Scribner’s Catskill Lodge
What We Love
- A mountain escape with gorgeous views and a history that dates back to the 19th centuryMingling around the fire pit, as the sun sets behind the Catskills
- Staying cozy and chic in the minimalist, lodge-style rooms, with terraces or balconies
- Dining on alpine cuisine over mountain views at Prospect
What To Know
- The friendly staff is great for hiking, apple picking and day trip suggestions
- Rooms are hip and eclectic with vintage touches
- Dogs are welcome but you will be charged a $50 per night non-refundable pet fee
- Free WiFi
High on a hill is a low-key lodge that brings together the free spirit of the 1960s and the sharp aesthetics and clean lines of the 2010s, for a whole new generation of adventurers. On the former grounds of the Hunter Mountain Prospect House, a grand retreat where hundreds of city dwellers would vacation in the late 19th century, and in the former Scribner Hollow Motor Lodge, Scribner’s Catskill Lodge is reopening as a quieter – but no less stylish – Empire State escape. The newly renovated rooms feature custom-built furniture on vintage rugs, all with a meticulous attention to rustic-chic detail and a minimalist approach to rural living. There’s also a terrace for taking in the views.
Beyond the property’s borders is the rugged landscape where you’ll be spending your action-packed days. Hunter is best known for its ski resort, which also features a zip line and hosts cultural festivals year-round, and heading into nearby towns and hamlets, you’ll happen upon the Woodstock Farm Sanctuary; other peaks, one of them (Slide) even bigger than Hunter; and the Hudson River. Of course, you don’t actually need to step off of Scribner’s 20 acres to get your doctor-ordered fix of fresh air and vigorous exercise. Stick around, and you’ll find a bocce court and, opening in 2017, a seasonal outdoor pool – plus a fire pit, where you can gather; sing; and finish off your days of good, old-fashioned adventure with some good, old-fashioned relaxation.
The minimalist rooms at Scribner’s Lodge look straight out of an editorial spread, with whitewashed walls, dark maple floors and vintage rugs. Mountain rooms are 250 square feet, with a mountain view and 75-square-foot terrace; they also include terra-cotta tiling and a Waterworks rain shower in the bathroom. Bungalow rooms measure 400 square feet and look onto the mountains, through floor-to-ceiling glass windows. They also boast a 25-square-foot balcony.
Alpine cuisine and Hudson Valley fare are what you can expect from Prospect, the hotel’s restaurant. Its large cedar deck is the perfect place to sip on cocktails from the circular bar, and its rustic, yet playful, approach to dining pairs perfectly with the views of the mountains that you’ll enjoy here or through the floor-to-ceiling windows of the indoor dining room.
A charming town in the heart of the Catskills, Hunter is the perfect place to weekend away from the city, if you’re looking to relax, enjoy the New York state countryside, and take it easy. Hiking, tubing, skiing and small-town shopping and dining can all be found here, endowing this small-town mountain retreat with lots of opportunities in the way of leisure and adventure. Of course, if you do want to drive into New York for a bit while vacationing, it’s only two and a half hours away.
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Scribner Catskill Lodge is a very pleasant respite in the Catskill Mountains. This totally remodeled 1960’s motel is comfortable, edgy, and inviting. The Getaway Package is a great value and includes 20% off room, chilled cider on arrival and complimentary yummy breakfast. The Prospect Restaurant was a bit pricey, but totally enjoyable with a good selection of wines to pair with locally sourced entrees. There is lots of space to spread out and enjoy your time in the mountains- fire pit for s’mores, billiard game room, sauna, swimming pool, decks, great lawn, bar.... we’ll be back
Scribner’s Lodge was so welcoming and the scenery outside on our patio was breathtaking! The accommodations were just beautiful, clean and cozy. The staff is always ready to help and are so friendly. We'll be back!
My husband and I came for two nights last week (Sun - Tues) and had such a relaxing time. We stayed in a King Loft with mountain views. Highlights are the super friendly and accommodating staff, cozy interior with blankets, books, games, fireplaces and fire pits indoors and out, gorgeous views of the mountains, spacious rooms, and delicious food / drinks at Prospect. The staff was super with everything from switching us into a room with a fireplace, detailing nearby hikes (including offering maps and Deet spray), and grabbing us extra cozy blankets and anything else we needed during our stay. Extra nice things were all day coffee / tea, as well as self-serve sparkling and still water, and smores to roast at the nightly bonfire. All the food at the restaurant was fresh and we loved discovering some local Hudson Valley bourbon and gin. The restaurant was closed on Mon evening, so we walked into town (10 min) and ate at a very cute German place. We had a great time!
Wonderfull and friendly place. Warm, beautiful details, excellent food.
Everything was clean, cool and very confortable.
The staff was charming.
Wé have to go back in summer to see the garden and pool
As the title suggests, if you are looking for a "Williamsburg-y" kind of place in the mountains, Scribner's is perfect for you. If you are looking for more of a classic hotel experience, maybe it is not.
Rooms- clean but not spotless. Walls are very thin, so if you are a light sleeper may want to bring some earplugs. Common areas are very cool and have books, games, and social areas. Nice rustic decor everywhere in the hotel and grounds.
Staff- Maybe they recently changed their tune but all of the staff members that we came across were very pleasant so I did not have a similar experience as many of the reviews.
Restaurant- was very good albeit quite expensive for minimal portions. Like, very minimal. But tasted great and was high quality.
Guests- Only real hiccup for me here was the crowd- most of the people between 30-40 like myself. I avoid such pretentious people while in NY so don't need to be around people complaining about the Yoga instructor because she made mention to cell phones, as "yoga should be a spiritual experience" with no mention of cell phones I guess? Yoga class and instructor were great for the record...
Bottom line it was a pleasant experience and great location close to skiing and hiking so would return.