Catskills Resorts ramps up for 2022

An AutoCamps outpost (AutoCamps)

Priced out of the bonkers Hudson Valley real estate market? You can still rent a room – six more hotels will open soon.

Options, from the ski resort of Windham to the hamlet of Coxsackie on the Hudson River, include traditional resorts and glamping – think Airstream campers! — for the more adventurous, according to the Times Union. It’s part of the region’s decades-long attempt to return to its Borscht Belt heyday, when hundreds of resort towns dotted the region, home to 18 million miles of state forests and within striking distance of New York and from Boston.

AutoCamps, already popular in the western United States, aims to open its second East Coast outpost this spring in West Saugerties, 15 minutes northwest of Woodstock, after planting a flag on Cape Cod. It will include 95 units consisting of Airstreams, luxury tents, suites and cabins. It will also have a hot tub and plunge pool, a clubhouse with an indoor fire pit, and an on-site general store. Off-season rates will start at around $129 per night, while high-season rates will start at around $229.

In Hurley, 20 minutes south of Woodstock, Hurley House will replace Twin Lakes Lodge this spring. Moliving is bringing nearly 60 units to the 55-acre site comprised of modular structures made by SG Blocks that are self-sufficient and environmentally friendly. Each cabin has two outdoor decks and access to an on-site pool. Rates will likely start at $259 a night.

Also coming this spring is Wylder Windham, which will replace the Thompson House Resort, not far from the Windham Mountain ski resort. It is being restored as a 100-unit full-service resort by Wylder Hotels. Room rates will start between $300 and $800 a night.

In Bethel, site of the Woodstock Music Festival in 1969 and about 60 miles southwest of the town itself, is the Chatwal Lodge. Ten suites along Toronto’s Reservoir Lake at the Chapin Estate were due to open last year until Covid dashed those hopes, according to the Times Union. Nightly rates start at $1,200.

Perhaps the most ambitious project is the James Newbury Hotel and Wire Event Center, set to open this fall in Coxsackie. Local developer Aaron Flach is renovating riverside Reeds Landing to create a 46-room, four-story hotel and a banquet hall large enough for 600 guests. Room rates have not been established.

Finally, Wildflower Farms in Gardiner, 10 miles south of New Paltz, will also open in the fall. On 140 acres, it will have 65 bungalows with fireplaces and private patios as well as hiking trails and a spa with indoor saltwater pool. Starting room rates will be around $1,200 a night.

[Times Union] —Holden Walter-Warner

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