Catskill, New York is widely known as the quintessential Hudson River Valley town. Visitors can explore a village where artists rose to fame, Rip Van Winkle slept, and local brews abound.
Located along the banks of the Hudson River, with the Catskill Creek flowing through it, the village is the picture-perfect example of a historic river town. Victorian storefronts line Catskill’s Main Street, filled with an eclectic variety of eateries and boutiques. Along the river’s edge lies the Thomas Cole House, once home to the famous painter and founder of the Hudson River School of Art.
Ample opportunities for outdoor recreation wait in the Village of Catskill. Stroll across the Hudson River Skywalk, which connects the Thomas Cole National Historic Site to the Olana State Historic Site, the former home to Hudson River School painter Frederic Edwin Church. As you walk across the bridge, stop at the scenic outlooks to gaze down the Hudson River Valley and see if you can spot the legendary famed sleeping spot of Rip Van Winkle.
Hike to the former site of the Catskill Mountain House, a late 1800s luxury resort that attracted wealthy guests with its expansive mountain views. The village provides a beautiful and convenient base camp to nearby waterways to explore.
Drinks and More
Don’t forget to take a trip to the artsy downtown area to enjoy wine, coffee or exquisite cuisine. Catskill is the perfect starting point for a journey along the Catskills Beverage Trail so you can enjoy locally-sourced beverages. There are two breweries within the village itself. Stop by Rip Van Winkle Brewing Company, a microbrewery that has been in operation for over 35 years under multiple names, to satisfy your thirst with a beer and your hunger with Italian-inspired pub fare. Then relax with a pint in Crossroads Brewing Co.’s newest taproom.