When I realized how quickly my travel calendar was booking up for the Fall, I realized that what I wanted to prioritize squeezing in was a return to The Catskills. Therefore I managed to find a Sunday night I could head up to enjoy the property and some more Fall activities before the colors were gone.
This trip we were blessed with some great weather so we made a point of taking advantage of the area’s outdoor offerings. We were on a short trip but we made the most of our time. After arriving in the area, we headed straight for the Hunter Mountain Skyride which is the ski resort’s main chair lift that will take you to the top of the mountain to enjoy sweeping valley views and all the Fall Colors. On Monday, we headed to the Giant Ledge hike which was a riot. It was so much harder and took so much longer than we anticipated. The 3.2 mile hike took us just over two hours and I highly recommend hiking boots and water if you want to tackle it. The views were worth it in the end and the laughs we endured at the difficulty of the rocky hills that barely constituted being called a trail made it entertaining but we definitely were unprepared! If you want a laugh, head to my Instagram Story Highlights where I chronicled the experience. It was a trip. We tried to grab a drink at FoxFire Mountain House before but sadly they were closed for a private event but this hidden property looked so dreamy and I added it back to my list to check out on a future trip.
For food, I had to prioritize getting Twin Peaks doughnuts again (they are addictive!) and we also indulged in a big breakfast at my favorite spot, The Phoenicia Diner. I dream about their buttermilk pancakes! We also tried Peekamoose which a friend had recommended and definitely seems to be the same place to get dinner in the area. They were doing a special Pig Roast event so we dined on that with loads of sides and a delicious apple tart but I definitely want to go back next year to eat in the main dining room as the menu looked really good.
For this visit, I was so happy to be welcomed back by Scribner’s Lodge which has become a home away from outside the city for me. I visited last summer and last Fall and so enjoy the quick escape from the city. The property immediately initiates relaxation and their great room is a favorite place of mine to curl up with a book or play a game of cards. We indulged in S’mores by their fire pit and enjoyed a blissful two hours reading while the rain fell briefly Sunday afternoon.
It was the perfect Fall escape and I am so glad I was able to fit it in despite a busy schedule!
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