Catskills Named Best in Travel 2019

Lonely Planet reveals The Catskills as one of the Top 10 Regions to visit in 2019. This beautiful mountainous region west of the Hudson Valley has been a popular getaway since the 19th century. The romantic image of mossy gorges and rounded peaks, as popularized by Hudson Valley School painters, encouraged a preservation movement: in 1894 the state constitution was amended so that thousands of acres are 'forever kept as wild forest lands.'

In the early 20th century, the Catskills became synonymous with so-called 'borscht belt' hotels, summer escapes for middle-class NYC Jews. The vast majority of these hotels have closed, although orthodox Jewish communities still thrive in many towns – as does a back-to-the-land, hippie ethos on numerous small farms. In the fall, this is the closest place to NYC with really dramatic colors in the trees.

Lonely Planet's Best in Travel is an annual guide ranking the hottest, must-visit countries, regions, cities and best-value destinations for 2019. Drawing on the knowledge and passion of Lonely Planet’s staff, authors and online community, LP presents a year’s worth of inspiration to take visitors out of the ordinary and into the unforgettable.

Read the full article on the Catskill from Lonely Planet.