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Summer Travel Tips for the Great Northern Catskills

Tips for making the most out of your Catskills stay.

It's never too early to plan your summer vacation. The Great Northern Catskills of Greene County are host to an array of experiential lodging and some of the best all-inclusive family resorts in New York. The views are breathtaking. And the attractions range widely—between the chill and the thrill. 


Shuffle board at family resort

For fans of soft sheets and plump pillows...or family pillow fights

The Green Northern Catskills' growing number of experiential lodging options has not gone unnoticed, with just recently holds its own in New York State, with a —some featured in the New York Times. It is also home to a legacy of family resorts for which the Catskills are renowned. These are often owned and run by generations of families also serving generations of families that keep coming back, year after year. All-inclusive family resorts provide the blissful luxury of not having to decide or worry about a thing. Delicious meals are taken care of. Activities and outings, cocktails and dancing, fencing and pottery, arts and crafts—they're all provided. Learn more about places to stay and vacation packages currently being offered.

Flight of beers with snacks

For the Loungers

There is nothing better than kickin' back after a hike, or lunch, and enjoying a locally made craft brew. Luckily, the Great Northern Catskills are home to a growing micro-movement to create tasty brews using New York State-sourced ingredients.

Sample the region's crop of new bevies from microbreweries and hard ciders from its only cidery:

  • Subversive Malting + Brewing in Catskill is a farmhouse craft brewery that uses the traditional floor malting technique to craft their signature brews. The kitchen offers burgers, sandwiches, salads, and kids items for a fun family meal. 
  • Hunter Mountain Brewery Kitchen & Craft Beer in Hunter offers 15 of their own handcrafted brews and a pairing pub menu with vegan and gluten free options. 
  • West Kill Brewery is a former farm-turned-brewhouse that features handcraft brews made with foraged ingredients and rooted in the Catskill Mountain's folklore. Look for pop up food options and other events. 
  • Left Bank Cidery is Greene County's first cidery. Located in Catskill, you'll find hard ciders made with locally and NYS-sourced apples. 
Couple overlooking the mountains while hiking

For the Adventurous Spirits

How much time do you have? Hit the highlights or simply head for the horizon and see where the road takes you. Drive to the Catskills for a little E&E (Eating and Exploration). The region offers a growing number of roadside country stores complete with old-timey décor and goods, wine bars offering pairings with locally sourced cheeses, microbreweries galore, and unique, design-forward places to stay.

And, bonus, a trip to the Catskills offers complimentary views, hiking, and springtime artistic adventures. Check out the Catskills' top attractions and start your adventure.