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8 Ways to Enjoy the Great Western Catskills this Summer

by Aoife O'Riordan

Jul 11, 2023

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Destinations / North America

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

Honest Brook Music Festival

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.

Honest Brook

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Deposit Lumberjack Festival

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.


Outdoor Dining

Oakley’s Pizza and Grill

Head to this restaurant to enjoy delicious wood-fired pizza. Sit at Oakley’s outdoor patio and courtyard, where even furry friends are welcome!


The Lounge at Hamden Inn

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.

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Outdoor Adventure

Horseback Riding

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.


Water Rentals

The region’s many lakes serve as the perfect environment to kayak, canoe, tube or swim. Various outlets offer rentals to enjoy the water.



The Homestead Farm Resort

Situated on more than 150 acres, this resort draws family travelers thanks to its activities like tennis, swimming, biking, fishing and more.


The Roxbury at Stratton Falls

Known for its unique rooms like Cinderella’s Gown room and Dracula’s Fangs room, guests can enjoy a creative experience.


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