Winter Trip: To One of New York’s Best New Resorts Nestled in the Catskill Mountains

While the idea of ​​traveling with a “pandemic pod” might be dying out, other pandemic-inspired travel trends are here to stay. This ranges from finding a hotel or resort with plenty of outdoor space for seasonal activities and sports to finding a place where you can both work and relax during the same extended stay.

Many spacious resorts in places that experience drastically different seasons over the course of a year typically close for part of the year (i.e. ski resorts in the summer and beach hotspots in winter). But there are more and more all-season resorts welcoming new and returning visitors with new experiences and activities throughout the year.

For off-site entertainment, a vintage Land Rover Defender 110 provides a shuttle service to and from Windham Mountain, Windham Country Club and downtown Windham.

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The brand new Wylder–Windham in update New York was designed to reflect and celebrate the local vibe of the town of Windham, embracing the long days of summer, the leaves changing color in the fall and the ski season. (Also a great destination for those looking for a city that loves Christmas.)

With plenty of parking around the property, most guests arrive by car, but Hudson Station isn’t too far for those wanting to take Amtrak from New York or Boston, for example. (But note that Uber is scarce, as are taxis, so arrange car service with the hotel in advance. The hotel has a restored Land Rover which it also uses to ferry guests to Windham Mountain during ski season.)

Wylder Windham offers over 4,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space.

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The property hosts seven different lodging experiences on the 20-acre property, with 111 suites in total. One of these suites is actually a guest house, with a full kitchen, living room, washer and dryer, and four bedrooms that sleep eight.

And while the other 110 suites can only be booked through Wylder Windham directly, the ‘Farm House’, as the name suggests, is also available for rent through Airbnb. And better than most Airbnb rentals, customers are not required to clean before departure as it is the best of both worlds: staying in your own property with all the conveniences of a home but also all the conveniences and services of a hotel.

La Fermette during the holiday season.

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Other amenities include a full bar and restaurant open for dinner daily and weekend brunch with a bakery open for breakfast and lunch daily. For spring and summer visitors, there is an expansive outdoor lawn with hammocks, swings, fire pits, lawn games, an oversized heated in-ground pool, and live entertainment. (The hotel is also dog-friendly, and there’s a dog park on the property for more important guests to exercise and play.)

Next to the restaurant, guests will find Babblers Bakery serving its strawberry rhubarb pies, soft serve ice cream, homemade croissants and fresh coffee.

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And in the winter, there are several private, barrel-shaped saunas with views of Windham Mountain, tubing and snowshoeing, and a new skating rink that opens in time for New Years. to set up a small shack for skate rentals with an outdoor bar serving hot chocolate and hot toddies.

The site is very family friendly, but also suitable for couples and/or groups of friends traveling together, so it’s the kind of resort where you can really say there’s something for everyone.

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Also crucial for those looking to work remotely, the hotel provides very strong and fast Wi-Fi included in the price of the room, which is essential given that there is little or no phone service. wireless in the immediate vicinity.

Founded in 1880, Thompson House Resort was family owned and operated for over 140 years until Wylder Hotels took over ownership in 2021.

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And while the seven pavilions themselves are historic and over 140 years old, everything inside has been renovated and upgraded to modern standards. All bedrooms have king or queen-size beds with oak floors, custom furnishings, marble bathrooms (some with clawfoot tubs), and central heating/air conditioning units. Most suites have balconies with custom wooden reclining chairs and stunning views of Windham Mountain or the Batavia Kill River.

The dog-friendly hotel offers a collection of 110 king and queen-size suites and rooms with oak floors, bespoke furnishings and luxury bathrooms.

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Since opening six months ago, the hotel has already hosted several events, including weddings and multiple corporate retreats, the latter particularly during the fall conference season. For weddings, business meetings and other events, the ballroom which has a maximum capacity of 200 (although 150 would be more breathable for tables, live music etc).

Just below the ballroom is a huge game room of almost the same size, completely renovated and habitable with a pool table, foosball table, video game machines and sofas in front of a large HDTV. The space is now open to guests, and the hotel is already hosting events for guests, like movie nights. It can also serve as an after-party space for weddings, and management hopes to eventually add a popcorn machine and bar there, among other amenities in the future.

Inside Babblers, welcoming to visitors and locals alike, serving comforting classics for brunch and dinner.

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Also for weddings (or those looking for a weekend splurge), there’s the “Baller Suite,” a two-bedroom suite in the main lodge just above the lobby and steps from the ballroom. . With plenty of space, lots of natural light, a view of the creek, two spacious balconies, and a full bathroom with a clawfoot tub, the Baller Suite would also make an ideal bridal suite before the big event.

After a day of playful adventures, you can relax in the oversized heated pool and laze around admiring the view of Windham Mountain.

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Starting rates for rooms and suites range from $172 to $215, depending on availability as well as size. Baller Suite rates start at around $675 per night and Farm House rates start at $1,200 per night.

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