Plan a Girls’ Weekend Getaway to Upstate New York

Sometimes a vacation by yourself just isn’t enough. As relaxing as alone time can be, spending time with your friends is much more fun! Whether it’s a bachelorette party, birthday celebration or just some much-needed quality time with the gals, the Inn at Lake Joseph is the perfect place for your girls’ getaway. Take an unforgettable trip to New York in the Sullivan Catskills and experience all the excitement of the big city while also enjoying its quieter moments in the countryside. You will truly enjoy the best of both worlds!

Girls’ Retreat

Girls Trip Cottage in Catskills

Only a few hours from NYC, Long Island, and Westchester, Lake Joseph is a great launching point for all sorts of nearby adventures and experiences. However, before we jump into the activities, it’s important to point out that every good adventure starts with a good night’s sleep and some delicious food. With spaces ideal for multiple guests at a time, like our Eagle’s Nest and special 4-bedroom cottage, you’re sure to have plenty of space to accommodate everyone and their personal preferences. As you and your group arrive and get settled in, you can experience luxurious amenities like in-room hot tubs and private bathrooms for getting ready.

After a good night rest, you will be ready to kick start the day with our incredible country-style breakfast. We offer quality ingredients that focus on building hearty and homemade dishes that will warm both the body and soul. Enjoy a bountiful spread with eggs cooked-to-order, fresh-prepared omelets, and lighter fare like yogurt and granola. With a wide variety of options to choose from and a 24-hour self-service kitchen, feeding everyone in your group won’t be an issue with us!

Wine and Dine

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No proper girls’ retreat would be complete without some fun things to do in New York, in the Catskills! There’s so much to do here in upstate New York, you may not have enough time to get to everything you want to do. To make your decisions a little easier, we selected a few things in the area that we highly recommend for visitors, starting with food and drink!

There are several excellent restaurants located close by the Inn that would be more than happy to accommodate larger groups. Make sure to book in advance and prepare to have your taste buds dazzled by worlds of complex flavors! The incredible Ciao Bella is a northern-Italian restaurant only 4.2 miles from the Inn and is perfect for a fancy evening dinner! Or, if perhaps you’re feeling more casual, the Dancing Cat Saloon and Distillery is an amazing choice, with its nightlife, delicious food, alcohol, dancing, and live music! It’s certainly not a destination to be missed if the group is in the mood for a night on the town.

For a more relaxed afternoon out and about, the region boasts some excellent wineries, many of which have tastings available and open to the public. The Shawangunk Wine Trail offers a full day’s experience with over 15 distinct wineries to visit along its winding trail with transportation to and from the various wineries provided by the trail. For larger groups renting a limousine is a great way to taste lots of wine and travel the trail safe and in style with the gals.

Explore Upstate

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Our next selections cover fun activities in the area with some of our personal recommendations and tips on how to make the most of your trip.

There’s nothing quite like a good shopping trip and thankfully, the area has got you and your group covered with a good selection of places to shop-till-you-drop! Various antique stores dot the area and sell a wide variety of goods and classic pieces. Places like Domesticities & The Cutting Garden sell vintage gardening supplies and home decor while the appropriately named Laughing Ladies sell high-quality antique silverware, furnishings, and crystal. Or, if you’re feeling in the mood for some fresh fruits and veggies, the area is home to several excellent farmer’s markets like the Callicoon and Root’ N Roost Farm.

In addition, there are tons of other great things to do all listed on our website with sections on hiking, kayaking, local theatres, golfing and other local sports, wildlife, and even hot-air-balloon trips! There’s always something to do in the Catskills and we encourage everyone to explore and find new things to do. After all, you never know what exciting event might be happening off the beaten path.

With delicious food, luxurious accommodations, and the unparalleled natural beauty of the surrounding area, the Inn at Lake Joseph is the perfect place for your girls’ getaway! No matter what you’re celebrating, we believe that time together with the ladies is important, and we here at the Inn will strive to ensure your trip goes off without a hitch. So, pack your bags and round up the girls’ for the trip of a lifetime in the Sullivan Catskills. We hope to see you come and visit us soon!