I wasn’t going to share these photos from our couples trip to the Catskill mountains a few months back, but I’ve been sharing my recommendations with quite a few friends lately and thought it would be nice to share with you guys anyway, especially since the weather hasn’t improved at all and theres still ample time for a cosy getaway out of New York! I also thought it would be the perfect opportunity to tell you about Booking.com Refer-a-friend program. If you’re planning a trip or getaway soon you can feel a little less guilt when ordering another drink because Booking.com have given me €25 kickback discount HERE , all you have to do is sign into your account, click my link and the reward will save to your account. Next time you book on the site you’ll receive €25 cash-back when your stay is complete! Feeling nostalgic already looking back at these blazing orange autumn tones, I hope my guide inspires you to go explore somewhere new…
Quick Guide To 48 Hours in the Catskills
How to get there: We went over thanksgiving weekend and didn’t realise the car rental would be such a big deal. All the rental places were almost sold-out and we charging hundreds for 3 day rentals! I luckily stumbled across Turo after a frantic bit of googling, so we were easily able to rent an incredible Jeep locally for pretty cheap and we had the comfiest 2-hour ride upstate & no issues!
Where to Stay: Our main reason for going upstate was just to get out of the city and have a cosy quiet weekend away. I found Scribner’s Catskill Lodge in Hunter on instagram through a friend and it was exactly what we wanted, low-key but cool decor this place is perfect for a cosy getaway without compromising on style. It also has one of the best restaurants in this area ‘Prospect’ in-house so we were able to have the most incredible up-scale meal without having to leave the property. The trip was worth it for the most divine sunset on our balcony alone!
What To Do: Having a car is a must in our opinion. We were a bit early for skiing season on the mountain right across from us but we had such a good time riding around to different towns and restaurants in the area. If your up for a beautiful nature walk I’d recommend Kaaterskill Falls or other trails throughout the Catskills. Before we left we spent a few hours in Hudson Valley which is quite a commercial area with lots of good browsing shops & beautiful old architecture. Highly recommend a coffee/snack stop at ÖR gallery & tavern. Very chill vibe with the most eclectic decor!
Where to Eat: One of our favourite parts of the trip. It sounds weird to drive 45 minutes just to eat somewhere but the picturesque roads are so fun to drive on and are part of the adventure! We already mentioned Prospect at Scribner’s & ÖR above but we also made a drive to Phoenicia Diner , standing solemnly in the middle of the landscape with its typical americana style exterior this spot offers an elevated diner experience with a locally sourced menu. Lets face it normal diner food just isn’t very good so this appeased my inner hipster whilst still giving me the American diner experience I’ve always wanted on a trip like this! Our favourite meal was definitely Farmer & Sons in Hudson Valley, a treat for us at this price point but worth every penny! We both had the steak and a full plate of other local produce along with some great drinks which were divine alongside the cosy fire-lit atmosphere. It was definitely the perfect place for a romantic yet unpretentious meal.
I also shared some moments from our trip in this video if you want to get a better feel for our trip!
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