A Guide to Catskill, New York
Updated: Feb 12
Nestled along the banks of the Hudson River in the picturesque Catskills region of the Hudson Valley lies the quaint village of the same name called Catskill. Located just two and a half hours from New York City and 40 minutes from Albany, you’ll find every experience you’re looking for in Catskill NY. Dating back to the 18th century, the town was initially established on March 7, 1788 of Albany County. Twelve years later, when the newly formed Greene County was created on March 25, 1800, the town then became a part of the county it is today. The town now boasts a quintessential Main Street full of plenty of local shops and restaurants, outdoor activities in the surrounding area, lots of things to see and do, and even wonderful choices of accommodations to choose from with the warm hospitality of local Catskill residents.
Local innkeepers/owners Mary Anne and Gil Bagnell of the Post Cottage, a beloved local favorite bed & breakfast by many around the Hudson Valley and across the globe, have owned the property for ten years. According to the property’s history, it was originally built and designed around 1905 by architect E.G.W. Dietrich & Gustav Stickley. The house’s first owners sold the property to the Post family of Henry Post & Julia Clark Post who were local auto and oil entrepreneurs. Their family owned the property for sixty-five years and to this day, locals call this property by their last name, the Post Cottage. The cottage is modeled in Shingle-style architecture of cedar shingles, large roof, and asymmetrical exterior facade and interior.
The current owners of the property shared their thoughts and admiration of the property and the town of Catskill. “We have a big arts presence of all kinds” said owner & innkeeper Gil Bagnell referring to the town as a whole. “We’re well situated on the Hudson River and we have lots of charming properties with a historic feel.” “We have a nice community presence here in Catskill that keep the economy going. There’s the beauty of the area with the nature walk by Catskill Creek and we’re adjacent to the Thomas Cole House, a local museum in town” said Mary Anne Bagnell, owner and innkeeper of the Post Cottage. The property itself offers elegant accommodations through it’s old historic look of antiques mixed with modern touches for guest comfort. Each room is equipped with gas-log fireplaces, ensuite bathroom, and jacuzzi tub for an added sophisticated touch. “We are a full service b&b serving breakfast every morning for our guests” said Gil Bagnell. “Our tennis courts have been recently renovated for our guest’ enjoyment” said Mary Anne Bagnell. Many guests visit time and time again to experience the charm and wonder of this beautiful region. “We have a lot of repeat customers, not only from around here or in the United States but around the world from Canada, Europe, Australia, Japan, and Israel” said Gil and Mary Anne Bagnell.
Their peak season is from April to October with the spring, summer, and autumn months being the busiest times for seasonal travelers making a visit to the region and staying at this delightful property. It was such a pleasure speaking to the Bagnells about their property and their passion and admiration for Catskill. Top reccommendations for locals and world travelers alike. For reservations or other inquiries, please visit thepostcottage.com for more information.The Post Cottage-174 Spring St, Catskill, New York 12414
Another top favorite can be found in the newly restored 1812 Federal Home, a top-reviewed Airbnb, located in the heart of downtown Catskill, within walking distance of Main Street and driving distance of the town’s other attractions to see and explore. You can rent the entire property for yourself with a self-check in upon arrival. The property also offers historic architecture of 17th and 18th century style lodging with a modern atmosphere blending seemlessly together for the ideal getaway, which is popular among couples. For more information on the property or to contact the property’s host, please visit airbnb.com and search Romantic 1812 Federal Home, Newly Restored. A wonderful weekday or weekend trip awaits!
There are plenty of things to see and do in and around Catskill. A world of adventures are just waiting to be discovered!
If you’re a history buff, definitely make a visit to the Thomas Cole National Historic Site, offering 19th century art and scenic views of the Hudson; and the Olana State Historic Site on the opposite end of the river that was formerly the home of Frederic Edwin Church which was one of the pivotal figures of the Hudson River School of landscape painting. The property today offers a glimpse of it’s artistic past and the history of the former occupant Calvert Vaux, who was a local artist to Catskill.
If nature is your go-to or you’re looking for a nice hike or scenic walk around Catskill hit up Rip Van Winkle Bridge which is accessible both by foot, bike, or car to take in the magnificent views of the Hudson any time of year whether it’s during the white blanket of snow during the winter, blooms of spring, bright green and shimmery blue of summer, or pops of colorful foliage in the autumn, this is probably by far the best view you can get, not only of Catskill but of the surrounding region of the Catskills of the rolling mountains and hills and winding river that lay beyond you on both sides. Bring a camera for phenomenal photographs!
RamsHorn-Livingston Audubon Sanctuary is a public park with plenty of trails to explore to witness the local flora and fauna of the region. Don’t forget your walking shoes!
Kaaterskill Creek is a 25.9 mile long tributary path of the notable Catskill Creek, which is a part of the Hudson River watershed. The rocky Kaaterskill Falls are primarily the main attraction among visitors of the rippling water bouncing off the rocks in a splendid natural performance of running water and the serene sound of it all in the background makes the ideal spot for nature-watching, snapping a photograph, or simply pause and have a moment of self-reflection; one of the many healing powers of mother nature.
A top hiking spot is Mount Merino for spectacular views above sea level of the region beyond you. Dare to make the climb and see it for yourself!
If you’re looking for somewhere to shop, head on down to Main Street for local delights to purchase some goodies.
Village Common Mercantile is a great spot for anything from scented candles to other local crafts made by local artisans around the region. For hours and more information be sure to visit thevillagecommon.com
Mahalo Gift Shop is chock full of gifts and other specialty products for a loved one or if you simply want to treat yourself! You’ll find anything from hand-crafted jewelry to other local products handmade in the region. For hours and other information please visit mahalocatskill.com
Looking for excellent eat & drink destinations in Catskill, be sure to visit these!
HiLo Coffee Shop is a great stop for artisan coffee brews and plenty of delicious treats in an inviting casual space for sipping coffee with friends, family and loved ones. For more information on business hours and more be sure to visit hilocatskill.com
New York Restaurant offers Polish & New American cuisine in a casual contemporary space. Notably known for it’s happy hour and comfort food, you’ll find fresh ingredients and warm hospitality in this ecletic space for lunch or dinner. For business hours and more information be sure to visit nyrestaurantcatskill.com
394 Main Street offers up fresh Mediterranean cusine and notable American favorites in a casual space with lovely al-fresco dining in-season. For more information be sure to visit 394mainstreet.com
For drinks, head to Captain Kidd’s Inn, Creekside, AVALON and Crossroads Brewing Company for craft beers and a vast selection of specialty alcoholic beverages in casual tavern and contemporary spaces to end the work week or celebrate a special occasion. For more information, be sure to call 518-943-0986 for Captain Kidd’s Inn and visit creeksidecatskill.com crossroadsbrewingco.com theavalonlounge.com
Plan your visit to the wonderful town of Catskill today and be forever captivated by the historic charm and warm hospitality that make this town truly special among the region’s locals, visitors, and world travelers from across the globe! Adventures await!
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