Catskills 2022 (Kingston and Woodstock)

Alleyway Ice Cream in Saugerties

My summer season in the Catskills has come to an end. We spent most of it in the mid-Hudson area, first near Saugerties and then near Kingston. And I didn’t do any hiking whatsoever. It was so hot and there were so many mosquitoes outside, and did I mention the possibility of ticks? How do people find this type of thing enjoyable? I did occasionally pick some fruits and vegetables, and I did eat out a decent amount. I also did go out to the Ashokan trail once, walked far enough to see the cute sheep on the right and the lake on the left, and then I had had enough.

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A Weekend in the Catskills

welcome to the catskills

When the rooster’s crow is your alarm clock, and your yoga studio is outdoors with a stunning mountain skyline, that’s how you know you’ve escaped the city for a weekend getaway to the Catskills. This upstate oasis is about a 2.5-3 hour drive from the city, but once you’re there you’ll feel like you’re worlds away. For starters, cell reception is nonexistent in many areas, so you can truly be off the grid. But if you’re afraid that you’ll be a little too isolated, rest assured that you will run into many New Yorkers, a lot of them from Brooklyn, while hiking along the trail or having dinner at a locally sourced restaurant. In fact, it seems like the Catskills are where young Brooklynites go to retire, trading in their 9-to-5 for a sustainable farm or a charming bed and breakfast. And who knows, after spending a few days here and getting that mountain air glow, you may just join them.Read More