Nestled in the heart of the Catskill mountains and located under 3 hours from New York City, Scribner’s Catskill Lodge is a great place to escape to enjoy the natural beauty of New York state. In fall, its idyllic location showcases the colors of the changing leaves and offers guests a much-needed fresh and cozy escape from the confinement of city life.
The interiors of the space are thoughtfully designed like a modern ski lodge, making both the communal areas and individual guest rooms an inviting place to kick up your feet and relax.
Scribner’s has a number of different room options, but one thing that’s consistent throughout most of the rooms is their individual fireplaces, making it easy to throw on your pajamas, light up the fire and enjoy the coziness of the Catskills.
Located in the small, quiet town of Hunter, if you find yourself visiting during the week the food options can be limited so I recommend bringing along some snacks, drinks and perhaps breakfast so that you don’t find yourself venturing out as much.
How to Get to Scribner’s
If you’re looking to head to Scribner’s Catskill Lodge for a stay, I highly recommend renting a car which you can easily schedule to pick up at any of the New York City airports. This will likely be both the fastest and cheapest option, taking you roughly two and a half hours to get there. Plus, this gives the ability to pop in to the neighboring towns and restaurants in the area.
Other transportation options include taking the Amtrak train to the Hudson station and grabbing an Uber or a taxi to take you the rest of the way there (roughly 40 minutes). You can also take the Trailways bus service to the town of Hunter which leaves you less than a mile away from the hotel.
What to Do near Scribner’s
While you could likely spend your entire trip relaxing at the lodge, there are also a number of towns, hiking trails and ski slopes (depending on the timing of your visit of course) all within driving distance. Note: Ubers are few and far between here so you’ll need to call on a local Taxi service if you’re looking to get around without driving yourself.
A few of my favorite spots/activities located under 45 minutes away include:
- Woodstock – Located roughly 30 minutes from Scribner’s, Woodstock is known best for its famous music festivals, but is also home to a number of local shops and fine dining establishments. If you’re in town I highly recommend stopping by Little House to browse their local goods and Shindig for a tasty lunch (read more on this below).
- Hunter Mountain – The second highest peak in the Catskills, Hunter Mountain is known best for its ski slopes but is also home to a number of hiking trails ranging in difficulty. Due to its proximity to the lodge, this is a great morning or daytime activity.
Where to Eat near Scribner’s
- Scribner’s Prospect Restaurant (Hunter, NY) – Also known as Scribner’s in-house restaurant, Prospect is not only extremely convenient for hotel guests but they whip up a mean cocktail and some pretty delectable food. Plus, the ambiance and the view make it the perfect place to dine on a chilly fall night.
- Jessie’s Harvest House (Hunter, NY) – A local restaurant located under a 10 minute drive from Scribner’s, this is just the place if you’re looking for a home cooked meal in a friendly setting. We were seated right by one of the fire places and to this day cannot stop raving about what a wonderful this experience it was. From the food to the ambiance and even the staff, this was quite the local gem in the Hunter area.
- Phoenicia Diner (Phoenicia, NY) – A true Catskills staple, you can’t really go upstate without stopping at the Phoenicia Diner. With a carefully crafted menu of diner staples with a modern twist and a location that really makes you feel as though you’ve transported back to the Catskills heydays, you won’t leave feeling disappointed.
- Shindig (Woodstock, NY) – A small, cozy restaurant situated right in the center of the town of Woodstock, Shindig serves a range of comfort food classics made from organic, local, seasonal ingredients. Plus, their grilled cheese and tomato soup is the ideal fall meal.
Looking for more getaway ideas in upstate New York? Check out my post on Easy Day Trips from NYC.0