For too long, the Catskills have had a reputation for little more than borscht, fly-fishing, and half naked, sock-wearing sun bathers that look like your Uncle Frank.
But recently, young New Yorkers have stated catching on that not only are the rolling, tree-lined mountains and lakes of upstate New York drop dead gorgeous, but nifty new businesses are springing up in the region, too.
To wit: The Graham & Co, a hip new country lodging with 13 rustic-by-way-of-Brooklyn suites perfect for a long weekend hideaway in the hills. Or the Phoenicia Diner, which was recently taken over by NYC chef Mike Cioffi, who added sizzling skillets and polenta to the classic American menu.
Grab the bug spray and leave the kids at home: this weekend, you’re kicking it Catskill-style.
Click through for where to shop, sleep, and eat in the Catskills (in luxury of course).
SHOP: There's nothing like a piping hot cup of coffee to top off a day roaming the hills. Nina Ordoubadi's sleek tea bar, Tay Home, offers hand-made blends like sweet smelling jasmine and rich green and white (along with indulgent chocolate treats). 131 Main Street, Andes; taytea.com.
Tay Tea/Tay Tea
SLEEP: When it comes to cool digs, the hippest on the block is Graham & Co, a 13 room country lodge with an edgy, urbanite appeal (think chalkboards by the swimming pool and wood-hewn tables). 80 New York 214, Phoenicia; thegrahamandco.com.
Graham & Co/Graham & Co
SHOP: The town of Hobart got its reputation as the "book village" of the Catskills by being home to a smattering of top-notch shops where book worms can cozy up in a quiet corner. Our top picks: Adam's Antiquarian books (for rare, 17th century tomes) and Mysteries and More, which emphasizes science fiction titles. Main Street, Hobart; hobartbookvillage.com.
Hobart Book Village/Hobart Book Village
SHOP: There's no telling what you'll find at the aptly-named Mystery Spot, an antiques and oddities store stocked with quirky vintage finds like antique cameras, old toys, or funky junk. 72 Main Street, Phoenicia; lauralevine.com.
Mystery Spot/Mystery Spot
SLEEP: If you've always dreamed of sleeping in an Airstream trailer, hit Kate's Lazy Meadow, which offers a series of silvery Airstreams along with cozy cabins outfitted with classic country antiques and room keys attached to Swiss Army knives. 5191 Route 28, Mount Temper; lazymeadow.com.
Lazy Meadow/Lazy Meadow
INDULGE: You'll definitely have earned a leisurely massage or facial after all that Catskills hiking. Check out the Shimmer Spa (so-named, we assume for all the shimmery chandeliers), where patrons choose from a service menu that includes hot salt scrubs and reflexology sessions. 2258 County Highway 41, Roxbury; theroxburymotel.com.
Shimmer Spa/Shimmer Spa
SLEEP: For a more indulgent Catskills experience, check into the Emerson Resort and Spa, which boasts spacious suites, sweeping views, and a holistic spa that plays host to ayurevdic rituals. 5340 Route 28, Mount Trempor; emersonresort.com.
SHOP: Healthy, biodynamic fare is the name of the game at the Pakatakan Farmer's Market, which hits the town of Margaretville every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Stop by for farm fresh produce, cheeses, meats, and a Belgian waffle hot off the griddle from "The Waffle People." 46676 State Hwy 30 , Halcottsville.
Pakatan Farmers Market/Pakatan Farmers Market
EAT: You probably worked up an appetite after your morning fly-fishing session, so we recommend tucking into a skillet sizzling with hot polenta, scrambled eggs, and sauteed greens at the Phoenicia Diner—the brainchild of Brooklyn chef, Mike Cioffi. 5681 Route 28, Phoenicia; phoeniciadiner.com.
Phoenicia Diner/Phoenicia Diner
EAT: This American bistro boasts classic comfort food like potato gnocchi and butter-coated Maine lobster. Plus, the extensive beer menu makes it a top-notch spot to cool off and reboot after a hot day in the woods. 8373 Route 28, Big Indian; peekamooseresataurant.com.
Peekamoose Restaurant/Peekamoose Restaurant