safe winter staycations
Need more than a day trip?
Consider a local staycation. These places are right here in the neighborhood, yet when you step through their doors, you’re in a whole different universe, lovingly curated to refresh and indulge. In a normal year, people come from all over the world to experience what these resorts have to offer—and here you already are.
buttermilk falls inn & spa
Limited reservations are accepted this year at Buttermilk Falls Inn & Spa in Milton, where thy are safely welcoming guests to their glorious 75-acre hideaway, with socially distanced fine local food and a safety-focused, super-sanitized temporary spa facility. Wander lovely walking trails and contemplate llamas; you’ll emerge a whole new person.
The Country Inn is located in Krumville at the base of the Catkill Mountains and consists of 3 double occupancy rooms all with their own bath. Their rooms are vacant for at least 72 hours between occupancy and are cleaned professionally. The restaurant is closed for the time being but private arrangements can be made. A private sanctuary for your escape to paradise in the mountains and with hosts Peter and Diane, it will feel like your home away from home.
emerson resort & spa
The Emerson Resort & Spa in Mt. Tremper has organized a Stay Safe Pledge and is offering socially distanced shopping, dining, select spa services, and even hot tub time. This local gem has everything you need, all in one complex. In addition, beautiful walking trails line the wintry Esopus, and you’re just a few minutes from the Catskills Visitor Center, with more trails to explore and a walk-up window open six days a week to provide good wandering advice.
Also known as Tibet in the Catskills, Menla in Phoenicia is handling the pandemic with ageless wisdom and grace and modern science. Many spa and wellness activities are still taking place in socially distanced ways—check their website to find specifics—and their seasonal, locally-sourced, plant-based meals, included with your stay, are available for takeout. Then there are the 325 acres of breathtaking glacial valley to explore....
mohonk mountain house
Why not splurge on a weekend at our very own Victorian castle in the clouds? Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz has superb safety protocols in place—everything from wellness screening to air filtration—in order to keep offering their world-class hospitality. There’s an award-winning outdoor ice skating pavilion with a huge stone fireplace, and they’ve got everything you need to go hiking, snowshoeing, or cross-country skiing on their miles of enchanting trails.
Overlooking the Esopus Creek Falls, right in the historic Village of Saugerties, is the Diamond Mills Hotel & Tavern. A boutique hotel with luxurious amenities (all rooms have a private balcony with a view of the falls), convenient location to shops and trails alike, and its own seasonal tavern fare offered by the hearth or on the heated terrace, Diamond Mills is a beautiful safe haven to return to after a day of exploration.
Hotel Dylan is nestled at the foot of Overlook Mountain in Woodstock and is a great base point to explore the Hudson Valley. The hotel has increased their already rigorous cleaning routine, and will continue to mandate masks and social distancing. They are using the latest room sanitization technology, expanding the downtime for rooms, and having their cleaning staff spend extra time prepping each room for new guests.
jessie’s harvest house
Jessie’s Harvest House Restaurant & Lodge is a warm and comfy place to gather, featuring a delicious menu of American-style cuisine with locally-sourced ingredients, a friendly tavern, and rustic country lodging. Their six cozy hotel-style guest rooms are located right above the restaurant, overlooking the scenic views of Hunter Mountain. Call for details on their Covid protocol.