Winter Getaway Lodging & Dining Ideas
Your new favorite place to be is closer to home than you think! Escape to the Great Northern Catskills this winter and enjoy epic lodging and dining experiences for a Greatest-Of-All-Time vacation!
If you haven’t heard about the wave of good vibes coming out of the Catskills right now, then you’ve probably been hiding under a rock. Named one of Lonely Planet’s Best Places to Travel in 2019, as well as getting a nod from the New York Times as “a new mecca for artisans,” the zeitgeist has spoken and one thing is very clear: the Catskills are ripe for discovery!
Let the Great Northern Catskills be your epic winter getaway spot. If you’ve never been, we’ve prepared some ideas for where to stay and dine to get you started, but this is only a small sample of what awaits you two hours north of the city.
Glen Falls House is a newly renovated property in the Round Top area of the Great Northern Catskills. Scandi-chic rooms and a well-stocked bar make this the ideal getaway for anyone looking to sleep in, eat well, drink well, curl up by a fire and meander through shops filled with fun treasures. Bonfires and s’mores every night? Check. Access to ice-skating and spa experiences at Windham Mountain, check and check! Main Street shops and wine tasting too? Absolutely. Luxuriate in a getaway of your own creation and discover the wonders of a winter escape in the Great Northern Catskills.
Kaatskill Mountain Club Lodge at Hunter Mountain offers access to one of Outside Magazine’s Best Ski Towns. On-site dining, shopping, rentals, sauna, heated outdoor pool and hot tubs plus suites with ample space for a group make this a top pick for winter getaways in the Catskills. Book mid-week ski and stay packages for a sweet deal and ski and ride the slopes, take a tour on a winter zipline suspended 600 feet above the ground, and check out the foodie scene in neighboring Tannersville.
Think the city has a monopoly on great cuisine? Think again. Head to the Great Northern Catskills and find hidden gems like Jessie’s Harvest House, where the menu includes Wild Boar Stew, Charred Octopus, and Pan-seared Wild Scottish Salmon – all for around $30 a plate. Or stop by The New York Restaurant on Main Street in Catskill for authentic Polish cuisine – their motto is “Make Pierogi, Not War” – and Jazz Brunch. When you’ve eaten your fill at some of the top restaurants in the Catskills, walk it off at Mansion + Reed General Store in Coxsackie, where gourmet goods and unique merchandise share shelf space. Head to Greenville and check into The Woodhouse Lodge, a newly renovated property providing a modern respite for city dwellers in need of a relaxing, yet refined retreat.
There’s something incredibly romantic about a winter landscape and being cozily tucked indoors next to a roaring fire. For a romantic Valentine's Day, or any day escape, the Great Northern Catskills offer quite a few boutique hotels that put a unique, yet utterly luxurious spin on a winter trip. At Eastwind Hotel + Bar, book a Lushna cabin for an unparalleled view of Windham Mountain ski resort, or a King room that evokes the simple elegance of Scandinavian design. Explore downtown Windham – and its incredible French bakery, La Patisserie Normande, or hit the slopes and ski the day away.
After all, you never regret the time you spend exploring new places, trying new things, and eating the best burger you’ve ever tasted.