A Weekend In The Catskills

Is there anything cuter than baby alpacas?  I feel like they’re one of those breeds that make you burst into the widest grin–so soft, so gentle, so ridiculously cute.

The hubby and I decided to take our little man upstate to visit an alpaca farm, and ended up making a fun weekend of it!  Granted, he fell asleep right as the tour was beginning, so he didn’t get to delight in baby farm animals–but the grownups certainly enjoyed it.

Such a fun, affordable, and easy weekend away, I wanted to share the details in case any of you are looking for some getaway inspiration!  Happy travels!

A Weekend In The Catskills

Where To Stay: The North Branch Inn

Seriously guys, this is the cutest little spot.  The motto of the inn (which you may remember us adopting!) is “The Good Ole Days Are Now.”  It’s a quaint inn with a vintage/industrial vibe, no TV’s in the rooms (loved this), an old fashioned bowling alley guests are encouraged to use, and the coziest little fireplace lounge area.  We were smitten.  Oh!  And they have a farm-to-table restaurant in the inn, with a menu that changes weekly, sourcing food from all local spots, and a bar with all American liquors.  It’s delicious.  And the breakfast is included in the hotel package.  Try the apple cider donut, probably the best I’ve ever had.

Where To Eat: The Arnold House

About a 15 minute drive from the North Branch Inn, this is another cool Catskills property with fantastic food and a super groovy vibe.

What To Do: Visit The Buck Brook Alpaca Farm

A tour is free, and actually super fun and informative.  Plus, you get to pet the babies.  And the mamas.  And the dads.  Too much cuteness for one day.

A few other things to do in the area:

Visit the many thrift/vintage shops/farmer’s markets (the innkeeper, Tess, will be more than happy to point you in the right direction!)

Have a country spa day at The Arnold House spa.

Grab a drink and listen to live music in the evenings.

Pack a picnic and go on a hike (so many trails!)

Go on a brewery tour–there’s 4 within a short drive of the inn!

Soak in some culture at the Bethel Woods Center.  While we were there an exhibition on Woodstock was taking place.

Horseback ride through one of the many scenic trails in the area.

As you can see, there’s plenty to keep you busy for a weekend.  But I have an inkling you’ll be just as content lounging by the fireplace with a book and an apple cider donut (or three).




  • Joanne Theodorou says:

    The small town of Bethel on Route 17B was the actual SITE of the 1969 Woodstock Music and Art Festival i.e. Yasgur’s farm. This exhibit is permanent, ongoing. They do fab outdoor concerts there in the late Spring, Summer. Check it out, they range from classical orchestras to the Jonas Brothers! Extremely affordable and very accessible from NYC. A great venue, great way to spend a day, about a 2 hour drive North from NYC.
    Monticello is the hub for the Catskills, how far is North Branch from NYC? How far in relation to Monticello? This Inn sounds lovely.

    • Used York City says:

      Amazing! Yes, North Branch is also about 2 hours from NYC–technically the “town” of North Branch, but the closest “larger” town is Jeffersonville…when getting directions up there from the alpaca farm, we were actually told “it’s about a mile north as the crow flies.” Haha, how great is that?!

  • Tracy Kaler says:

    Looks divine! Didn’t know about the Alpacas Upstate. I adore Llamas too. Great pics!

  • Tamara says:

    Perhaps we’ll go in the fall! Although I wouldn’t want to miss baby alpaca season. We have a small alpaca farm down the road and they are SO CUTE.
    I also love the idea of the bowling alley.

    • Used York City says:

      Aren’t they the sweetest?! And don’t worry, they show them all year long…although they do aim for most of the babies to be spring alpacas!:-)

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