Before you explore the Catskills,
explore the Emerson Resort & Spa!


          • See the World’s Largest Kaleidoscope.  The Kaleidoshow is located in the Country Stores and is complimentary for our guests.
          • Take a bike out for a spin.  Adult and children’s bikes are complimentary for our guests and available on a first come, first serve basis at the Front Desk starting at 10:00 a.m.  All bikes must be returned by 4:00 p.m.
          • The Emerson pool is open Memorial Day weekend through Columbus Day weekend from 10am to 6pm.  Please note the pool is closed during periods of inclement weather.
          • Play a game of volleyball, horseshoes, frisbee or cornhole at the Emerson Park.  Just ask the Front Desk for the sports equipment of your choice.
          • Challenge each other to a game of ping pong or Wii games in the Family Room.  Located in the Black Bear Lodge, the Family Room also has a never-ending supply of microwave popcorn.
          • Stroll the Emerson grounds on a leisurely walk around the property.  Follow our River Walk to the Woodland Trail.  For information on Emerson property trails and other recommended hiking trails, or ask the Front Desk.
          • Sit, Stay and Play at our Catamount Dog Park.  Featuring a 60-foot wide by 100-foot long dedicated area just for canines with a special section for small dogs.
          • Gather around our Emerson Park bonfire every Friday and Saturday night at 8:00 p.m. (weather dependent).  S’mores kits are available for purchase at the Country Stores.
          • After a snowfall, walk our Woodland Trail on snowshoes.  Snowshoes are complimentary for our guests and available on a first come, first serve basis at Waldo’s Trading Post.
          • Ask Reservations or the Front Desk about Emerson Amusements – the perfect amenities to keep you amused and entertained throughout your stay!
          • Guided Walks: Walk the Emerson grounds and learn more about the history and wildlife of the Catskills! Walks depart from lobby at 4pm on select dates. See Front Desk for details.
          • Bring home a do-it-yourself memento of your stay in the Catskills.  Make your own watercolor postcard or screenprint t-shirt with Posie, our onsite Activities Coordinator.  There is no charge for the watercolor postcard class;  the screenprint t-shirt class is $20 per t-shirt.  Available select dates – click here for our event calendar or ask the Front Desk for details.
          • See a movie with the kids at our Bean Bag Theatre!  Comfy bean bag seating, great movies and free popcorn on select nights (children must be accompanied by an adult).  Take a look at our event calendar for Bean Bag Theatre dates and PG-13 movie nights for adults.
          • Join us for midweek fun at Woodnotes Grille! Become the next singing sensation at Open Mic Tuesdays, challenge friends and family at Trivia Night on Wednesdays, and relax with a tall Mint Julep on Thursdays for Cans, Clams and Juleps!

Located Nearby

      • Be sure to spend time in nearby Phoenicia, voted one of America’s Top Ten Coolest Towns by Budget Travel Magazine.  Curbed New York calls it the #1 tourism destination outside of NYC.
      • Hiking and Biking.  The Catskills are rich with scenic mountain trails. Ask the Front Desk for information on recommended trails.
      • Pursue the trout known to reside in the Esopus Creek, the birthplace of American Fly Fishing.  Fishing permits are available at Morne Imports in Phoenicia, or speak to our Reservations department about guided fly fishing packages.

A Short Drive Away

      • Learn more about Route 28, the Catskill Mountains Scenic Byway (and the Emerson’s home address)! has an enlightening selection of downloadable audio tours for your Catskills journey.
      • Enjoy the winter wonders of Belleayre Mountain. Just minutes south of the Emerson, Belleayre Mountain offers winter sports such as skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing; and summer sports including hiking, mountain biking and swimming. Belleayre also offers a breathtaking Sky Ride to the summit of the mountain on select summer weekends and holidays.
      • Check out special events and activities at The Ashokan Center, the oldest outdoor environmental education organization in New York State.
      • The entire family will enjoy an evening out at the Margaretville Bowl bowling alley.
      • Try Ziplining! The New York Zipline Adventure Tour at Hunter Mountain is the highest, fastest and longest zipline canopy tour in North America.
      • Pick up locally grown, farm fresh produce at farmer’s markets in nearby Woodstock or Kingston.
      • For true adventurers there’s rock and ice climbing at Minnewaska State Park on the dramatic cliffs of the Shawangunck Mountains.
      • Go antiquing in Saugerties (Jimmy Fallon’s hometown) and visit the Saugerties Light House that illuminates the Hudson River.
      • Take a scenic walk around portions of the Ashokan Reservoir, a man-made wonder that provides much of the drinking water for New York City.
      • Take a ride on the Delaware and Ulster Railroad in Arkville.  You’ll ride in period coach cars that follow the original roadbed of the Ulster and Delaware Railroad connected Kingston with Oneonta, New York

Arts, Theater and Fairs

      • There’s a Great White Way in Phoenicia.  The Phoenicia Playhouse performs several musicals and dramas each summer in its turn-of-the-century theater.
      • Each summer for more than 90 years the Maverick Concert Hall has hosted Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon chamber music concerts in their hand-built concert hall just outside of Woodstock.
      • The Woodstock Playhouse offers a diverse summer schedule of musical events in their outdoor bandshell auditorium.
      • The annual Woodstock Film Festival held each Autumn features film premieres, appearances and workshops by notable directors and actors, as well as gala events and concerts.
      • The O+ Festival takes place each October in Kingston.  The O+Festival empowers communities to take control of their collective well-being.
      • The Ulster County Fair returns to New Paltz every year.  Don’t miss this good old-fashioned country fair.

Wineries and Distilleries

History Happened Here

      • Visit New York’s first capital, Kingston, established in 1777.  Kingston is home to the original New York Senate House and Museum.
      • Stop by the Stockade Area, the refurbished business district that dates back to Peter Stuyvesant in 1658.
      • Don’t forget to visit the Hudson River Museum that displays Hudson River artifacts and provides boat rides.
      • Tour two of the Hudson Valley’s most famous National Historic sites: Springwood, the lifelong home of Franklyn D. Roosevelt; and the Vanderbilt Mansion, the country estate of Frederick Vanderbilt.



For more information and event listings, visit the Ulster Country Chamber of Commerce, Ulster County Tourism and Catskill List.