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Visiting New York's Catskills

For many New Yorkers, the Catskills represent a unique and pleasant getaway destination. A region rich with outdoor adventures, must-see attractions, and charming cities, the Catskills open up this fall and winter – make it your next destination in NY and experience it in full like a real New Yorker.

Visits to the Catskills from the heart of NYC Metro typically only take around two hours driving, and cities like Kingston, Poughkeepsie, and Monticello make for ideal landing spots thanks to some truly must-visit attractions. In Kingston, you’ll want to explore the Hudson River Maritime Museum, and the Old Dutch Church is a true marvel. In Monticello, you can place a few bets and watch some excellent racing at the Monticello Casino & Raceway.

Plan your visit to the Catskills for September 10th and 11th and head for the Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck for the 2016 Hudson Valley Wine & Food Fest. This two-day event will feature a selection of premier locally made wines paired with a fine dining options from local restaurants. Make the drive in from nearby West Coxsackie.

You’ll find an eclectic batch of concerts to check out this fall and winter across the Catskills. Travel to the city of Bethel, closer to Johnson City and Monticello, and head for the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts on November 5th. You’ll be treated to a night of classic 50s doo-wop songs when the iconic group The Drifters takes the stage at 7 p.m.

On November 12th, the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock will be the destination of the day. Head there at 8 p.m. to catch a live performance by singer-songwriter Josh Ritter. And on November 20th, be sure you’re in Poughkeepsie to see a live performance by Big Head Todd & The Monsters at the Bardavon Opera House at 7 p.m.

You’ll be able to celebrate the holiday season in style when you visit Parksville on December 4th. It’s their annual Parksville Music Festival, held at the Dead End Café on Main Street. Head there at 3 p.m. to see the Lyric Quartet perform all your favorite holiday jingles and jams.

When you’re looking to get out and explore, one of the most ideal destinations in the Catskills is Bear Spring Mountain State Park. Here, you’ll find 7,100 acres of pristine woodlands and idyllic pastures. This is the only state park in NY intended specifically for horseback riding – you’ll find 24 miles of gorgeous, scenic trails to explore via horseback.

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