Scribner’s Catskill Lodge in Hunter, Upstate New York

, April 26, 2024

A handful of properties can be blamed for making the Catskill’s cool again, and Scribner’s Catskill Lodge is one of them. The property helped set the stage for the region’s resurgence in appeal, drawing a more rugged crowd from Long Island and New York City into a covid-pandemic migration. Unlike the more cultivated eastern side of the Hudson, the west side of the Catskills remains an unruly range with Scribner’s gifted with a view onto Hunter Mountain to the West.

The 38-room lodge is split between suites in the main building, and while 11 free-standing “Rounds” are located in Scribner’s grounds. Suites are divided across four tiers – Bungalow sleeps up to two, while Mountain, Summit and Catskill can accommodate up to four guests.

Rooms are with a range of communal spaces including pool, meadows, sauna, lounge, library and ice rink in the winter. The dedicated Whiskey Lounge provides a secluded location for all seasons – a cozy fireplace with leather club chairs and vintage furniture echoing original details from the 1960s.

Dining options include restaurant Prospect and a range of pop-up events that Scribner’s publish on their website (here).

Near to Scribner’s is the renowned Phoenicia Diner is 15 miles south while Hunter Mountain Brewery and Bear & Fox Provisions are walkable in decent weather. Further away across the Hudson to the east are Hudson (town) and Hotel Tivoli – see our Navigating Hudson Valley & the Catskill Mountains article.

Training Notes

The wild terrain of the Catskills acts as the backyard of the Scribner’s Lodge, with runnable trails and cycle-friendly roadways reaching in all directions from Hunter.

The 23A road passing at the foot of Scribner’s isn’t safe for runners. For road running, edge along this and use Scribner’s Hollow Road to the East. For trail running, the easiest trailhead is on 214 (parking). From there, use the 3km Becker Hollow Trail climb to get onto Hunter Mountain where there is a flatter circumnavigation loop around the Fire Tower.

Lake North-Sea near Scribner’s

Cyclists setting out early can head east then south-east via West Saugerties to reach Woodstock for morning coffee (Directions) – 18 miles with 850ft of climbing (check into Bread Alone Bakery). Traffic picks up from 10am on weekends, so take the more challenging route north via Overlook Mountain (19 miles, 3,000ft elevation).

Swimmers visiting the Catskills during the summer should bookmark North-South Lake (Google Maps) which has lifeguarded swimming area.

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