If you’ve never been up Panther Mountain, the 18th highest peak in the Catskill Mountains, quite frankly, you’re missing out. The view is spectacular during every season, and if that’s not enough to pique your interest, some geologists think that it’s the site of a prehistoric meteorite crash landing. Cool.
The Panther Mountain House, up the mountain ten minutes from Phoenicia, looks like a good place to take it all in. Proprietor Aaron Copp provides accommodations that are secluded and yet accessible to hiking, swimming in/tubing on the Esopus Creek, nature gawkery, or just sitting on the deck, enjoying the low-key Catskill Mountain vibe. Skiing at Hunter and Belleayre Mountains are also close (30 minutes and 12 minutes away respectively).
What else is close? Sweet Sue’s Restaurant in Phoenicia. Never been there for pancakes? Put it on your to-do list, but beware: Order no more than one, unless you’re trying to carb-load before the big race.
Two-bedroom house sleeps four but could be more with inflatable mattresses. Two night minimum, three nights on holidays. Here’s the listing on vacationrentals.com.