A Stress-Free Summer Weekend in the Catskills

The Wall Street Journal      
By: Elizabeth Dunn
Photo: By Paola and Murray for The Wall Street Journal

Photo Caption: Alpacas at Buck Brook Farm in Roscoe.
 
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IF YOU’VE HEARD of Sullivan County, it’s probably for its “Borscht Belt” days: the post-World War II decades immortalized in the film “Dirty Dancing,” when sprawling, country club-style resorts carpeted the lonely western foothills of New York’s Catskill mountain range. In the 1960s, the region was said to have more hotel rooms than any other county in America, but by the time Baby and Johnny mamboed into theaters in 1987, the resorts had all gone—doomed, in large part, by air travel’s growing viability as an affordable middle-class luxury. With them went the region’s cachet as a vacation spot.

Recently, however, after a long hibernation, the western Catskills has come alive again as a weekend retreat for New Yorkers with a yen for the great outdoors.

Head 30 minutes out of town along roads that switch from pavement to red clay to reach Catskill Pheasantry & Clays, a no-frills bird hunting club. In the winter, during hunting season, it organizes pheasant and partridge hunts; in summer, you can shoot sporting clays at its large compound in the foothills. If you’re traveling with kids, a family-friendly alternative is to visit Buck Brook Alpacas, a family-owned farm where a herd of long-lashed alpacas are bred for the show ring, as well as their silky fleece.

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