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

      • See the World’s Largest Kaleidoscope.  The Kaleidoshow is located in the Shops at Emerson and is complimentary for our guests. Build your own kaleidoscope in our Kaleidoscope class!  $16 per kit.  View our event calendar or ask the Front Desk for dates (children must be accompanied by an adult).
      • Take a bike out for a spin.  Bikes are complimentary for our guests and available on a first come, first serve basis at the Front Desk starting at 10am.  All bikes must be returned by sunset.
      • Track a bald eagle or great blue heron with a pair of complimentary binoculars.  Available on a first come, first serve basis at the Front Desk starting at 8am.  Binoculars must be returned by 8pm.
      • The Emerson pool is typically open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend from 9am to 8pm.  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 Woodnotes Grille streamside bonfire every Friday and Saturday night 5-10pm (weather permitting).  S’mores kits are available at the Front Desk, $5.
      • 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 9am and 4pm on select dates. See Front Desk for details.
      • Scavenger Hunt! Learn about the locale, history and wildlife of the Catskills on our Emerson Scavenger Hunt.  Answer questions and follow clues to find items scattered across the Emerson grounds in a race to complete the hunt.  Travelling with friends and family?  Create teams to compete in this fun activity.
      • Bring home a do-it-yourself memento of your stay in the Catskills.  Make your own watercolor postcard or screenprint t-shirt with Liz, 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.
      • Join us for midweek fun at Woodnotes Grille! Become the next singing sensation on Open Mic Tuesdays or play for prizes on Trivia Night Wednesdays!

Located Nearby

      • Named by Forbes magazine as one of the six best fall hiking destinations in New York State, you can enjoy the Ashokan Rail Trail any time of year. Open daily from dawn to dusk, the “ART” is built upon the former Ulster & Delaware Railroad right-of-way along the Ashokan.
      • 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. Click here to view our Local Hiking Trails booklet.
      • 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.
      • Learn about the unique natural, historical and cultural resources of the Catskills with a visit to the Maurice D. Hinchey Catskill Visitors Center, just 5 minutes from the Emerson.While you’re there, climb to the top of the 80-foot fire tower for a bird’s-eye view of the Catskills!
      • Check out the Catskills’ newest adventure –  Rail Explorers! Ride the rails along the banks of the Esopus on pedal powered rail bikes.  Guest Discount!

A Short Drive Away

      • Learn more about the 52-mile Catskill Mountains Scenic Byway (and the Emerson’s home address!) by visiting also 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
      • Hudson River Cruises 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 NY, Hudson River Cruises provides a delightfully unique opportunity to explore this scenic shoreline. Discounted tickets available with Emerson room stay. Guest Discount!
      • Visit Tuthilltown Spirits Farm Distillery in Gardiner.  Tuthilltown is New York’s first whiskey distillery since prohibition, distilling some of America’s most prized spirits here in the Hudson Valley.

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.
      • Stop by the Elena Zang Gallery on your way to Woodstock or take a class in drawing, painting, printmaking or sculpture at the Woodstock School of Art (advance registration is required). Or just stop by the school, listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, to explore one of the original National Youth Administration sites, tour a sculpture trail and explore their Exhibition Gallery.   
      • 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.
      • Kingston and the Catskills are rich in history. To learn more, visit our History Happened Here booklet.

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

Please Note:  On property activities and schedules are NOT guaranteed and are subject to change without notice.  The Emerson Resort & Spa is not responsible for changes in activities, hours and/or pricing for off property venues.  Participation in any of the activities listed are at your own risk – please contact the individual locations with any questions.  

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