Emerson Resort & Spa:

I was lucky enough to visit the Emerson Resort recently, for 24 hours of absolute bliss.  The resort generously hosted myself, along with my BFF. The Catskills are a special place.  I felt so off the grid, despite only being 2 hours away from home.  The drive up was stunning and relatively simple (I’m awful with directions!).  Let’s get down to basics now.  The actual resort/hotel is totally divine.  It was redone years ago and is pretty large while still feeling super intimate.  In fact, on the private tour we had Sunday morning, prior to checking out, we were told that even when the hotel is sold out it still feels like you’re the only guests there.

Our actual room was very spacious and beyond clean.  The bathroom was my favorite part.  The soaking tub is enormous and the decor is right on point.  We also had a beautiful view of the pond from our deck (in the summer I can only imagine sipping rosé out there).

All under one roof, the resort includes a gorgeous spa (the doors were are from Rajasthan, in the 17th century), a hair and makeup room (definitely useful for guests staying here for weddings), a gym (that I frequented post bloody mary/lunch break!),  a bar and restaurant (Woodnotes Grille). There are also adorable shops including a toy store (of course I got souvenirs for the kiddos), Ralph’s Cafe (the most delish coffee and pastries here), and a home and clothing boutique.

There’s one gorgeous high-ceilinged room where you can sit and relax with a paper and coffee, host a meeting or step right outside the doors into the hot tub (that’s open year round).  The chandelier was my favorite part.  It was bought from The Breakers and restored.  Absolutely stunning, and what a statement.

I’d have to say one of our favorite parts of the getaway was making it to trivia and happy hour at the bar (7:00-9:00 PM on Wednesdays).  Cocktails were half price (we had the most delish skinny margs) and the crowd was hilarious!  We took our trivia pretty seriously, despite losing.  And our team name naturally was “City Slickers”.  We then dined on several apps (including the ample cheese plate) and seafood pasta.

If you’re looking for a quick getaway with your loved one(s), or your bestie, I can’t recommend The Emerson enough.  It’s a little slice of zen about 2 hours outside the city.  Heavenly.