Located in the heart of the Catskill Mountains, Scribner's Lodge is a 38 room hotel perched right opposite Hunter Mountain. What used to be Scribner Hollow Motor Lodge in the 60's, Scribner's renovated and reopened in 2016 as a place for modern explorers, complete with a downstairs restaurant with mountain views, a lounge and library, outdoor fire-pit, and uniquely designed suites. It's the perfect place for a weekend escape from the city and just a two-hour drive North of Manhattan.
Our Catskill suite slept up to 6, with two double bunk beds and a queen, boasting mountain views from our private balcony. The rooms are light-filled, decorated with vintage rugs and custom-built furniture with each suite is unique in layout.
"Since 1966, this building has welcomed and warmed the spirits of adventurers seeking refuge from their daily lives and explorers looking for something new."
Downstairs at Scribner's own restaurant Prospect, you'll be spoilt with floor to ceiling mountain views. The bar flows into the restaurant area and you'll find seating nooks around nearly every corner.
Serving up breakfast and dinner, with brunch on weekends, Prospect make use of the local ingredients available within the Hudson Valley- and there's no shortage of incredible fresh produce available in the region. With an impressive cocktail menu, après ski here melts into the dinner hour where if you hadn't ever experienced hygge, you're sure to have now.
The common space features a pool table, board games, central fireplace and a perfectly curated library with new and old selections. At 5pm, you're invited to the outdoor fire-pit for Smore's-oclock, with everything you need already in your room and waiting upon check-in.
Our two nights here were just right for recharging the batteries. With lazy mornings in the library and uno battles around the fire before dinner, Scribner's is a cosy retreat from the bustle of New York City and exactly the sort of Winter getaway we needed.
Scribner's Catskill Lodge
13 Scribner Hollow Rd, Hunter, NY 12442
Having a Zipcar on this trip gave us the freedom to drive around and explore the area. Aside from skiing & snowboarding at Hunter mountain, there's so much to do in the Catskills all year round.
Using Zipcar you can reserve a car by the hour or the day, picking up your vehicle from one of many locations around the city. I've been using Zipcar for the past year now and it makes it really easy to run errands or take trips out of the city, especially as the gas is included and you don't have to deal with any paperwork or long rental car office queues. It's as easy as reserving a car online or on the app and then unlocking the vehicle with your card so you can hit the road.
If you want to try it out for yourself, join here and you'll get $25 off your first reservation.
The Town of Hudson
Just a 40 minute drive through the Catskills, you'll find the town of Hudson, NY. Filled to the brim with gift and design stores, cafes and great places to grab a bite, this is probably my favourite town in Upstate New York. Be sure to check out WM Farmer and Sons for dinner or brunch on weekends.
Located just off the highway near the small town of Phoenicia, this diner is my favourite in the world. Serving all the classic dishes but using locally sourced ingredients, Phoenicia really knows how to do a diner brunch.
5681 NY-28, Phoenicia, NY 12464
Local theater on Main Street in Hunter showing the latest releases and indie flics, on Main Street in Hunter.
7971 Main St, Hunter, NY 12442
Cheap games, classic tunes and friendly locals. For my birthday we went bowling at a local spot which felt like stepping back in time a little bit. There's a couple of alleys in the area, too:
305 W Bridge St, Catskill, NY 12414
RR 9W, Saugerties, NY 12477
Kaaterskill Falls Hike
A two stage waterfall on the Spruce Creek, if you're headed here make sure to stay on the designated path and in Winter, crampons are a must.