A Guide to Catskill, New York

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!