“This cozy country-inn resort in the northern Catskill Mountains of New York backs up to wonderful hiking terrain from forested trails to spectacular climbs overlooking the Hudson River Valley. All sorts of activities invite the kids and parents to join in: swimming in the indoor or outdoor pools, playing badminton, competing at volleyball or basketball, bowling, tackling the tennis court or the 9-hole executive golf course, and picnicking after a mountain hike. All activities are free except bowling, which cost a nominal fee.”
“This elegant, Colonial-style resort just eight miles west of Hunter Mountain has 50 impeccably well kept rooms furnished with antiques. The staff couldn't be friendlier or more efficient. Adding to the overall tone of the place, they seem to be there only when you need them, The Winter Clove has miles of hiking trails that offer spectacular views of the surrounding mountains.”
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"While planning a vacation with several families, there were two reasons I was hesitant to nominate the Winter Clove Inn. The first was selfish; I didn’t want others to know about this gem in the Catskills and have raves spread like the warm maple syrup farmed directly from the woods on the 400-acre property. The second reason was that the Winter Clove can be an acquired taste. There are no TV’s or phones. The furniture is charmingly outdated in mish-moshed country style. The song-a-long picnic lunches and roasted marshmallows at the bonfire might seem old-timey. Hokey is my idea of relaxation with the family, but I wasn’t sure everyone would share that concept.
Turned out I was wrong. The entire group had so much fun we’re going back this summer. For my family, that’s nothing new. My husband’s family has been coming here for nearly 30 years, so he’s the perfect guide for taking us on a casual stroll to the covered bridge or daring us to swim under the chilly mountain-stream waterfall. He knows the sunny spot at the edge of the pond where fish often bite and how to play the dogleg sixth hole on the free nine-hole golf course on the property, I’ve been there nearly ten times myself, so I’ve come to love it like a resort-in-law and can now proudly lead a hike to the overhang called The Ledges that boasts a breathtaking view of the resort’s main house back dropped by greenly stern North Mountain. And we always find time for a dip in the indoor or outdoor swimming pools or a trip to the Catskill Game Farm before the family-style meals served three times a day.
At night we often gather in the Carriage House for milkshakes and bowling inside in one of the dozen rocking chairs that line the 100-foot front porch. In the winter, after a day of cross-country skiing, snowman building and sleigh riding, the large stone fireplace in the living room mixes with hot chocolate and the tinkling of the piano.
My husband was five when he first came to Winter Clove, and nearly every time we’ve gone back he’s met someone else who vacationed there as a child and is introducing it to a new generation. When I see my 3 and 5 year olds playing with other kids, I can’t help but hope they’ll be back in 30 years with their families.” - Amanda Rock