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From the beginning, they came for our fresh air, water, cool summer breezes, snowy winter slopes, and year-round spectacular scenery. Writers and influencers have found much to love in Sullivan Catskills, here’s what they have to say…

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The Best Day Trips From NYC
A natural wilderness beloved by just about every New Yorker, the Catskill Mountains are vast and beautiful. And while some regions are farther to reach than others, the Sullivan County Catskills are only 90 minutes from the city. Here you’ll find Callicoon, a charming hamlet that’s home to Seminary Hill—a hotel, restaurant, and working cider that offers tours and tastings. On your tour, you’ll explore the 12-acre organic orchard with 1,500 trees that produce over 60 varieties of apples and Perry pears, and end with a guided tasting of eight ciders. While in town, be sure to swing by Callicoon’s downtown historic district to pick up handmade homeware at the newly-opened Black Walnut (it turns into a cocktail bar at night). You’ll also be within driving distance of Bethel Woods Center for the Arts as well as locations for kayaking, canoeing, and hiking.

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Andrew Zimmern’s Favorite Food City Will Surprise You
As the host of popular TV shows ranging from Bizarre Foods to Magnolia Network’s Family DinnerAndrew Zimmern has traveled and eaten his way across the globe.   His programs have garnered a strong following because the Emmy- and James Beard Award-winning television personality and chef isn’t your typical cookie-cutter host. “My show, Tony [Bourdain’s] shows, when he was alive, are more resonant with people than a lot of other travel shows because we actually lived our brands long before we had a camera crew following us along.” We caught up with the passionate, friendly Zimmern as he prepared to head to Upstate New York for the second annual Catskill Cuisine festival May 10 to 12. He shared the most unusual food he’s tasted, his comfort food staples and his unexpected favorite food city. You will host several demonstrations at Catskill Cuisine. What is Catskill cuisine? It started in the Borscht Belt days as a summertime destination for folks — especially associated with Jewish communities in New England, and especially in New York —traveling up to a place that they knew could supply food they were familiar with. And in many cases, it was kosher food. It’s fascinating to me, as a culture geek, how something that is remembered as one thing can have a series of hinge events that turn it into something even more fabulous. The Catskill Cuisine festival is in Bethel. It’s right around the corner from Max Yasgur’s farm, where Woodstock was, which is phenomenal. Since then, obviously, golf courses, casinos, music festivals and so much more have taken place there and expanded so that people from all over the country go there during the summertime.

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New Restaurants, a Catskills Fest, and More NYC Italian Food News
Scott Conant and Fellow Celeb Chefs Power the Second Catskills Cuisine Festival Looking for a quick getaway from NYC this coming weekend? Here’s a great last-minute option: the Catskills Cuisine Festival, featuring Scott Conant, who runs the Italian steakhouse at ResortsWorld Catskills, Cellaio, will return this weekend after a successful launch last year. The event kicks off Friday, May 10, with events running throughout the weekend, including tastings, cooking demonstrations, meet and greets, a celebrity chef golf tournament and even a Mother’s Day brunch. The fest will be split between events at ResortsWorld and the iconic Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, site of the original Woodstock in 1969. Conant and Marcus Samuelsson will cook a quattro mano dinner Friday night following the golf tournament, while Saturday will feature tastings on the bucolic grounds of Bethel Woods, with bites and appearances by Andrew Zimmern, Anne Burrell, Michael Symon, Melba Wilson, Geoffrey Zakarian, and Conant and Samuelsson. Tickets and more information are available at catskill-cuisine.com; Sullivan Catskills and Bethel Woods Center for the Arts are the co-sponsors.

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5 Wellness Retreats to Escape To In 2024
The newest all-inclusive wellness resort on this list just opened in October 2023. Hemlock Neversink is situated on 230 acres of land in the Sullivan Catskills, about two hours northwest of New York City. Your stay includes all meals and non-alcoholic beverages, programming, and on-site amenities. The prix fixe menu at the on-site restaurant Bittersweet highlights plant-forward cuisine, including options like enoki mushroom and warm spinach salad and roasted cabbage or skirt steak. Enjoy spa treatments such as the 90-minute Return to Nature Ritual, which exfoliates with berry seats and white peat, then hydrates your skin with organic mushrooms, helichrysum blossoms, and berry oils. Then float while breathing in birch extract and other aromas. You’ll find a variety of workshops, yoga and meditation classes, and there’s even a goat sanctuary on site (you can go for a daily goat hike for some animal therapy), as well as tennis courts and hiking trails. This summer, nationally recognized guest instructors will teach classes and lead workouts on mat pilates and dance cardio in the honey-toned wood Movement Building, and in the Activity Building, do a Catskill honey and tea tasting, join a Shamanic drum circle, and make a vision board. Main Photos: Lake Austin Spa Resort Follow along for all your travel needs with our Flights of Fancy series and Jetset Journeys series.

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Push for Resort Hotel Rezoning Favored in Liberty
Sullivan Catskills Visitors Association (SCVA) President and CEO, Roberta Byron-Lockwood, was one of the supporters of the local law aimed at altering two properties to be a part of the Resort Hotel (RH) zoning.

LIBERTY — A local law poised to switch two Grossinger properties from residential districts (R1) to Resort Hotel districts (RH) in the Town of Liberty received support from members of the public.

If approved, the proposal, Local Law #3 of 2024, is set to change Town Code Chapter 147 by “adding several parcels to the Resort Hotel (RH) Zoning District, as well as revise the definition of destination,” and removes certain uses from the principal permitted use column and special use column of the Schedule of District Uses for the Resort Hotel RH zoning district.” Those who offered support for the proposed legislation included town residents Allen Werlau, who said that Liberty is “long overdue for healthy growth,” and Cora Edwards, who said she would like to see an increase in tax dollars from a growing hotel and tourism industry in the town.

Also speaking in favor of the local law was Sullivan County Partnership for Economic Development President and CEO, Marc Baez, and Sullivan Catskills Visitors Association (SCVA) President and CEO, Roberta Byron-Lockwood.

The Town Board accepted the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) parts two and three in the process of making that switch Monday night, making the town lead agency.

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Game Of Chance: East Coast Casino Resorts Welcome Families

Resorts World Catskills opened in 2018 on the site of the historic Concord Hotel in Monticello, New York. (Genting Group’s Resorts World Hudson Valley and Resorts World New York City, have since opened in New York State.) There’s a different feeling and more Asian flair at this hotel and casino resort.

Like its competitors, Resorts World has hotel rooms tucked into a modern tower above a sprawling base full of gaming tables, restaurants, shops and activities. Unlike them, it’s in The Catskills, a well-known resort area packed with other family hotel and attractions options.

This East Coast casino resort is also not easy for families to navigate. The awkward layout puts more emphasis on gaming facilities for day-trippers than destination resort amenities. However, if a live show at the 2,500-seat RW Epicenter appeals, you might enjoy a night here.

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Catskill Cuisine Is an All-Star Food Fest at Bethel Woods

For the second year, Bethel Woods invites local food lovers to celebrate all things gourmet with famed chefs and restaurateurs.

If you could envision your perfect food festival, what would it include? There’d be incredible food, to be sure. Perhaps you’d also throw in a dash of demonstrations, a sprinkling of celebrity chefs, and a good pinch of local talent, too. It’s a recipe for success, and one that Catskill Cuisine follows to a tee.

What is Catskill Cuisine?

Planned for Friday, May 10, through Sunday, May 12, the second annual Catskill Cuisine is a one-of-a-kind food fest at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, in partnership with the Sullivan Catskills Visitors Association. It’s a full weekend of drinking, eating, learning, and meeting, with an impressive slew of top-tier culinary talent on the lineup. “We are thrilled to bring our community together for an even more multifaceted destination event this year,” says Roberta Byron-Lockwood, the president and CEO of the Sullivan Catskills Visitors Association (SCVA). “From our craft beverage trail to our James Beard-recognized chefs and breadth of farm-to-table offerings, the Sullivan Catskills continues to draw regional and national recognition for our culinary offerings, and we can’t wait to showcase it all to our guests.” If the Food Network is your jam, you’ll be more than a little excited to watch demos from the likes of Anne Burrell, Scott Conant, Marcus Samuelsson, Michael Symon, Geoffrey Zakarian, and Andrew Zimmern. Plus, true foodies will adore spotting Melba Wilson, the restaurateur behind Melba’s, which boasts multiple locations around Harlem and Manhattan. The schedule features a medley of local, state, and national talents, so there’s truly something for everyone here.

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The 11 Best Hotel Openings Around the Globe for Adventure Seekers
Craving inspiration for your next adventurous getaway? These recently opened hotels have arrived at the perfect time. Hemlock Neversink opened its doors last October, and you’ll want to spend much of your day outside its physical ones on this distinctive, 230-acre property. Enjoy sunrise walks accompanied by resident goats, rally on the tennis courts, and tread upon trails galore throughout the day—which include guided nature walks and yoga hikes. Nearby, there’s Holiday Mountain if you can’t imagine a winter trip to the majestic Catskills sans skiing or snowboarding. The hotel is big on the self-care beat, equipped with its own 14-treatment-room spa and pool facility, a creative studio for mindful activities like pine needle weaving, quilting, and pottery classes, and a movement/fitness space.

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Exploring Stone Arch Bridge Historical Park in the Catskills
If you’ve been reading this site for a while, you probably know that I’m a big fan of New York’s covered bridges. However, I also love finding other types of historic bridges to check out, which is what led me to Stone Arch Bridge Historical Park on a beautiful October evening. Stone Arch Bridge Historical Park is located along Route 52 just north of Kenoza Lake in Sullivan County, New York. The focal point of this 20-acre park is the stone arch bridge that passes over the East Branch of the Callicoon Creek. This bridge is 98 feet long and was built sometime around 1880 (some sources say 1873) by Swiss immigrants Henry and Philip Hembt. It features three stone arches that carry this wide bridge over the creek below.

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