Welcome back to my Sauce Packs series! This blog series is where I document my travels and the design inspiration I see when I'm away from home. When I first met Jeff, he planned a spontaneous trip to the Catskills and it's been one of my favorite places to travel ever since. We've done numerous trips in our two years together (all before this blog unfortunately, although you can see my photos from our Airbnb cabin in Accord here) and we tend to stay in little towns near Woodstock. This trip was to celebrate our second anniversary and we decided to stay in the town of Olivebridge and check out nearby towns as well.
This was the second time that we were able to bring our dog, Ivy, to the Catskills and she had a blast! She tries to be near us at all times and is so cute in the car resting her head between us.
We stayed in an Airbnb that was a carriage house from the 1850's. The entrance to the house honestly felt like something out of a fairytale. You had to cross a little bridge and walk past this beautiful green hillside to get to the house door.
The first floor was a total construction zone and the second floor was still under renovation, but was where we stayed (see the paint samples on the kitchen cabinets below), but I liked the direction that the owners were taking with the design. Below are lots of shots from inside of the cabin and around the property.
Although we try to cook for the most part when we're in the Catskills, one of the highlights of this trip was finally getting to check out Phoenicia Diner. We managed to go when it wasn't crowded and I can definitely say that it was worth the hype! Next time we want to try their outdoor food truck called The Lot, where you can bring dogs.
Woodstock Dog Park
Miss Ivy had A BLAST upstate. Lil mama doesn't get to see grass in Brooklyn, unfortunately. As a special treat we took her to Woodstock dog park, which was tucked in the woods. I don't think I've ever seen a happier pup.
We tried to teach Ivy how to use the slide...we need more practice...
We ventured out of the cabin...
And the nearest bar/restaurant was this place...
...which I thought it was an abandoned building! Turns out that it's an actual bar that's still in business.
Rather than hang out at Snyder's, we decided to stay mostly at the cabin and enjoy being disconnected from the NYC grind. Ivy had a little trouble decompressing (as did I), but after about a day settled into cabin life no problem.
VERNOOY FALLS HIKE
One of my other favorite parts of the trip was our hike to Vernooy Falls, which was a two mile hike to a beautiful waterfall deep in the woods. Here are some shots from our hike and the falls.
Next stop was the Ashokan Reservoir, which took my breath away. It was still, quiet, and the perfect day to be on the water.
There's nothing like ending a hike with beer and pizza! The Woodstock Brewery was the perfect place to decompress after being outside all day and was right down the road from Phoenicia Diner, about twenty minutes from where we were staying.
All good things must come to an end, but this was such a fun trip. Have you ever been to the Catskills? Do you have any recommendations for where we should stay or what we should do next time? Tell me in the comments!