If you live in New York, appreciate nicely-designed things, really good coffee and delicious fresh food, the Catskills was made for you. With its charming towns and modern inns, lush forests, crystal clear swimming holes and straight-out-of-Brooklyn restaurants, the Hudson Valley area is buzzing with fresh creative energy. If you’re a design- and nature-lover who appreciates simplicity (and total quiet), stay at The Spruceton Inn in Westkill. If being in nature isn’t your thing but you value a good view, try a suite at Scribner’s Catskill Lodge, which overlooks Hunter Mountain, and eat at its phenomenal on-site restaurant, Prospect. (Don’t pass on the sourdough bread.) Other favorites include Brushland Eating House (try the pork schnitzel) and the local cider bar, Wayside Cider, close by; as well as Peekamoose (for the fresh rosemary bread and chive butter), and North Branch Inn (for the seasonal ingredients and the 100-year-old bowling alley in the kitchen). Located in Kingston with Parisian vibes, you’ll find Brunette, a wine bar serving up a curated selection of all-natural labels, small bites and under-the-radar music; Hops Petunia, a dreamy flower shop that also stocks jewelry, homewares and curated vintage pieces; and Clove & Creek, which doubles as the area’s best coffee spot, offering fresh pour-over and an assortment of home, apothecary, and artisanal goods. For breakfast, head to The Alternative Baker for their famous signature breakfast sandwich, Phoenicia Diner for upscale diner fare, or Heron in the sleepy town of Narrowsburg. – Olivia Fleming, Senior Digital Features Editor
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