Village of Catskill, NY
Explore a village where artists rose to fame, Rip Van Winkle slept, and local brews abound.
A trip to the Great Northern Catskills wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Village of Catskill.
Located along the banks of the Hudson River, with the Catskill Creek flowing through it, the village is the picture-perfect example of a historic river town. Victorian storefronts line Catskill’s Main Street, filled with an eclectic variety of eateries and boutiques, and along the river’s edge lies the Thomas Cole House, once home to the famous painter and founder of the Hudson River School of Art.
An artist’s paradise, painters, photographers, and poets have for centuries found their inspiration in the natural scenery surrounding this small village. Make time to stroll across the Hudson River Skywalk, which connect the Thomas Cole National Historic Site to the Olana State Historic Site, former home to Hudson River School painter Frederic Edwin Church. As you walk across the bridge, stop at the scenic outlooks to gaze down the Hudson River Valley and see if you can spot legendary the famed sleeping spot of Rip Van Winkle.
In the Catskills, outdoor recreation is everything. Hike to the former site of the Catskill Mountain House, a late 1800’s luxury resort that attracted wealthy guests with its expansive mountain views. With so many nearby waterways to explore, the village provides a convenient base camp for fly fishermen looking to cast their lines in the Catskills, a region well-known for evolving American fly fishing into the sport it is today. Fish for Bass, Tiger Musky, and Walleye from the shores of the Hudson River, or charter a boat to take you to deeper waters for even bigger catches.
Visitors looking to enjoy locally-sourced libations are in luck. Catskill is the perfect starting point for a journey along the Catskills Beverage Trail. There are two breweries within the small town. Stop by Rip Van Winkle Brewing Company, a microbrewery that has been in operation for over 35 years under multiple names, to satisfy your thirst with a beer and your hunger with Italian-inspired pub fare. Or, relax with a pint in Crossroads Brewing Co.’s newest taproom.