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Featured Hotel: Scribner's Catskill Lodge

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Featured Hotel: Scribner's Catskill Lodge

Henley Vazquez

Finally! For years, we’ve been praying for a decent hotel to open up at one of New York's nearby ski mountains. Scribner’s has come to the rescue. Read on to see what why we’re making repeat trips to Hunter this year.


Basics

  • Hipster Brooklyn meets Borscht Belt at the new Scribner’s Catskill Lodge, a Hunter, NY newcomer that opened the doors in fall 2016; the lodge dates to the 1970s, and its history rife with salacious tales of a (now defunct) Playboy Mansion-style grotto, just the kind of stuff to give us the giggles.
  • The 38 rooms, while simple, are supremely comfortable thanks to Casper beds, romantic fireplaces and accents of color from woven rugs, built-in banquette seating and leather reading chairs.
  • For all the talk of ski, Scribner’s has plenty of draw come warmer weather. Catskill hiking, Hudson Valley antiquing and fresh air breathing (let’s be real, it’s the simple stuff that gets us out of the city) will be key this summer.

Bests

  • Proximity to slopes is key. From parking lot to front door of ski school, we’re talking under five minutes, a priceless level of convenience, particularly if you tend to be scattered and leave children’s mittens or ski boots behind at the hotel. (Note from Henley: I take full credit for making this mistake more than once and being so thankful for the short drive back.)
  • Scribner’s is small, but they schedule fun activities on weekends, including complimentary yoga classes and kids’ activities. Sign up ahead of time to reserve a yoga mat.
  • Style, skiing and smores, all within spitting distance of New York. We’ve found nothing else that puts us this close to a decent ski mountain with minimal hassle and maximum Insta-worthy interiors.

Catskill Suite Bunk Beds, photo by Douglas Lyle Thompson

Bedtime

  • With plenty of rooms that fit a family of four, our favorite remains the Summit King, which has spacious living areas plus a king-bedded loft area private enough that parents can (quietly) stay up for drinks or Netflix after tots have gone to sleep.
  • For more space, larger families or groups of friends should splurge on the Catskill Suite, which has a queen bed, full-size bunks and sofas that can sleep a younger child in the living area.
  • Cribs can be added to most rooms, and dogs are welcome, too.

Buts

  • If these walls could talk...and they kinda can, at least in the loft suites, where soundproofing between rooms isn’t great. Luckily, the hotel doesn’t draw a party crowd, but if you’ve got a baby that cries at night, you won't be the best neighbor here.
  • Service in the restaurant can be slow, especially during busy weekend dinners. Book an early reservation when dining with kids to beat the crowds.
  • Speaking of food, there isn’t any before 8 am. Breakfast begins at 8, so if you’ll be up early, stock some snack bars or fruit in your room.