial-styled rooms are furnished to accommodate couples, singles and families. Guests can relax on private balconies overlooking a golf course and take their meals at Christman’s Windham House Restaurant. The inn is less than 2 miles from the ski slopes and hiking trails of Windham Mountain.
Washington Irving Inn
If you’re looking for a mountain inn with a distinct Victorian feel, Washing Irving Inn (washingtonirving.com) has much to offer. Located near two historic villages, Hunter and Tannersville, the inn has a casual, old-fashioned atmosphere. Furnished with antiques, period pieces and a bold color scheme, each of the 15 rooms have a private bath. Complimentary breakfast is served and special packages are available for Windham or Hunter Mountain. Hikers are a short walk from Kaaterskill Falls, North Lake and Hunter Mountain trails.
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