The Catskill Mountains region is located just west of the Hudson Valley Area. You will find many museums, historic attractions, farm tours, game farms, antique and craft fairs with art centers throughout the region. The region also holds European-style wineries and wine festivals, an antique railroad, irresistible scenic drives, and some of the best trout fishing in the nation. Anglers will also delight in the variety of programs offered at the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum at Livingston Manor. Forty PGA golf courses are located in the region, and harness racing at Monticello Raceway promises excitement all year round.
Festivals, including celebrations of Celtic, German, and Native American heritage, are abundant in the Catskills. Ski Windham and Hunter Mountain ski resorts offer entertainment year-round, from art fairs in spring to a showcase music series in autumn when Catskills foliage is spectacular. Take the Delaware & Ulster Rail ride from Arkville to Fleischmanns for great views along the Catskill Scenic Trail.
Visit Kingston, the state's first capital, walk the historic bluestone sidewalks, tour the 18th century home of Abraham Von Gadsbeer, go hiking, biking, horseback riding or cross-country skiing in Minnewasha State Park Preserve, designated by the Nature Conservancy as "one of the 75 great places in the Western Hemisphere." Stop at Catskill Corners in Mount Tremper and step inside the Kaatskill Kaleidoscope. This 60-foot tube, converted from a farm silo into a fascinating visual fantasy world, is a one-of-a-kind attraction. Discover the Catskills beautiful mountain scenery. Plan a full range of activities and enjoy the region's fresh mountain air and quiet charm.
Apples & New York State
Apple production in New York State has a long history. In the late 1700's, land companies required settlers to plant apple orchards as a land claim, later leading to an 1896 record New York State apple crop of 54 million bushels. Even today New York State yields 29 million bushels annually, the second largest apple producer in the United States. With over 51,000 acres of Apple trees across New York State, you are very likely to be near them. In 2000, Cornell University released studies on the anti-cancer benefits of apples. This and other studies do seem to agree with the "Apple a day, keeps the doctor away". Make sure to pick up some apples for your next road trip or your next creative recipe! ...>>