‘50s chic lodging drawing nature loving urbanites around the campfire.
My highlight was escaping Brooklyn, and actually seeing the stars for the first time in too long - enjoyed from the campfire, with sounds of a crackling fire, babbling brook and reggae music from the bar dancing in the crisp night air.
Last September, my husband took me on a birthday weekend getaway, escaping New York City in the interest of connecting with the outdoors. He chose our trip based on hearing about the The Graham & Co, an unpretentious yet considered refurbished motel with distinct Brooklyn hipster design pulling from mid-century America. Our room was basic, but beautiful. We had a queen bed fitted with a cozy wool throw and an animal skin rug. One folding chair and two bedside tables topped with a Tivoli radio filled the space. We did not have air conditioning (though I believe some rooms including bunk rooms do) or a fridge. The bathroom products were high quality and contained in large bottles, which is a nice way to reduce plastic waste. A local beer was offered on arrival by a laid-back local cum hotel manager, setting the mood for the weekend. The venue is in the Catskills, where nature and a pleasantly slow pace come together to form beautiful moments and vistas, much like the hotel. The gathering spaces are well appointed, without the appearance of trying too hard. The color palette includes a distinctly worn-wood brown, black and poolside blues, with little touches making the venue shine. Highlights include complimentary bikes, a beautiful breakfast buffet, proximity to the town (and Hudson and the city for that matter!), weekend campfires, a photo friendly teepee, badminton on the lawn, donut rings in the pool and hammocks made for afternoon lounging. Friendships with other guests were forged around the campfire after dark. My husband and I brought supplies to make s’mores, noting for future reference that snacks definitely grease the wheels of conversation. We met a couple on a city getaway and folks from Portland, OR attending a local wedding. We didn’t exchange numbers or even Instagram accounts, but we did have a great chat over ciders and s’mores. Graham & Co is located in Pheonicia, a hamlet town in the Catskills, as well described by the hotel itself. Known for outdoor activity, the Catskills offer hiking, fishing, tubing, foliage spotting, skiing and snowshoeing depending on your season of arrival. A few locally sourced restaurants are nearby, with a town center that with mom & pops co-mingled with thriving newer storefronts. The Graham & Co. is roughly a 2.5 hour drive from New York City, at the base of the Hunter Mountains, and we enjoyed Stormking Outdoor Art Center acting as a perfect halfway stop on the drive out. We also did a day trip to Hudson, a perfect tiny creative city less than an hour away. I would recommend The Graham & Co, though perhaps a touch overpriced for the surroundings, you will feel a million miles away from the city, with under a 3 hour drive and the relaxed vibe along with abundance of activity is worth it. My highlight was escaping Brooklyn, and actually seeing the stars for the first time in too long - enjoyed from the campfire, with sounds of a crackling fire, babbling brook and reggae music from the bar dancing in the crisp night air.
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Graham & Co
Average cost: Seasonally dependent: $250
Phone Number: +1 845-688-7871
Address: 80 Route 214 Phoenicia, New York
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