Autumn Getaway in the Catskills

The Catskills is a gorgeous destination all year round, but something about the brilliant colors of the autumn foliage make it a must-see this time of year. Only a two hour drive from NYC, it is the perfect weekend getaway with kids.

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STAY

The Arnold House is an idyllic retreat away from the hectic pace of the city.  The recently renovated manor features 9 warm and inviting rooms plus a suite and studio which are better suited for families.

Get back to basics and stay at their Lake House, situated on Shandelee Lake just a mile down the road.  Play some board games, chop your own wood or go fishing and grill your catch for a “lake to BBQ” meal.  If you prefer to get pampered, try their spa, which offers a wide range of treatments, including a Pre-Natal massage for expecting mothers.

Other places to stay in the area:

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EAT

For breakfast, head to Brandenburg Bakery where you’ll find treats like Cinnamon buns, crumb cakes and fresh home-made bread.

Up the road from The Arnold House is Main Street Farm Market and Cafe, a casual spot to grab a sandwich and shop local produce.

For an intimate cafe setting try Rolling River in nearby Parksville where you dine inside a renovated carriage house. The menu includes international dishes such as buckwheat soba noodles, marinated herring and pickled onions, Chicken Marsala, rack of lamb and trout.

DO

Pick some crispy apples at Apple Pond Farm in nearby Callicoon.  They also offer children’s farm tours every Saturday in October at 10am.  Check out BuckbrookAlpacas for more farm tours.

Find the perfect pumpkin at Cunningham Family Farms in Swan Lake, NY.  The kids will also love the huge corn maze, tractor rides and obstacle course. Open 11am-5pm on weekends.

Spend an afternoon fly-fishing in the pristine streams and rivers around Roscoe, NY, the east coast’s top destination for trout fishing.  For lessons and a guide check out Baxter House River Outfitters.

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SHOP

Nest, a lifestyle boutique with gorgeous finds for the home, just opened up their second shop in Livingston Manor a few weeks ago.  Find country contemporary products ranging from bed and bath, homewares, furniture, clothing, accessories and jewelry.

For a handpicked selection of clothing, accessories and gifts head downtown to Willow Brown.  For a sweet-smelling surprise, check out the beautiful fresh flower shop in the back of the store.

For more information: www.visitthecatskills.com

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Peggy was born and raised in New York City. In 2010 she decided to leave her banking job behind and travel the world. During her travels she met her husband and has since moved to Tuscany, got married and had a baby girl named Dafne. While breastfeeding Dafne, she was inspired to launch Teat & Cosset, a collection of wardrobe essentials to help nursing moms meet their breastfeeding goals. She loves to travel, dance, eat out and, above all, spend time with her family.

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