Emerson Inn & Spa
Indulge in Colonial splendor in the Catskills

From the April 22, 2002 Issue of New York

All 24 rooms at the Emerson Inn & Spa, the Catskills' first high-end, ultraluxurious hideaway, are so thoughtfully decorated -- in Persian, Victorian, West Indies Colonial, and Asian themes -- that you'll find yourself jotting down ideas for your own home. There's a 5,000-bottle wine room with a floor-to-ceiling humidor, a swanky Africa-themed bar, and a gym so beautiful you'll actually want to work out. Spa treatments are the house specialty (but be sure to book ahead), as is the gourmet food, served on Limoges china. True sybarites will appreciate details like a glass of champagne in Waterford crystal at check-in, personalized stationery, and Frette labels on the linens, robes, towels -- even the bath mats. If you want to explore the area, Woodstock is just ten minutes away, but we're not sure why you'd ever want to leave.

The Emerson is two hours by car (doubles start from $500 and include three meals daily; 845-688-7900 or theemerson.com).


Photograph: Kenneth Chen