Overview: Built at the turn of the century as a private Colgate family home, this six-room inn was refurbished with original pieces from the American Arts and Crafts movement. The property’s 168 wooded acres boast on-site hiking trails with two Adirondack style lean-tos, replete with vistas of Devil’s Path to the south, and Colgate Lake to the north. In summer, hike to Kaaterskill Falls, or tube down Esopus Creek; in winter, ski nearby Hunter Mountain. A farmhouse breakfast is included, although the dinner menu—showcasing local ingredients—is vital.
Notable: It’s 40 minutes to the historic town of Woodstock, filled with live music, boutique shops, and exceptional vegan fare. Hippies use front and back doors here.
One Tip: Use the yoga mats provided at the lean-tos for early morning stretching or as a perch for watching clouds roll through the valleys below.
Stay Here If: You want a taste of the rustic, yet refined style of the summer estates built by New York’s titans of yore.
Information: Rooms start at $250. There are also two four-bedroom cottages, which range from $700 to $1,100 per night depending on the season. deermountaininn.com —Arianne Wack
From our Early Summer 2016 issue.