On a quest to unintentionally empty out my bank account, I thought it was only appropriate to take a trip upstate while I was in New York. I've never been and was told it was such a beautiful, green place. A huge contrast to urban life in the city. With a couple of days to kill and the uncertainty of my next visit to New York, I was determined to make it happen.
And so on Tuesday evening my friend Hannah and I grabbed drinks at a bar in West Village. I told her about my plan and her spontaneous spirit automatically obliged [those are always the best kind of travel partners.] We booked a rental car over a cheese platter and wine. The following night I found a place to stay in the Catskill.. The Graham and Co. It seemed like one of those super hip places that not everyone has quite caught on to yet. Kind of like an underground thing that only the best people know about. I could guess and only hope.
By Thursday morning we were on the train headed for our rental car. By the afternoon we were driving through trees headed North. On our way to the hotel we stopped at Phoenicia Diner, a cute little diner right off Route 28. It was another one of those places that seemed like the perfect amount of hipness but not pretentious enough to keep "regular" people away. We fueled up then headed to the hotel.
The Graham and Co. is located in Phoenicia, a town nestled between the mountains with the population of 309. Highlights of the hotel? The best Shampoo and Conditioner my hair has ever experienced. A swimming pool to ourselves. All you can ride bikes without the hassle of paperwork. And a fire pit.
We spent the next day hiking to the Woodstock Fire Tower and checked out Woodstock town. [by far one of my favorite towns we visited.] *NOTE: this is not where the Woodstock Music Festival took place in 1969. Much to my dismay. The music festival actually took place slightly more south-west at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in Bethel, NY. A little out of our way and no quite on our agenda. We also figured out that we are "pre-peepers." The area is known for an influx of tourism during the fall and turning of the leaves [also known as "peepers".] Since we had gotten there pre-season one of the locals decided we weren't quite like the "citidiots" that frequent the area. Haha.
Shortly after our visit to the Catskills we headed back south and checked out Storm King.. an outdoor landscape art center. There were some pretty large, epic pieces of art and a lot of walking. We spent the night in Fishkill [cool town name, right?] and did a rainy hike up Bull Hill in Cold Springs with an epic view of the Hudson.
It was the perfect weekend getaway and teaser of that whole other part of New York [Huh? What? There's more to New York than Manhattan and Montauk??] Now I have to go back and with a lot more time and so much more to see. Niagara anyone??
A brief upstate experience. Worth every dollar [I do not] have.