Bracing waterfalls, enchanting mountains, lush forests, and sparkling lakes and streams provide a picturesque setting for the superb year-round recreation available in the Catskill Mountains region. About an hour's drive from New York City, this world-famous area offers something for everyone. Find culture at numerous museums, historic attractions, and art centers throughout the region. Prefer pastoral activities? Then delight in horse shows, farm tours, game farms, and antique and craft fairs. Enjoy lodging at a Catskills, New York bed and breakfast, and you'll be in the heart of all that this diverse area has to offer.
The region also boasts European-style wineries and wine festivals, an antique railroad, irresistible scenic drives, and some of the best trout fishing in the nation. Anglers will also delight in the variety of programs offered at the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum at Livingston Manor. Forty PGA golf courses are located in the region, and harness racing at Monticello Raceway promises excitement all year round.
Festivals, including celebrations of Celtic, German, and Native American heritage, are abundant in the Catskills. Ski Windham and Hunter Mountain ski resorts offer entertainment year-round, from art fairs in spring to a showcase music series in autumn when Catskills foliage is spectacular.
Take the Delaware & Ulster Rail ride from Arkville to Fleischmanns for great views along the Catskill Scenic Trail.
For a different view of the region, stop at Catskill Corners in Mount Tremper and step inside the Kaatskill Kaleidoscope, the world's largest. This 60-foot tube, converted from a farm silo into a fascinating visual fantasy world, is a one-of-a-kind attraction. The Spotted Dog Firehouse Restaurant, another unusual attraction found at Catskill Corners, offers delicious meals in an elegantly reproduced Victorian firehouse.
Visit Kingston, the state's first capital, and tour the 18th century home of Abraham Von Gadsbeer, which served as the meeting place for the first state Senate in 1777.
Go hiking, biking, horseback riding or cross-country skiing in Minnewasha State Park Preserve, designated by the Nature Conservancy as "one of the 75 great places in the Western Hemisphere."
Discover the Catskills, the place where visitors from all over the world come to luxuriate amid beautiful mountain scenery. Choose from a full range of activities or simply enjoy the region's fresh mountain air and quiet charm. Our ESBBA inn members in the region would love to welcome you.