We are coming up on another of those disambiguation pages, where I have to point out that “Catskill” can refer to both a town and a mountain range. Discussing even the basics of the storied Catskill Mountains, their history and their geography, would be far beyond the scope of this short article, so we’ll stick to the highlights of the town of Catskill.
Catskill, not surprisingly, is dominated by those two utterly New York State landmarks: the Hudson River and the aforesaid Catskill Mountains. In times past, its strategic spot on the riverbanks made it an important waypoint for journeys to Albany, Montreal, the Berkshire mountains, and the entire “Go West“ theme in general.
The Hudson River had another impact on the town of Catskill. Cedar Grove, the home of Thomas Cole, is a historical highlight of this neighborhood. Art lovers will recognize Cole as the founder of the Hudson River School, a Romantic style of painting that emphasized the grandeur of nature in a uniquely American way.
New York State abounds in well-preserved little towns that offer a combination of outdoor activities, rich history, and a long tradition of comfortable hospitality. Catskill is such a one, and a good place for renting a vacation home or checking into a hotel or B & B. Why not experience what this grand region has to offer, with your vacation rental or hotel not so very far removed from the lights of New York City?