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Fall Activities

BEAUTIFUL VIEWS IN UPSTATE NEW YORK

Experience the beauty of fall colors, cooler days, and peaceful nights with these Upstate NY fall activities. Hike the surrounding trails for exceptional views of the changing colors or retreat indoors for a delightful wine tasting. We invite you to visit the Inn at Lake Joseph during arguably the most scenic time of the year in Upstate New York.

Fall Foliage

BEAUTIFUL FALL COLORS IN UPSTATE NEW YORK

September through November bathes the Upstate New York area in glorious color as the fall foliage of the Catskills bursts into view. These stunning colors and vistas change at each turn, thanks to our hills and peaks providing different shading and an enchanting blending of distinctly hued leaves.

Look no further than the Inn at Lake Joseph for a gateway into this region! You can find our secluded retreat near a beautiful lake amid acres of forestland: the perfect place to enjoy one of the country’s finest autumn displays.

A stay here puts you only a short drive from Route 97, the Upper Delaware Scenic Byway. You can follow the Delaware River from Barryville through Narrowsburg, then turn off on a loop back to the inn, or simply start exploring one of the nearby National Parks and Wildlife Reserves on foot. Hiking, biking and other activities can also get you off-road to explore the beauty of “nature’s fireworks” up close.

Sullivan County also holds special events that celebrate this environment and gather its people. Keep an eye on the County’s events page for items like the Harvest Festival at Bethel Woods and Narrowsburg’s Oktoberfest.

There’s no lack of ways to dive into the Catskills’ magnificent fall season. Book a room with the Inn at Lake Joseph to experience them for yourself.

Hiking Trails Near The Inn At Lake Joseph

Our luxury rooms at the Inn at Lake Joseph, nestled deep in the Catskills, are the perfect place to embark upon a hiking adventure! Heading just a few miles in any direction will bring you to state parks like the Wild Forests of Catskill Park, Wolf Brook and the Basha Kill Wildlife Refuge—all of which feature hiking trails, giving our visitors several different ways to enjoy a trek through the woods. But you don’t even have to venture out that far for a great hike – our grounds at the Inn at Lake Joseph offer a 2.5 mile easy and scenic hike through the woods, starting down by the lake. For your convenience, we’ve highlighted a few notable nearby trails and other resources below. We also have maps and directions at the Inn; just ask any of our helpful staff.

One good place to begin exploring is the Neversink Gorge Unique Area trail system. To get there, head north and east past Monticello into Rock Hill on Rte. 17, looking for exit 109 and Katrina Falls Road on your right. From there, take the road south to where it ends in a small parking lot. Hike the trail from here to a Y-junction and further trail options. Heading left will take you on a loop that passes Mullet Falls; turning right at the junction and following the yellow markers a short ways will lead you to the Neversink River, or travel along the blue markers to hike the much longer High Falls Trail.

Another popular route can be found at the Basha Kill Wildlife Refuge. Primarily a wetland haven for many ducks and other bird species, a path also extends through the refuge along what was once the Delaware and Hudson Canal. It’s accessed by Haven Road off Treasure Lake Road, south from Route 17 at exit 113. This leads into the center of Basha Kill, which has flat trails perfect for walking across the length of its canal.

Finally, Tusten Mountain offers one of the more rigorous trails within an hour’s drive from the Inn. With an elevation gain of 500 feet, it’s a moderately strenuous trek, and a perfect opportunity to stretch your legs and dive into natural surroundings for a few hours. To get there, first head for the town of Barryville, turning right as you pass through it to continue on NY-97 North along the Delaware River. About 10 miles later, you’ll make a sharp left turn onto Crawford Road and the trailhead.

For more information about hiking in the Catskills and nearby locations, we recommend taking a look at Trail Keeper, a directory of hiking trails and other resources in Sullivan County. The Sullivan County Visitors Association can also provide further information on hiking in the area and contact information for specific details. We look forward to accommodating your stay in our beautiful region of New York!

Cozy Up Around The Inn At Lake Joseph Fire Pit

Nothing says a romantic couples’ getaway in Upstate NY quite like a roaring fire—and we’re not just talking about the one in your guest room!  The  fire pit at the Inn at Lake Joseph is a great spot to spend some quality time with your partner, or to reconnect with the friends you made at breakfast.

Our outdoor fire pit, a versatile wood-burning metal cauldron situated on a platform, has been a guest favorite since its installation 15 years ago and can be used year-round.  Adirondack chairs surround the fire pit, making it the perfect destination for a quiet talk or a lively chat with other guests.

The fire pit is typically lit around dusk or after dinner by the staff of the Inn at Lake Joseph—but don’t hesitate to ask us to light it for you anytime you want! Also, once it’s lit, you’re more than welcome to feed the fire yourself for as long as you’d like.

Feel free to enjoy some fireside drinks or even make a summertime favorite: roasted marshmallows! We do have marshmallows and skewers at the Lodge; and if the bugs become a nuisance, we also have bug spray and wipes, as well. You may even just want to relax and look up at the stars on a cool summer night.

Don’t worry, you won’t stumble around in the dark when you decide it’s time for bed, there are automatic lights in the area to guide you back to your guest room.

Boating & Kayaking On Lake Joseph

SUMMER ACTIVITIES IN CATSKILLS NY

A favorite way to pass the time at our serene country retreat is row boating or kayaking on Lake Joseph!

To enhance the resort-like atmosphere, we provide everything you’ll need for a fun afternoon on the water, whether that’s leisurely boating with your loved one or getting some exercise with a kayaking excursion. Our rowboats and kayaks are available for your use in a help yourself manner. There’s no sign-out process or forms to fill out, but paddles and lifejackets are located in the equipment room next to our office, and the boats and kayaks are at the lake. Our friendly staff will be glad to give helpful hints if you’re a first-time rower or kayaker.

Boating and kayaking equipment on-site:

  • Four rowboats with oars and floatation cushions
  • Four kayaks with paddles and lifejackets

Our boats and kayaks are in Lake Joseph from early spring to late in the fall, until the lake has frozen over. It’s a first-come, first-served activity but with our intimate-sized property, you’ll almost always be able to find a boat or kayak to use.

For boating on Lake Joseph, we recommend bringing some sun protection such as sunscreen and sunglasses to protect your eyes and skin from the glare off the water. We’d also recommend wearing water-resistant clothing and shoes, or at least footwear you don’t mind getting wet. Please also keep a lookout for other guests using boats or kayaks, or our guests’ furry friends that have decided to take a dip in the lake!

For a summer water adventure off the property, many guests enjoy rafting or canoeing down the Delaware River, just about half an hour away from the property. See what other amenities you can enjoy upon your return to the Inn at Lake Joseph.

Bethel Woods Center For The Arts

UPSTATE NY EVENTS

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts is home to an impressive lineup of performances, festivals, concerts, art programs, and a museum. The drive time for concerts at Bethel Woods is less than a half hour from the Inn at Lake Joseph.

Bethel Woods is at the site of the 1969 Woodstock Music and Art Fair in Bethel, NY. The beautiful country views of Sullivan County serve as the backdrop to the 15,000-seat venue, with 4,500 seats under cover in the pavilion and 10,500 on a naturally sloped lawn. The venue recommends allotting at least 20 minutes to get from your parking spot to the pavilion seating area for a performance; and the gates open 90 minutes prior to the show’s start time.

PERFORMANCES AND FESTIVALS

Many world renowned musicians, bands, and groups take the stage at the concert pavilion. From contemporary acts to stage legends, Bethel Woods is a top venue to visit for music enthusiasts.

Select concerts include a pre-show dinner buffet at the market shed, though tickets must be purchased in advance and seating is limited. The buffet is all-you-can-eat and has a cash bar for persons 21+ with a valid ID.

Other dining options at the pavilion include Back to the Garden Market, Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream, Brooklyn Pizza, Festival Fare, Hungry Hungry Hippies, Kettle Korn, Luigi’s, Smokehouse, Snacks, Stage Side Grill, and a TD Bank VIP Area.

MUSEUM

The Museum at Bethel Woods houses exhibits and events to celebrate Woodstock and the era it inspired. Learn more about 1960’s America through interactive exhibits and artifacts.

Tickets are $15 per adult, $13 for seniors aged 65 and older, youth (aged 8 – 17) are $11, children (aged 3 – 7) are $6, and children under the age of three are admitted free. Tickets can be purchased at the welcome desk in the lobby or online through Ticketmaster.

The Museum has several seasons and varying hours:

  • April 7-April 29       Spring hours, Thursday-Sunday, 10am-5pm
  • April 30-Sept. 3      Summer hours, 7 days a week, 10am-7pm
  • June 2                    Museum’s 10th Anniversary
  • August 15-17         Woodstock’s 49th Anniversary
  • September 3          Labor Day – Museum open 10am-7pm
  • Sept. 4-Oct. 8         Early fall hours, 7 days a week,10am-5pm
  • October 8                Columbus Day – Museum open 10am-5pm
  • Oct. 9-Dec. 23       Winter hours, open Thursday-Sunday, 10am-5pm
  • November 22        Closed for Thanksgiving
  • Dec. 24-25            Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
  • Dec. 26-31            Home for Holidays Hours, Wednesday-Monday, 10am-5pm

There is dining available at the Muse Café. The full menu is available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the spring and fall and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the summer. Prepared snacks and beverages are served until 4 p.m. after the full service menu is no longer available.

Bethel Woods is located at 200 Hurd Road, Bethel, NY 12720 and staff can be reached at 866-781-2922 or [email protected].

Wineries In The Catskills

Spend your day sipping your way through the Catskills by visiting our fantastic and fruitful wineries! Our wine region produces a variety of styles, from bone dry to sumptuously sweet, and is home to passionate winemakers.

Less than half an hour away from our front door is Bashakill Vineyards. The winery is closed in the winter from January to March, but is open from April to December 20th on Saturdays and Sundays, noon to 6 p.m. This winery produces five to six red and white wines, but focuses on smaller batches, so different wines are available at different times. You can visit the tasting room and try four samples for free, but if the winery has more than four available there is a $4 tasting fee, which includes a souvenir glass. Local musicians enliven the beautiful setting on many afternoons!

About an hour away from us, heading northwest toward Long Eddy is the Eminence Road Farm Winery. Known for their white varietals, this winery is open by appointment but sells its wines at neighboring farmers markets and fine restaurants. To schedule a tasting, email the winery at [email protected] or by calling 845-887-6280.

SHAWANGUNK WINE TRAIL

A fun and easy way to explore our nearby wineries is along the Shawangunk Wine Trail! The trail has 15 wineries with some nestled together, making it easy to visit more than one in an afternoon. Though, we’d recommend taking it easy and enjoying your time at each distinct winery!

The Shawangunk Wine Trail wineries span a range of varietals and styles and you’ll even find fruit wines and mead at certain wineries. These wineries are small to medium-sized and family-owned operations. The wines produced are award-winning and are served by enthusiastic and knowledgeable staff. The wineries on the trail include:

If you prefer to have someone else handle transportation between the wineries, the trail has partnered with taxi and limousine services to provide safe and reliable transportation for your wine trail exploration.

Please check with the specific winery you’d like to visit about their open hours and tasting room policies prior to visiting. If you plan on visiting a few on the trail and participate in wine tastings, you might want to purchase the Hudson Valley Wine Tasting Passport, valid April through August, which allows wine tasting of up to four wines at each winery.

For summer winery visits, plan to attend the Bounty of the Hudson Wine & Food Festival! In 2016, the festival is July 30 – 31 at the Applewood Winery.

In the winter, the trail hosts Wreath Fineries at the Wineries, starting in November and running through mid-December. This is a ticketed event but includes a souvenir wine glass, a Shawangunk Wine Trail ornament, and a grapevine wreath that you’ll decorate with ornaments you pick up at the wineries along the trail.

DISTILLERIES

If you prefer a stronger spirit, we recommend visiting the Catskill Distilling Company which is about 20 minutes from the Inn at Lake Joseph. They offer distillery tours and tastings every day from noon to 5 p.m. The distillery crafts vodka, gin, bourbon, whiskey, and more. On Saturday nights, the distillery hosts concerts and performances or you can swing by the Dancing Cat Saloon for a bite to eat before or after your distillery visit.

BREWERIES

The Catskill Brewery in Livingston Manor hand crafts fine beers in a variety of styles. They’re about 25 minutes away and, starting Memorial Day weekend, they’re open 6 days a week to fill your growlers or have a glass in the tap room. You will also find their beer in many of the restaurants we recommend in the area. The brewery hosts special tastings and dinner pairings at restaurants and venues in the Catskill region throughout the year.

About 10 minutes further is the Roscoe NY Beer Company, home of the Trout Town family of beers. This fairly young brewery offers amazing ales and has introduced an IPA and rye into its lineup of hand-crafted beers. You can watch the brewing process, indulge in the self-serve tap wall, or learn more about the beers at the tasting bar. Open year-round, the brewery opens at 11 a.m. daily and closes at 5 p.m. Monday – Wednesday, 7 p.m. on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, and closes at 6 p.m. on Sunday.

Explore The Catskills Antique Shops & Farmers’ Markets

You might find it hard to leave our resort-style inn with so many amenities and on-site activities, but if you find yourself wanting to explore outside the grounds of the Inn at Lake Joseph and do a little shopping, we’ve got some recommendations!

Whether you want to enjoy a sunny drive in the country as you search local antique shops for treasures or souvenirs, or pick up some fresh produce for snacks for hiking or making your own picnic back at the inn, there’s no shortage of shops and markets to explore.

ANTIQUES

Antique Palace Emporium

The emporium specializes in vintage furniture, from dining to bedroom sets, and also houses jewelry, lamps, and more. The store is open Monday – Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

300 Chestnut Street, Liberty, NY 12754 | 845-292-2270

The Country Bum’kin

Spanning a variety of periods, this shop is home to Early American, Victorian, and Woodstock pieces among many others. You’ll be able to shop for furniture, memorabilia, jewelry, artwork, pottery, and more. The shop will also purchase antiques if you have items for sale. Please call for most current hours of operation.

1100 Route 17B, Mongaup Valley, NY 12762 | 845-583-7937

Domesticities & The Cutting Garden

Find an eclectic assortment of antiques and vintage items for your home or garden. During the summer, the garden is open for your enjoyment and you can create a bouquet of flowers or pick fresh vegetables.

4055 State Route 52, Youngsville, NY 12791 | 845-482-3333

Ferndale Antiques Marketplace

Open Memorial Day through Labor Day, Ferndale Antiques has quite a collection of boutique pieces and home décor. The shop is open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and sells select items online.

52 Ferndale Road Route 17, Exit 101, Ferndale, NY 12734 | 845-292-8701

Laughing Ladies

This shop has unique finds from art to silver. Find kitchenware, crystal, furniture, jewelry, and more spread out across eight rooms. The Laughing Ladies is open year-round but hours from Memorial Day through Labor Day are: Monday, noon to 5 p.m., Tuesday – Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. After Labor Day, the shop is closed Wednesdays and Thursdays.

1095 Route 17B, Mongaup Valley, NY 12762 | 845-707-4771

Lee Hartwell Antiques

For jewelry, artwork, and home accessories from the Arts & Crafts era, Art Deco era, or Mid-Century Modern, this is the shop for you. They also carry pieces from local Catskills estates and American Folk Art. The store is open Thursday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. or by appointment.

33 Lower Main Street, Callicoon, NY 12723 | 845-887-6727

Town and Country Antiques

Find unique home decorations, furniture, art, and more at Town and Country in Liberty, NY. Town and Country Antiques is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. from July through August and open Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. September through June. In both seasons they close at 3:45 p.m. on Saturdays.

1 North Main Street, Liberty, NY 12754 | 845-292-1363

FARMERS’ MARKETS AND FARMS

Callicoon Farmers’ Market
Sundays, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

More than 25 vendors bring their best, fresh vegetables, fruits, eggs, baked goods, cheeses, wine, and more to the market. In November, the market moves indoors for the winter season.

The Harvest Festival at Bethel Woods

Sundays, August 28 – September 25, 2016

Welcome the fall and harvest at Bethel Woods with this fun, free community event that has a farmers’ market, live music, and activities!

Root ‘N Roost Farm

This sustainable and green farm has fresh produce, herbs, flowers, eggs, pork, and poultry! In the summer, you can take a farm tour, Friday – Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 5p.m. or visit the farm stand on the weekends, Friday – Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Their summer season typically starts mid-May.

64 Mineral Springs Road, White Sulphur Springs, NY 12758 | 845-292-9126

Catskills Theatres

Take in a show and enjoy a dramatic performance, laugh out loud comedy or a spirited musical when you visit one of our nearby theatres or playhouses. From our talented neighbors at the Forestburgh Playhouse to the artistic professionals at the NACL Theatre, you won’t want to miss the exceptional productions happening in the Catskills region.

Some theatres are seasonal operations and others run shows through the fall and early winter. Find the Upstate New York theatre you want to visit during your next stay at the Inn at Lake Joseph.

FORESTBURGH PLAYHOUSE

The Forestburgh Playhouse, a seasonal theater with performances in the summer, is the oldest continually operating summer theater in the state of New York. Having opened in 1947, the theater is proud of its history and employment of professional actors of the Actors’ Equity Association, many with Broadway credits to their name.

The Forestburgh Playhouse is open from mid-June until Labor Day each summer and its season is comprised of three types of performances: Broadway musicals and plays, a youth theater production, and cabaret shows. Shows run for about two weeks before a new main stage production begins. The main stage performances are at 8 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday with matinee performances on Wednesdays at 2 p.m. and again on Sundays at 3 p.m. Matinee tickets are $35 and evening tickets start at $35 for standard seating and $42 for preferred seating.

Tickets may be purchased at the box office or online. Online tickets are available about a month before the season opens but you may also call the box office any time of year for information at 845-794-1194. The theater is located at 39 Forestburgh Road, Forestburgh, NY.

SHADOWLAND STAGES

Shadowland Stages, located in Ellenville in Ulster County, is another nearby professional theater that’s been operating since its opening on July 3, 1920. The name Shadowland was picked when the owners had no name for their theater and offered a $25 prize to the person who submitted the best name. The theater started out screening films, for 17 cents per adult, but in the 1980s it was converted into a live theater hosting plays and stage shows.

Today, the art deco theater hosts dramatic plays, comedy shows, and musicals with professional actors and directors. The season begins in early June and runs until mid-December with a great mix of performances throughout the year.

The box office is open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. and Thursday through Saturday from noon to 10 p.m. Performances are at either 8 p.m. Thursday – Saturday, or Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets start at $34 for matinee shows and $39 for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday main performances at 8 p.m.

The theater is located at 157 Canal Street, Ellenville, NY and can be reached by phone at 845-647-5511.

TUSTEN THEATRE

Tusten Theatre is the home of the Delaware Valley Opera, Delaware Valley Chamber Orchestra, and the Big Eddy Film Festival. The 150-seat theater is also known for its jazz, opera, and traditional theater performances.

Built in 1926, this theater has gone through several transformations from its beginnings as a community dance hall to a movie house to its present format. The theater operates year-round with a variety of shows and productions through the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance. For upcoming productions at the Tusten Theatre and show times, visit the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance website.

The theater is located at 210 Bridge Street, Narrowsburg, NY and can be reached at 845-252-7272.

NACL THEATRE

The North American Cultural Laboratory (NACL) is a non-profit theater company that has produced unique performances since 1997 in Highland Lake, NY.

These performances are intense and use the theater space and sets differently than traditional theaters. Past productions have featured live music, puppetry, and stilt-walking to engage the audience.  Productions are held at the NACL Theatre at 110 Highland Lake Road. Find future performances on the NACL website.

Single tickets are $20 for regular admission and shows are held in the evenings with show times ranging from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The NACL Theatre is at 110 Highland Lake Road, Highland Lake, NY. The theatre can be reached at 845-557-0694.

Golfing

UPSTATE NY GOLF COURSES

Though you’ll love the lush greenery surrounding our Catskills inn, if you want to explore a different type of green, then visit one of the nearby Upstate New York golf courses to tee up for some fun. Courses are open in the spring, summer, and fall (depending on the weather).

Tarry Brae is a public municipal golf course in the town of Fallsburg with 18 holes of challenging play. As it’s a public course, you’ll enjoy affordable rates starting at $23 after 3 p.m. on weekdays. You can bundle your game with lunch and a cart for optimal pricing.

The course also has a practice facility, pro shop, and on-site snack and beverage bar. You can call in your order for lunch when you approach the 18th hole so it’s ready when you’re done with your game. To place your lunch order, just call the facility at 845-434-2620 and ask for the snack bar.

The course is located at 387 Pleasant Valley Road, South Fallsburg, NY and can be reached by phone at 845-434-2625 or through email at [email protected].

Another course that’s part of the Tarry Brae family is the 18-hole Lochmor Golf Course. Lochmor is set on hilly terrain providing wonderful scenic views and a challenging game, as you make your way up and down the hill. Both courses are less than half an hour drive from the Inn at Lake Joseph. Both courses allow you to book tee times for playing nine holes or all 18.

This course is located 586 Loch Sheldrake Road, Loch Sheldrake, NY and can be reached at 845-434-1257.

Both courses boast a great value, fair and fun play, and scenic views. Be sure to schedule your tee time during your next visit in Sullivan County.

Horseback Riding

EXPLORE THE CATSKILLS ON HORSEBACK

Horseback riding in Upstate New York is a wonderful way to take in the beautiful views of the Catskills region. For a memorable ride, visit nearby Bridle Hill Farm.

Bridle Hill Farm, located on a property dating back to the 1830s, offers riding lessons, tours and more on a year-round basis. Explore the area under the warm summer sun or canter through the snow, as you’ll be able to take to the trails with a horseback ride during any season. Rides are offered for all ages in English and Western riding styles and you can even book a private trail for a romantic ride.

Besides trail riding, the farm offers lessons each day in either an indoor or outdoor arena. You can book a semi-private lesson for two at $45 or a fully private lesson for $60.
Bridle Hill Farm is known for its friendly staff, well-kept and trained horses, and the level of comfort provided on the ride. The farm is family-owned by the Young family who purchased the farm in 1999.

Contact Bridle Hill Farm at 845-482-3993 or [email protected]. They are located at 190 Hemmer Road, Jeffersonville, NY.

Another option in Bethel, NY is Rolling Stone Ranch. You can purchase private half-hour or hour long lessons or take a one-hour trail ride. Call 845-583-1100 to book a ride. The ranch is located at 282 West Shore Road, Bethel, NY.

Bird And Eagle Watching

Many of our guests enjoy retreating into nature with a walk around the Inn at Lake Joseph, but no nature walk is complete without keeping an eye out for our locals that have a bird’s eye view on you.

Viewing birds in Upstate New York is a fun activity around the property and in the surrounding region, with 32 different species of birds on the property and more than 200 species at the Basha Kill Wildlife Refuge. There’s even a pair of eagles that nest on the lake on our grounds. Be sure to keep your eyes open for these two lovebirds!

The Basha Kill Wildlife Refuge spans 3,000 acres and is home to more than 220 species of birds and 30 varieties of fish. It is the largest freshwater wetland in Southeastern New York and offers exemplary wildlife viewing, fishing, hiking, and cross-country skiing opportunities. At the wetlands, you can see the great blue heron, least bittern, egrets, bald eagles, the common yellowthroat, catbirds, and too many more to list. You’ll also come across turtles, muskrats, otters, ducks, butterflies, and other forms of wildlife.

Other birding spots include the north end of the Mongaup Pond, along the Delaware River, and practically any body of water will draw in our birds. According to the Sullivan County Audubon Society, you’ll find Swainson’s thrushes, winter wrens, and blackburnian warblers at the Mongaup Pond State Campsite. The Upper Delaware National Park welcomes more than 100 eagles each winter for welcoming habitats and fishing. It’s estimated about 200 visit the river as a whole from mid-December to mid-March.

No matter what season you visit us, you’ll definitely spot a variety of birds near our property and on your adventures in the surrounding Catskills.

Fitness Factory

Many of our guests enjoy escaping the hustle and bustle of the city with a retreat to Upstate New York but we understand if it’s hard to let go of all your routines when you travel – especially your fitness one. Though we don’t have an on-site gym, we do offer complimentary day passes to the Monticello Fitness Factory which is only about a 10-minute drive.

Just let us know if you wish to go to the Monticello Fitness Factory and we’ll get you a pass that’s good for entry to the gym and use of its equipment. Unfortunately our passes are not valid for scheduled classes. Don’t sweat about not getting in a good workout without the classes, as the gym has plenty of cardio equipment including treadmills, elipticals, steppers, bikes and more, as well as a range of free weights, machines, medicine balls and kettlebells.

There are also personal trainers on staff with individualized one-on-one instruction starting at $50 for a one-hour session or $80 for you and your partner.

After your hard workout, hit the steam room to get back into that relaxed mood that you’ll feel when you return to the Inn at Lake Joseph, or try a therapeutic massage with their Licensed Massage Therapist. Rates start at $40 for 30 minutes of bodywork or $70 for 60 minutes. Massages offered at the Fitness Factory include:

  • Swedish massage
  • Shiatsu massage
  • Deep tissue massage
  • Sports massage
  • Trigger point therapy
  • Cupping

Fitness Factory is located at 36 Forestburgh Rd. and can be reached at 845-794-7344.

Complimentary passes to the gym is only one of the excellent amenities available at the Inn at Lake Joseph and we invite you to experience them all!

Fishing

With so many lakes, rivers, and reservoirs near the Inn at Lake Joseph, it’s no surprise that fishing is a popular activity with our guests. Catskills fishing is an excellent way to pass the time and have some fun out on the water, whether staying close and fishing Lake Joseph or visiting other bodies of water for a special catch.

For fishing in Lake Joseph, please note that it is a catch and release system and that we do have four rowboats on the lake for your use free of charge. Our waters are predominately populated by bass but you’ll also catch perch, crappies, sunfish, and pickerel.

You can bring your own fishing gear or purchase some equipment at the nearby Walmart. Walmart issues fishing licenses which are required for any fishing activity. Fishing licenses are also issued at the Monticello Town Hall or online through the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Annual permits are $25 for residents aged 16 – 69 and $50 for nonresidents. Visitors can also buy a seven-day pass for $28 ($12 resident) or a one-day permit for $10 ($5 resident). The state offers reduced pricing or even free permits for active duty military, senior citizens, and military veterans with 40% or more disability.

For a different lake fishing experience, our guests like to head up to White Lake, about 20 minutes from our inn. Stocked every spring, White Lake is home to smallmouth and largemouth bass, brown and lake trout, pickerel, and panfish.

About a 15-minute drive from the Inn at Lake Joseph is the popular fishing spot at Swinging Bridge Reservoir. At the reservoir you’ll catch smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, rock bass, brown bullhead, yellow and white perch, common carp, brown trout, and walleye. An extra permit is required for reservoir fishing through the Department of Environmental Protection but it is free!

For more free activities, check out other Upstate New York things to do near Forestburgh.

Lake Activities

Lake Joseph isn’t only a beautiful element of our grounds but offers plenty of recreational activities during your stay at the Inn at Lake Joseph. With our complimentary kayaks and boats, it’s easy to get out on the water for an afternoon of boating or fishing and many guests enjoy taking the plunge with swimming in the lake – especially our four-legged variety that like to jump off the boat. We do recommend our two-legged guests also jump in for swimming from a boat, as the water is quite shallow for a bit right off the shore.

Please note that dogs must be leashed around the lake with the exception of our fenced-in dog run and swimming crib area. Please be respectful of other guests and clean up after your dog.

Another option for fun by the lake is packing a picnic and enjoying the serene surroundings. Lunch at the Inn at Lake Joseph is served in a help-yourself style with a community kitchen area where you can make salads, sandwiches, and sides to take down to the lakeshore.

Be sure to spend some time on or in the lake during your stay with us and make good use of the other resort-style amenities offered at the Inn at Lake Joseph.

Balloon Rides

From seeing the Catskills with a new vantage point to enjoying a romantic and truly secluded moment with your partner, there’s nothing quite like our area’s hot air balloon rides! Take in the stunning views of picturesque towns, meandering streams, and lush greens on a unique adventure.

We know you won’t run out of things to do around the Inn but if you want to take your fun to new heights, there are many hot air balloon companies in or near Middletown, NY, which is just a 40-minute drive from the Inn at Lake Joseph.

Please keep in mind that the balloons are weather sensitive and most companies offer flights right after sunrise and right before sunset. It’s a good idea to book ahead if you have a specific date in mind to celebrate a birthday, anniversary, or special occasion and know that October is a very popular month for rides to catch the fall foliage.

FANTASY BALLOON FLIGHTS

Fantasy Balloon Flights is a local company that offers intimate flights with pilots Ken and Lana Smith, a husband and wife team. Soar over the Hudson Valley region and soak up the views of the Catskills on this romantic journey at affordable prices. Flights start at $199 per person and include champagne and a flight certificate. The Smiths have been flying over Orange County, NY for more than 30 years with a 100% safety record.

Reserve a flight by calling 845-856-7103.

ABOVE THE CLOUDS

Above the Clouds has been serving the area with hot air balloon rides for more than 30 years with a perfect safety record and offers a range of flight options twice a day every day of the week.

Take to the skies with the traditional champagne balloon flight ($295 per person), offered every day in the morning and evening, with a 45 – 60-minute flight followed by a champagne toast.

You’ll also get a keepsake photo, though this is a group flight accommodating up to eight passengers. Other options include a short flight of up to 30 minutes on Saturday and Sunday, an exclusive short flight for two any day of the week, or exclusive one-hour flight for two with champagne and a photo for $999 per couple.

Flight reservations can be made by calling 845-692-2556.

ENCHANTED BALLOON TOURS

Enchanted Balloon Tours offers flights over the Hudson Valley and is operated by second-generation balloonists with a perfect safety record. Flights are offered on weekends from April through November with pricing starting at $275 per person for a one-hour group flight at sunrise or you can book the exclusive two-person flight with a champagne toast at sunrise for $1,200 per couple. The company also offers gift certificates for special occasions.

Schedule your flight or get more information by calling 845-649-9654.

A hot air balloon ride over the Catskills and surrounding counties of New York can be an excellent way to catch a spectacular sunrise or sunset. View other activities you can enjoy during a stay at the Inn at Lake Joseph.

Biking

Looking to have an outdoor adventure along the Catskills biking trails? You’re in luck with the surrounding trails that can be used in the spring, summer, and fall near the Inn at Lake Joseph.

With our onsite fleet of bicycles, you’ll be able to enjoy a leisurely ride near the property or really pick up the speed along some of the nearby roads and trails. Some of the popular routes we direct guests to include St. Josephs Road, Lake Joseph Dr., French Clearing Rd., and Sackett Lake Rd. Routes vary from quick rides of five to seven miles, or we can recommend routes spanning 15+ miles. Don’t hesitate to ask for biking trail recommendations during your stay.

The D & H Canal Park and the D & H Canal Heritage Corridor are also popular spots for biking. The Park is 249 acres and houses the Neversink Valley Museum and is a National Historic Landmark. The Park is open from dawn to dusk and includes picnic tables and scenic trails. The Corridor is an 11.8-mile trail that was built in the 1820s to bring coal to New York City from Pennsylvania. You’ll find runners, walkers, equestrians, and cyclists along this trail.

If you’re bringing your own bikes and planning on exploring trails a bit further out, try the Heritage Trail, and 11.5-mile connector trail from Goshen to Monroe. This 10-ft. wide trail runs on the former ground of the Erie Railroad and makes its way through a bird and wildlife sanctuary, streams and meadows, and past historic landmarks. Please use appropriate cycling etiquette on the trail as walkers and rollerbladers use the trail as well and announce when you’ll be passing on the left.

Another out-of-town option is Walnut Mountain Park in Liberty, NY with 13 miles of hiking and mountain biking trails meandering through the park. The park is open from 8 a.m. to dusk each day but park facilities such as restrooms and parking are available May 1 – September 30.

Another beautiful option for experienced cyclists is riding the Upper Delaware Scenic Byway Upper Delaware Scenic Byway ! Bicycle Route 17 on the Byway spans 70 miles and shares the road with other vehicles. There are hamlets in Narrowsburg and Callicoon for breaks or to get off the Byway. Please obey all signs and traffic signals and use proper trail etiquette for passing.

Whether you’re biking in the Catskills to welcome the spring season, taking a lazy summer ride, or soaking up the fall foliage, there’s no shortage of trails or local roads to ride during your stay at the Inn at Lake Joseph.

Scenic Drives

Whether you’re driving to see nature’s blazing fireworks in the fall or the bright, fresh hues of spring, there’s nothing like a lovely scenic drive in the Catskills. Pass by charming towns, sprawling farms, and look out over the expansive vistas of Upstate New York on your drive near the Inn.

One of the most popular drives any season is the Upper Delaware Scenic Byway (New York State Route 97). This 70-mile route connects the village of Hancock in the northern gateway to the city of Port Jervis in the southern gateway as you follow the Delaware River.

The byway is broken up into sections and those closest to us include the lower section, middle section, and upper section. The lower section passes the town of Deerpark and the Mongaup Valley State Wildlife Management Area.

The middle section contains the towns of Narrowsburg, Tusten, and Highland. The Delaware River reaches its deepest point at 113 feet at Narrowsburg; in January the town is affectionately known as the Eagle Capital of New York State and hosts the annual Eagle Fest as bald eagles soar overhead. Highland brings a bit of history with it, as the site of the Revolutionary War Battle of Minisink on July 22, 1779.

The upper section houses Callicoon, which was a prime lumber location and brought the Erie Railroad in the 1840s. In fact, the upper section also runs through Cochecton which is the site of the 1890s Erie Railroad Depot, now a museum, which was relocated and restored board-by-board in the ‘90s.

Pull off into the hamlets or towns and enjoy hiking, wildlife watching, river activities, and more as you drive the byway. There are plenty of shops, museums, and restaurants to explore as well along this scenic drive. The scenery along the route is stunning but please do keep in mind that sections of the road are shared with cyclists so keep an eye out for them.

Another popular route is the NY Route 17B. The drive is especially popular in the fall with unbelievable colors as you make your way through Sullivan County. You’ll pass forests of colorful trees, sparkling rivers, the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts and the Monticello Casino & Raceway.

There’s also the 108-mile highway, Route 52, which offers wonderful views of the clusters of towns, farmland landscapes, and plenty of water by crossing streams and driving next to Lake Huntington, Kenoza Lake, and Loch Sheldrake. Heading west toward Ulster County, near Ellenville, you’ll encounter excellent views with plenty of forest and national preserves to light up the route with color.

Some of these more local routes do make connections with the Shawangunk Mountains Scenic Byway. At 88 miles, this byway circles the Shawangunk Mountains and has amazing vistas and historical sites. Though, perhaps it’s best to save exploring the Shawangunk Wine Trail after taking in the sights along the byway.

For other scenic drives a bit closer to our inn, please don’t hesitate to ask for recommendations on local routes or roads. You really can’t make a wrong turn to find a stunning drive near the Inn at Lake Joseph.

Making the drive in your electric car? Charge up your vehicle before setting out at our electric charging station!