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Local Guides | New York City

Explore Our New York Outpost, Getaway Eastern Catskills

Here’s a handy guide for getting to our New York Outpost, Getaway Eastern Catskills, and local spots to pick up any supplies you may need. While there’s a lot to do in the area, we suggest taking a break from planning in excess and simply enjoying the time away from your daily routine and hustle.

Parking + Public Transportation

Parking at Getaway Eastern Catskills is easy; simply drive up and park directly next to your tiny cabin. If you don’t have wheels, don’t worry.  Our Outposts can be accessed by a variety of ways on public transportation:

  • From Penn Station, you can take Amtrak to the Hudson, NY stop, then grab a cab (we recommend Pronto Taxi, 518-822-9500, cash only) for about a 20-25 min ride to your Getaway House.
  • From the NYC Greyhound station, you can take it to the Catskill Park & Ride, then take a taxi from there.
  • From Grand Central, you can take MetroNorth to Poughkeepsie, and you could Uber over from there. It’s an hour ride and will probably be pricey (about $150), so it’s a better option if you split it with friends.

Walks in the Woods

Want to remove the walls between you and nature? Take a trip down one of these nearby hiking trails just a short drive away.

Kaaterskill Falls
Distance: 2.5 miles, about 1.5 hours
Difficulty: Easy
Dogs allowed

Directions from Getaway Eastern Catskills

This hike is short, though it is also steep and can get rocky. But all the effort is totally worth it when you reach the gorgeous waterfall.

Overlook Mountain Trail
Distance: 4.8 miles, about 3 hours
Difficulty: Moderate
Dogs allowed on-leash

Directions from Getaway Eastern Catskills

The stunning view from the top of this hike makes you forget about the strenuous slog to get there. You’ll also find an old fire tower and ruins of a former hotel at the summit, and at the start or end of your hike, you can visit a Buddhist temple.

North-South Lake
Distance: 4.1 miles, about 3 hours
Difficulty: Moderate
Dogs allowed on-leash

Directions from Getaway Eastern Catskills

Follow Mary’s Glen Trail to enjoy the views from Artist’s Rock, Sunset Rock, Newman’s Ledge, and North Point, then reward yourself with a dip in the lake. Or simply skip the hike and enjoy the water!

Sustenance & Snacks

If you’re in need of extra supplies, you can find several stores nearby to fulfill your needs and fill your belly.

Last Chance Cheese, 6009 Main St, Tannersville, New York, 12485
You’ll find so much more than just cheese here! Sit down for a meal at the tavern, search for treasure among the antiques, peruse the gourmet offerings in the shop, and choose from a huge selection of beer and, of course, cheese.

Hannaford, 223 Main St, Cairo, NY 12413
Hannaford is a full supermarket so you can stock up here.

Crossroads Brewing Company, 201 Water Street Catskill, NY 12015
To enjoy a pint of beer or a glass of wine on the bank of the Catskill creek, head to the Crossroads Brewing Company’s Taproom.

Tousey Winery,  1774 New York, U.S. 9, Germantown, NY 12526
To taste some of the local flavors of Catskill, NY head to Tousey Winery prepared to find a new favorite wine. 

Notes on Nature

  • The Catskills are made up of 98 peaks, and they were shaped by waterways and sediment deposits, meaning that geologically they are considered a dissected plateau, not mountains.
  • Bobcats do live in the region, and many people believe that is what inspired the name Catskills, though that hasn’t been proven to be true.
  • Golden eagles, bald eagles, and a variety of hawks are common in the area, so you might spot them soaring overhead.

Book a cabin at Getaway Eastern Catskills today.

Local Guides | New York City

Best Places to Take Your Dog Near Getaway Eastern Catskill

We know our furry friends love escaping the city just as much as we do. There’s nothing better than trading in sidewalks and small dog parks for trotting along hiking trails and collecting sticks.

Traveling Upstate is a journey for pet owner and pet alike, and that’s why we’ve compiled some essential reading for getting away with your pup. After all, what’s better than setting that “out of office” on, collecting your canine buddy, and venturing out into the quiet, peaceful Outpost?

We partnered with our friends at Chewy to offer you some fantastic tips for traveling with your dog.

Go on Walks in the Woods

Your dog will love it, and you will, too. Did you know that there’s scientifically proven benefits to walking over rustling leaves? Give yourself that sense of calm, and get some great exercise for your dog in the process. Don’t forget to bring snacks for you and dog treats for them.

North South Lake
~ 25 minutes from Outpost

Dogs are allowed on-leash throughout this beautiful lakeside area. Lounge near the water or follow Mary Glen’s Trail to see Artist’s Rock, Sunset Rock, Newman’s Ledge, and North Point. We recommend choosing a dog leash that fits your dog’s personality and your needs. A hands-free dog leash, for example, can help simplify hiking with your four-legged friend.

Overlook Mountain Trail
~ 40 minutes from Outpost

This moderate hike has some challenging points, but the view at the top is more than worth it. On-leash dogs are welcome throughout the whole trail. Don’t forget to bing along dog poop bags to do your part in maintaining the beautiful route.

Local Attractions

Every Getaway Outpost is dog-friendly, and there’s no real need to venture out. The cabins have everything you need and nothing you don’t. If you do find yourself hankering to get some of the local flavor of our Getaway Catskills Outpost, there are several places you can stop and enjoy along with your pup.

Mountain Top Arboretum
~ 30 minutes from Outpost

While you can’t let your pup run free through the whole arboretum, there are designated places for dogs to play. Bring along some dog treats or your pup’s favorite dog toy enjoy some greenery with your leashed pup on Maude Adams Road and the East Meadow. The Spruce Glen trails are open to all pups, leashed or not. Bringing along a dog GPS tracker can also help keep your dog safe and monitor their activity.

Olana State Historic Site
~ 30 minutes from Outpost

While dogs are not allowed inside the home and studio on the property, they are allowed on the grounds on-leash. Take your pup on a walk through this 25 acre hilltop estate and get a beautiful view of the Hudson River Valley below.

Dining

The New York Restaurant
~ 20 minutes from Outpost

This cool local spot specializes in authentic Polish cuisine. Bring along a dog travel bowl and dog water bowl to have your pup enjoy mealtime with you. Their two outdoor tables are pet-friendly, so it’s the perfect spot to sit with your pup and sample some pierogis.

Catskill Mountain Country Store
~ 40 minutes from Outpost

If you’re looking for a bite to eat, then stop by this local restaurant and store with pup-friendly outdoor seating. Serving up both breakfast and lunch, we recommend their pancakes or their old-fashioned ice cream counter.

If your dog isn’t the exploring type, then don’t worry. There’s something magical about disconnecting from technology and finding the time for unstructured play with your dog, taking in those playful moments and adorable snuggles. And of course, there’s plenty of space for sleepy pups to take a nap in our cabins, too.

Read more from our friends at Chewy and their adventure to Getaway Catskills by visiting Pet Central.

Local Guides | New York City

Where to Find Balance in New York

We all could benefit from bringing more balance into our lives. Our busy work and social calendars can burn us out and tire us out easily. That’s why we’re bringing you a series of recommendations for the best places to find disconnection and balance. We still believe leaving the city is the best way to recharge, but that’s not always possible, so it’s important to find sanctuaries even in the middle of our cities.

Here are some of our recommendations for our favorite places to rejuvenate in New York.

For Meditation

Mindfulness

With a mission of making humans feel good, MNDFL is the perfect space for someone looking to integrate meditation into their routine. In addition to a variety of classes, the space also offers space for self-guided practice when there are no sessions.

For Yoga

Yoga

New York has an endless supply of wonderful yoga studios, but a great one to try is Yoga Vida. With a wide variety of classes and a mission to make yoga accessible and inclusive, it’s the perfect place to find your new yoga community.

For an Immersive Wellness Experience

If you’re looking for a new and different way to relax, consider Modrn Sanctuary. The wellness center aims to be “a haven for those looking to calm their senses and relax.” With everything from personal meditation domes to Himalayan salt baths, it’s the ideal place for anyone looking to explore the newest trends surrounding a balanced lifestyle.

For Greenery

Trees

For those looking to head, the best place to disconnect in the middle of the city is Central Park. While some parts may be filled with tourists during the warmer months, there’s still plenty of space for you to take a break from the hustle and bustle and go for a stroll.

City Escape

These are all great practices to build balance back into your routine. Sometimes nothing beats a quick and simple escape from the city.

Artist Fellowship | Features

Getaway Artist Fellow Profile: Anna Tullis

Anna Tullis has been all around the US. Born in Colorado, she moved to Kansas City to work for a non-profit before relocating to Los Angeles to attend college. These days, she finds herself in New York City, recently having completed a graduate degree at The Juilliard School of Drama.

As an actor, writer, and photographer, Anna enjoys crafting anecdotes about the people, passersby, and surroundings she observes. Informed by her photography, these ideas morph into short stories, vignettes, and poems that feed her expression on the stage and screen.

Anna Tullis Cabin Exterior

After four rigorous years of graduate school, she is mindful to allot time to escape it all. To get away from the bustle of New York City, Anna enjoys traveling upstate, visiting her home in Colorado, people watching in Washington Square Park, or sitting at home in her room and rediscovering serenity.

Anna Tullis Trees

As an Artist Fellow, Anna integrated the solitude and peacefulness of our New York Outpost with its opposite: the constant, taxing presence and pressure of the crowds in New York City. One of her goals was to find inspiration and quiet in nature, to be still, listen, observe, and nurture her innermost self and refuel.

She produced a series of photos and written pieces formatted on her typewriter, capturing nature’s expressiveness through the stillness, aromas, animals, and colors of the Catskills and her tiny cabin in late fall. Enjoy one of her ethereal creations here.

Anna Tullis Poetry

Local Guides | Nature

Explore Our Favorite Hikes

Falling on November 17 this year, National Take a Hike Day is all about exploring the over 60,000 miles of trails throughout the United States. We’re sharing our favorite paths from each of our Outposts. Wear some sturdy shoes, pack extra water and snacks, and bring along a friend to celebrate with us.

Best Hike around DC

Hike

Hightop Mountain, around Mile 68 of Skyline Drive, VA

Hightop Mountain is a pleasant 3.2 mile round trip hike that offers a 180-degree southwest view of Shenandoah National Park. Follow the Appalachian Trail for a slow and steady climb with switchbacks that build anticipation until the end. Even in cloudy conditions, the view at the peak reveals layers of the Blue Ridge mountains extending into the distance. Especially beautiful during steamy sunrises or during autumn months, Hightop Mountain is one of those hikes that even the most experienced climbers return to over the years.

Best Hike around NY

Overlook Mountain hike

Overlook Mountain, 335 Meads Mountain Road, Woodstock, NY 12498

After a gradual 2.5-mile uphill trek, the skeletal ruins of an 1920s-era hotel await hikers before they continue towards the summit of Overlook Mountain. Breathtaking views of the Hudson River Valley and infinite swaths of foliage await. If you’ve got the energy and your quads aren’t burning too badly, climb the stairs to the top of the old fire tower for an unobstructed 360-degree perspective of the surrounding scenery.

Best Hike around Boston

Bear Brook hike

Bear Brook State Park, 61 Deerfield Road, Allenstown, NH 03275

As one of the largest developed parks in New Hampshire, Bear Brook State Park’s 10,000 acres contain over 40 miles of trails at varying difficulties for every kind of hiker. Many lead to quiet summits, marshes, bogs, and ponds, where you can fish, swim, or boat. Mountain bikers and equestrians are also welcome to practice their sport. Our favorite path is Catamount Trail, about 2.2 miles roundtrip. It’s a difficult uphill climb along a rocky and steep trail. However, after winding through a red pine forest, the reward is one of the best lookouts in the entire park.

Backpack packed and boots laced? Book a cabin and explore these local hikes.

Local Guides | New York City

What to do around Getaway NYC

Public Transportation
Your cozy escape from the city can be accessed a variety of ways on public transportation if you don’t have a car:

  • From Penn Station, you can take Amtrak to the Hudson, NY stop, then grab a cab (we recommend Pronto Taxi, 518-822-9500, cash only) for about a 20-25 min ride to your Getaway House.
  • From the NYC Greyhound station, you can take it to the Catskill Park & Ride, then take a taxi from there.
  • From Grand Central, you can take MetroNorth to Poughkeepsie, and you could Uber over from there. It’s an hour ride and will probably be pricey (about $150), so it’s a better option if you split it with friends.

Walks in the Woods
Want to remove the walls between you and nature? Take a trip down one of these nearby hiking trails just a short drive away.

Kaaterskill Falls
Distance: 2.5 miles, about 1.5 hours
Difficulty: Easy
Dogs allowed

This hike is short, though it is also steep and can get rocky. But all the effort is totally worth it when you reach the gorgeous waterfall.

Overlook Mountain Trail
Distance: 4.8 miles, about 3 hours
Difficulty: Moderate
Dogs allowed on-leash

The stunning view from the top of this hike makes you forget about the strenuous slog to get there. You’ll also find an old fire tower and ruins of a former hotel at the summit, and at the start or end of your hike, you can visit a Buddhist temple.

North South Lake
Distance: 4.1 miles, about 3 hours
Difficulty: Moderate
Dogs allowed on-leash

Follow Mary’s Glen Trail to enjoy the views from Artist’s Rock, Sunset Rock, Newman’s Ledge, and North Point, then reward yourself with a dip in the lake. Or simply skip the hike and enjoy the water!

Exploring Nearby
Spend your day further afield and come back to your cabin to relax after your adventures.

Mountain Top Arboretum
Immerse yourself in the nature of the Catskills at this public garden which curates a collection of native plants and trees, and is less than 30 minutes from your tiny cabin. Discover natural meadows, wetlands, and forests along the trails and boardwalks of the arboretum, and be on the lookout for local birds.

Thomas Cole National Historic Site & Olana State Historic Site
For your art fix, head about 20 minutes west to Thomas Cole National Historic Site, where you can learn about the history of the Hudson River School of landscape painting. Just a few minutes across the Hudson River, you’ll find Olana State Historic Site, where you can take a tour to see more of this style of art or simply walk the grounds of the gorgeous estate.

Windham Mountain
About 30 minutes away, Windham Mountain is a great escape in any season. In winter, ski, snowboard, and snowshoe the trails around the resort. In summer, ride through the mountain bike park or take the chairlift to have a picnic at the summit.

Road Trip Curiosities
Start to disconnect from your daily life and explore something new before you even reach your tiny home by visiting these destinations along the way.

Storm King Art Center
1 Museum Rd, New Windsor, NY 12553

This spectacular outdoor sculpture park is definitely worth a slight detour on your way up to the woods. Walking around the grounds is the perfect way to stretch your legs, and you might lose track of time with all the amazing art around. Be sure to bring your camera!

Opus 40
50 Fite Rd, Saugerties, NY 12477

For another sculpture park with a very different vibe, visit Opus 40 along your way. A quarry transformed into beautiful art by Harvey Fite, this labyrinth of stone is a special place to explore.

Photo by Tanya Binford

Lighthouse Park
255 River Road, Esopus, NY 12487

Stop for some fresh air and a view of the Esopus Meadows Lighthouse, or take the trail to Esopus Meadows Preserve for more hiking and river views.

 

Sustenance & Snacks
If you’re in need of extra supplies, you can find several stores nearby to fulfill your needs and fill your belly.

Catskill Country Store
430 Main St, Catskill, New York 12414

This quirky local shop sells everything from candles to fudge, and you can pick up local jams, dressings, and sauces to top off your own meals and bring a taste home with you. They also have an ice cream counter and serve breakfast all day.

Last Chance Cheese
6009 Main St, Tannersville, New York, 12485

You’ll find so much more than just cheese here! Sit down for a meal at the tavern, search for treasure among the antiques, peruse the gourmet offerings in the shop, and choose from a huge selection of beer and, of course, cheese.

Hannaford
223 Main St, Cairo, NY 12413

Hannaford is a full supermarket where you can stock up on essentials.

On the Local Menu

Mike’s Diner
6306 Route 32, Cairo, NY 12413
7 AM-2 PM, Daily

Stop by this classic road side diner and chat with the waitress that has worked there for 47 years and enjoy the company of the locals reading at the counter every day.

Circle W Market
3328 NY-23A, Palenville, NY 12463
7:30am-5:00pm Mon-Fri, 8:00am-5:00pm Sat & Sun (kitchen closes at 4:30pm every day)

Locals love this little spot for its fantastic sandwiches. Circle W also serves a simple breakfast and has shelves of other snacks to save for later.

Fernwood
341 Malden Ave, Palenville, NY 12463
5:00pm-10:00pm Daily

If you want a feast, head to Fernwood for a hearty meal. The menu skews Italian, but they also have specials like Taco Tuesdays, so you’re sure to find something delicious among the eclectic offerings.

The New York Restaurant
353 Main St, Catskill, NY 12414
11:00am-10:00pm daily (closed on Wed)

Authentic Polish fare in a cool vintage setting featuring live music is the draw at The New York Restaurant. Sample house-made pierogi, kielbasa and golumpki or go for a more American take with a tasty burger. For vegetarians, there are plenty of options: cauliflower wings, a curry rice bowl, and a veggie burger.

 

Notes on Nature

  • The Catskills are made up of 98 peaks, and they were shaped by waterways and sediment deposits, meaning that geologically they are considered a dissected plateau, not mountains.
  • Bobcats do live in the region, and many people believe that is what inspired the name Catskills, though that hasn’t been proven to be true.
  • Golden eagles, bald eagles, and a variety of hawks are common in the area, so you might spot them soaring overhead.

Ready for an upstate adventure? Book your Getaway now.