Rail Explorers

Experience the freedom of the wild and the magic of the railroad like never before. Ride custom built rail bikes alongside the rushing waters of the Esopus Creek and enjoy scenic landscapes and the natural wonders of the Catskills! Guests of the Emerson receive a 10% discount when booking Rail Explorers by phone. Call our Reservations Department at 845-688-2828.  Discount is valid Monday through Friday only (non-holiday).

Rail Explorers

Table to Farm Tours

Meet the dynamic agricultural and distillery producers in our region and “taste” the Catskills. Depart the Emerson on a six-hour curated experience brought to you by Table to Farm Tours. Learn about the rich history of the Catskills, meet farmers, distillery and brewery owners, learn their operations and taste the products. This is a unique opportunity to gain insight and a deeper appreciation for the organic process.

Click the Table to Farm link below, select your date, then call our Reservations department at 845-688-2828 to book your Table to Farm Tour!

Table to Farm Tours


Available Select Sundays through October, 10am – noon:
June 30
August 4 and 25
September 8
October 13 and 20
A truly one-of-a-kind experience – take a two-hour guided hike with the “Mushroom Man,” John Michelotti. An expert in all things mushroom, John will teach you to identify Catskill mushroom species, how to grow edible mushrooms and all about the healing properties of fungi.

$20 per person – Call 845-688-2828 for reservations.  Rate includes tax.  Please Note: Mushroom Walks are held at various trails.  Guests must be able to coordinate transportation to/from the trailhead.

Catskill Fungi


Check out the links at Ulster County’s premier golf clubs.

Woodstock Golf Club
Enjoy access to The Woodstock Golf Club, a private members-only 9-hole course that also plays host to the Emerson Resort & Spa Woodstock Golf Club Open, reportedly the longest running U.S. golf tournament open to both amateurs and professionals and held on the same course.

Lazy Swan Golf and Country Club
A public 18-hole course, Lazy Swan was designed by golf architect Barry Jordan and is known for its “series of linked passages of natural beauty.”

Wiltwyck  Golf Club
Recently renovated and under new ownership, Wiltwyck is now open to the public for the first time since it was founded in 1933.  Wiltwyck’s championship golf course, designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr., is widely recognized as the best example of modern championship golf architecture within 60 miles of its home in Kingston.

Woodstock Golf Club Lazy Swan Wiltwyck Golf Club  
9-holes  $45 per day Monday-Thursday $46 / $35 after 12:30pm

Weekday/ Weekend $30
Includes 9 holes of golf & cart

Weekday/ Weekend $54
Includes 18 holes of golf & cart

18-holes $65 per day
Includes complimentary golf cart
Friday – Sunday $63 / $45 after 12:30 pm
Includes complimentary golf cart

Caddy Program available ONLY to Emerson Guests/
members for $40 per round.
24-48 hours notice required to guarantee availability

Wiltwyck Family Golf Clinic: 
Learn to golf with the entire family! 
One-hour session with a certified professional instructor:
  $80 One instructor 1-5 person group (all ages)
  $140 Two instructors 6-10 person group (all ages)
24-48 hours notice required to guarantee availability

Woodstock Golf Club Lazy Swan Wiltwyck Golf Club


Available April 1st – End of fishing season
Did you know the freestone streams of New York’s Catskill Mountains are considered the cradle of American fly fishing?! The Esopus Creek, long considered the birthplace of fly fishing, just happens to be in our backyard. This very special excursion is perfect for beginners and experienced fly fishermen alike and includes a ½ day or full day of guided fly fishing instruction with a Catskill Mountain Angler.

Please note this excursion does not include fishing license, waders or wading boots. Contact Catskill Mountain Angler directly for wader and wading boot rentals. All other equipment provided as part of the excursion.

Half day (4 hours):                Full day (8 hours):
• 1 angler – $300                   •  1 angler – $450
• 2 anglers – $350                 •  2 anglers – $550
• 3 anglers – $500                 •  3 anglers – $800
• 4 anglers – $600                 •  4 anglers – $900

Call 845-688-2828 for reservations and license information. This excursion requires 72 hour advanced reservations and is based on availability.

Catskill Mountain Anglers

Purchase NYS Fishing License


Take a two-hour tasting tour of Union Grove Distillery and sample some of the region’s award-winning spirits! Owners Brian Mulder and Todd Pascarella have been operating out of their Arkville, NY location since February 2016, developing their 2017 Gold Medal Winning Vly Creek Vodka, Catskill Mountain Spirit, Drie Brooke Rye, and FirGin along with offering infused vodkas and spirits.

This excursion includes a beautifully wrapped welcome package consisting of two Union Grove logo’d rocks glasses and one 100ml bottle of Vly Creek Vodka, $30 per package. Call our Reservations department at 845-688-2828 to book your Union Grove Tasting Tour! This excursion requires a 24-48 hour notice. Guests must be able to coordinate transportation to/from Union Grove Distillery.

Union Grove Distillery


Game, Set, Match! Tennis courts are available at Wiltwyck Golf Club however must be booked two weeks in advance.  Rates are $15 per hour, per court.  Emerson guest pricing for private 1-hour lessons with Wiltwyck Tennis Pro, Scott Taylor, are $60 each; semi-private lessons are $40 each.

Tennis at Wiltwyck

Hudson River Cruises

For over 35 years, Hudson River excursions with Hudson River Cruises has provided passengers a first-hand view of the historic shoreline from the decks of the Rip Van Winkle. From their location in the heart of the Hudson River Valley in Kingston, Hudson River Cruises provides a delightfully unique opportunity to explore this scenic shoreline from May 4 through October 27. Special Emerson guest pricing is $25 for adults and $15 for children ages 4-12.

Hudson River Cruises

Woodstock Brewing

Visit our neighbor down the road and taste and experience some of the best handcrafted beers in the region.  Complimentary shuttle service to and from Woodstock Brewing must be arranged at least two weeks in advance and is based on availability.

Woodstock Brewing



Mountain Top Arboretum is comprised of 178 acres of public gardens and northeastern US native plant and tree displays.  A 25-minute scenic drive from the Emerson Resort & Spa’s property, Mountain Top Arboretum lends itself for a beautiful, relaxing and educational walk through some of the area’s most serene fields and wooded trails. This excursion is FREE to Emerson guests and the public. For more information visit Mountain Top Arboretum’s website or call us at 845-688-2828, option 0.

Mountain Top Arboretum


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