Urban Cowboy’s Catskill Mountains Escape, The Lodge

Beyond the reach of cell signals, the newly opened property offers opportunity to connect with nature

Big Indian, New York’s Urban Cowboy Lodge counters the bustling metropolis found just two and half hours south with the warm charm of a respite that’s at once familiar and unchartered. Expanding upon a sort of design universe built from their previous openings—Urban Cowboy Brooklyn and Nashville and The Dive Motel & Swim Club in Nashville—proprietors Lyon Porter and Jersey Banks use this ’40s-era “vacationland” (a title …

Notes: Hiking The Catskills With Six-Year-Olds

From gear to snacks, a guide to getting kids into nature

Taking off my hiking boots and Smartwool socks, I step barefoot into the rushing water, telling my six-year-old son to climb up on my back. The river is cold and swift, and there’s simply no easy way to ford it. We are in a wild section of the Catskill mountains in upstate New York, and the only viable camping spot is on the other side …

Stoneleaf Retreat’s Open Call for Women Artist Residents

An idyllic escape in the Catskills offers inspiration, dialogue and artistic guidance

Across 20 acres of land in the Catskill Mountains, Stoneleaf Retreat provides space for thought, inspiration, guidance and collaboration. The location plays host to the Stoneleaf Residency, wherein cycles of women artists can settle in, produce work and conclude their time on site with an open studio showcase. Helen Toomer (former director of the Pulse Art Fair) founded the residency last year with husband Eric …