You’re Invited to The 2019 Soirée on the Railway
Traveling through the Catskill Mountains, we invite you to the third annual Soirée on the Railway, a lavish gathering set on a vintage train.
Honoring the bygone glamour of the Catskills’ famed resorts, join us at The Delaware & Ulster Railroad Station on August 3rd dressed to the nines in your finest attire.
Coasting by scenery only visible from these heritage tracks, the Soirée is journey like no other. As the trailing sun sets, champagne will pour as The Upstate Table presents their Catskills-inspired menu, a roving meal comprised of small plates to enjoy while wandering the train cars. When we reverse course, the evening will culminate on the open-air cars, where we’ll gather for a live musical performance by The Bee’s Knees under the starry sky.
Travel back in time with us for a true celebration of the Catskills then and now.
Saturday, August 3rd, 2019
*The train will depart the station at 7pm sharp
The Delaware & Ulster Railroad Station*
43510 NY-28, Arkville, NY 12406
*Please note that the train will begin and end at the D&U station
Dress to the nines in your finest attire*
*Visit this link for inspiration
Purchase your tickets here
A scenic train ride through the Catskill Mountains
Open bar, locally sourced fare,* live musical performance by The Bee’s Knees, special surprises
*vegetarian and gluten/dairy free options will be available
- LODGING & TRANSPORTATION OPTIONS
Recommendations can be found below
We recommend booking your lodging accommodations as soon as possible, as the summer weekends book up far in advance. Below we have recommended some options as well as nearby towns to search for properties.
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Hotel & Airbnbs
Book a stay at Spruceton Inn, a nine room Bed & Bar in the heart of the Catskill Mountains. Located 30 minutes from the event, this stunning spot has over 25 miles of trails, a friendly bar, and beautiful views. Spruceton Inn has reserved six rooms for Soirée attendees. After purchasing your ticket, book your room over the phone at 518-989-6404. Please note that all rooms have a two night minimum and must be booked by July 3rd.
Below is a curated selection of Airbnbs that have been reserved for Soirée attendees the weekend of the event. After purchasing your ticket, please send them a message in their listing page to let them know you are attending and they will open up those dates for you. These airbnbs will be held for booking until July 20th.
Cozy Catskills Chalet
Modern Log Cabin
Renovated Country Chalet
More Lodging Options
Green Label Home is offering 10% off on all rentals the weekend of The Soirée. To find more lodging in the area, we recommend searching in the following towns: Arkville, Margeratville, Roxbury, Halcottsville, Andes, Bovina, Delhi, Fleischmanns, Big Indian, Phoenicia
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The Delaware & Ulster Railroad is located in Arkville, NY, about 2.5 hours from New York City. Located off of Route 28, Arkville is accessible only by car and close to many wonderful Catskill towns. If you’re staying in the area, please consider bringing a designated driver to the event, riding with Uber, or calling Majestic Mountain Taxi ahead of time for a safe trip home.
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Borscht Belt History
The Catskills, famously referred to as the “Borscht Belt,” once attracted hundreds of thousands of first- and second-generation immigrants looking for a fun-filled summer respite from life in the sweltering city. Throughout the mid-twentieth century, the Catskills became the mecca for Jewish families in search of a bucolic retreat, as well as an outlet for musicians and stand-up comedians looking to strike it big. Careers were made on the stages of legendary resorts like Kutsher’s in Monticello and Grossinger’s in Liberty, graced by such acts as Louis Armstrong and Mel Brooks.
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Delaware & Ulster Railroad History
Thanks to the Delaware and Ulster Railroad, New Yorkers were able to flee the city with ease every summer. From the day the first tracks were laid down in 1866, the U&D was the heart of the Catskill Mountains. Called the Up & Down by locals, the U&D carried people to the hills to enjoy the countryside, shipped out milk and produce, and connected the people of the Catskill Mountains to the outside world.
Image by Christian Harder