Adventure Meets Wellness at This Nature-First Getaway in the Catskills

Plus, it's just over two hours from New York City

suite at The Bradstan Boutique Hotel

Courtesy of The Bradstan Boutique Hotel

The Bradstan Boutique Hotel, a 28-room boutique hotel on 600 acres of protected land, opened on June 15.

Located in Sullivan County, New York, in the Catskills region and within The Eldred Preserve, access to all of this land means opportunities for guests to enjoy outdoor activities like catch-and-release fishing, kayaking, paddle boats, and row boats on a private lake. The property also features walking and hiking trails, including a 1.5-mile groomed trail around Sunrise Lake. Scott Samuelson, The Eldred Preserve’s chief operating officer, called the hotel “an accessible upscale property with an eye on the natural surroundings.”

But if you’d rather get pampered, don’t fret because a fitness studio offers yoga classes (including around sunrise), and there’s a spa. Within The Old Homestead Restaurant + Lounge is a room dedicated for tasting wine, and the pool and fire pits encourage lingering after dinner.

exterior balcony shot of The Bradstan Boutique Hotel

Courtesy of The Bradstan Boutique Hotel

Architecture firm Cooper Carry (in Atlanta and New York City) was tapped to create the hotel’s design, modernizing its 1967 roots as a top-notch fishing resort where hunting and hiking were also popular activities. At the time there were 27 accommodations, with one more added during the redesign. The Johnson Studio, part of Cooper Carry, worked on the new restaurant concept and Philip LaBossiere Interior Design styled the guest rooms.

Employing materials like wood, steel, and glass, the guest rooms straddle modern and traditional design with amenities like modern-minimalist fireplaces (in every room) and plush, monogrammed bathrobes. Accommodations include five 700-square-foot cabins, five signature suites, nine junior suites, and nine standard rooms. All but the standard rooms boast private patios. In the junior suite, a bright-red, open-back armchair pops against its neutral backdrop while the standard room’s blue-plaid wallpaper pairs nicely with blue throw pillows depicting deer antlers.

In a fun, nostalgic twist, the hotel’s restaurant is on its second chapter after being destroyed in a 2015 fire at its Monticello, New York, location, ending 62 years of the family-run business. Owners Paul and Alice Edelman are coming out of retirement to relaunch at this new spot. Expect “traditional steakhouse offerings with a farm-to-table component,” said Samuelson. For example, local pecan-encrusted Beaverkill trout, local Bella Bella duck breast, and an 8-ounce Kobe steak on the menu. Walls of windows overlook the pond and rolling landscape, and the restaurant (open only for dinner) has a sunroom and the aforementioned wine-tasting room.

The hotel is appealing to a variety of travelers, said Samuelson. “Anyone who can appreciate the space as it has been intended and are looking for a unique warm and welcoming environment."

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