This legendary vacationland—once home to hundreds of summer resorts— is a two-hour drive from Manhattan. Today, contemporary full-service resorts, charming inns, and a multi-million-dollar arts center at the site of the 1969 Woodstock Music and Art Fair makes the Sullivan Catskills the country escape of choice for city-dwellers to unwind and recharge.
Seventy-five miles north of New York City, the Monticello of New York (pronounced “Mon-teh-seh-low,” in case you’re wondering) has long been best known for its Raceway, but l’d wager a bet that won’t be the case for long. Five miles to the east, on the other side of picturesque Kiamesha Lake, is a new resort for families that provides the perfect weekend getaway: The Kartrite Resort & Indoor Waterpark.
The Western Catskills are the place to be when the mercury rises. Perched along the Delaware River, this hamlet of some 269 residents is an excellent headquarters for tubing, kayaking, and canoeing on the river. Half-day and full-day excursions with Lander's River Trips are a perfect summertime choice. Just make sure to stop by Narrowsburg Proper general store for snacks and sundries before your outing. Head to The Laundrette, The Heron, and the Cochecton Fire Station to refuel at the end of the day. And finally, for your accommodations, head across the river to Pennsylvania and book a stay at the Hotel Darby.