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5 Reasons to Travel to Upstate New York This Fall: New Hotels in Hudson Valley & the Catskills

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Empire State of Mind: New York’s Hudson Valley & the Catskills are This Season’s It-Escape

I’ve lived in New York City for nearly 30 years, but I am still sometimes startled by the natural beauty that can be found just a few hours beyond its boroughs. And just north of the city, reachable by train or car in less than three hours, the upstate regions of the Hudson Valley and the Catskill Mountains—with their emerald forests, quiet glens and wildflower-dotted meadows—are some of the most enchanting escapes. The Hudson Valley and the Catskills have long been getaways of choice for New Yorkers—drawing artists in the 1800s, with the foundation of the Hudson River School; developing sophistication in the 1920s, with the opening of resorts in the 1950s and 1960s (which were memorialized as icons of American nostalgia in Dirty Dancing); and growing their cool factor with the arrival of hippies and Woodstock—and then the 2020s wave of urban creatives who left the city during the pandemic.

Now, with a signature mix of fashion and funk, Hudson Valley and the Catskills are attracting a new generation of discerning bons vivants, thanks to their almost overwhelming volume of charms. There are craft breweries, cideries and natural-wine bars (on my list: Subversive, Shrewd Fox, Plan Bee, Seminary Hill and Sonder—and The Maker Hotel’s Carriage House for a cocktail); family-run, sustainable farm-to-table restaurants, ranging from rustic to Michelin-grade (including Arrowood Farms, Wm. Farmer and Sons, Silvia, Feast & Floret, Butterfield and The DeBruce); antique design shops, vintage clothiers, textile collectives and bookstores (Finch, Minna, Magic Hill, Nest, The Quiet Botanist, Blackcreek Mercantile & Trading Co., Spotty Dog Books and Ale, Hammertown Barn, Sundry, Rough Draft Bar & Books); bakeries, cafés, cheese shops and ice cream parlors. And, of course, there are miles of forested hiking, biking and ski trails that traverse valleys and waterfalls; lakes and the Hudson River for boating excursions; and awe-inspiring stargazing and birdwatching. This season, there’s also a new collection of chic cabin-style hotels for the next generation. These are the five properties to know for your next trip.

Contact your Trip Designer or Indagare, if you are not yet a member, to start planning a trip to Upstate New York. Our team can match you with the accommodations, reservations and activities that are right for you.

– Elizabeth Harvey on October 26, 2022

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