Catskills: Open for business

The beauty of Catskill State Park. For more information on the area, go to www.greatnortherncatskills.com.

New York’s Greene County —  a popular getaway for many an East Coaster — was hit hard by Hurricane Irene. But now the region is getting the word out that roadways and bridges are open and safe for travel.

“The first two weeks after Irene, there were a lot of phone calls and a lot of questions about cancellation policies,” says Chuck Tomajko, proprietor of the Fairlawn Inn, located in Hunter. “But now the area is mostly open for business. It just depends on where you want to go.” Tomajko recommends calling ahead to check, but he notes that most area attractions — like hiking, restaurants and antique shopping — are ready for visitors.

Where to …
   
Visit: Right now, the region is resplendent in spectacular fall foliage. Greene County is home to five of the ten highest Catskill peaks and Catskill State Park. There are hikes for every activity level, but we especially recommend hiking the Kaaterskill Falls Trail, a popular day hike which takes you past the highest falls in New York. The recently opened Hunter Mountain Zipline tour has been very popular with families and is a great — and adventurous — way to see the beauty of the Northern Catskills.
   
Stay: There are many quaint inns or bed and breakfasts in the area, many of which don’t require a two-night stay, meaning it’s great for a super quick getaway. But we especially recommend Fairlawn Inn, with its comfortable, handsome rooms and a delicious, local breakfast in the morning. It was recently given a three-leaf eco-rating in from Audubon International and I Love NY.

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