After our stay at the North Branch Inn, we ventured 20 minutes into the mountains to their sister property, The Arnold House. While the properties have the same owner, both hotels have such different vibes & aesthetics. Stepping into the Arnold House was so warming as you walk through the open lounge before reaching reception. The vintage fireplace, board games (a wooden Monopoly board!), home baked goods, blanket throws and books make this a spot you don’t want to leave. It’s the perfect spot to sit with your laptop or a book and enjoy the crackle of the fire and the peace and quiet. You’re surrounded by nature, mountains, lakes & I felt so inspired being in this environment.
The Arnold House has nine guest rooms in the main inn a 3-room garden suite, Tavern restaurant, 1960’s dining room, spa treatment facilities, lake house and gardens.
When we checked into our rooms, there was a hand written welcome note accompanied with a mason jar of bourbon and some home baked cookies & fruit cake waiting for us. The rooms at The Arnold House have a really cool vintage vibe. The building itself is over 100 years old which has been restored and feature the original baby pink & white bathtub & bathrooms. I loved the cork floors in the rooms and the rustic cabin like details. The beds here are beyond comfortable & it’s safe to say I spent most our our time here lazing out in the bathrobe, reading & enjoying some time to breathe.
My favourite part about our stay at the Arnold House was spending our evening in their restaurant downstairs which had a pool table, juke box & bar. I love spending times in the woods & it felt really cosy down there. It was a Friday night and the restaurant & bar was almost full, it was such an amazing vibe to be around and only made better by the delicious food that we had- warm cocktails, burgers, root mash, brussel sprouts, cheesecake, chocolate mouse, hot toddies & local ciders.
The Catskills is an area that I am so glad I got to explore- i’ve been to New York so many times but underestimated just how easy it is to hire a car (We rented through Turo which is like AirBnb for cars) and within two hours you’ll find yourself in the Catskills. I loved chatting to the locals- many of who are originally from New York and have moved up to the Catskills to escape the city. The people we met were so incredibly friendly & chatty and it’s things like these which I love most about traveling.
The best part about the drive home from the Arnold House in the morning is that you’re leaving with a belly full of Arnold House breakfast. As a breakfast connoisseur, waking up in the morning to a waffle station had my jaw on the floor. We were so spoilt for choice with waffle toppings- bacon maple jam, bourbon infused maple syrup, lemon curd, fresh local butter (we were spoilt for choice). The breakfast spread also had eggs, frittata, bread, fresh fruit & juice, coffee, teas & all those good things that make waking up all the easier.
While we stayed here in January and spent our time curling up by the fire, the Catskills area is just as amazing in the Summer months where you can also explore the outdoors, swim in the nearby rivers & enjoy the sunshine.
Thank you so much to all the staff at The Arnold House that made our stay so incredible!
839 SHANDELEE ROAD, LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY. 12758