Upstate Hideaway with a Secrete Past: Scribner's Catskill Lodge, Hunterst
If you’re not a New Yorker, you may not understand the importance of escaping New York City on the weekends. While it’s been about five years since I lived in New York City, I recall the feeling of needing to escape the city life, if only for a brief period of time.
The options were either the Hamptons, with it’s two lane highway not big enough to fit all the Range Rover's trying to get to Montauk in a timely manner, or Vermont, which by the time you finished your six hour drive there and back, you’ve only spent about twelve hours of your weekend actually relaxing.
Luckily today, there’s a new gem just an easy, breezy, two hour drive away from New York City. Scribner’s Catskill Lodge in Hunter, New York is a city escape fitting for just about anyone. Families looking for an outdoorsy adventure, couples on a romantic getaway, or city dwellers hoping for a trendy spot... that isn’t Montauk.
Upon arrival Ocelia and I were met by part-owner, Cornell hotel school grad, and former Soho House manager, Glennon Travis. When the owners are personally greeting their guests it is sure to be a fine stay.
My first thought was that Scribner’s must be the result of a Studio Tack collaboration. Think Coachman Hotel, in South Lake Tahoe, Studio Tack has a way of putting a modern spin on a rustic mountain vacation. Glennon later confirmed it was indeed Studio Tack’s handprint.
With multiple skylights and floor-to-ceiling windows, the interior lobby is brightly lit by natural light throughout the day. True to mountain style, the outdoors find themselves creeping inside by way of brick flooring, wood paneling and an indoor fireplace.
Scribner’s lodge is not necessarily new, rather it has been carefully renovated from it’s secret history. In the 70s there was an indoor grotto pool that was ‘clothing optional’, lending itself to a more adventurous guest, the hotel has been rumored to have attracted a ‘swingers crowd’.
You can find glimpses of Scribner’s playful past where you’d least expect it. For instance, follow vintage patterned rugs up to a suite, which inhabits a ceiling mirror above a lush mattress covered in fur blankets. This sexy suite is complete with a spacious private deck, living area with a fireplace, and a second floor with twin beds.
Snag an Old Fashion (or two) with a hint of local maple syrup, and sink into a leather chair by Samuel Moyer Furniture. Or read a book next to the fire surrounded by Vermont Farm Tables, and custom furniture by design studios like Fort Standard & Fern. The warm atmosphere of the lobby might have you dozing off, but not before a friendly face invites you to roast marshmallows outside.
The property sits on 20 acres surrounded by mountains. The Mountain Concierge is on site once a day to curate a day of activities like hiking, fly fishing or kayaking throughout Hudson Valley and the Catskills. Lucky for Ocelia and I, we were on site to experience a Yoga For Bad People retreat, so we spent most of our time in the Wellness Studio downstairs enjoying yoga and meditation sessions.
When we weren’t practicing we were at local-fave and onsite restaurant, Prospect, which has a 270-degree view of the luscious Hunter Mountain, and offers locally sourced ingredients and deliciously crafted cocktails.
Even though I don’t live in New York City anymore, I’ve always said it’s important to have good food, good wine, and great company. Scribner’s Catskill Lodge has all of that… and more!
The Fourth of July is around the corner and they doing major construction to the pool... yes, the pool!! They have a pool... or will soon. Scribner's is a year-around vacation gem! Go celebrate the nation's birthday, and have a couple s'mores for us!
This article was written & photographed by Ocelia Hudson & Merritt Spangler