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A convenient 90 miles up the thruway from New York City, the Catskills draw an influx of weekenders and tourists from the first warm breezes of the summer through the brilliant colors of the fall foliage. Unique shopping opportunities, festivals, art and music combine for a friendly vibe where peace and love and tie-dye all find their place. Horse and hiking trails sprinkled among the forested mountains draw nature lovers, while rock climbers and birdwatchers eagerly scope out their finds among the craggy cliffs and overhangs of Mohonk Preserve, Minnewaska State Park and Catskill Forest Preserve. Owners of historic inns and B&B's put away ...

A convenient 90 miles up the thruway from New York City, the Catskills draw an influx of weekenders and tourists from the first warm breezes of the summer through the brilliant colors of the fall foliage. Unique shopping opportunities, festivals, art and music combine for a friendly vibe where peace and love and tie-dye all find their place. Horse and hiking trails sprinkled among the forested mountains draw nature lovers, while rock climbers and birdwatchers eagerly scope out their finds among the craggy cliffs and overhangs of Mohonk Preserve, Minnewaska State Park and Catskill Forest Preserve. Owners of historic inns and B&B's put away their antique quilts, and mountain streams once inhabited by snowshoers welcome wader'd fly-fishing folk. Farmers' markets sell the local fare from organic greens to homemade soaps and jams, while bakers and butchers prep easy picnic foods for visitors to tote to myriad scenic spots of solitude. Rip van Winkle's famed rolling mountains herald in a variety of visitors, each able to find their happy place within the Catskill region.

Sascha Zuger
About the Expert

Sascha Zuger is the author of the New York State Moon Handbook, the travel novel Girl Overboard (under the pseudonym Aimee Ferris), and is a freelancer for publications such as National Geographic Traveler, the Los Angeles Times and The Washington Post.

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Climate

  • Best Time to Visit:

    May through mid-October, June and July for water activities, early October for Woodstock Film Festival