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A guide to The Catskills & Adirondacks

A guide to The Catskills & Adirondacks

A guide to The Catskills & Adirondacks

The allure of the "Big Smoke" has kept most in a constant whirlwind, leaving few to explore upstate's quieter charms. Yet, stepping beyond New York City's borders unveils a realm of possibility. Through some epic finds and some epic fails, we’ve got the best weekend (or week) down to a tee. There are so many incredible experiences for the ones who want to relax, the ones who want an adventure and for those who are in between. 

The Catskills 

A couple hour drive from NYC, The Catskills are perfect for a long weekend away where you can sidestep spending half the day driving, ensuring your time is spent embracing relaxation rather than roadways. The mountain range inspired Washington Irving's "Rip Van Winkle," boast stunning waterfalls like Kaaterskill Falls, and have been a haven for artists like Bob Dylan and David Bowie (after all, Woodstock was just down the road). 


Dave’s Milk Barn - High Falls 

Closest town - New Paltz

A dog friendly, cozy converted milk barn. It’s hidden in the middle of an ethereal flower field on a community farm in the midst of rolling hills. It’s a one-of-a-kind stay with the BEST vibes. You’ll sleep on a lofted bed only accessible by a wooden ladder and with a bonus bed, it’s suitable for 3 guests. The perfect place to finish writing your book (with lightning speed internet), a romantic retreat or a stop along the way, you’ll have to see it to believe it. 

Hutton Brickyards - Kingston

Closest town - Kingston

Nestled by the Hudson River, this unique retreat blends Kingston's historic charm, industrial heritage, and luxury. Their standalone cabins are thoughtfully designed and with two on-site restaurants and an airstream full of snack options, there's plenty of choice. Picture wood-fired ovens, locally sourced ingredients, craft cocktails, and farm-to-table delights. Activities include sauna pods, cycling and kayaking.


Guac Taco & Tequila Bar - New Paltz

An unassuming Mexican diner tucked away in the middle of a New Paltz strip mall, it sounds a little crazy but this is actually one of the best Mexican meals I’ve ever had. Simple staples dominate the menu with a tequila bar that would put most New York restaurants to shame. You’ll find yourself scraping the guac from the edges of the bowl for one last taste. It's seriously that good. 

Lola Pizza - Kingston

Authentic Neapolitan pizzas take center stage with perfectly charred crusts and creative toppings (with endless gluten free options). It has an unpretentious rustic charm that only adds to the relaxed vibes of a weekend away. Sit on the patio if it’s warm or in their main restaurant to watch your pizza being made for you in real time, and of course, you’ll have to split a bowl of freshly made pasta whilst you wait.


Minnewaska State Park Preserve

Minnewaska is a diverse family and dog friendly State Park with beautiful trails winding through lush forests, waterfalls that you can sit at all day and plenty of spots to kayak, swim or bike. The park is incredible all year round with cross country skiing and snowshoeing trails throughout. Just don’t forget to bring $10 per vehicle for entry!

Jenkins - Lueken Orchard Fruit Picking

It's uniquely gratifying to experience handpicking your own fruits and vegetables, knowing their origin, free from excessive chemicals and pesticides. Roam their orchards, channel your inner forager and gather berries, apples, and pumpkins (season depending).

Opus 40 Sculpture Park 

Located over 63 acres of meadows and bluestone quarries, Opus 40 showcases the works of Harvey Fite who dedicated 37 years to this project. You can’t miss "Monolith" – a colossal stone creation that anchors the park and the “Galaxy" labyrinth. Whilst visiting, immerse yourself in guided nature walks, medicinal oil workshops, foraging classes and yoga classes.

Zaborski Emporium

The Zaborski Emporium, located in a massive warehouse is paradise for vintage enthusiasts and art lovers alike.  From antique furniture to quirky artwork,collectibles,1900’s showers, street lights, a ceiling covered in antique ice skates, it’s totally random and will have you thinking that maybe you DO need a traffic light over your dining room table after all.

The Adirondacks

If you have the luxury of more than a few days to delve into the wonders of New York State, from The Catskills, head up to Lake Placid in the Adirondack Mountains. The town's Olympic history from 1932 and 1980 still looms large, offering a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. From hiking trails to idyllic waterfalls and lake adventures, it transforms into a premier ski destination in the winter. Our favorites within the "Lake Placid umbrella" are Mirror Lake and Saranac Lake—yes, we know…. A LOT of lakes! These are all within an hour's drive from one another, as most things are in the area and we’ve narrowed it down to the best few spots. Go and take a walk on the wild side. 


Cozy Treehouse

Closest Town - Brighton

A magically comfortable Treehouse in the middle of the forest, this is perfect for those who want something different. There is a cookhouse next door equipped for camp stoves or open fire and a heated bathroom 20 feet away. You can also extract some serious local knowledge from the hosts, Bob and Sheila, who will connect you to great experiences and unique destinations based on your comfortability level. 

The Red Cabin at Split Rock

Closest Town - Harrietstown

Originally an early 1900s ice house, the space is overflowing with character and the living area can also host additional guests with their own sleeping bags. Take in the incredible lake view from the private porch and hammock by the pond or go for a paddle if it’s warm enough. Bonus: It’s just down the road from Donnelly’s ice cream! 


Fiddlehead Bistro

For how humble the outside of the restaurant looks, your mind will be blown by how great the food is in this little restaurant. The team have created a menu that showcases a farm-to-table concept, sourcing ingredients from local farmers and foragers. The menu evolves with the seasons so you’ll always have something new to try.

Saranac Sourdough 

Known for its exceptional artisanal sourdough, this small but mighty bakery/restaurant has a passionate dedication to traditional baking techniques, long fermentation processes, and high-quality ingredients. The result? A crusty exterior, a soft and chewy interior, and a tangy flavor that makes each bite a true pleasure. The team will make you just about anything you ask for, so come hungry!

Donnelly’s Soft Serve Ice Cream 

You scream, we scream, the entirety of Lake Placid screams for Donnelly’s ice cream. Renowned amongst locals as being the “best ice cream in the world” it’s a beloved local institution. Serving up homemade ice cream since 1953 out of a miniscule white cabin on the side of the road, there's a different flavor every day of the week, “twisted” with vanilla, piled high on a crisp cone. Just don’t forget cash as they don’t take cards!


Saranac Lake Wild Forest Hike

The Wild Forest has countless trails leading to over 100 bodies of water. A favorite of mine is the Ampersand Mountain Trail, the start is located just off Route 3 and easy to find. You’ll experience varied landscapes, from serene lake shores and beaches, to thick woods and at the summit, you’ll have insane panoramic views of the Adirondack High Peaks. At 5 to 6 hours for the round trip, it’s moderately challenging. For full information on the hikes and trails available, see HERE

Pendragon Theatre 

The Pendragon Theatre is a total Adirondack treasure and backbone of the lake’s theater scene. It's where the stage comes alive with shows that make you laugh, cry, and everything in between. This old building that oozes character looks like a saloon in the Wild West, and the intimate setup means you're up close and personal with the actors. 

Bobsledding at the Lake Placid  Olympic Complex

If you’re up for a high-octane adventure, or you just want to relive “Cool Runnings”, you can’t miss this bobsleigh experience. You’ll plunge down the exact same track where athletes have chased Olympic glory and feel the rush of G-forces as you twist and turn. Whether you're a thrill-seeker or a curious explorer, this is an epic experience and something you can’t miss when you’re in the Olympic heart of New York. 

The Wild Center

The Wild Center is a predominantly outdoors museum that blends interactive exhibits, Patrick Dougherty’s array of stickwork sculptures, live animal encounters, and outdoor trails forging a gateway to understanding the Adirondacks' intricate web of life. Throughout the year, they host an array of events, from festivals to discussions about climate change. They also offer guided hikes, canoe trips, and workshops.