Welcome to Catskills

In the early 20th century, the Catskills became synonymous with so-called 'borscht belt' hotels, summer escapes for middle-class NYC Jews. The vast majority of these hotels have closed, although orthodox Jewish communities still thrive in many towns – as does a back-to-the-land, hippie ethos on numerous small farms. In the fall, this is the closest place to NYC with really dramatic colors in the trees.

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$225 Cultural & Theme Tours

Viator VIP: National Baseball Hall of Fame Private Museum Tour

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is a not-for-profit educational institution, dedicated to preserving history, honoring excellence and connecting generations. Core to the fulfillment of our mission is the ability to preserving and sharing our Museum collection and Library archive. This treasure trove of thousands of sacred relics bring to life the history of our National Pastime and the inspiring stories of the Hall of Famers, for a global audience. More than 16 million visits have been made to the Museum in Cooperstown, NY since doors opened on June 12, 1939.Enjoy a one-hour personal guided museum tour of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum for your group of up to four people. Hear stories from the game's rich history which will bring the National Pastime to life for everyone. Your personal guide will lead you though the Museum exhibits and the Hall of Fame Plaque Gallery where the games legends are honored.This exclusive package includes a Hall of Fame Sustaining Membership ($125 value). Membership benefits include:  • Complimentary Museum admission for up to four for one year • Subscription to the Official Magazine of the Hall of Fame: 'Memories and Dreams' • Hall of Fame Yearbook • Hall of Fame Almanac • 10% discount and FREE shipping on purchases from our Museum Store and websiteViator VIPs feature travel experiences not typically available to the general public — from behind-the-scenes access to private viewings and VIP service — at many of the world’s top attractions, often with no lines and no crowds. Viator VIP tours are not available from other 3rd-party online sellers.

$125 Day Trips & Excursions

Catskills Hunter Mountain Ski Tour from New York City

Travel from Manhattan to Hunter Mountain in the Catskills on this ski day trip. Included is an all-area lift ticket, ski or snowboard rentals, round-trip transportation, and a hot beverage to sweeten the deal. Suit up with ski or snowboard gear (rentals are included for those who don't own their own), and hit the slopes. Hunter Mountain caters to skiers and riders of all abilities, so you can use our all-area lift ticket to tackle your ideal runs -- a gentle slope for beginners, or advanced terrain for seasoned experts. Plus, snowfall here is some of the most reliable in the East, but when Mother Nature flakes out, Hunter Mountain has pioneering snow-making technology to pick up the slack.

$279 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Heart of The Catskills

Day 1:We begin in Manhattan where we will have a quick meet and greet with our fellow travelers before heading out towards the Ramapo Mountains for a morning hike.After our hike, we head to the “black dirt” region of Orange County; an agricultural region famous for some of the most fertile and nutrient dense growing soil in the world. Within close proximity of each other, we will taste this unique terroir with visits to Orange County Distillery, Pine Island Brewing and Westtown Brewworks.Overnight accommodations in tourist class hotel in Matamoras, PADay 2:We head north along Route 97, the scenic byway known as the Hawks Nest as the road snakes around steep cliffs, offering dramatic views of the Delaware River and a chance to spot bald eagles nesting by the rivers edge. We make our way to the town of Bethel; famous for the site of the original 1969 Woodstock concert. After visiting the site of the original concert stage, we then visit the Catskill Distilling Company across the street and sample their spirits produced from locally sourced grains.Driving deeper into the Catskills, we head to Roscoe (Trout Town USA) where we will visit Prohibition Distillery and the Roscoe Beer Company for tastings in this quaint small town that gave the world the sport of fly fishing. One last stop at Catskill Brewery in Livingston Manor for a flight of beers in their state-of-the-art, sustainable brewery. We later head back to the city, stopping for a final group meal along the way.

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