Three Adirondack Adventures to Book This Summer

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Sure, the Catskills are closer – but have you even Adirondacked? At six million acres large, the Adirondack Mountains are the largest protected natural area in the lower 48 states. The park is bigger than the Yellowstone, Everglades, Glacier, and Grand Canyon National Park combined — and it’s right in our backyard! Many New Yorkers think the Adirondacks are too far for a weekend; but the park begins just 215 miles from NYC, easily reached in under four hours. (Or catch the daily flight from JFK to SLK!) Enthusiasts of all hobbies and skill levels can hike extraordinary trails, canoe breathtaking ponds and lakes – or spend days traversing the cultural offerings of the region's shopping, food and breweries. Below, we're sharing three favorite lodges in the Adirondack Mountains to call home base while exploring this expansive wilderness. After each summary, check out the expanded version of each guide in the links below, with our favorite hikes and outdoor activities, where to eat and drink, and what to expect at each authentic Adirondack lodge. Great Camp Sagamore: Raquette Lake, NY The Stay: Classic Adirondack lodge rooms in the main building, plus private lakefront cabins, share larger shared spaces including a stunning lakeside dining hall – where guests are served three meals a day. The Property: An all-inclusive rate grants access to trails, watercraft including canoes and kayaks, property tours, short guided hikes, bowling and more at this iconic Adirondack Great Camp. The main lodge hosts nightly fires in its massive living room where guests can recap their adventures, or hang by the many outdoor fire pits. The Guests: Several hiking trails on the shorter side, tons of programming, and three family-style meals a day in its dining room, make this our pick for families to spend time exploring the Adirondacks. For a deeper dive, check out the Escape Brooklyn Guide to Great Camp Sagamore. White Pine Camp: Paul Smiths, NY The Stay: Thirteen distinctively cozy cabins and cottages feature soaring roof lines, hand-built Adirondack style furniture, stone fireplaces or wood stoves, and breathtaking views. The Property: Trails through the property are perfect for leisurely strolls, while swimming, fishing, and boating on Osgood Pond lets guests take in the serenity of the Adirondacks just steps from their cabin’s door. All guests have unlimited access to shared facilities at White Pine Camp: including a Great Room, equipped with WiFi; a Japanese Tea House on a tiny island accessed by a 300-foot wooden bridge; hand-set bowling alley and pool room; a boat house with kayaks, canoes and rowboats for guest use; and many outdoor decks and patios. The Guests: This property is great for the casual explorer and couples: it's light on on-site hiking trails, but close to many – and favors the many water adventures to be had onsite. Bringing your own food and drinks might save you some dough, plus you can eat on your own schedule. For a deeper dive, check out ...

Seminary Hill in Callicoon, NY: Orchard, Tasting Room, Cidery and Boutique Hotel

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120 miles from NYC, Seminary Hill is many things: an orchard, with more than more than 60 varieties and 1,500 trees on 12 acres; an eco-friendly cidery meeting PassivHaus standards; a tasting room and restaurant where ciders are paired with fresh, local food; and an enchanting boutique hotel, with 17 units across eight apartments. Proudly local and sustainable, Seminary Hill’s cidery and tasting room is perched atop one of the highest hills in Callicoon, NY. Its picturesque views overlook the former St. Joseph’s seminary, the Delaware River, and nearby Pennsylvania — the combination of which makes for a most spectacular setting to grab a drink or bite while watching the sunset. The ciders are delicious and complex; all lean toward the drier (read: crisper and better) side of the spectrum. Should you get carried away drinking in all the fun, just down the hill from the orchard and closer to town, Seminary Hill's Boarding House is the perfect spot to call home for the weekend. Seventeen rooms are housed across eight apartments in two buildings — one a former hospital from the 1930's, and the other a doctor's office from the 1870's. The buildings were renovated under the direction of local design studio Homestedt, whose Shaker-inspired vision for the Boarding House means simple yet chic, totally cozy rooms — each with private bathrooms, many with restored vintage claw foot tubs, and all with complimentary luxury bath amenities. Like the boarding houses of old, there are some shared spaces for guests, including the lobby/living room stocked with books and cozy couches, and a kitchen where guests are welcome to cook themselves a meal, or enjoy the breakfast buffet. Should you fall in love with the vibe — and you will — design studio Homestedt's nearby shop is filled with many of the housewares, sheets, and toiletries you'll find at Seminary Hill Boarding House. Ready to plan a trip? Read on for our recommendations, including what to do in Callicoon, NY — from where to shop, hike, and get outside – plus the best places to eat or grab a drink. What to Do: Shopping and Exploring the Delaware River town of Callicoon, NY The historic Callicoon Theater, which is listed on National Historic Registry, hosts one screen, 350 seats, a decked out surround sound system and a fully upgraded digital projection system for a quality viewing experience. Photo: Jerry Cohen. As of late, it could be argued that this Delaware River town is the liveliest of them all. With the cidery, a distillery, a gem of a movie theater, excellent shopping, the region's most esteemed farmers' market (on Sundays), plus its own natural wine shop and bar — there’s plenty to do. Along Main Street, Callicoon’s main thoroughfare (split into Upper and Lower Main Street) visitors will find a great selection of places to shop and enjoy. Visit the many antique shops in town, including the aptly ...

A Guide to Kingston, NY

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Ninety miles north of NYC, the Hudson River Valley town of Kingston, NY is situated at the base of the Catskill Mountains on the Rondout Creek. As the original capital city of New York, it’s loaded with history and incredible architecture — plus, a very vibrant art community. Like many Hudson Valley towns, its history, natural beauty and affordability has recently drawn in the creative types who have relocated and made Kingston their home — and are, in turn, opening restaurants, shops, studios and other small businesses. Read on for our guide to Kingston, New York, with recommendations on where to stay, eat, drink, shop, hike, and more. Where to Stay in Kingston, NY: Hotel Kinsley Hotel Kinsley's Wall St Suite is a loft-like space featuring original ornate moldings, king bed, full living/seating area, and a marble tile bathroom with a walk-in rain shower and luxurious oversized soaking tub. We love boutique hotel Hotel Kinsley, who offers guests beautiful rooms throughout four buildings in Kingston’s Stockade District. Dating to the 19th century, each building is stylistically and architecturally distinct; each pay homage to the Kingston’s past as well, heavily rooted in generations of art, travel, and nature. The buildings are closely nestled throughout the oldest part of the city, with its characteristic colorful facades and Federal-style architecture. The first of the four buildings to open was Kinsley’s flagship, 301 Wall Street; since then, guest rooms have opened in three additional buildings. The flagship is a restored 19th century bank building that also houses Kinsley's airy restaurant, with towering ceilings, a mezzanine for private dining or meetings, and the coziest cocktail bar. Above Restaurant Kinsley's kitchen, a large mural by artist Happy Menocal serves as a focal point, the same artist whose work is used throughout Hotel Kinsley’s cheerful website. Above Restaurant Kinsley, ten guest rooms are located on its upper floors. Guests enter through the bar, check-in inside the bank's original vault, then head upstairs via a historic elevator. From the rooms to the restaurant to the bar, the interiors are stunning, each space totally unique but cohesive in the use of color palette and texture — thanks to the handiwork of interior designer Robert McKinley. What to Do in Kingston, NY: Shopping, Galleries, and Exploring Town Wall St in Uptown Kingston, NY is lined with boutique shops, galleries and restaurants. Much of Kingston’s appeal is being at the epicenter of “Upstate” culture in the Hudson Valley. Exploring town, and the region, is a must! The town is comprised of three distinct neighborhoods: Uptown (also called the Stockade District), Midtown, and the Rondout (downtown.) Uptown Kingston is the most architecturally distinctive, with colorful painted buildings facades along Main and North Front Streets – plus some exceptionally preserved historic buildings in the blocks surrounding. In this part of town, don't miss staples like Kingston ...


The Pines in Margaretville, NY

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On eight private acres in the heart of the Catskills, Airbnb in Margaretville, NY Nestled in the Pines gives us all the jungalow vibes, offering gorgeous views of the forest, a giant soaking tub, and plus plentiful space to spread out to spend time with loved ones. In addition to the main house which accommodates four guests, a small cabin is also available for two and can be used upon request. Inside, you can relax by the fire, listen to records, play board games or go upstairs to the movie theater loft. Outside, venture onto the deck, complete with lounge chairs and a grill and then wander down into the yard to the fire pit for s’mores and star gazing.

Ki Cabin in Windham, NY

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This spacious, serene and secluded Airbnb chalet inspired by Wabi-Sabi offers a calming, rejuvenating retreat in Windham, NY. Following a recent renovation by Fleetwood Renovations, including a full basement buildout of an additional kitchen, living room, three bedrooms and two bathrooms, guests may rent one or both levels of this gorgeous, well-appointed home.

Elk Lake Lodge in North Hudson, NY


Nestled in the Adirondack Mountains of North Hudson, NY, the magical Elk Lake Lodge is a perfect destination for those seeking adventure, privacy, and Adirondack wilderness immersion.

Located at the end of a five mile dirt road, inside the 12,000 acre Elk Lake Clear Pond Preserve, the lodge is ringed by the Adirondack Park’s High Peaks Wilderness. Visitors are treated to the most spectacular mountain views from most of the lodge, including Dix, Macomb, Nippletop, and the Colvin Range. The lodge’s guests are the sole visitors to this incredible landscape; the public is not permitted inside the preserve.

All skill levels and ages are welcome to Elk Lake Lodge’s many adventures, from short hikes and paddles, to all-day Adirondack excursions. Included in the lodge’s pricing are three meals per day; breakfast and dinner are served in its full-service restaurant, while lunch is prepared to-go style, so you can enjoy on the water or nearby trails. Before dinner, snack plates hit the lobby at 5 pm, to be enjoyed by the fireplace. Alcohol, including bottles of wine, can be purchased onsite.

Accommodations at Elk Lake Lodge range from rustic cabins and basic lodge rooms to luxurious suites. Each room is equipped with modern amenities such as free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, and mini-fridges. Some rooms feature fireplaces, perfect for chilly Adirondack nights.

Whether you’re hoping to spend your time hiking, swimming, fishing or simply soaking in the views of the Adirondack Mountains – Elk Lake Lodge is the perfect destination for a most memorable Adirondack adventure. Below, we’re sharing a few highlights, plus a guide for the greater region, known as the Adirondack Hub.

The Great Outdoors: Hiking, Paddling, and More at Elk Lake Lodge

Hikers of all skill levels will be delighted inside Elk Lake Lodge’s private preserve, with 40+ miles of trails.

It’s no secret that the Escape crew loves hiking; if you’re shopping around for an epic hiking trip without having to rough it, this is your spot.

With 40+ miles of trails over 12,000 acres, opportunities for hikers of all skill levels are available within the preserve. At check-in, guests are given paper maps; the knowledgable staff can help you pick the best trail for you. But below, a handy shortlist of some favorites.

For a mellow, scenic hike check out North View Point (2.2 miles); it’s especially lovely during golden hour, after you’ve likely already spent a day outdoors. For more of a challenge, the (3.8 mile) climb to Lightning Hill isn’t for the meek (or easily disoriented) but its views of Elk Lake far below are worth it. On your way up or down, don’t miss the short spur to Richard’s Fen, a lush grass meadow and marsh surrounded by forest. Both these hikes …

Willowemoc Hideaway in Parksville, NY

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In Parksville, New York, the sun-drenched Willowemoc Hideaway is a fresh take on Catskills cabin with modern amenities, thanks to its recent complete renovation. Sleeping six guests in three comfy bedrooms, this upscale gem is the ideal spot for a family or group, boasting over 3 acres of land, a wraparound deck, fire pit, and a sweet little sunroom that's perfect for your morning coffee or afternoon yoga session. Outside, spend your day in the hammock, exploring Willowemoc State Forest's 40 miles of trails, or try your luck at fly fishing. Loads of cute shops, cafes and breweries in nearby Livingston Manor and Roscoe are just minutes away. High on our list: shopping at Long Weekend, Life Repurposed and Taylor + Ace; stock up on wine at Upstream Wines & Sprits; and the many trails around Frick Pond and the Delaware Wild Forest.

Great Camp Sagamore in Raquette Lake, NY, Adirondack Mountains

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In Raquette Lake, New York, the iconic Great Camp Sagamore offers an immersive, all-inclusive retreat for those looking to fully unplug in nature. Currently in its 126th year, this fascinating National Historic Landmark from America’s Gilded Age was once a private getaway for the wealthy and famous — including the Durants, Vanderbilts, Emersons and more.


Q&A: Tinker Street Tavern in Woodstock, NY


Amid a global pandemic, Tinker Street Tavern opened in July 2021. Aesthetes will find the space delightful; not a single opportunity to pay homage to the bar’s musical history was missed. The historic property was once owned by Albert Grossman — who managed Dylan, The Band, Janis Joplin and Todd Rundgren to name a few.

Before & After: Camp Caitlin


Caitlin Cowger, owner of Camp Caitlin, has a piece of advice when it comes to buying your Upstate dream home: “Don’t look for the house of your dreams. Renovate the house of your dreams.”


Contemporary Cottage in Shawangunk, NY

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Nestled amongst the trees, tucked back from the road, this bright contemporary cottage in Shawangunk, NY is custom designed and fully renovated. With an open floorpan, big windows and plentiful natural light, this airy getaway has loads of design details that come together thoughtfully to create a lovely full-time or part-time residence.

Two bedroom, one bathroom home | 825 square foot house on 2.2 acres | Open concept living/dining room with large windows and fireplace | Large outdoor space with fire pit | Custom lighting and cabinetry | Hardwood floors | Both bedrooms with large windows | Full bathroom with soaking tub, standing shower and custom vanity | Asking $435,000

Listing by: Listed by Laurinda Abed at Weichert Realtors. For inquiries or showings, contact 913-708-3879 or laurindaabed@gmail.com.

Enter from the front patio into an open concept kitchen/dining area, perfect for hosting in any season. The fully renovated space is equipped with a fireplace and large floor-to-ceiling windows, enveloping the space with natural light and the backdrop of the tree-surrounded property. Steps beyond, the chef’s kitchen has custom lighting and custom cabinetry, all new finishes, where you can easily handle nightly meals or holiday feasts. Host, cook, and relax – inside or out.

Beyond the sunny main space, through the hall, are the home’s two bedrooms: one with a small loft space, the other with floor-to-ceiling windows. Back toward the main room, the fully renovated bathroom boats a deep soaking tub, standing open shower, custom vanity for all the necessities and beautiful finishes.

Serene and move in ready, this cottage is perfectly situated in Shawangunk, NY – just a two hour drive from New York City. For nature lovers, the home is just minutes to Minnewaska State Park, with its waterfalls, three sky lakes, climb-worthy cliffs, dense hardwood forest and 50 miles of trails. Culture buffs will love the proximity to the neighboring Hudson Valley towns, wineries, dining and museums.

Contemporary Turn-key Chalet in Glenford, NY

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The “O-hay Chalet” sits on three peaceful acres, just minutes from the shops & restaurants of Woodstock. Step onto the oversized deck, and you’ll be greeted by the sounds of the stream that overlooks the landscaped grounds, fire pit, and flower garden. The home’s spacious, open floor plan seamlessly connects the living, dining, and kitchen areas, creating an ideal space for entertaining and relaxing. The wooden beams, reclaimed barn wood, impressive bluestone fireplace, and Jotul wood stove provide warmth and charm.

Three bedroom, two bathroom turnkey home | 1,344 square foot house on 3 acres | Two fireplaces | Oversized deck | Quartz countertops | Custom walnut cabinets | Updated stainless steel appliances | Central air & UV filtration | EV charging outlet | Seasonal stream | Asking $699,000

Listing by Leslie Foti @upstateabodes of Coldwell Banker Village Green, Woodstock Office.

Open House Sunday, June 4th, 2023, noon-2pm at 738 Ohayo Mountain Rd., Glenford, NY 12433. For inquiries or to RSVP to the open house, contact 917-670-8509 or visit UpstateAbodes.com for full listing details.

The space features three well-appointed bedrooms with customized closet systems and two full bathrooms, including a unique tile mural by Alison Eden Studios and a luxurious Restoration Hardware vanity. The kitchen is equipped with quartz countertops, bespoke walnut cabinets, and modern stainless steel appliances. In addition, the property includes a convenient drive-under garage and 600 square feet of unfinished space with immense potential.

Photography by Shelter Upstate

Completely turnkey, this chalet is fully furnished and updated with contemporary amenities, such as central air conditioning, forced heating, a comprehensive UV light water filtration system, a new water heater, a well pump, a Nest Protect system, and a Wi-Fi-enabled thermostat. The roof was replaced in 2017, the electrical system has been updated, and an electric vehicle charging outlet has been installed.

Positioned in an ideal location, this property offers effortless proximity to the charming towns of Woodstock, which can be reached in less than 10 minutes, Kingston in under 15 minutes, and Phoenicia in just 20 minutes. Additionally, you’ll have quick and convenient access to a multitude of other captivating towns and attractions nearby. Within minutes, you can indulge in shopping, dining, entertainment, and a multitude of outdoor activities. Whether you’re exploring the nearby Ashokan Rail Trail, fishing at Onteora Lake, or simply relishing the tranquility of the stream in your backyard, you’ll have the opportunity to experience the finest offerings of the Catskills. Don’t miss out on this extraordinary chance to own a piece of paradise on the renowned Ohayo Mountain Road.

An 1800’s Converted Schoolhouse with Pool in Kingston, NY

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Located on a sleepy country road in a turn-of-the-century hamlet, this enchanting and historic 1800s schoolhouse has been converted into a sophisticated loft-like residence. Currently a weekend home and highly profitable short-term rental (#6 on AirBNB’s Global “Most Liked” Top 10 properties), the home is the perfect blend of old-world aesthetics and new-world amenities.

Two bedroom, two bathroom converted schoolhouse and one bedroom standalone cottage | 1,976 square foot home on 1.5 acres | 12′ windows providing ample natural light | Wood-burning stove | Open floor plan with cathedral ceilings | Heated saline pool and cabana | Outdoor area with large front porch, raised flower and vegetable gardens, stone walkways and landscaped grounds | Two cottages | Asking $1.095m.

Listed by Joseph Satto of Fresh Air NY. For showings or inquiries, email joseph@freshairny.com or call/text (917) 597-7474.

Entry through a large covered porch leads to a slate floored cloakroom with original ‘boys’ and ‘girls’ entrances – then into an open floor plan with 20’ high tin ceilings. An abundance of 12’ windows provides ample natural light and evokes New York City loft vibes. A cozy wood stove sits between the dining space and kitchen, and the living room, offering warmth and atmosphere to many areas of the house.

Other spectacular details include 200-year-old hard pine floors (discovered and rehabilitated by the current owners), expansive original wainscoting, a stylish raised kitchen area with high-end appliances, cathedral ceilings in the spacious ensuite primary bedroom (part of the recent addition), two full bathrooms outfitted with antique fixtures and a chandelier, as well as many additional period details throughout.

Photographs by Lawrence Braun

Outside, a heated in-ground saline pool and cabana are the centerpiece, complimented by stone walkways, raised flower and vegetable gardens, and lovingly landscaped grounds.

In addition to the home, there are two cottages: one that is currently a year-round third bedroom and the other that could serve as a fourth bedroom or home office by adding insulation and a heating source.

Unique properties with this mix of charm, character, functionality, and proximity to Kingston rarely hit the market. For those seeking a turnkey, short-term rental, and/or a second home in close proximity to Kingston (10 mins), this property is not to be missed.

Pinecrest in Barryville, NY

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Perched on a bluff amid six acres of lush, wild forest, the sleek and sophisticated Pinecrest blends modernism with the natural world. Built in 2008 with a palette of concrete, glass, and wood, Pinecrest defines a category of minimalist, eco-friendly homes thoughtfully made with organic materials. This house is even LEED-Silver certified, thanks to its passive solar design, structurally insulated panels, and insulated concrete forms, making it an energy-efficient and earth-conscious property.

Two bedroom, two bathroom eco-friendly home | 1,188 square foot house (+360 bonus sq ft) on 6 acres | Open living room with large windows and fireplace | Large deck with fireplace and outdoor shower | LEED-Silver certified home with passive solar design, structurally insulated panels, and insulated concrete forms | Polished concrete floors throughout with radiant heat | Bedrooms located on opposite sides of the home, ensuring privacy | Primary bedroom with access to deck and outdoor shower | Large finished basement functions as second living space with rec room, office and entertainment space | Asking $625,000

Co-listed by Erica Keberle and Robin Jones of Catskill Mountain Houses. View the original listing here. Open House: Saturday, June 3, 2023, noon-2pm at 194 Mapes Road, Barryville NY, 12719. For inquiries, or to RSVP to the open house, email robin@catskillmountainhouses.com.

Tucked among the pines with a modest charcoal facade, Pinecrest’s interiors are beautiful, with precise, high-end finishes to match. Polished concrete floors set the tone for the open living and dining area, complete with hydronic radiant heating in every square inch of the interior. The kitchen is equipped with stainless steel appliances and black-and-white finishes. Pour a morning coffee at the dual kitchen island / dining table before stepping through wide glass doors to take in the morning air. A modern fireplace makes a statement focal point for the living room. Oversized sofas and reading chairs work well alongside the immense glass windows, which welcome light in for reading. (Buyers take note: some house contents are included in the sale price.)

Two bedrooms span either side of the main living area. Both are considerable, with expansive views, seating areas, and plenty of room for storage. In the primary bedroom, glass doors allow access to the outside deck and outdoor shower, and in the secondary bedroom, light spills onto a cozy elevated reading nook with built-in bookshelves, adding a warm touch to the house’s sophisticated design.

Pinecrest’s organic modernism is best embodied in the main bathroom, with a blend of concrete, plaster, and light wood finishes. The walk-in shower at the window provides sweeping views, including to the outdoor shower on the deck. Modern chrome finishes add a final, elevated touch to the spa-like space.

Pinecrest’s finished basement enjoys full Southern exposure and features three rooms along with a second bathroom. The first room contains an oversize built-in futon sofa for cozy TV-watching and weekend sleepovers, while the finished garage space is the perfect rec room and summer get-together spot. There’s even …

Charming c1790 Farmhouse in Red Hook, NY

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Nestled just a short 10-minute drive from the vibrant village of Red Hook, this remarkable estate offers a haven of timeless beauty. This historic c1790 farmhouse is situated on 4.65 acres, boasting two charming barns, a scenic creek, and breathtaking river frontage along the Roeliff Jansen Kill. Additionally, two apartments provide versatile living options for guests or potential rental income.

The property’s rich history shines through in every corner, with the home and barn believed to have been meticulously crafted by the esteemed Bathrick family, whose names are carved into beams of the large barn.

Five bedroom, three and a half bathroom farmhouse | 2,460 square foot home on 4.65 acres | Clawfoot soaking tub | Tesla Powerwall generator | Main house kitchen renovated in 2023 | High-efficiency boiler | UV water filtration system | Converted barn with two apartments: first with one bedroom, one bathroom apartment and second with one bedroom, two bathrooms | One large barn space | Separate well for barn | Asking $1,399,000

Listing by Arlena Armstrong-Petock of Country House Realty. For showings or inquiries, contact arlena@countryhouserealty.com or call/text 412-760-0176.

From a covered porch, the soothing sounds of the river and seasonal birds can be enjoyed. Enter here to the main house to discover the allure of the original wide-plank hardwood floors and hand-hewn beams. To the right and left of the stairs, there are two distinct living areas adorned with multiple bright windows, with one featuring a cozy wood stove. The generously sized formal dining room easily accommodates a long farmhouse table. Freshly renovated in 2023, the kitchen showcases brand new KitchenAid appliances, ample storage, and the original walk-in pantry, with access to a convenient powder room and also to the back terrace.

The expansive mudroom or flexible space connected to the kitchen and dining area is an ideal spot for welcoming and entertaining loved ones. On the first floor, a new laundry room features a soaking sink and abundant storage – and beyond, a newly renovated full bathroom.

The second floor has undergone a complete transformation, offering a reimagined layout with five bedrooms, each equipped with spacious closets, two full bathrooms, and impressive vaulted ceilings. The primary suite boasts a generously sized walk-in closet and a full bathroom featuring a clawfoot soaking tub. The second bedroom is nearly as expansive as the primary, showcasing a large closet and retaining its original floors. Continuing down the hall, the remaining three bedrooms comfortably accommodate a full-size bed and a desk; these rooms share another fully renovated bathroom with a double sink.

The entire home has been updated and lovingly cared for from basement to roof. Recent renovations include a complete renovation of the main house in 2020, a conversion to propane in the same year, installation of a high-efficiency boiler also in 2020, a whole house UV water filtration system, and the addition of a Tesla Powerwall generator in 2021. The entire home is equipped with energy-efficient split heat/AC …

Floating Farmhouse in Eldred, NY

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Perched at the edge of a pristine private swimming creek and cascading waterfall, this celebrated c1820’s manor home “floats” above the surface of the water, inspiring the property’s iconic name: Floating Farmhouse.

Featured in Dwell, Architectural Digest and Travel + Leisure following a four-year design/rebuild process by acclaimed designer and owner Tom Givone, the property has been meticulously restored to period splendor while melding uniquely modern architecture and finishes.  The result is a luxuriously spacious yet warmly intimate feel throughout the 3,400 square foot, five-bedroom three-bath residence. Travel + Leisure calls Floating Farmhouse “the most beautiful” destination in the Catskills and Dwell Magazine “a living laboratory for how to bring the vernacular past into the present.”

The property also operates as an established luxury vacation rental, film/photo shoot location, and executive retreat venue, offering the unique flexibility of enjoying a stunning private home while netting substantial six-figure income.

Five bedroom, two and a half bathroom home | 3,452 square feet on 8.69 acres | Covered porch cantilevered over the shoreline | 1,000 square foot great room with oversize wood-burning fireplace | Modern chef’s kitchen with 20 ft ceilings with polished heated concrete floors, hand-hewn beams, wood-burning pizza oven, and locally quarried bluestone countertops | Primary suite with oversized wood burning fireplace, centuries-old hand hewn beams, and spa-like ensuite | Original centuries-old wide-plank flooring | Coffered ceilings | Floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking creek and waterfall | 1800s restored barn with overhead heating | Asking $2,350,000

Listed by Chelsea McGowan and Katy Porte with the Upstate Curious Team at Compass. For showings or inquiries, email chelsea@upstatecurious.com and/or katy@upstatecurious.com, or contact 518-755-3435 and/or 347-564-5371.

The sprawling covered porch, connected to the kitchen space and cantilevered over the water’s edge, is ideal for sunrise lounging, outdoor dining, and cooling off in the warmer months with a dip from the diving stones a few steps away. Kitchen/dining space with views over the water.

Travel + Leisure calls Floating Farmhouse “the most beautiful” destination in the Catskills and Dwell Magazine “a living laboratory for how to bring the vernacular past into the present.”  With that in mind, the expansive kitchen features 20 ft ceilings, ancient hand-hewn beams, polished heated concrete floors, a wood burning pizza oven, and locally quarried bluestone countertops. A soaring “curtain wall” of glass and steel frames breathtaking views of the winding shoreline, further enhancing the sensation of “floating” throughout. 

The 1000-square-foot great room features multiple living areas for socializing or cozy nook-and-book nesting in front of the oversized wood-burning fireplace, original centuries-old wide-plank flooring, coffered ceilings, and wainscotting milled from trees on the property, and banks of floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the creek and waterfall.

Distinctly separated from the rest of the home by a central staircase, the expansive primary suite’s vaulted space soars with natural light through spans of original wavy-glass windows, and an oversized wood burning fireplace, centuries-old hand-hewn beams, spa-like ensuite, and the waterfall’s pulsing rhythms make it a true escape.

Two additional bedrooms plus a half bath downstairs and two more bedrooms …


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