Looking to check out the Catskills Fall Foliage? Check out my itinerary for some inspo! This isn’t the original itinerary I planned. I actually left the paper (yep, good ol’ fashioned pen and paper) at home by accident! As soon as I realized I did this, I pulled out my notes app and typed whatever I could remember. I can be a bit bubbly, but I have never forgotten an itinerary. Lately, I’ve been trying to be more open to whatever life brings me. Then and there I decided winging it would be more fun anyway!
Day 1 of Catskills Fall Foliage Trip
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The AirBnB we stayed in is called AnuLyfe Retreat, and it’s located in Hurley, NY. It’s pretty close to everything we wanted to do, yet still isolated enough to feel very ‘one with nature.’ One of the hosts, Elizabeth, is a healer, and I was able to book a session with her. I booked the session right around arrival time, because I wanted to integrate the healing and myself in all this Catskill fall foliage and nature as much as I could, before I got back to the concrete jungle I call home.
After the session, I was starving. We all were. So, we googled the first thing that came to mind. Pizza, of course! We drove to DiBella’s and found out there that indoor dining is basically a no-go in all of Ulster County. So, we took the pizza to go, and ate picnic style back at our temporary little cabin home.
The suite we stayed in was small, but it was just fine for us. You have to ask for the WiFi, but I thought it would be fun (haha) if we just tried to be as phone free as possible while we were there. We chatted as we ate, but as we were finishing up, I caught myself reaching for my phone. I had to laugh, since earlier that day I was telling my hubs how easy it’d be for me to be without my phone since I don’t use it all that much (we asked for the WiFi the next day).
We finished up our night with a diaper blowout, a ticklefest, me going on about my healing session, and plans for the potential rain we had on our hands for tomorrow.
As soon as I woke up, I look outside and see gray clouds, but no rain yet! We got ready faster than we ever have and named it Farm Day! We didn’t have WiFi yet, so we googled nearby farms in the car, and decided to go with Kesicke Farm. But first coffee tho.
We found a place with great reviews near us, called Monkey Joe Roasting company. What did we get? Well, the hubs got a caramel latte, and kicked himself when he tried my delicious blackberry crisp latte. It was SO good.
At the farm, the baby goats easily come out of the gate, and we were able to pet and feed them up close! We saw adorable little piglets, 2 emu (I have never seen an emu before!), a cow, donkeys, and bunnies too! We had an awesome time.
The dark clouds started rolling in fast, so that was our cue to go. We found a nearby restaurant called Terrapin Bistro & Bar that had a large outdoor tent. Here I had a fig brie shallot quesadilla (fancy), and hubs had a spicy fried chicken sandwich, and we shared calamari with pineapple sauce. Everything was so good! The rain poured on while at the restaurant, but luckily stopped shortly after.
We stopped by Greig Farm to pick some up apple cider donuts. Kesicke only has them on weekends, and as per the workers there, it gets hectic on weekends. Afterward, we headed to the Ashokan Rail Trail. The hike was cut short, and we had to run back to the car like bandits so that we wouldn’t get soaked by the downpour haha. Burgers were on our mind, so we picked up Shindig to go. It was divine.
Village Coffee and Goods. If you are in or around the area, you need to go here (make sure you order ahead & get there early). I am not even kidding, it is SO good! We picked up egg and cheese croissants, a chocolate maple latte and a fat toad caramel latte with goat milk. I am still thinking about that yummy breakfast.
We headed to Forsyth Nature Center and playground, where we saw goats, a cow, ducks, alpaca, bunnies, peacocks, and lots of flowers too! While we were there a woman started chatting us up, and it turns out she is in the energy world of healing and mediumship (of course, I got her info). She told us the fall foliage was a lot brighter closer to Hunter. That was great news, because we’d be near there the next day. Overall, it was a great place to go. The kids really enjoyed seeing the animals, and playing in the playground.
We decided to head back to Ashokan, since we got rained out the day before. A quick note, it IS stroller friendly, just a little bumpy at times.
Bags packed, it’s check out time! We quickly picked up coffee, and made it just in time to the Catskills Mountain Railroad station. The Catskills fall foliage we saw while on the train was OK. It was the kids first time on a train, so that made it more enjoyable for us. There were what seemed to be a lot of people, but everyone was spaced apart fairly well. We actually had half a caboose to ourselves. When we left we noticed the amount of people for the next rail slot was insane. We high fived each other grateful that we booked the slot prior, and made our way to Tannersville.
We took the scenic route, and boy was it scenic! Catskills fall foliage at its peak, amazing! The pictures just don’t do it justice.
Tannersville is super cute, and the stores are all painted in bright colors!
When we were headed back down, I started getting a pretty bad headache. We checked in to Super 8 by Wyndam (this is what’s left when you book late) and got take-out to the room. Feeling the way I felt, I have never been more grateful and quick to pop the kids in front of a TV screen.
Last Day of Catskills Fall Foliage Trip
It took a bit to get things together this day. We made a pitstop at Outdated for some coffee to go, and headed back to Woodstock. Yep, we loved it there. We went to Peace Love and Cupcakes, which was so delish! They are only open on weekends for a limited amount of hours, so plan accordingly. When we got there, there was barely a line, but it got a little hectic behind us. Weekends were definitely way busier in Woodstock, but people did try to maintain social distancing (not so much on the cupcake line, but on the sidewalk).
We started getting hungry, and TinkerTaco Lab was close by, but the wait was 40 minutes at the counter. There was a pizzeria with spacious outdoor seating not too far, so we grabbed seats there. We were thinking we scarf it down, so that we could take the kids to a playground before it got dark. Of course, they decide they want to be on their best behavior when we decide it’s going to be a quick sit down! We took advantage, and stayed as long as our son allowed. We went to a playground, but it was closed, so we decided to go back to Forsyth until it got dark.
For dinner we had Diego’s Taqueria. They had some trouble finding my order, and I could feel the hanger coming on, but right on cue, my son decided to shift my attention. He needed a diaper change and some milk, so I decided I would just focus on what needs to be done, rather than sit there and talk ish. When we finally were able to eat it, we looked at each other and said “worth it” at the same time, haha!
We checked out and made a stop at a farm market to get apple cider donuts to go. We headed to a friend’s house, and wound up staying most of the day before we finally made it back home from our catskill fall foliage family adventure!
Traveling with 2 tiny tots is a trip in itself! They need so much stuff and attention. Luckily our diaper bag and our totes all fit in our car, and when we needed something (milk!) we were able to get it easily. I definitely feel like my healing session helped with patience, haha. I would occasionally feel the irritation creep in, but I’d try to just breathe slowly before I reacted. Would this work every time? Heck no. But the effort was there. All in all, we had an awesome time. We loved getting away, and the kids just love being in nature, which is a plus. We got to see the fall foliage in the catskills, and it rocked!