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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Find Heart-stopping Adventure in Kaaterskill Falls

Off-road thrills await in the northern Catskills.


1. Where to Stay

The Rosehaven Inn.  

Stay on top of the mountains at Rosehaven Inn (from $125), a picture-perfect, turn-of-the-century restoration that sits atop Kaaterskill Clove Pass and one steep, walkable mile from Kaaterskill Falls. Each of the four large bedrooms has a gas fireplace and double-size whirlpool tubs, but Room 2, in the second turret, has a private terrace and a sunset view.

The Fairlawn Inn (from $109), in Hunter, is a more casual B and B; the turreted Victorian has a pool table and, as of this summer, a sprawling backyard patio with a steel fire pit. Innkeeper Chuck Tomajko adorns the modest mix-and-match guest rooms with his art collection, which includes a few originals of famous twentieth-century abstracts.

Opened in January, the eighteen-room, Adirondack-style Hotel Mountain Brook (from $175), in Tannersville, is steps from the town’s lively restaurant row. The third-floor Byrdcliffe room has a fireplace and vaulted ceilings. Breakfast at the hotel’s excellent restaurant is included.

Splurge on full-service amenities at the retro ski lodge Scribner Hollow Lodge (from $230)—it boasts tennis courts, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, and a hotel restaurant with excellent regional fare. Soak sore muscles in the kitschy, cavelike indoor pool, the Grotto. Request the Hunting Lodge for some extra room, a gas fireplace, and unbeatable views of the Hunter Mountain ski area.

Published on Apr 30, 2008 as a web exclusive.

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