There’s no shortage of design-driven hotels just a short-ish drive (as long as you don’t leave on a Friday afternoon) north of New York City. Here are 13 standouts in the Catskills and Hudson Valley regions.
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A Hotel with a Sense of Place: Rivertown Lodge in Hudson, NY. Above: The sophisticated Rivertown Lodge, in Hudson, New York, was formerly a 1920s movie house. Photograph by Matthew Williams, from A Hotel with a Sense of Place: Rivertown Lodge in Hudson, NY. Above: The lobby of Scribner’s Catskill Lodge, a 38-room mountain lodge in Hunter, New York. Photograph by Nicole Franzen, from Scribner’s Catskill Lodge: An Eccentric 1960s Lodge with a Modern Update. Above: Eastwind Hotel & Bar, a former 1920s bunkhouse on the slope of Windham Mountain, opened last year. It has standard guest rooms as well as three Scandinavian-style Lushna cabins, like this one, for those who prefer rustic-luxe environs. See Eastwind Hotel & Bar: A Vintage Catskills Bunkhouse, Restored. Above: Built in 1765 , Troutbeck was formerly the weekend retreat of poet/naturalist Myron Benton. It’s now been impeccably updated and redesigned as a luxe, trend-proof inn. See Hotels & Lodging: A Storied Bohemian Country Estate Reborn in Amenia, NY. Above: “Hammocks, bicycles, a croquet lawn, and a pool (with inner tubes): you’ll find all of these at The Graham & Co. in the Catskills. What you won’t find is a TV on the premises,” writes Isabella. Photograph by Paul Ober, from A New Catskills Getaway, Croquet Included. Above: Julie stayed a night at the Hotel Tivoli and loved its fearless way with color. Photograph by Ingalls Photography, from The Artists’ Retreat: Brice and Helen Marden’s Hotel Tivoli. Above: “To be filed under Book Now Before Everybody Hears About This Place,” wrote Margot last summer, about Camp Here Here in upstate New York. The new bohemian spot has an outdoor restaurant, complete with wood-burning pizza oven. Photograph by Kate Sears, from High in the Catskills: Camp Here Here, a Retreat for Stylish Stoners (and the Rest of Us Too). Above: There are 10 guest rooms at the Woodhouse Lodge, each furnished with local finds and dramatic felt-and-leather panels that serve as headboards. Photograph by Genevieve Garruppo, from The Woodhouse Lodge: Designer Megan Pflug’s Catskills Motor Lodge Makeover. Above: Located on 10 acres (complete with pond, lily pool, bonfire pits, and an outdoor pavilion) in Mount Tremper, New York, the Firefox Mountain House is filled with vintage items found in the Catskills. Photograph by Arden Wray, from Bohemian Mastermix: Foxfire Mountain House in the Catskills. Above: A guest bedroom in throwback 1940s bungalow community The Glen Wilde. We interviewed its owners in Expert Advice: Hacks for Staying Cool Without AC, Courtesy of a Catskills Summer Bungalow. Above: Husband-and-wife team William “Kirby” Farmer and creative partner Kristan Keck turned three buildings dating from the 1830s into Wm. Farmer & Sons, a new establishment that houses a lauded restaurant and bar, mercantile, and boardinghouse. Photograph by Jason Linberg, from Wm. Farmer & Sons Restaurant: A Labor of Love in Hudson, NY. Above: “Nine rooms. One bar. So many stars,” is how the owners of the Spruceton Inn bill their minimalist accommodations. Photograph by Far and Close, from The DIY Motel: The Spruceton Inn in the Catskills. Above: The Red Rose Motel & Tavern is located on the banks of Beaverkill River in the western part of the Catskills. Each room features Brooklinen bedding and vintage finds.
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