THINGS TO DO IN UPSTATE NY
No matter the temperature outside, the beauty of the surrounding mountains and forest make the Inn at Lake Joseph a unique winter destination. Explore all there is to do in and around the Inn during your winter retreat to our scenic and secluded property with our winter activities in Upstate NY.
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.
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:
- Adair Vineyards
- Applewood Winery
- Baldwin Vineyards
- Benmarl Winery
- Brimstone Hill Vineyard
- Brotherhood, America’s Oldest Winery
- Brunel & Rafael Winery
- Clearview Vineyard
- Demarest Hill Winery & Distillery
- Glorie Farm Winery
- Palaia Vineyards & Winery
- Robibero Winery
- Stoutridge Vineyard
- Warwick Valley Winery & Distillery
- Whitecliff Vineyard
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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!
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
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.
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, 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 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.
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.
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.
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
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!
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!
Sledding & Tubing
WINTER FUN AT HOLIDAY MOUNTAIN
Holiday Mountain snow tubing allows guests to enjoy the serene, snow-blanketed landscape without any special training or equipment required. Just bundle up and have fun!
Winter in Upstate New York is a genuinely awe-inspiring experience. And you don’t have to be a skier or snowboarder to enjoy the snowfall.
From the Inn, Holiday Mountain is a short 20-minute, scenic drive away and allows guests to engage in the wintery fun that only tubing and sledding can provide. Sessions sell out fast so we recommend calling ahead at 845-796-3161. *You must be 44-inches tall to ride.
Another option for guests is to sled around the inn’s gorgeous property. The Inn at Lake Joseph will kindly provide sleds onsite for any guest to grab and hit the slopes!
Cross-Country & Downhill Skiing
SKIING THE CATSKILLS
To some, the only way to experience the rush of a snow-capped mountain is by hopping on a lift and carving a path of fresh powder on your way down. For others, the long, peaceful forest trails experienced through Catskills cross-country skiing is the way to go. Fortunately, the Inn at Lake Joseph places you near both, and is one of the best places to experience cross-country or downhill skiing.
The Inn at Lake Joseph wants every guest to get the most out of the enjoyable outdoor activities that are abundant around the Inn, especially during the winter months. A snow-covered Lake Joseph beams with a unique beauty and offers guests an opportunity to experience an idyllic outdoor winter getaway. That’s why we provide cross-country skis, boots and poles, all onsite, meaning you’ll never have to leave the property and will have everything you need in order to capture the Catskills right here at the inn!
However, even with an endless amount of adventure around the lake, there are several options for those looking to wander a little bit further from the inn.
Holiday Mountain Ski & Fun Park is just 20 minutes away and offers skiing and tubing, perfect for the entire family to enjoy. A staple in the Catskills region for decades, Holiday Mountain features 7 trails of varying skill level and certified instructors, all adding up to a great skiing experience.
For a lengthier yet scenic drive of about 2 hours, you can also check out Hunter Mountain, Windham Mountain Resort, and Belleayre Ski Center.
Hunter Mountain offers an award-winning learning center great for adults and kids who are new to skiing or who want to brush up on their skills.
Windham Mountain Resort features 1,600 vertical feet of skiing on 732 acres, with 54 trails.
Equally impressive is Belleayre Ski Center, which has become a hit with winter sport enthusiasts by offering the Area 51 terrain park, two progression parks, several mogul trails ranging from intermediate to expert bumps, extensive glade skiing and a segregated beginner area.
Whether exploring the inn’s property or venturing to one of the many ski resorts nearby, the Inn at Lake Joseph has you covered!
WINTER ACTIVITIES IN UPSTATE NY
The many scenic hiking trails around the Inn at Lake Joseph can be enjoyed year-round, even after the snow falls. Catskills snowshoeing is one of the best ways to engage with the snow-covered landscape during the wintery months.
The Inn at Lake Joseph provides snowshoes onsite, free of charge for any guest, and you won’t have to go far for a scenic excursion through a snow-covered forest. Our grounds feature a 2.5-mile trail, starting at the lake, with exceptional views and a serene snowshoeing experience.
For more options, just a few miles away are many spectacular state parks such as the Catskill Park, Wolf Brook, Mullet Falls at the Neversink River Unique Area, and the Basha Kill Wildlife Refuge. At all four, you can expect a diverse habitat teeming with wildlife, as well as many hiking/snowshoeing trails and scenic overlooks.
Don’t miss out on the Lake Joseph winter experience—book your room today!