8 Cozy Winter Weekend Getaways from NY in Condé Nast Traveler
By Juliet Izon and Mark Ellwood
Lower Catskills, New York
The southern Catskills are far less rural than the northern reaches, and towns like Andes and Phoenicia embody a newfound artsy edge via galleries and hip restaurants—making them particularly appealing to New York City travelers. It’s just under a three-hour drive from the city, and taking I-87 to route 28 gives way to spectacular countryside views for miles. Plan a lunchtime arrival so you have an excuse to order the golden, fresh-fried onion rings at the bustling Phoenicia Diner.The town of Andes has several charming shopping spots, including the studio and shop of potter Stephanie Charlene; and Kabinett & Kammer, a contemporary curiosity shop stocking goods like vintage school charts and taxidermy. There are outdoorsy options, too, found on the slopes of Hunter Mountain a few miles back along route 28, and within Catskill Park’s 250,000-plus acres—prime territory for snowmobiling. When you get peckish, swing by Wayside Cider, a brewhouse and restaurant that relishes in being the town’s social center on weekends.