My favorite Airbnb: A sprawling mountain-top escape in the Catskills

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Anyone who has been through the current pandemic in a city knows the feeling: There is a certain breaking point when you wake up in the middle of the night and sit up and think, “I have to get out of here.”

At least that was the case for me in the fall of 2020, after a surreal and somewhat sweltering summer in New York. Fortunately, a few of my friends had already started making a plan to go upstate for a long weekend in search of much needed space and distraction, and much to my relief. , I soon had a vacation marked on my calendar. Our requirements for an Airbnb were broad but reasonable given the circumstances: a well-equipped kitchen so we could cook extravagant group meals, a decent amount of space to make sure we never felt like we were on top of each other others, at least a fireplace and plenty of land to explore outside the house. Ultimately, we wanted to find a place that would allow us to be completely self-sufficient and, most importantly, forget about the outside world, even if it was only for 72 hours.

What we found in the Catskills delivered all of this and more. In fact, I credit the house we found for pulling me out of my early pandemic discomfort. Not only did it feel like a safe haven in the woods amid endless uncertainty, it had the most essential qualities – it was fun.

A 20-minute drive from Hudson, New York, this five-bedroom mountain-top home is so large its Airbnb listing describes it as a “resort.” In fact, the property almost resembles a church in its size. The main room (or “the great hall” as we’ve dubbed it) has high ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows, and a gargantuan indoor fireplace that immediately makes you dream of being snowed in. There is a mezzanine area that doubles as a small library – perfect for an afternoon absorbed in a heavy novel – an additional living room with a full-size vintage globe and a large open kitchen that would look like it was in. the house in a rustic farmhouse. We have found the latter to serve as a natural gathering point throughout the day, whether for breakfast (bagels and lox, with all the trimmings) as the morning light shines through the windows or for a cocktail in the late afternoon as the sun went down and the temperature started to drop.

The light-flooded living and dining room almost resembles a church thanks to its high ceilings.

Courtesy of Airbnb

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