Season Staples: The Catskills Getaway

When Season Staples got its start, it was all about the hat (thanks to Jeanette). The second installment focused on the ever-ready mule. For the third, I knew I had to choose carefully. To depart from the norm, I thought we might go outside of the box on this one - a thing that's known to be the New Yorker Autumn Specialty: a weekend getaway to the Catskills. If you're not a New Yorker, maybe you've never heard of the Catskills (to be honest, I had never heard of them until I moved here). Or, maybe you're not a cabin and / or mountain person (in which case, we are not friends). Either way, we all have to come to terms with the fact that the Catskills are to the fall what the Hamptons are to the summer for most Manhattanites. And, once you finally get the nerve to venture upstate, it's easy to see why: everything is unbelievably gorgeous, especially as the leaves are changing.

So, grabbing my best hat and my favorite scarf, we headed up to Mount Tremper for a long weekend with very, very limited cell reception to watch the changing of the leaves. Must-haves for the trip include: long, windy tree-lined roads; a little wooden cabin to cozy up in; fall foliage-filled hikes with mountain views and babbling brooks; and - of course - s'mores. Check out my instagram feed for more pics of #CatskillingIt.

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