Labor Day has come and gone, which means autumn is right around the corner. In the Catskills, the arrival of the season means colorful foliage, fall festivals, cider drinking and crisp nights next to bonfires. It’s the perfect time to escape the pace of New York City.
Ninety miles from NYC are the Sullivan Catskills, home to the now-bustling Main Streets of Narrowsburg, Livingston Manor, Callicoon and Roscoe. Sleepier towns like Claryville and Lew Beach remain peaceful getaways with plentiful hiking nearby. No matter your preference, there’s something for everyone in our autumn getaway guide below: secluded cabins, boutique hotels, or a large resort—each paired with autumn-themed events and hikes to take in the foliage. Happy travels!
The Stickett Inn: Barryville, NY
Stickett Inn’s four suites and a guest cottage all have different amenities—i.e. soaking tubs, steam shower, a wet bar, or full kitchen—but all share a courtyard with a hot tub, perfect for cool autumn evenings. A second building on the property is home to Good Food/the Stickett Inn Shop, which serves coffee in the mornings and cocktails by night. This fall, visitors will be treated to their newest venture: Stickett Inn Cider, available on tap or in cans. The crisp, dry cider is made with apples from regional farms. On the way up, take Route 97 from Port Jervis, where you’ll pass through an area called the Hawk’s Nest; it’s one of the most scenic roads in the United States and a great spot to take in the foliage.
While you’re in town, check out Narrowsburg events Big Eddy Film Festival (September 15-17) and Honey Bee Fest (September 23), or keep it super local at the Barryville Pumpkin Fest (October 7.) Hike the Tusten Mountain Trail for killer views of the Delaware River Valley.
Getaway at Moonrise Pond: Cochecton, NY
Pack up the fam and escape to the cozy Getaway at Moonrise Pond in Cochechton, NY. The log cabin sits on 23 private acres with a pond, fire pit, and hot tub. It sleeps six. Spend the day reading a book by the pond, borrow a kayak, or explore the nearby towns of Bethel (the site of Woodstock), Callicoon or Narrowsburg. At night, cozy up by the fireplace or relax in the outdoor hot tub.
While you’re in town, go pumpkin picking at Cunningham Family Farm, or head to Bethel Woods for the Harvest Festival (Sundays in September & October 1), Wine Festival (October 7) or Craft Beer Festival (October 14.) Hike at Jensen Ledges for fantastic views of the Delaware River Valley.
The DeBruce: Livingston Manor, NY
The newly reopened The DeBruce is like a big breath of fresh air. Its 14 cozy rooms are complimented by several large common spaces, including a large sitting room, a lounge, restaurant, and basement tavern. Guests have access to over 600 acres of land, with trails for hiking, birding, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and more. Though it’s on the pricier side, food is the fulcrum of a stay here, with a la carte breakfast and multiple-course dinners included. The restaurant’s dining room is gorgeous, with big windows overlooking the 23-acre property, surrounding river valley, and mountains. The stunning view is where much of the food on the menu is gathered, with products grown on-site and on neighboring farms. After dinner, cozy up with a cocktail by the fire in the basement tavern.
While you’re in town, take a farm tour at Apple Pond Farm, or check out local Oktoberfests at Roscoe Beer Co. (September 30) and DeBruce’s sister property The Arnold House (date TBA.) Take the short hike at Russel Brooks Falls to check out a beautiful waterfall.
Beaverkill Valley Inn: Lew Beach, NY
Listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, The Beaverkill Valley Inn sits on 60 private acres and just steps from the fabled Beaverkill River, the cradle of American dry fly-fishing. On any given day, the wrap-around porch is spattered with waders, hiking boots, or snowshoes—depending on the season. But winter, spring, summer or fall, the selling point for us is the sky-lit indoor pool, where guests can take in the beautiful surroundings from in the glass-encased building. (An on-site restaurant and bar doesn’t hurt, either.)
While you’re in town, pack a picnic and head to the Livingston Manor Covered Bridge Park or go for a hike at Balsam Fire Tower. The Beaverkill Valley in hosts its own autumn festival for guests on Columbus Day with a BBQ, cider pressing, square dancing, pumpkin painting, and other activities for kids.
Wildcat Mountain: Claryville, NY
Red Cottage Inc. manages some of our favorite properties on the planet—Wildcat Mountain Cabin included. The quintessential Catskills cabin sits atop its namesake, Wildcat Mountain, with mesmerizing views of the nearby mountains. The sweeping landscape can be appreciated from many spots in the house, thanks to all its glass doors and windows. In the master suite, a claw foot tub is window facing to take it all in; though guests can (and should) also watch the sunrise from the comfort of the bed. A hot tub and firepit round out the experience. Set on the northern edge of Sullivan County, the town of Claryville is quite sleepy; guests should stock up on groceries and plan to spend the weekend unwinding.
This post was created in collaboration with Sullivan Catskills. However, all views and recommendations are our own.