Skiing and other winter activities in the Catskills? Insiders’ choice of places to eat and stay

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This time of year, the Catskills Mountains attract large numbers of visitors to its slopes and other outdoor winter activities. Here where to stay and dine on your next visit.

Where to stay:

Scribner’s Catskill Lodge opened in 2016 as an eclectic 38-room mountain lodge with the 85-seat Prospect Restaurant. The lodge attracts many city dwellers looking to explore skiing and other outdoor activities.

Located two hours from New York, the resort is located in the Catskill Mountains in Hunter, New York. The property is located on a hill and offers views of the surrounding landscape.

The two story lobby has plenty of sunlight from the ceiling skylights. Interior spaces include the 1,850 square foot library, private multi-purpose studio, and whiskey lounge. The boutique property has 12 different layouts for its 38 rooms. Several rooms have high ceilings while others offer raised gathering and sleeping spaces; some also offer cast iron fireplaces in the bedroom. Terracotta shower tiles and rainfall showers are standard in all bathrooms. Additional amenities available in all rooms include Frette linens, local magazines, a free s’mores kit, and the Scribner Guide to the Catskill Mountains.

The property is set on 20 acres of land and has a heated outdoor pool with a tiered sundeck for lounge chairs and lounge chairs. During the warmer months, there is plenty to do outdoors, including hiking, fly fishing, river tubing, and zipline tours. In winter, the Hunter and Windham mountains are a short walk away for skiing, snowboarding, sledding, tubing and snowshoeing. The outdoor sauna and the many fireplaces found throughout the property are a pleasant respite from a day spent on the slopes.

The property also accepts dogs.

Where to eat:

The Prospect Restaurant, located at Scribner’s Catskill Lodge, is known as much for its exceptional views as for its incredible cuisine. The dining room has floor to ceiling windows with mountain views and an expansive deck with Adirondack chairs and a fireplace. Inside the dining room is a large circular bar with cast iron stoves – it’s a traveler favorite for before and after dinner drinks. Chef Alex Napolitano focuses on local ingredients, including produce grown on site at Old Man Scribner’s Garden. The cuisine focuses on the diverse offerings of the Hudson Valley. Favorite menu items for dinner include seared local trout fillet, shaved fennel and winter citrus salad, and squash and honeysuckle carbonara. Favorite desserts include the popcorn panna cotta and the chocolate and salted caramel pie. Prospect also has an extensive drink menu with a variety of cocktails, draft beers, and over two dozen bottles of wine. The restaurant is open to the public as well as to hotel guests. Reservations are open 14 days in advance.

The Phenicia Diner is a local favorite. It offers traditional dishes for dinner, sometimes with a modern twist, using fresh, seasonal and local ingredients. They are open during the Covid-19 pandemic for take-out and alfresco dining. People can order Airstream online or off. The pavilion area has extended outdoor seating. Breakfast favorites include pancakes, breakfast burrito, and corned beef skillet. Popular dishes for lunch and dinner include the Spicy Chicken Sandwich, Breaded Trout, and Cobb Salad. All breads (except the bagels) are made from scratch in-house and all protein comes from local farms. All vegetables and products come as much as possible from the region. Even the bar is designed around distilleries, breweries, and other businesses (like shrubs and syrup companies) throughout the Hudson Valley. When you order a Sugar Shack, you drink Catskill bourbon, Ronny Brook ice cream, and maple syrup, all fresh and locally made.

Woodstock Brewing opened in 2018 by two friends who are passionate about beer. It went from a half-barrel pilot system in a Woodstock garage to a 15-barrel brewery. The long list of tap dancing includes IPAs, sour beers, light beers, pale wheats, lagers and more. They also serve a variety of beer cocktails, wine by the glass, and non-alcoholic drinks. The atmosphere in the taproom is relaxed and welcoming with plenty of seating inside and out. While the brewery cultivates a loyal following for its drinks, the food alone attracts a regular clientele. From green pozole soup to pork, báahn mìi, and plenty of vegetarian and vegan options, the menu is as innovative as it is tasty. Favorites include taquitos, cauliflower wings, Brussels sprout tacos, and Woodstock lager breaded cod.

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