Where to begin? The location? The owners and staff? The food? The rooms? It was all so great, I'm having a hard time being objective in writing this review. Oh, hell, why be objective about our 6 nights of delight?
The location is excellent - if getting away from it all is your goal. This place is so peaceful, it makes serene look like a frat party. We saw a small bear, woodchucks, many deer, and a variety of spectacular birds. The lodge is located down 4 miles of paved road from the main road, so no noise other than an occasional passing car intrudes. Just the mountains, trees, and the world famous fishing creek that was too cold to swim in.
The owners could not be more helpful. We were there for a family reunion, with 25 people ranging from 18 months to 85 years old. Everybody had a great time because the two Ralphs - Senior and Junior - looked after everyone and everything. No request was too difficult for them, though we tried not to be pests about it.
The restaurant staff were courteous and efficient - we ate wonderful, tasty breakfasts there everyday. Because we BBQ'd our own dinners, we could not try the restaurant in the evenings. However, Ralph squared made us different salads each evening and delivered them to the BBQ area for us. (Who wants to chop coleslaw for 25 people while on holiday?) The salads were very tasty.
The rooms were large, homey, comfortable, and quiet. We slept like babes. We booked out the New Chalet , all five rooms, complete with the kitchen and living room. This was the base of operations for the early risers to have coffee and a chat while waiting for the sleepy heads to get up and go to brekky. It had a TV which we did not use, but wireless internet which we did use. Each of the rooms had A/C and its own bathroom, as well as access to the deck for the three upstairs rooms.
We also used up 5 or so rooms in the main house, and all who stayed there echoed the sentiments of the New Chalet folk. The other bit of accommodation we used was a fifth wheel hookup outside the New Chalet. One of our party brought his monster home on wheels as part of a two week New England trek. Refer back to the sentence about the helpful Ralphs to guess how well everything worked out for the pseudo campers. Great!
Amenities and activities kept those that were interested very busy. A nice pool with a slide, ping pong, shuffleboard (I know, but it is the Catskills and you'd be surprised at how much fun it is), tennis, basketball, badminton, volleyball, pinball, etc, etc. All of the equipment is in good shape and there is no extra charge to use it, except for the pinball and the jukebox.
We BBQ'd at night and played guitars around the fire pit. Even the mosquitos cooperated and only flew away with the weak and infirm. Wiffle ball on the lawn, was followed by beers on the deck, followed by naps, followed by walks along the creek. What a place.
Groceries and such are found at the IGA you'll pass 15 miles or so before you get to Slide Mountain, so stock up.
The only thing I think they do wrong is not show the place to its full wonder on the website. It is much, much better than you can see there.
In conclusion, for this family gathering, I do not think we could have found a better, and more reasonably priced get away. Our guests came from Australia, China, the west coast and Long Island and everyone was impressed with how nice the place is. You will be too.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are situated on a 150 acre wooded property in the central Catskill Mtns. Our in offers B&B rooms, efficiency apts. And four or five bedroom chalet rentals. Meal plans are available and we serve dinner Fri.-Sun. And other nights by reservation. ... more less
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