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 ...


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.

The Hurley in Hurleyville, NY

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100 miles from NYC, this super-stylish Airbnb in Hurleyville, NY is full of delightful surprises and thoughtful touches. There’s much to explore in this home, like an entire wing of the home hidden behind swinging doors, cleverly disguised as a wall. In the living room, floor-to-ceiling window overlooking the woods gives guests the sensation of treehouse living; while an entire wall of mirrors in one of the bedrooms makes for a captivating bedroom experience. Finally, down the stairs into a fully finished basement, a second living room has a wood stove, plus a bar tucked into a nook, offering speakeasy vibes.

Modchalet in East Jewett, NY

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Less than 15 minutes to Windham Mountain and Hunter Mountains, the Modchalet is the perfect getaway spot year-round — but especially during winter, for après-ski vibes by the fire – indoors and out – or soaking in the hot tub after a day on the slopes. On the main floor, the primary bedroom is just steps from a luxurious bathroom with a jacuzzi soaking up. Kitchen and dining space is open, perfect for socializing while prepping cozy meals at the house. Upstairs, two additional bedrooms each have multiple beds and share a second bedroom; the compact house easily accommodates 10 guests. At night, gather around the fireplace, a pellet stove that functions easily with a remote – so you can get cozy quick without the hassle of handling firewood. Just 8 minutes to winter sports, summer & fall hikes at Hunter Mountain; on your way, stop for a drink or meal at Scriber's Prospect, overlooking the mountain. Alternately, Windham Mountain is less than 15 minutes away; grab a bite or drink at Windham Local or Babbler's.

Catskills Cedar House in Shandaken, NY

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This extra-cozy 3 bedroom vacation rental was originally built as a weekend ski home in the heart of the Catskills, just 2 hours from the GWB. The chalet-style home, nestled at the foot of a mountain, is surrounded by woods on three sides — and the perfect, private spot to unwind with friends and family in front of the fire in all seasons.


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.”


The Hempcrete Houses in Stone Ridge, NY

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The Hempcrete Houses at Stone Ridge are an enclave of four unique, modern homes to be built with high performance, non-toxic materials using Isohemp Hempcrete Block, widely used throughout Europe and new to this area. The project offers three custom build homes for buyers to choose from: The Kitsune 1.27M (2,230SF), The Kuma $1.595M (2,400 SF), and The Hana to Shika $1.85M (2,840 SF).

Designed for wellness and low-maintenance living, these stylish houses are made with superior materials of naturally derived or recycled earth-friendly products. The three-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bathroom healthy homes are a natural, breathing, humidity regulating, carbon sinking, and mold resistant envelope with high energy performance.

Two parcels available, each with 4.2-4.5 acre lots | Highly energy efficient homes available in 1,800-5,000 square foot, customizable floor plans | Pricing begins at $1,170,000

For tours, floor, and site plans, contact Leslie Foti @UpstateAbodes, at (917) 670-8509 and Tony Parrotta at (917) 575-0725, at Coldwell Banker Village Green.

The long gravel drive leads to lightly wooded, quiet, private parcels, each about four acres. Set among mature hardwoods and gently terraced with plenty of open lands for various options and outbuildings.

Features Include high-efficiency inverter heat pump Systems, energy star bosch electric appliances, custom cabinetry, European triple-glazed windows, standing seam metal roofs, and high-quality bath fixtures. Several unique upgrades are being offered, including an accessory dwelling, shou sugi ban exterior finish, a natural swimming pool, a solarium, and a vegetable garden.

Impeccably located under 2 hours from Manhattan, 30 minutes to Amtrak at Rhinecliff, and six minutes into the town of Stone Ridge. Take advantage of this incredible opportunity to build your custom healthy home in the heart of the Hudson Valley. A complete brochure is available through the listing agent and in associated documents. The project offers a $5,000 bonus to the buyer’s agent at closing.

Architect’s Modern Home in Katonah, NY

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In Katonah, less than 50 miles from New York City, this bright modern gem boasts breathtaking views inviting abundant natural light. From sunrises to twilight transitions, every moment is illuminated by the glass walls that adorn both the front and back of the property. A masterpiece by the owner-architects, no detail was overlooked.

Three bedroom, three bathroom home| 2,500 square foot home on .2 acres | Entrance Foyer | Two Fireplaces | Primary bedroom with walk-in custom closets, plus an updated ensuite bath | Living room with fireplace and floor to ceiling windows | Asking $1,325,000

Open house Saturday, March 18, 2023, 1 pm-3 pm and Sunday, March 19, 2023, 1 pm-3 pm, at 24 Ridge Street in Katonah, NY.

Listed by Carine Nowak and Cate Bauer. For showing or inquiries, contact Carine Nowak or Cate Bauer with The Carine and Cate Team at 914-582-9898 and/or 914-490-9877, or email carinenowak@compass.com and/or catebauer@compass.com.

Entertain effortlessly in the open living/dining space with cedar wood sloped ceilings which flows seamlessly onto a rear stone patio – perfect for any outdoor gatherings. The modern kitchen with pull-out drawers & pantry offers a stunning view of the flat backyard through its window wall. Brazilian cherry wood floors and mahogany door trim add warmth throughout.

The main floor also hosts two well-proportioned bedrooms, a full bath, and a large window wall extension. Arrive on the second level to the open loft space which is ideal for a den, reading nook, or office. The private primary suite has 2 walk-in custom closets and an updated ensuite bath completes the second floor.

Downstairs, the lower level features an impressive family room with a fireplace, half bath and laundry, lots of storage space, and a full walk-out. The flat yard features a wood deck, water fountain, birch and specimen trees. Additional upgrades include thermal break windows with insulating glass & Mecho shades, Kemper waterproof resinous roof, and more.

Enjoy village living with a modern twist: walk to Katonah train station, Katonah Memorial Park, and the rest of what beautiful Katonah Village has to offer. Perfect for a weekender, or full-time resident.

The Sylvan in Glen Spey, NY

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90 miles from NYC, the Sylvan is a design-forward, climate-friendly new build by the creative minds behind Wishbone Design Build. This sunny home with a private guest studio and high efficiency wood stove is located in the Catskills foothills of Glen Spey, New York.

Three bedroom, 3.5 bathroom home with guest studio | 1,937 square foot home on 3.44 acres | New build completed in 2023 | All new utilities including septic, well, and electric | Chef’s kitchen with brand new appliances | Living room with picture windows, wood stove, airy ceilings and expansive sundeck | Primary bedroom ensuite with soaking tub, walk-in shower, double sink and heated floors | Guest studio space with full bathroom, kitchenette and private entrance | Two-car carport with EV charger | Asking $695,000

Listed by Erica Keberle and Robin Jones at Catskill Mountain Houses. Open House at 20 Carpathy Court, Glen Spey, NY 12737 on Saturday, March 18, noon-2pm. Please RSVP to robin@catskillmountainhouses.com.

Spanning nearly 2,000 square feet across three finished levels, The Sylvan has been intelligently designed to complement its surroundings and treat its inhabitants to luxurious amenities and aesthetics.

Enter the main level through a heated floor mudroom, taking in the natural light that envelops the space with dramatic views from every vantage point. Breathe easy in the hygge-esque living room, replete with expansive picture windows, a wood stove and airy ceilings. Sliders open from the living room out to the 525 square-foot sundeck that is perfect for relaxing and entertaining amid a natural backdrop.

The chef’s kitchen, with its cheerful color palette inspired by farm fresh eggs, is adorned with a custom rosey concrete-topped center island with seating for eight. The kitchen captures attention with two-tone cabinetry, Corian countertops, open shelving, and Energy Star Bosch stainless steel appliances. The main floor is rounded out by a flexible room that can function as a bedroom or home office, and a convenient half bath.

A cozy reading nook rests part way up an architectural staircase. On the top floor, the primary suite is a sanctuary in and of itself, offering two exposures with enormous windows and tranquil treetop views, and a custom closet system. Design elements of the spa-like en suite bath include a soaking tub, separate walk-in shower, double sinks, a toilet room and heated floors throughout. The second bedroom features two exposures and custom closets. A cozy den ties together the space between the two bedrooms, in addition to a loft-like cafe bar for morning coffee, catching up on work or birdwatching. Conveniently adjacent to the den are the shared full bathroom and the laundry closet, with a washer/dryer hookup.

The versatile lower level consists of a well-insulated, finished living space with a private entrance. Imagined as a guest or in-law suite, or for Airbnb potential, this bonus space offers a spacious open plan area with three exposures, an industrial-chic kitchenette with stainless steel countertops and appliances, and a modern full …

Houseboat in Rockaway Beach, NY

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This 1968 Gibson Riverboat is perfect for your summer beach pad or an investment for a profitable Airbnb. The James Franco is located at one of the most sought-after slips in New York City at Marina 59. The Marina is open all year round with a few year-round residents.

Two-Level | One bedroom, one bathroom houseboat located in Rockaway Beach | Full kitchen and office | Separate sitting room indoor and roof-deck | Private parking | Asking $250,000

Open house Sunday, March 19th, 2-3:30 pm at 360 Beach 59th Street Arverne NY 11692. For showing or inquiries, contact Fon Tongsomboon with Re/Max Elite at 347-640-3560 or fonremax@gmail.com.

The James Franco offers a sturdy hull and a dry environment below the deck. Imagine having this gorgeous boat as your home, with all the amenities, for a mere $1000 split fee (rent due to the marina); no additional payments needed.

On the main floor, enter into the living/dining space with a full bathroom and a welcoming kitchen. Beyond, a separate sitting room is currently being used as an office and has a cozy pellet stove, heating the whole space during chilly months.

Upstairs, a generously sized bedroom connects to a large deck, great for socializing or admiring the gorgeous sunsets. Catch the morning sunrise or late night moonlight without even having to leave your bed.

The James Franco Houseboat is conveniently located in Marina 59 at Rockaway Beach, with the bay right at your doorstep for boating and fishing. Escape Brooklyn to the Rockaways, two blocks from the train and close to surf breaks, shops, and restaurants.

A Renovated Farmhouse and Cedar Barn in Willow, NY

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Set on a very quiet, less traveled road – yet approximately 7 miles from Woodtsock Village – this turn-key farmhouse offers a perfect respite. Sit on the front wrap-around porch views of open skies and Mount Tobias, enjoy winter dinners by the fireplace in the dining room, or soak in a claw foot tub after a day of hiking or skiing nearby.

Five bedroom, four bathroom, 3-story home | 1,908 total square footage on .63 acres | Front wrap-around porch | Dining room fireplace, french doors, claw-foot tub | Walk-up attic space | Back fenced in garden | Separate cedar barn with partial kitchen and bathroom | Asking $949,000

Listed by Rose Noone at Coldwell Banker Village Green. For showings or inquiries, contact 845-679-2255 or rosenoone@mac.com.

The renovated farmhouse has retained its classic vintage charm while including modern updates which make country living easy and fun. On the main floor, one bedroom (currently an office) has a full bath just steps away; four additional bedrooms and three bathrooms are located upstairs. An attic provides extra space that could be used as a recreation room, office, or storage.

On the .63 acre lot, included in the sale is a beautiful cedar barn, currently being used as two car garage as well as a game room/guest area. Open for owners interpretation, the barn space could be used as an office space, yoga/gym studio, guest quarters, or recreation room for friends and family to enjoy. It has a partial kitchen, mini-split A/C (recently installed), radiant heat, hot water, and its own bathroom.

115 miles from NYC, this farmhouse and barn pair offer the ultimate city respite.

Cochecton Pump House in Cochecton, NY

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This incredible, turnkey business in the Delaware River Valley, less than 120 miles from NYC, is ready to go with a three bedroom house included in the sale.

From an overgrown ruin, a new life has been breathed into this solid, concrete and brick structure built by Standard Oil in 1879. Fast forward 143 years – Cochecton Pump House has created an entirely one-of-kind restaurant, bar and event space; it’s also  received an Excellence Award by the Preservation League of New York State. Tucked into the upper Delaware River valley, it’s conveniently located between two hotbeds of the Sullivan Catskills renaissance – Narrowsburg and Callicoon.

Historic building dating to 1879 | Turnkey business, currently with liquor license (new owners will have to reapply as a formality) | Approximately 3,800 square feet | Two modified containers: one for bar/ordering, the other a fully equipped kitchen | Sale includes three bedroom, one bathroom home | Approx 1900 sq ft home on ~3 acres (after subdivision) | Home is adjacent to business for staff housing | Asking $1,200,000

Listed by Erik Freeland, @catskills_living, at Country House Realty. View the original listing. For showings or inquiries, email erik@countryhouserealty.net or call (646) 942-7099.

After two seasons, the Pump House has quickly become the talk-of-the-town local attraction. The sensation of eating some food, having a drink, and hanging with friends as the blue hour descends into a magical mix of blue and gold light creates an atmosphere that is truly incredible.

For history buffs, the pump house was built by John Rockefeller’s Standard Oil in 1879. There was a six inch pipeline originating in western PA; crude was piped along the Southern Tier of NY. The steam-powered pumps kept the oil flowing to a refinery in Bayonne, NJ in order to supply NYC.

Nowadays, there’s a myriad of possibilities at the Cochecton Pump House: live music, performances, weddings, dog shows, movie showings, private functions – the list goes on! Clients include a great mix of locals, tourists, second home owners and day trippers from NYC. Regular events bring in a steady flow of customers. Events from weddings, private parties, movie nights, pop-up restaurants, local beer competitions: a new owner is only limited by their own imagination.

A parking lot and handicap accessible walkway leads down to two fully equipped repurposed containers. One container takes food orders and serves local tap beers, wine and frozen drinks. The functional and equipped kitchen is in the other. There is a well on site and ample electric. A tidy and efficient bathroom trailer sits conveniently adjacent to the main area.

A classic 1910 farmhouse is also included in the sale, with three bedrooms, one bath and a finished attic. A renovation could add more bedrooms in the ~1900 sq ft of space. The home would make an ideal place to house employees, a guest chef or musical guests.

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