• About a Place: Upstate New York

    Nothing better than fall in the Catskills, friends. We bundled up, drove upstate, and checked in for the weekend to explore Phoenicia, NY. But what would a trip be without documenting it to share? Read on for where to go and what to see on a quick visit upstate.
    Photos by Michael A. Muller

    First stop is the Graham & Co., the amazing boutique motel that was our home base for the weekend. Upon arrival, we deduced that the G&C was an Instagrammer's paradise — that's to say, when the owners redid the former roadside dive motel last year, they considered every detail. From the reclaimed wood walls to the burning Palo Santo incense to the icy Budweiser you're handed at check-in: this is your escape from the city. 

    Cozy details in the room: hanging Edison bulbs, reclaimed wood-paneled walls, built-in camp-style nooks, and burning Palo Santo wood. Cabin vibes, you guys.

    Cruisers! The perfect mode of transportation for going out and exploring on a fall day.

    Our favorite spots...

    To shop and visit:

    Phoenicia Drugstore: Totally frozen in time, the old school Main Street drugstore.

    The Mystery Spot: Afternoon antiques: perfect for perusing vintage clothes and old records. 

    Scandinavian Grace: Scandinavia in NY: the best of minimal homewares, furniture, and objects

    Woodstock General Supply: gear for outdoors (with a lot of it made or sourced locally!)

    To explore:

    Hiking: too many good hiking routes to list, so refer to this guide and get out there!

    Skiing: Wintery hotspots just up the mountain are Hunter or Belleayre.

    Town Tinker Tubing: summertime musts — float the Catskills

    Hunter Mountain Zipline: "What, you've never zipped above the trees on a Catskills zipline?"  

    To eat and drink: 

    Phoenicia Diner: this is the spot — midcentury diner serving up big breakfast skillets in cast iron griddles. 

    Peekamoose: Gramercy Tavern in the Catskills. Amazing food served in a restored farmhouse. 

    Sportsman's Alamo Cantina / Brio's: Italian and Mexican food in the same restaurant? We don't really get it either, but we were happy campers at a place where we could order a margarita at the bar and turn the corner for a slice of pizza. 

    Cucina: THE Woodstock spot. Simple, refined, and amazing interiors. Feels like a Nancy Meyers movie. 

    Fire-building in the afternoon — back at The Graham, no fall afternoon is complete without a big bonfire to huddle up around with a coffee and a camp blanket. 

    The next morning, stop at the Phoenicia Diner, a mid-century diner just off Main Street in Phoenicia. Food is sourced locally, and feels like a spiffed-up upgrade on the classic greasy spoon diner fare. Just go there. Trust us.   

    Visit the Graham & Co.