Getaway to the Catskills

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We are fortunate to live near New York City, with lots of cultural events and attractions. However, going to NYC at any time has some drawbacks, namely that it is SUPER CROWDED, everywhere, and it can be SUPER EXPENSIVE.

I was recently hosted on a weekend getaway with the Catskill Mountain Foundation and discovered that there is much culture to be enjoyed just a two hour drive away from the city, with wide open spaces.

Our home base for the weekend was Sherwood House, a guesthouse where students, teachers, musicians,
dancers and artists have stayed to collaborate and produce amazing pieces.

We were situated in Sherwood House because it is very convenient to Sugar Maples Center for Creative Arts, a center for the study of studio arts. The arts are really poppin’ in the Catskills!

In Hunter Village Square, the Kaaterskill Fine Arts & Crafts Gallery, features the work of local and regional artists in a variety of mediums, everything from craft exhibits to salon-style exhibitions for art work. Everyone in our group found something they needed to purchase.

Right across the street is the Catskill Mountain Foundation’s Piano Performance Museum, an unexpected and fascinating gem displaying the Steven E. Greenstein Collection of historic pianos from Europe and the Americas over the past four centuries. These pianos can actually be PLAYED and all can be featured in professional performances.

This afternoon filled with music and art left us read to enjoy dinner at the Deer Mountain Inn lodge and restaurant.
Deer Mountain Inn is ALL kinds of luxurious. I felt like the Rat Pack definitely would have convened in the restaurant for a cocktail. The lodge has six gorgeous rooms appointed with a combination of turn-of-the-century design and rustic modern touches. The property is on 168 wooded acres, making for great views and relaxing nature hikes. After filling our bellies with top notch cuisine, we could only drive back to Sherwood House to recharge for our next day’s adventure in the Catskills.



  1. vickie couturier says

    how beautiful,never been to the catskills,sounds very nice

  2. Maryann D. says

    I live on Long Island but have always wanted to visit the Catskills. It looks lovely and hopefully one day I will get there with my family.

  3. These pictures are all so beautiful. I feel like vacation we go to lots of open places and country side areas since we live so close to the city.

  4. That looks like a cool place! It would be fun to visit the Catskills someday! 🙂

  5. What a beautiful room, that is just so my style, I could sit there all day. It definitely sounds like a fascinating venue to visit.

  6. so pretty.
    I wish I was there today with this great weather!

  7. It has been many years since I was in the Catskills. My Dad used to have to go on conventions that were held up there. It was so beautiful and plenty to do! I know I would enjoy going there again and the artist area intrigues me.

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