This magical riverfront cabin is an oasis of tranquility and mid-century modern design, situated on the banks of the Ten Mile River. Spend summer days cooling off in the river, then move to the streamside dining table for al fresco dinners. At night, a fire pit on the deck is the perfect spot to get cozy – or gather round the fire pit in the front for an expansive view of the stars. The centerpiece of the outdoor oasis is the creekside wood burning hot tub, giving off serious "spa in the forest" vibes. Load it up on your arrival to get the water warming, then spend the day alternating between creek dips and hot tub sessions. This sweet getaway sleeps six guests, with games and books for kiddos – and dogs – so bring the whole family! For easy drinks and dinners, location is walkable to Blue Fox Tavern; and just a few minutes into the town of Narrowsburg, with its great shopping, farm-to-table restaurants, river activities, and more. Check the Escape Brooklyn Guide to Narrowsburg for more information on the area.
Built in 1996, the Shell House was created as a prototype for future dome structures, and personal retreat, for architect Seymore Rutkin and his wife. Its design was intended to be a part of the outdoor environment, but protected from it — giving the feeling of an amphitheater in reverse, with a beautiful view of the Catskills as the main attraction. After years of preservation and few renovations, these days, the Shell House is an extraordinary Airbnb and artist retreat, with four bedrooms sleeping ten guests. Stunning communal spaces and unique rooms will make this a stay you won't soon forget: from its 25-foot ceiling living room, with floor to ceiling windows; to its four bedrooms with stunning views of the Catskills; to a pink clad bathroom with a soaking tub, illuminated by the natural light coming in from a porthole.
Dating to 1907, the incredible White Pine Camp was originally developed as summer homes for the wealthy — known as “camps” in the Adirondacks region — overlooking Osgood Pond. It passed through many hands, including President Coolidge; White Pine Camp even served as the summer White House for the President and his family. (Rumor has it that the President spent more time fishing than his executive duties during his time here!)
This newly renovated home, Hastings Hideaway, is just 115 miles from NYC – and with five bedrooms, it's spacious enough for 12, yet cozy enough for two. Check in and hole up in this roomy home with multiple gathering spaces — including two living rooms — one with a cozy wood burning stove. In summer months, take advantage of beautiful views from the deck while BBQ-ing or enjoying your morning cup of coffee; then hike the nearby Red Hill Fire Tower and Sundown Wild Forest, followed by a beer at the local brewery, or head back home to take advantage of the newly installed steam shower for two.
Tucked behind pine trees on 5 acres in bucolic Delaware County, Pine Crest Creek features a private trail through the woods that leads to its own babbling brook. Spend your days exploring the nearby towns of Delhi, Stamford and Bovina — at the nearby swimming holes, hiking trails (Bramley Mountain is our fave) farm-stands, flea markets and farm-to-table restaurants — or take in the great outdoors at the house
This gorgeous farmhouse has just been renovated into the perfect rental – especially for those wanting a quick, easy getaway without a car. Hop on the Trailways Bus and arrive into the small town of Phoenicia, where the house is just a 5 minute walk from Main Street. Walk into town for meals, or prepare breakfast, lunch and dinner in the beautiful kitchen and dining area. The trailhead for the Tanbark Trail is walkable from the house, as is the beautiful Esopus River for fishing, tubing, or just taking a cool-off dip.
Tucked into the woods, the home is a tranquil sanctuary that’s just perfect for unwinding — or make it your homebase to exploring the trendy town of Livingston Manor or the very cute town of Jeffersonville, both minutes from Blue Hill House.
Erin Lindsey of Escape Brooklyn, chats with Robin Jones of Catskill Mountain Houses, about the ways we might become better stewards for our planet, beginning in our own homes.
Perched high on a hill surrounded by forest, the Mountain Terrace has a treetop feel throughout the house, with spectacular views from nearly every room. The highlight is the wrap-around terrace with west-facing mountain views from the deck — which you can also enjoy from the kitchen, living room and upstairs den. The terrace is perfect for your morning coffee or evening cocktail while watching sunset, and preparing delicious al fresco meals on the grill. Mountain Terrace is minutes from hiking in the Delaware Wild Forest, swimming in local lakes, and the bustling town of Livingston Manor. Spend all day out exploring, but be sure to make it back for the sunset views. Grab meals or provisions from the DeBruce, Upstream Wine, Van Taco/Van Smokey, Sunshine Colony, and the Walk-In.
Get cozy by the fireplace in this contemporary chalet with mountain views. Relish in the lofty, exposed wood ceilings, bamboo flooring, and chef’s kitchen. The paired-down Scandinavian-style decor and varied textiles create an inviting atmosphere. Located near hiking trails and back country skiing, this retreat is a short drive away from the small hamlet towns of the Catskills, including Bovina, Bloomville, Delhi, and Hobart. Check out our guide to farm-t0-table restaurants and farmers market in Delaware County!