Destination guide

Quintessential small town life on the Hudson River

When you conjure up images of the perfect Hudson River Valley town, you're probably picturing Catskill. With its picture-perfect Main Street, artsy boutiques, and scenic waterfront, Catskill is the epitome of small town charm, even though it's a mere two hours north of bustling New York City. A centrally located Catskill vacation rental puts you on the doorstep of some of the area's best skiing and hiking. After taking in all the fresh air and scenery, you'll see why Rip Van Winkle chose to rest his head here for 20 years (maybe set an alarm, just in case).

Things to do

Step into the past in idyllic Catskill

Catskill's picturesque Main Street offers everything you could want in a charming small town. Lined with colorful Victorian houses, the quaint strip is home to local shops, a classic 1920s movie theater, and a maritime museum. Art history buffs will enjoy a visit to the Thomas Cole National Historic Site, dedicated to the father of America's first art movement. For a dose of nature, head to Kaaterskill Falls, one of the tallest in the state, or North/South Lake for the views from the former site of the historic Catskill Mountain House.

Activities

A paradise for adrenaline junkies

The Hudson River Valley is an outdoor lover's dream. Nearby Hunter Mountain is home to some of the best skiing for miles around. You can still get your adrenaline fix when the snow melts at the highest and longest zipline in North America. The Catskills are known for spectacular hiking trails, including the breathtaking views at North/South Lake. Closer to home, the Dutchman's Landing public boat launch lets you get up close and personal with the Hudson River. There are enough craft breweries in the area to please even the most discerning beer connoisseur (just bring a designated driver).

Weather

Bundle up before hitting the slopes

Winter is a popular time for Catskill vacation rentals, thanks to the heavy snows that blanket the area and make for prime skiing conditions at Hunter Mountain. Temperatures from December through February (or even longer) can be well below freezing, so bring your warmest sweater for some cozy apres-ski cuddling. Late September and October are peak leaf peeping season, with fiery foliage all up and down the Hudson Valley. Summers are warm, with high temps from June to August in the 80s, so shed the coats and soak up the sun.

Natural features

A river runs through it

The Hudson River is the heart and soul of the region, and Catskill's prime waterfront location makes for some stunning scenery. The surrounding mountains and forests are the perfect backdrop for your Catskill vacation rental, whether you're enjoying the river views or the stunning fall leaves. Hunter Mountain offers year round activities, and the countless rocky hiking trails are the perfect place to encounter local wildlife. Don't miss a visit to the towering Kaaterskill Falls, or one of the area's many pristine, hidden lakes.

How to get there

How to get to and around Catskill

The nearest airport is in Hudson, NY (HCC-Columbia County), located 12 mi (19.3 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you can also fly into Pittsfield, MA (PSF-Pittsfield Municipal), which is 35.3 mi (56.8 km) away.

Where to stay around Catskill?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,991 vacation rentals near Catskill. From 241 Cabins to 1,193 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Catskill for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Catskill?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Catskill:

  • Hunter Mountain: 98 vacation rentals
  • Copake Lake: 31 vacation rentals
  • Windham Mountain Resort: 524 vacation rentals
  • Bearsville: 304 vacation rentals
  • Rhinebeck Village Business District: 15 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Catskill?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Catskill. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Dutchman’s Landing: 827 vacation rentals
  • Thomas Cole National Historic Site: 811 vacation rentals
  • Kaaterskill Falls: 1,059 vacation rentals
  • Omega Institute: 560 vacation rentals
  • HITS-on-the-Hudson: 955 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Catskill listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Cabins in Catskill?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 241 Cabins in Catskill. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Catskill include:

  • Houses: 1,193 rentals available
  • Cottages: 241 rentals available
  • Farmhouses: 70 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Catskill?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 432 vacation rentals with pool available in Catskill. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.