Spring in the Catskills

A couple weeks ago, V and I packed our bags and made our way to a part of New York that's still relatively new to me : the Catskill Mountains. In true Northeast fashion, we experienced a true rollercoaster of weather during our week in the woods, snowing on arrival at our first location, 70s and sunshine on our way out. All in all, you can't be mad at when you have a cozy place (or in our case, places) to call home for a few nights! First up: 

Scribner's Catskills Lodge 

After our first visit here during the holiday season, I was so excited to be heading back! This place has become a Catskills staple for me, from its cozy interiors, s'mores happy hour, and quintessential views of nearby Hunter Mountain. This time around, we stayed in one of the Bungalow King rooms. It was heaven! I will never get over how comfy their beds are. We did manage to drag ourselves away during the afternoon to check out the nearby towns and hikes (more on that below!). After a second visit here, I can safely say that this is now my go-to place to recharge my batteries. 

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The Hunter Greenhouse 

About ten minutes down the road from Hunter, lies this perfect little Catskills getaway. And bonus : it's on the same road that will bring you to the upper viewpoint of the infamous Kaaterskill Falls! The owners, Danielle and Ely, left the perfect welcome package of s'mores fixins (seriously, I ate A LOT of them on this trip!), and were easily reachable the entire stay. And I can't speak about this space without mentioning the design. The attention to detail and combination of modern renovations with the nostalgic cabin feel seriously had me gushing! Not convinced? Four words : hammock in the bedroom. It was such a cool touch!! We also loved how the cabin felt so off the beaten path, but still only a five minute drive to the nearby town (i.e. groceries, coffee, etc.). If you're looking for a quiet, cozy escape from the city : THIS is for you. 

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Milk Barn

About two hours southwest of Hunter, through the interior of the mountains, was the third and final stop during our week upstate. Located just a few miles from the Delaware River, this sprawling 15 acres is home to a renovated dairy barn. Favorite aspects? A loft-like living room, rolling barn doors, cozy guest houses, and A TREEHOUSE! It was so fun exploring this property, and with room for up to 12 guests, I can only imagine how cool it would be to have a group here during the summer months. Big thank you to the owner, Gabe, for showing me around the property! Head over here if you're interested in booking a stay! 

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Everything Else

Where to Eat :

-Phoenicia Diner- We are obsessed! We ended up there twice for brunch, because we didn't get enough the first time around. Best pancakes and coffee for miles around!

-The Prospect- This one was a no-brainer, as it was only steps from our room at Scribner's. Last time we were here, we were only able to try breakfast. I can now vouch that the dinner menu is just as tasty! While it's not exactly vegetarian friendly, I was able to fill up on their small plates. P.S. definitely save room for dessert! 

-Oak Pizzeria Napoletana- We decided to explore around Hudson one afternoon, and this was one of our stops! Perfect for a quick bite.

Where to Hike:

-There's hundreds of trails in the Catskills, so we barely chipped the tip of the iceberg on this trip. But I did manage to sneak a couple in, like Kaaterskill Falls and Balsam Lake Mountain! If you head up this way, I recommend doing a little research to see what trails are nearby. 

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Hope you guys enjoyed this mini guide to the Catskills! We had such a fun week exploring this part of my home state, and I'm so excited for the next excuse to get up there. 

xo

J.

 

A few days in Québec

In the heart of Charlevoix of Québec lies the most enchanting escape of cabins known as Repère Boréal. Last month I had the opportunity to spend a few days in this small community and experience everything the region has to offer. It was such a relaxing and rewarding trip! Jonathan, one of the owners of these small dwellings, was such an amazing host, and made sure our stay was as enjoyable as possible. 

Our first night, we stayed in one of the "Shiship" cabins, which in another life were shipping containers! Now, they serve as a cozier purpose, and with one side made entirely of glass, they also give the effect of being part of the surrounding boreal forest. Another favorite aspect of our cabin was its view, as the community is situated above the Saint Lawrence River. It made for some incredible sunrises and sunsets! Also loved how close we were to the Spa Zone, definitely took advantage of the sauna and hot tubs! 

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Our following night, we nestled deeper into the woods in one of the "Maikan" cabins. A bit smaller than their Shiship counterparts, but this place completely took my breath away. The windows on these cabins actually continue on to become part of the ceiling, creating a panoramic view of the neighboring trees. It was truly a magical experience, to be able to cozy up by that window and stargaze the hours away. Bonus : there was a fire pit right outside the window! Definitely added to the cozy factor. 

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Jonathan was also kind enough to offer nearby attractions, including the ferry to nearby L'isle-aux-Coudres and my personal favorite : dog sledding!! This was definitely a highlight of our trip, it was so incredible to take control of our sled and bond with all the huskies (there were over ONE HUNDRED of them!!). On the way back, we also stopped by Montmorency Falls outside of Quebec City and explored around Jacques-Cartier National Park. I've already made plans to head back to this area again next Fall - it's such a unique landscape! It was with heavy hearts that we had to head back to the border (for reference, Montreal is a quick 2.5 hour drive from our cabin in the Adks, and Quebec City is a little less than 5), already dreaming of my next escape up North! 

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Thank you to Repère Boréal for hosting me during my stay in Québec, and to Woolrich for keeping me cozy in flannels and parkas! 

xo

J.