Outdoor adventures, mountain views and dining under the sun await family travelers in the Great Western Catskills this summer. Need some inspiration? Here are eight ways to enjoy the destination this season:
Festivals and Events
Beginning July 15 and continuing until Aug. 13, Honest Brook Music Festival showcases high-caliber musicians in a lovely outdoor setting. Visitors can meet musicians, some of whom have performed at Carnegie Hall.
Running July 14–16, this festival enters its 47th year with lumberjack competitions, a car show, raft race, live music, fireworks, lumberjack parade and more.
Head to this restaurant to enjoy delicious wood-fired pizza. Sit at Oakley’s outdoor patio and courtyard, where even furry friends are welcome!
Perfect for families and big groups, The Lounge, dating back to 1840, serves hearty classics like chicken parmigiana and steak frites. Dine at outdoor picnic tables under twinkling lights.
Unleash your inner cowboy or cowgirl on a horseback riding adventure with Skyhold Ranch. Here, expert wranglers take guests on a one-hour guided tour through the countryside.
The region’s many lakes serve as the perfect environment to kayak, canoe, tube or swim. Various outlets offer rentals to enjoy the water.
Situated on more than 150 acres, this resort draws family travelers thanks to its activities like tennis, swimming, biking, fishing and more.
Known for its unique rooms like Cinderella’s Gown room and Dracula’s Fangs room, guests can enjoy a creative experience.
Can joining Disney Vacation Club help you save on family travel? Well, David’s Vacation Club Rentals, a source for Disney Vacation Club rentals, can provide some insight. Disney travel experts like Melissa Mullett, director of operations, David’s Vacation Club Rentals, provided some tips and insider knowledge on how Disney Vacation Club works.
United Airlines is in the midst of a major initiative to modernize its fleet over the next several years. After first announcing the plan in 2021, planes fitted with United’s signature interior are finally beginning to appear across the airline’s narrowbody fleet of Boeing and Airbus planes. United flyers are sure to notice these enhancements from the moment they step on board: Each new or updated plane sports remodeled seats, seatback entertainment screens for everyone, Bluetooth connectivity and more, all adding up to a better experience on every journey.
Does your road trip crew include young kids? We’ve been there, too, and know keeping everyone busy and entertained makes those long stretches of interstate much more peaceful.
In the market for new luggage? If you’re outfitting your entire family of travelers, you may want to check out some new offerings available at Target from travel brand Atlantic. Atlantic’s new line focuses on making travel more convenient with kiddos, and includes seven pieces to choose from, all made with durable, lightweight, sustainable materials (each item is made from up to 27 recycled plastic bottles).
As the only major U.S. airline to own a flight school, United Airlines already hit a major milestone, and now the carrier celebrates another important — and historic — step as the inaugural class of United Aviate Academy pilots graduates, leading the next generation of aviators. The 51 students in the graduating class were majority, at 80 percent, women and people of color — another stride toward United’s goal of training 5,000 new pilots by 2030 with half women or POC.
Norwegian recently launched the newest addition to its fleet, Viva, with a spectacular debut earlier this month. The ship, launched from Trieste, Italy, and finishing its inaugural run in Lisbon, Portugal, is the second in its Prima Class of ships, set to give family travelers the ultimate vacation experience.