Things To Do
The Post Cottage is ideally located as a base to explore a variety of outdoor and indoor activities in the Mid-Hudson/Catskills region. At the house itself, we have ample space to accommodate meetings and seminars, as well as weddings and “runaway bride” weekends. Our tennis court, pool table, game room and library are all available for guests. Within a walk or short drive are numerous activities, including:
- Skiing Hunter and Windham mountains are a short drive away. Cross-country skiing is available in many locations, including the grounds of nearby Olana!
- Antiques and Art Galleries Walk to galleries and antique shops in downtown Catskill, or drive to the nearby antiques center at Hudson, a few minutes away
- Equestrian We are 11 miles to HITS (Horseshows in the Sun) competitions, a series of ten show weekends culminating in the $500,000 Hunter Prix and the $1,000,000 Pfizer Grand Prix competitions. A variety of nearby stables and barns offer indoor, outdoor, and trail riding, from dressage training to trekking through the mountains.
- Golf We are about a mile from the Catskill golf course, and passes are available for the “Rip Van Winkle Trail” of nine nearby golf courses
- Boating and Sailing A number of sightseeing boat tours are available on the Hudson. Tivoli Sailing docks nearby and offers moonlight and champagne sailing charters. If you arrive by boat, you can dock your boat at the Catskill marina. There are kayaking and canoe rentals both on the Hudson and in the mountains. For boating on the river, keep in mind the Hudson is tidal, and check tides in advance to plan at: http://www.mobilegeographics.com:81/calendar/month/1095.html. Fishing enthusiasts can fish on the Hudson, or on numerous freshwater lakes and streams, including North-South lakes high in the Catskill mountains. See http://tivolisailing.com
- Health Clubs Two local health clubs with state-of-the-art equipment are open to our guests.
- Dining A short walk downtown brings you to a variety of restaurants, and numerous other restaurants are within a short drive.
- Cedar Grove We are next door to Cedar Grove — in fact, The Post Cottage is located on what was once Thomas Cole’s apple orchard. You can walk across our tennis court to the entrance. Guided tours are offered in the warmer months, and the curators mount important exhibitions at that time. During the winter, a series of lectures is presented in Thomas Cole’s studio barn.
- Olana The fanciful Persian-style mansion of Cole’s student, Frederick Church, overlooks the Hudson and the Catskills about two miles away. The grounds with their breathtaking views are open year round for touring, picnicking, and even cross country skiing. Guided tours of the mansion are available daily in the summer, and on a more limited schedule throughout the year.
- Historic Homes Lovers of historic homes could spend weeks exploring the area. Homes include Cedar Grove and Olana, mentioned above, as well as the Vanderbilt Mansion, the Mills Mansion, the Roosevelt Historic Site, Boscobel, the Martin Van Buren home, Clermont, and many other homes and museums.
- Wineries and Breweries We are at the western edge of the Hudson-Berkshire beverage trail, and nearby wineries include the Hudson-Chatham Winery, the Windham Vinyard, and Tousey Vinyard. Nearby Crossroads Brewing Company offers a variety of beers, and Harvest Spirits produces and interesting variety of distilled products, including applejack.
- Hiking and Camping The region is rich in camping and hiking facilities, expecially throughout the Catskill State Park Region. Consider roughing it for a few days in the mountains at the North-South Lake park, then rounding out your vacation with a pampered stay the The Post Cottage.
- Kaaterskill Falls We are about 12 miles away from the stunning Kaaterskill Falls, a dual-cascade waterfall about 260 feet high.
- The Catskill Mountain House site This famous hotel was built in 1824, high up in the Catskills, and later was accessed by the “Otis”, a cog railroad with its line originating in the village of Catskill. The hotel no longer stands there, but a pleasant walk through from the parking lot at North-South Lake takes you to the site, with its breathtaking views of the Hudson Valley across to the Berkshires. An interesting feature is the graffiti on the escarpment, including such entries as “Smith’s Cornet Band, 1866.”
- Railroad Tours Several local railroads offer scenic train rides in the Catskills, including the Catskill Mountain Railroad, and the Delaware and Ulster Railroad with the Rip Van Winkle Flyer.
- Festivals Local festivals include the HITS horseshows, the Garlic Festival, the Sheep and Wool Festival, numerous music festivals, Catting around Catskill, the Irish Festival, and many others.