Places to stay, resorts and spas


We no longer have the grand Catskills resorts and mountain houses which accommodated up to 300 guests, or the boarding houses that were really just spare rooms in residents’ Victorian homes. However, those popular turn-of-the-century lodgings have been reincarnated in the current era, with many kinds of places for visitors to stay, depending on taste and budget.

Campgrounds are an option for those who want save money, cook outdoors, and sleep really close to nature. The next step up the price scale is the smattering of motels that offer convenience and basic accommodations. For more luxury, attentive hosts, and possibly a swimming pool, look for a small hotel or bed-and-breakfast.

The old boarding houses have been replaced by home-sharing services such as HomeAway and Airbnb, which enable residents to rent out all or part of their houses for a weekend or longer. To save money, young people band together to stay in a house, families have a homey atmosphere to spread out, and most houses have kitchen facilities.


Many family-oriented resorts from the mid-1900s still exist, usually offering packages that include meals, rooms, and access to swimming, hiking, tennis, recreation halls, entertainment, and other amenities, plus the opportunity to socialize with fellow guests. Another kind of resort is the spa, which generally provides exercise, saunas, massage, yoga and other health-oriented activities, all in the healing serenity of the mountains and often in the context of a high-end luxury hotel — not all that different from the old resorts that brought myriads of guests to enjoy the beauty of the Catskills.