Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Catskills; The Place To Be it Seems.
Not your Bubbie and Zadie’s getaway.
Something funny is happening in this mountainous region 100 miles north of New York City, where Jewish comedians like Woody Allen once performed at Borscht Belt resorts: The Catskills are being reshaped by a new generation of fresh-air-seeking urbanites. On summer weekends the tiny hamlet of Phoenicia resembles Williamsburg North, with pilgrims drawn by the Graham & Co., a 20-room hotel started by four Brooklynites, and the local favorite, Phoenicia Diner. And with Vogue-approved spots like the Italian restaurant Cucina and short-stay cabins Woodstock Way, Woodstock has moved beyond its tie-dyed hippie image. What hasn’t changed is the abundance of outdoor activities: world-class trout fishing, rafting on Esopus Creek and skiing at Hunter Mountain and Belleayre Ski Center.STEVEN KURUTZ
The region that welcomed Jewish families in the ’50s, hippies in the ’60s, and soon, perhaps, casino gamblers is also making room for a new tribe: hip, design-crazed travelers. A string of stylish B&Bs have opened, many of them by transplants from Manhattan and Brooklyn (call them “hicksters”) who value buzzwords like in Woodstock, the in Livingston Manor, with its tavern and diminutive spa, and Phoenicia’s , where the retro amenities include Tivoli radios, bonfires, and a badminton court. Area farms provide the ingredients for inventive restaurants like , in Bloomville, which just added a trio of whitewashed rooms upstairs. The blackjack tables—and a few megaresort proposals that envision the return of the area’s Borscht Belt heyday—may be only a few years off, so now is the time to enjoy , hiking, antiquing, , and other placid pursuits. —, and . Among them are the bohemian-chic
Fodor’s, the world's largest English language travel publication, has released its annual “Go List” of the top 25 places to visit in 2015, featuring locations from the arctic to Australia, and this year the Hudson Valley and The Catskills made the list.
This is no small accomplishment—the national competition alone is extensive, plus the list covers six continents and highlights destinations for every type of trip, such as natural wonders in Iceland to exquisite colonial cities in Vietnam.
But the region’s natural beauty and rich culture led Fodor’s to call the Hudson Valley “impossible to ignore.” They singled out the area's wine production, geography, historic significance, and a growing dining and farmers' market scene as particularly excellent.
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