Each week, NewsWhistle contributor Norah Lawlor compiles a list of trendsetting and newsworthy items from around the globe.
This week, Norah points us to the Catskills, a vacation destination outside of New York City, and offers the following tips:
1. Stay at the Hillside Schoolhouse in Barryville, NY
The Hillside Schoolhouse is a boutique inn located in the Sullivan County, just 90 miles from New York City. Originally built in 1893 as a one-room school, this landmark has been lovingly restored, combining historic charm with contemporary design. Husband and wife team Bronson and Courtney Bigelow discovered the abandoned schoolhouse, which had been turned into a gospel church in the 1950s, and restored the timeworn beauty. Bronson designs and handcrafts beautiful custom furniture which he features in the hotel and sells online.
Hillside Schoolhouse is located at 259 Van Tuyl Road, Barryville, New York 12719
Find out more here: http://hillsideschoolhouse.com/
2. Take a canoe or kayak down the Delaware River
Rent a canoe, raft, kayak or tube and travel down the Delaware, a 40-mile river valley set within the 70-000-acre Water Gap National Recreation area. This historic area, which has become a popular vacation spot outside of winter, has an abundance of wildlife, including eagles, hawks deer, and even the occasional black beer. Paddlers of any experience can enjoy the great outdoors from the river which is nestled between low forested mountains. Both day trips and overnight camping trips are available.
Find out more here: http://kittatinny.com/
3. Relax at The Lodge at Woodloch’s luxurious spa
Close to the Catskills, in Hawley, Pennsylvania, is The Lodge at Woodloch — recently named Travel + Leisure’s No. 3 destination spa in the world. Situated two hours northwest of New York City on 150 secluded wooded acres, the 40,000-square-foot spa boasts a fireplace-equipped quiet room and hydro-massage pools. It offers day packages to those who wish to experience unique and luxurious spa treatments and services in one of their 27 specialized treatment rooms. Travel + Leisure recommends the Rosemary Awakening for its “wrap of warm seaweed steeped in the extract of Icelandic moss”.
Find out more here: http://www.thelodgeatwoodloch.com/spa/
4. Hire a bike from Ridgeback Sports in Callicoon
When celebrity personal trainer Thelonious “T.J” Johnson and his wife moved back to his hometown of Calicoon, Sullivan County, they decided to create a mecca for kids and adults alike to find their inner athlete and get outside to explore the beautiful area. They created Ridgeback Sports, which offers all sorts of sports rentals, but also advice on diet, nutrition, training and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. They also offer guided bike tours along the Delaware River, group runs, one-on-one personal training with TJ Johnson, and paddle boarding adventures.
Find out more here: http://ridgebacksports.com/
5. Attend this year’s Big Eddy Film Festival in Narrowsburg (Friday, Sept. 19 – Sunday Sept. 21, 2014)
The Third Annual Big Eddy Film Festival begins this Friday with the IFC Film Goodbye To All That, directed by Angus MacLachlan and starring Paul Schneider, Melanie Lynskey, and Amy Sedaris. The Festival aims to advance the traditional art of storytelling by showing the newest and best independent films from around the world in Narrowsburg. This year the film selection includes four documentaries, two narrative features, and 21 short films, plus a program of films currently being made by local youth. A total of 31 directors will be presenting works at the Festival. Five of the film selections have a local connection to Sullivan County and/or the Catskills region. There are two programs of family-friendly short films.
Tickets and All-Access Festival passes are available at www.BigEddyFilmFest.com
Norah Lawlor is a New York based global trend and travel observer in addition to being the founder and owner of Public Relations strategy firm Lawlor Media Group.
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