Find Unique Vacation Options in the Catskills – From Winter Sports to Arts and Culture
By Mel Fabrikant Wednesday, January 16, 2013, 12:45 PM EST
The Great Northern Catskills of Greene County tower above the Hudson Valley – offering a scenic escape from the ordinary vacation and the chance to experience a truly unique, one-of-a-kind adventure with family and friends.
The Catskill Mountains have been an acclaimed destination for centuries, offering the special charm of a mountain destination filled with unique entertainment and recreation opportunities. This year, you’re invited to discover the Catskills’ nostalgic traditions with a contemporary twist. From all-inclusive resort vacations, to exciting camping trips – experience the Great Northern Catskills, a one-of-a-kind destination.
Unique Catskills Vacations Include:
Fly, Huck and Tuck: Ski Resort’s Offer More than Vertical – Greene County is home to two ski resorts – Hunter Mountain and Windham Mountain. Each offer terrain for beginners, intermediate skiers and riders, as well as expert-only trails. Both mountains offer exciting options on and off the slopes. Hunter Mountain is home to the New York Zipline Adventure Tour’s SkyRider – the fastest, longest and highest zipline in North America – and the second largest in the world. Soar 600 feet above the ground at speeds reaching up to 50 miles per hour, or take a ride on the mid-mountain tour and rappel down the mountain. At Windham, the Adventure Park offers a snowmobile park for kids, a seasonal ice-skating rink and Nordic skiing.
Follow the Devil’s Path at Devil’s Tombstone Campground – One of the oldest campgrounds in the Catskill Forest Preserve, the region’s first settlers gossiped that it was a favorite haunt of the Devil, and a large boulder – “the Devil’s Tombstone,” sits as a reminder of his rumored presence. Find primitive campsites surrounding Notch Lake and hiking trails leading into some of the highest Catskill Peaks. Or head to North-South Lake Campground, the biggest campground in Greene County, offering a whole host of family-friendly amenities without all the devil nonsense. Situated in an area of exceptional beauty, enjoy hiking in the mountains, boating, fishing and swimming, as well as access to the Catskill’s historic sites and Kaaterskill Falls – the highest cascading waterfall in New York State. Amenities include hot showers, a playground, volleyball courts and canoe, kayak, paddle boat and rowboat rentals.
Family Reunion at an All-Inclusive Resort – Book a vacation that will spawn a new family tradition, one that can be passed down from generation to generation and stay at one of the area’s family-friendly resorts. As soon as you check-in, everything – from your meals, to entertainment and organized activities – are taken care of by the resort’s creative, welcoming and enthusiastic staff. Take a pottery class together, go rock climbing or simply enjoy an afternoon by the pool. The Great Northern Catskill’s family resorts offer worry-free vacations close to home for one bundled price.
Art and Hiking: Following Trail of Thomas Cole – Thomas Cole’s first trip along the Hudson River in 1825 opened his eyes to the beauty of New York’s untamed wilderness, inspiring the young painter and eventually leading him to create America’s first established artistic style – the Hudson River School. Cole’s lasting legacy is seen not only in his Hudson River School paintings, but also in the landscapes themselves – which remain much the same as they were when Cole painted them. Travel along the Hudson River School Art Trail and experience the pristine wilderness that captivated Cole and every painter who followed in his footsteps. From Kaaterskill Falls to the Catskill Mountain House – discover the landscape of America’s premier painters. The art trail continues in Wyoming, New Hampshire and Massachusetts.
Historic Golf Trail: The Catskills Seven – It’s rare for destinations to create golfing experiences linked by more than 18 holes, yet the Catskills offer just that along the Rip Van Winkle Golf Trail. This unique golfing challenge provides seven tee times for one flat green fee. Play at some of the finest courses in the state. Complete a game at all seven participating golf courses, get your Golf Trail pass stamped at each club house and enter the Greene International Golf Association’s raffle for a chance to win prizes totaling $10,000 during the annual banquet in October.
About Greene County:
Greene County is located in the Great Northern Catskill Mountains and the verdant Hudson River Valley. The region is home to five of the 10 highest Catskill Peaks and the Catskill State Park and is known as the nation’s first wilderness. Greene County is renowned as the home of Thomas Cole’s Hudson River School and the inspiration for Washington Irving’s literary legend, Rip Van Winkle, and was named in honor of American Revolutionary War General Nathanael Greene. This 705,500 acre wilderness offers abundant year-round outdoor recreation and unique cultural events. Learn more about Catskills packages and winter events at www.GreatNorthernCatskills.com .