Want to break up the long, dark winter by grabbing your Honey and heading for the hills? Here's the low-down on what to do and where to stay for a romantic weekend getaway north of NYC, whether it’s Valentine’s Day or not, in The Catskills and Hudson Valley.
It's cold and probably snowy. If the notion of cuddling up in a toasty cabin by a roaring fire is your antidote to the winter blahs, check out Blue Deer Cabin (Claryville) and its river rock fireplace, one of the key attractions at this honest-to-goodness authentic cabin built in the 1930s. Fortunately the later addition of indoor plumbing and central heat make it as comfy as can be for you and your Sweetie. Located in a picturesque area known for an abundance of hiking opportunities, take the scenic Frost Valley Road to the trailhead for Giant Ledge (Big Indian) and revel in the eye-popping view at the top. Frost Valley YMCA offers an incredible deal on x-country ski rentals and taking to their miles of groomed trails.
A stone's throw from the center of Phoenicia, Coal Cabin has been a Red Cottage Inc. favorite for years, with its striking contemporary architecture and walls of glass. Let the falling snowflakes hypnotize from the comfort of your sofa by the fire. Pond House (Phillipsport) is a kind of modern Walden, tucked in the woods as it is, complete with wood stove and views of the large pond out front. If hot tubbing under the stars is your thing, there are numerous options. Check out Wildcat Mountain Cabin (Claryville) and Scott Brook Cabin (Neversink), both privately set in lovely natural surroundings.
Table for Two
For some couples, dimming the lights, pouring wine and preparing a meal together is the relaxed setting in which they best reconnect, following a rigorous work week. But for others, stepping out with their Baby and exploring the local dining and drinking establishments is how they’d like to spend their date night. So here we’ve selected a few of our favorite spots, when it’s just the two of you.
The chef/owners of Peekamoose Restaurant & Tap Room (Big Indian) bring their weighty NYC restaurant pedigrees north to be closer to the farms that supply them, and serve up delicious fare in a buzzing atmosphere (a great place for aprés ski, if you’ve just come off the slopes at Belleayre). Do make reservations.
While the award-winning tasting menu upstairs has hogged the limelight, the roaring fire and the “downstairs tavern” vibe in the Club Room at The DeBruce (Livingston Manor) set the stage for an intimate and tasty meal from their locally-sourced menu.
In Woodstock, Silvia wows with an open kitchen and wood-fired grill. The menu is exciting and food fabulous, and you can stroll the town afterward, peeking in the various shop windows. We're partial to the green velvet banquette for a lovey dovey vibe. Brunette Winebar, about 20 minutes east in Kingston, is a triumph of meticulous styling in a whitewashed former barbershop, where small café tables mean you’ll be up close and personal, which is what your romantic weekend Upstate is all about.