Tuesday, May 3, 2011

The Great Western Catskills Offer Weekends Packed With Fun. Hike! Fish! Pedal! Paddle!

Every one is raring to get outside now that spring is officially here. The trees are budding out into a thousand shades of green and dressing up the mountains with their finery. Mother Natures Playground is what we’re often called. But if your sidekick wants to chill out - we’re known for that too. Check out our website www.greatwesterncatskills.com for more packages like 5 course tasting dinners, farmer for a day stays, raw food workshops, or plain old good discounts when you stay longer.

Waterways and Mountain Trails Lure Travelers

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 Roxbury’s 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 can be added for an additional cost. Check availability online at www.theroxburymotel.com or call 607-326-7200!

I Like To FISH! Margaretville Motel, located next to the East Branch of the Delaware River, one of upstate NY’s best trout fishing streams, is providing lodging and continental breakfast for Fishing Season for $49.50 single and $59.50 double per night. With highly successful fishing spots right across the road, sporting goods store in town where you can obtain a fishing license and bait, this will be a breeze to get out on the water and cast away! Margaretville Village shops and restaurants are just a short stroll away. You can take the Trailways Bus from anywhere in their service area and get off the bus at the front door of the Margaretville Motel - you won’t even need a car. Call to make a reservation 845-586-4464 or visit www.margaretvillemotel.com for more info and photos of rooms. Available Sunday - Thursday night stays Non Holidays until June 23, 2011.

I Like To BIKE! Here’s your chance to rouse your adventurous spirit and test your metal (what does that even mean?) during a two day adventure in the Catskills! Your wild weekend adventure will include two nights stay in one of The Roxbury’s award-winning rooms with amenities galore, passes to the Shimmer Spa where you can steam or soak freshly challenged muscles, receive a delicious, deep tissue massage treatment, and a round of libations at Public Lounge right next door. And then there’s the biking! Whether this is your first trip to the Mountain or the first trip in a long time, the folks at Plattekill are ready to help push you to new levels!! For those getting their first taste of the sport of mountain biking, the mountain offers over 60 miles of trails from which to choose. For the more advanced, Plattekill’s steep chutes and big drops are par for the course and have been known to give some of the world's best riders a run for their money. This package includes all the biking gear you’ll need, lift passes, a personal, one-on-one 2 hour guided tour on the trails (either downhill or cross country), and, of course, the bike! Cowabunga!! Package starts at $674 for a two-night high season weekend in a studio room. Check availability online at www.theroxburymotel.com or call 607-326-7200!

I Like To PADDLE! There’s no better way to experience the natural beauty and serenity of the Susquehanna River combined with the valley views of the foothills of the Catskill Mountains than gliding along in your own canoe or kayak. Rent for a half day or be really adventurous and book a full day trip with a guide. Seeing bald eagles nesting along the river is a great experience. Fishing gear and bait can be added to enhance the experience. Harmony Hill Retreat is a nature preserve unto itself with 70 acres to hike and a meditative stone path labyrinth to walk. Known for their two tree house yurts – the Hill provides a true back to nature experience. If you need something larger, consider renting the Chalet. Visit their website www.harmonyhillretreat.com for this package or choose for others that celebrate your living life large. Call 607-278-6609 to discuss other services such as Reiki work. Yurt and Kayak packages start at $340 for a two night weekend stay for two with rentals.

Learn more about the Western Catskills
Just three hours from Manhattan, an hour south of Cooperstown, the western Catskills makes for a great weekend getaway. For more information on great things to do when you’re here, visit www.greatwesterncatskills.com. For information on local events, visit www.delawarecountytoday.com. For a free fishing map or art gallery and antique dealer directory, call 866-775-4425.