When you think of the Catskills, what do you think of?? For me, it was Dirty Dancing. (duh!)
That was about all I knew.
I also knew that it was once referred to as the Jewish Alps and my parents' generation could regale me with tales of their summers there.
When we first saw The Glen Wilde on Instagram, my husband and I were instantly charmed! A weekend there looked like such a special treat complete with NO technology for our family and quality time with fresh air for one another...a city family's dream! (at least our family's dream)
The Glenwilde is a restored 1940's bungalow colony in Sullivan County (only about an hour and 40 minutes from Hoboken!) owned by two young families who left their city lives for the charm of The Catskills also. You feel like you stepped back in time, but in the best possible way! You can call it rustic or vintage, but I preferred old-timey as my adjective of choice. Our bungalow had a record player in lieu of a TV, old board games in lieu of an iPad, a curated collection of vintage books and dishes in the kitchen, and decor that perfectly matched the environment. Kane had a room with two twin beds and Tim and I had a loft above. The colony is set up with a true sense of community in mind and we did have the opportunity to meet many of our neighbors during our weekend there. There is an adorable communal area for eating complete with grills, a slack line, hammocks, a playground for the kids (or adults), a tented deck for rainy day dining al fresco, and hiking trails into the little town of Mountaindale.
Kane ran free around the 11 acres that the property sits on kicking a ball, getting dirty, looking for bugs, chatting up the neighbors, and blowing bubbles. We spent ZERO time yelling at him, calling him to be careful or watch out for cars, or demanding he didn't stray too far from us...and it was the best behaved we've seen him in a long time! We enjoyed SILENCE in the evenings and read books while drinking wine in our bungalow after Kane went to bed or sitting out on the front stoop with morning coffee while he ran around the grounds. I took morning yoga on Saturday morning with a few other guests lead by the innkeeper. There was another family with a four year old girl for Kane to play with and one set of owners were there in the bungalow next door. Their adorable girls played with him and kept him entertained too.
There is a great visitor's guide created by the owners of things to do and we tried to take advantage of as much of it as possible...we hiked the trail at The Glenwilde into town and visited the general store, an apothecary, and the rail trail...a hiking trail where the train used to run. We visited a cool fishing town and went to a distillery in an old firehouse. We checked out a great winery, listened to live music, and ate delicious craft tacos. We headed to another adorable town for some shopping, bakery taste testing, and sightseeing. But, most importantly, we hung out together. Really connecting.
One evening, we cooked dinner with the other guests and got to know everyone. We continued the evening with a bonfire making s'mores and sharing our common need to "unplug" and just enjoy the simpler life.
Image on Left Courtesy of: Adam Chin
Tim and I spent so much time in love with everything about the weekend, looking at real estate, and discussing being a part of the community with our own little getaway location. While we continue our search, (we are so in love with the area that this is absolutely happening!) we will DEFINITELY be back to The Glen Wilde and plan on bringing friends next time.
Check out the site and try to get there before they close for the season. If not, definitely book yourself a weekend up there next season. We'll probably see you there!