Everyone needs time to get out of the city to embrace the snow elsewhere. Although a snow-covered city skyline is a beautiful, what better way to spend a wintry weekend than in the Catskill Mountains. Spend a night or two in a guest room or a King Suite at the luxurious Diamond Mills Hotel, conveniently located in Saugerties, NY in the Hudson Valley, just three hours away.
Accommodations include a private balcony and stunning views of the Esopus Creek falls in the guest rooms, or spacious living areas and rustic fireplaces in the King Suites. All rooms come with complimentary high-speed Internet access, European-inspired furnishings, a natural color palette, and overstuffed duvets and linens of the finest Egyptian cotton. The exquisitely tiled spa-like bathrooms radiate heat and include over-sized walk-in showers, hand-crafted antique vanities and chrome and white porcelain fixtures. This luxury hotel strives to create an at-home feel while allowing guests to enjoy the beauty of the Hudson Valley.
Diamond Mills Hotel is perfect for post-winter activity lodging. Common winter activities include hiking, skiing, and ice climbing. The Catskill Mountains are home to some of the most spectacular hiking trails in the world. Hiking can be done through Peekamoose Adventures, independently with a detail hiking map, or the Catskill 3,500 Club to hike all 35 Peaks of the Catskills Mountains that reach over 3,500 Feet.
The location of the Diamond Mills hotel allows for guests to experience a number of winter activities. There is a shuttle van that drives guests to the base of several World Class ski resorts including Hunter Mountain, Windham Mountain, and Belleayre Mountain along with beautiful Cross Country Skiing and Snow Shoeing trails. The Catskills also offer the most premiere Ice Climbing areas in the North-East, which can be done through the High Xposure Adventure Climbing Schools.
Saugerties offers both old-world charm and a young vibrant feel at the village located along Main Street and Partition street. For some necessary retail therapy, the village consists of a collection of antique shops, boutiques, gift shops, and chocolatiers. There are also a number of cafes, casual restaurants, and bars trickled throughout the village. The beauty of lodging at Diamond Mills is the dining options within the hotel that also make for a wonderful experience.
The Tavern at Diamond Mills, voted one of Hudson Valley’s best by Hudson Valley Magazine, features the handcrafted culinary art of Executive Chef Giuseppe Napoli. Chef Napoli offers world-class cuisine highlighting the best of the Hudson Valley, in collaboration with high-quality meats, fish, house-made pastas, breads and pastries. The Tavern offers local craft brews, hand-crafted cocktails using spirits from local distilleries, and the finest wines from New York State and around the world. The Tavern at Diamond Mills is accommodating for a night with friends, a romantic dinner, or a quick bite at the bar with the option to dine al fresco on the Grand Terrace or going the casual route in a booth by the fire of the main dining room. Whether you are looking for a quiet, relaxing getaway, or an action packed weekend filled with winter activities, The Diamond Hills Hotel offers both.
-by Deirdre McAndrew