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…
I used to think the Catskills were just the mountain resorts you see on the screen in Dirty Dancing and Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, but this region is so much more! I recently had the opportunity to travel to the Sullivan Catskills with my fellow Macaroni KID publishers. We spent 3 days exploring the area, just 90 minutes away from New York City.
I have loved visiting the Catskills for almost two decades. An easy – and beautiful – drive from NYC, I rarely feel at ease the way I do when I’m surrounded by so much natural beauty and the calm pace of life there. Before kids, my husband and I would rent a car and head to the Catskills for a cozy weekend getaway every year.
Located on the East Coast United States, the Catskill Mountains are one of the largest and most naturally diverse regions of the East Coast United States. These scenic mountains are nestled in the 705,500 acres of Catskill Park and have winding valleys, forested mountains, rivers, tributaries, rushing streams, and a rocky and sparse vegetation landscape. In the Catskill Mountains, there are many recreational activities that visitors to indulge in and things to see.
According to the Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress, this explosion of new residents is being seen across the valley. Data from a study by Pattern for Progress shows that the Hudson Valley gained a net of more than 33,000 resident from New York City in 2020. That included a net plus 1,062 for Dutchess County, 1,130 for Ulster, a loss of 32 for Orange and a gain of 762 for Sullivan.
Believe it or not, New York is much more than the 22 square miles that constitute Manhattan. And, as it turns out, much of New York State is ideal for a subdued yet genuinely unique bachelorette party. The best part? New York City is well-connected to the rest of the world, and much of upstate is but a few-hour train ride from there. The Catskills, the mountainous region comprised of mossy gorges and microbreweries, is the ideal setting for a tree-hugging bachelorette.
If your kid is an aspiring actor, spending a summer with the program that helped train Mandy Moore and Robert Downey Jr. will likely be a hit. This total theatre immersion experience attracts kids ages 10 to 18 from around the world. Camp staff include vocal coaches, directors, and choreographers, and every kid is cast in one of about 40 shows produced over the summer.
Reconnect with extended family in a place that isn’t your own backyard. Three hours north of the city, Kenoza Hall (rates from $499) is a 22-room lakeside retreat — a grown-up summer camp surrounded by serene woodland. The onetime boardinghouse dating back to the 1880s has been reimagined by husband-and-wife design team Foster Supply Hospitality, who’ve added custom wallpaper and soaking tubs while keeping historic details like the original hardwood floors.
The tiny hamlet of Callicoon sits on the banks of the Delaware River at the base of New York’s Catskill Mountains. It’s home to art galleries, vintage shops and a historic theater that dates back to 1948.
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.