Travel Tuesday - The Kaaterskill Falls

by - October 10, 2017


Happy Travel Tuesday friends!  
As I mentioned in Friday's post, K and I drove up to the Catskill Mountains this past weekend to hike the Kaaterskill Falls and celebrate our first wedding anniversary.  I've broken today's post up into three parts with a lot of pictures, first the hotel and it's grounds, second the two days of hiking and third the town of Tannersville.  The third part will be continued in Thursday's post as there are to many pictures for one post.  

We had an amazing two night stay (Friday and Saturday) at the Mountain Brook Hotel in Tannersville, New York.  I found the hotel after google searching topics like; dog friendly hotel near a waterfall in New York (I also searched Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Virginia).  After making several phone calls and getting all the details we booked our stay at The Mountain Brook.  It is a charming, lodge-like hotel nestled in the mountains and I could not have been more impressed with it and the staff.  Laura checked us in when we arrived and showed us around the property and gave us essential info on where to park to hike the falls, that I did not get previously, despite researching the falls.  The problem is, for whatever reason, many blogs and google tell you to park at a small parking lot off of Route 23C, which is small and not the closet lot to the falls.  The closet, bigger lot is the Laurel House parking lot, which takes you to a couple hiking paths, including the path to the falls and the path to the observation deck.  Laura showed us the library, that has a fireplace, beverages available all the time, maps, games, books and movies for one to either enjoy there or take back to the room.  When we arrived she was making s'mores on sticks for guests to enjoy at either the fire pit in the front of the property or the large outdoor fireplace at the side of the property.  Our room had it's own fireplace, a vaulted ceiling and a porch that looked out onto the mountain.  We took advantage of the movies in the library and watched a silly Ben Stiller movie of Friday night while eating burgers from The Last Chance, more the restaurant in the third section of this post.  In the mornings from 8am to 10am or 11am (sorry I forget) breakfast is served in a dining room that also contains a large wood burning fireplace.  The breakfast is really a special treat!  I couldn't believe it.  The menu contains maybe nine dishes, specialty pancakes and specialty french toast, a frittata made with smoked salmon and goat cheese and a skillet of pulled pork belly, hash, avocado salsa and a fried egg.  And if the five star menu was not enough, they treat every guest with a complimentary iron skillet coffee cake every morning.  Saturday morning it was apple something and Sunday it was three berry, white chocolate coffee cake... sooo good.  The servers are very sweet and were really interested in what we had done with our days.  I give the hotel five stars and hope to return soon, maybe with my brother and his girlfriend, they would love it.

Hotel and grounds

Hotel and gounds

Front door enterance

Signage steetside

The library

The library

The dining room, image via: Hotel Mountain Brook

Three berry, white chocolate coffee cake

Pork belly skillet

Smoked salmon skillet

S'mores

The hike was spectacular, get ready for some seriously beautiful photos.  Friday afternoon, after checking into the hotel we headed straight to the falls observation deck and to the falls.  Which was not planned but ended up being a good idea because on Saturday by noon the falls area was busier than I prefer.  The Kaaterskill Falls is the largest waterfall in New York and is double tiered, technically two falls in one.  It's a fairly easy hike for those who hike and are fit.  On Saturday there were families with small children heading to the falls which I thought was ballsy due to the steep drops and rocky terrain.  Friday at the falls was great, it was really quite, I counted seven other people at the top tier of the waterfall with us and no one was at the bottom/ second tier when we went down.  We just took in the scenery, kissed a lot and took a lot of pictures.  On Saturday we were the fourth car in the parking lot around 9am.  That morning we took a more difficult path to Inspiration Point, which is a spot at the top of the mountain overlooking the valley, it technically sits above the fall but is so high up that there is no way to see the falls from that view.  The hike was tough, I got winded once and Bella had to be carried down some rocks, K was fine, of course, men.  The weather was perfect and the hike was beautiful, through woods, surrounded by birch trees, chipmunks and falling leaves.  There are blue trail markers on the paths to keep you headed in the right direction.  We took so many pictures, kissed a lot and felt so calm and happy it was perfect.  Side note, we did pack a back pack of four water bottles and a couple granola bars and doggy treats.  After the hike up to Inspiration point we headed back down to the falls to take a couple more photos but we could feel the area getting busy so we left.  It was almost 2pm by the time we got back to the car in an overflowing parking lot and people waiting around to claim newly vacated spots.  It was packed and a little hectic.

Friday from the observation deck

Friday from the observation deck

Friday on the path to the falls

Friday at the falls

Friday at the falls

Friday at the falls

Friday at the falls

Friday at the falls

Friday at the falls

Friday at the bottom of falls

Friday at the bottom of the falls

Saturday heading toward the Inspiration Point path

Paths signage, either up to Inspiration Point or down to the falls

Saturday on the Inspiration Point path

The Inspiration Point path

Saturday on the Inspiration Point path

Saturday on the Inspiration Point path

Saturday on the Inspiration Point path

Saturday on the Inspiration Point path

Saturday higher up on the path to Inspiration Point

Saturday on the rocky path to Inspiration Point

More rocky terrain

More views from the path to Inspiration Point

Inspiration Point

Inspiration Point

Inspiration Point

Inspiration Point

Inspiration Point

Sunset Point (another great view near Inspiration Point)

And back at the fall on Saturday

Saturday back at the falls

Thanks for stopping by and reading!


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