Thursday, September 30, 2010

The Great Western Catskills Offers Lodging Deals and Weekends Packed With Fun.

Every one can use a little incentive to make travel plans and the Great Western Catskills has lots to choose from. From motel stays to getting a third night deep discount, you’re sure to find the right fit for your budget. Combine with great activities like pumpkin picking or corn maze strolling, hiking in the Catskill Park, horseback riding, to mountain biking. Check out our website for more details.

Fall Lodging Discounts Abound
Harmony Hill Lodge and Retreat Center. East Meredith has a special sense of peace and serenity. Book two nights and get a third night free. Excludes holiday weekends. 607-278-6609 or visit
Becky's B&B in Hancock. Enjoy reduced rates during fall foliage season and into winter. 10% off each night and 50% off the third night. For more info call 607-637-5499 or visit Becky's is less than 1/2 mile from fishing access on the East Branch of The Delaware.
Buena Vista in Delhi. During fall foliage season and through the end of the year (12/29/2010), travelers will receive 50% off on a third night. Buena Vista offers newly renovated rooms. Located just a few minutes from golf at the SUNY Delhi course, the West Branch of the Delaware River for fishing, and main street antiquing. Delhi is the center of the county - you'll be close to everything you could want to do. Visit or call 607-746-2135.

Fall Packages To Please As Well
I Like To Hike What kinda hike do ya like? A steep incline up to an amazing view? A lush nature walk full of flora and fauna? A tranquil jaunt around a lake? A trek to a cleansing waterfall? The Catskill Mountains contain a virtual plethora of hiking trails, walks, and excursions and let the staff at The Roxbury Motel prepare a package that suits your taste. The package includes: maps and a planned itinerary for a fantasmagorical hike based on your enthusiasm for exertion; a cool Roxbury tote bag stuffed with a bottle of fine Bordeaux, some trail mix and power bars for extra energy; your choice of picnic fixings – deli sandwiches, cheese variety; complimentary two-day passes to the glimmering Shimmer Spa; and our extremely popular two-hour couples massage. This package offers a 10% discount off of their published room rates when you purchase the whole package! Package price starts at $553 for a two-night, high-season weekend studio room. Even less if you go for midweek! Additional items like a romantic tasting menu dinner for two at the scrumptious Peekamoose Restaurant or bike rentals for the Catskill Scenic Trail or horseback riding at Stone Tavern Farm can be added for an additional cost. Book ONLINE or call 607-326-7200!

Rad Romance at the Roxbury! Whether you are trying to light a fire or rekindle a flame, the Rad Romance package is bound to ignite sparks. How about fine chilled champagne on ice, fresh exotic flowers, and a gourmet cheese platter? Your romance will then soar to a new height with a couples massage during which our therapist will teach you the techniques for giving each others’ bodies whatever they need… To entice your taste buds, you will dine at the area’s most scrumptious eatery, Peekamoose Restaurant, where Chef Devin Mills’ tasting menu is purported to provide aphrodisiac properties. Inquire for rates. Taxes and gratuities not included. This package is offered year round.

JUST ADDED: To REALLY get those sparks-a-poppin off the flames, we can arrange a horse-and-buggy ride around the village of Roxbury for you. The buggy is a beautifully restored 19th century handsome cab driven by a pair of equally handsome horses. Perfect for popping a special question. Weather permitting. Read more about this and other packages they offer at The Roxbury is the recipient of two 2009 Travelers Choice Awards from and the National Geographic's 2009 Stay List. For more info about the cool village of Roxbury at

City Bumpkins Country Pumpkins: From now until October 30th put fun in your weekend getaway with two nights at the Mountain Brook Inn in Bovina, NY. You’ll be lulled to sleep by the sounds of the babbling brook behind the Inn and awoken each morning with a continental breakfast basket delivered to your front door. When you are ready to go, Gary will send you on your way to your hayride and pumpkin picking excursion at Sunflower Farm right near by. Bring your pumpkins back to the Mountain Brook Inn and carve them right there if you wish! Dinner will be a short drive away at the Andes Hotel. CIA trained Chef O’Neill will prepare a harvest feast for you featuring whatever is locally available at the time of your visit. 2 Nights at the Mountain Brook Inn, continental breakfast basket each morning, pumpkin picking & hayride, harvest feast at the Andes Hotel featuring a seasonal menu, and foliage cruise on the vintage Delaware Ulster Railroad. Couple $355. Family of Four (two adults and two children) $460.

The Miracle of Fall: Two nights and harvest feast at the Andes Hotel featuring a seasonal menu and lots of fall fun at Maple Shade Farm in Delhi, NY. Enjoy the day or an afternoon at Maple Shade Farm to experience the Wilson family’s passion for education, agriculture and plain ole’ farm fun! They will take you on a hayride, pumpkin picking, up Halloween Hill and through the corn maze. Afterwards return to the Andes Hotel for dinner. CIA trained Chef O’Neill will prepare a harvest feast for you featuring whatever is locally available at the time of your visit. From acorn squash to amaranth, beltie beef to blue hubbards and sweet corn to smoked trout, the season’s bounty is Chef O’Neill’s inspiration. Couple $295. Family of Four (two adults and two children) $345. Weekends now until October 30th. 845-676-3980 - Ask for Sally to book this package.

Learn more about the Western Catskills
For more information on great things to do and lodging packages in the Great Western Catskills visit For information on events, visit For a free fishing map or art gallery and antique dealer directory, call 866-775-4425.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Fall's First in the Great Western Catskills

Labor Day weekend saw tell-tale signs of fall on the mountains with isolated trees turning to their early burgundy or deep orange colors. Cool evenings and recent rains are setting the stage for a spectacular fall foliage season. In New York State the leaves turn first up in the northern part of the Adirondack State Park, and here on the western slopes of the Catskill Park. Altitudes of 2-3000 feet and cool evenings bring on the Fall foliage season first. As the leaves turn throughout September, hikers, mountain bikers, fly-fishing fans and kayakers get their last outings during the warm days amongst the changing landscape.

Fall is resplendent the entire month of September but really pops into high gear by the last weekend, showing a gorgeous array of scarlet, burgundy and pumpkin mixing in to the mountainside greens. September 25th showcases two great agricultural festivals – Delhi’s Harvest Festival and Margaretville’s Cauliflower Festival. The Catskill Forest Association hosts a firewood management workshop – oh so important now that the Emerald Ash Borer has been found in the eastern slopes of the Park. Then, on Sunday the 26th, Stamford hosts their annual Scarecrow Festival. These events offer a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the agricultural history of our area and to purchase locally made food and crafts.

October is sure to please everyone looking to feast their eyes on the best fall colors – the first two weekends including Columbus weekend are resplendent in orange and gold. This coincides with the annual Lark in the Park – ten days of guided hikes and workshops in and around the Catskill Park. Easy hikes, difficult hikes, fire tower treks, kayaking and woodlands workshops will be occurring mid week and on the weekends, hosted by avid outdoors people sharing their skill and passion for the Catskill Mountains. Sometimes it’s hard to remember that the Catskill Park is here. There is no main gate to enter through and the Park itself is a collection of public and private lands. Spearheaded by the Catskill Center and the Catskill Mountain Club, this year’s choices range from easy to moderately difficult hikes – many to fire towers in the Park, bike rides, kayak or canoe paddles, and forestry workshops. As more volunteers create great events they’ll appear on the event website: This is a great opportunity to learn more about mother natures playground.

The first weekend of October, Maple Shade Farm celebrates their Generations Day and shines a light on our agricultural heritage with antique engines and tractors, wagon rides, auction, pie contest and tons of regional apples. October 2nd and 3rd will offer the final series of tours of John Burroughs’ Woodchuck Lodge in Roxbury.

This year Columbus weekend brings the new Taste of the Catskills to Delhi. A joint venture lead by Quarter Moon CafĂ© and hosted on the grounds of Maple Shade Farm – this Columbus weekend event is sure to please adults and kids alike. is the website to find out more. There will be a bocce tournament, beverage and food tastings, farm market, workshops on topics like cheese making, Sunday pig roast and more. For the kids Maple Shade will be hosting their Little Farmers Day with farm animals and carnival games in the main barn. In Walton at the Fairgrounds you’ll find the American Cancer Society’s Fall Harvest Festival going on. If you need a little more adventure on Columbus weekend, the Eastern State Cup Series mountain biking races will be hosted at Plattekill Bike Park in Roxbury. Plattekill offers lift rides for foliage viewing all season.

Great Western Catskills Tourism
The Great Western Catskills is an easy weekend get-away destination for travelers – just 3 hours from the New York City metro area. To learn about great outdoor resources, Stay-and-Play Packages or camping in the western Catskills, log on to: For free brochures on kayaking, antiquing, public fishing access map and other literature, call toll-free: (866) 775-4425 or e-mail: For a bounty of great events in the area visit