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Summer Travel Tips for the Great Northern Catskills

We've got some great travel tips for you to make the most out of the time you spend with us.

It's never too early to plan your summer vacation. The Great Northern Catskills of Greene County are host to some of the best family resorts in New York, amazing views, and attractions.

For Fans of Soft Sheets and Plump Pillows

Sinking into the soft down of fresh bedding while on vacation is one of life's purest joys – a moment of absolute relaxation. Stay at boutique hotels and inns, or join generations of families and stay at one of the Great Northern Catskills family resorts. Enjoy the simple luxury of not having to decide or worry about a thing. Meals are taken care of – and they're delicious by the way – activities and outings, cocktails and dancing, fencing and pottery, arts and crafts, they're all provided. It's the antidote to everyday stress, the bat to your ball, the peanut butter to your jelly.

Explore the Catskills' all-inclusive family resorts, unique inns and hotels, find summer vacation packages, and start planning your getaway to the Great Northern Catskills.

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 wineries, including:

  • Cave Mountain Brewery Company in Windham has a few accolades to its name, including "Best Brewery" and "Best Burger," in addition to the distinction of being the area's first microbrewery. So, add trendsetter to the above. Stop in for the wide variety of hand-crafted brews, great food, and chill atmosphere.
  • Angela's Pizzeria & Brewery home of the Rip Van Winkle Brewing Company in Catskill is the sum of all that is holy in beer and pizza. A micro-selection of six world-class microbrews pair with the restaurant's authentic Italian-American cuisine.
  • Honey Hollow Brewing Co. in Earlton produces small-batch ales made entirely with New York State-sourced ingredients. A sub-nano, do-it-ourselves farm brewery, the folks at Honey Hollow use hops from their garden, which doubles as their tasting room. It's perfectly pastoral.
  • Crossroads Brewing Company in Athens is the home of a TAP NY's "Best Brewery in the Hudson Valley" award, and a "Best India Pale Ale in New York," so they're pretty legit. Ten craft brews, NYS wines, and a menu of locally sourced meats, produce, and cheese from farms in the Hudson Valley pair perfectly with their Great American Beer Festival win from a few years ago.

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.