You’re Invited to The Soirée on the Railway

Traveling through the midsummer Catskill Mountains on a vintage train, we invite you to join us for The Soirée on the Railway, a lavish gathering to honor the bygone glamour of train travel to the Catskills’ famed resorts. Arrive dressed to the nines at the Delaware and Ulster Railroad for a journey through the bucolic landscape, coasting by scenery only visible from these heritage tracks. As the trailing sun sets, champagne will pour as Brushland Eating House presents their Catskills-inspired menu, a roving meal comprised of small plates to enjoy while wandering the train cars. When the train reverses course, the evening will culminate in the open-air car, where we’ll gather for a live musical performance under the full moon.

Travel back in time with us for a true celebration of the Catskills then and now. We look forward to seeing you aboard the train!

The Soirée on the Railway will benefit The Catskill Center whose mission it is to protect and foster the environmental, cultural, and economic well-being of the Catskill region.

  • WHEN
    Saturday, August 5th, 2017
    6 – 6:30pm: Cocktails
    6:30 – 9:30pm: Train Ride
    *The train will depart the station at 6:30pm sharp
    The Delaware and Ulster Railroad Station
    43510 NY-28, Arkville, NY 12406
    Dressed to the nines

Images by Christian Harder

You’re Invited to The Soirée on the Railway.

  We are thrilled to be partnering with Brushland Eating House. Named one of the greatest restaurants in the world by Condé Nast Traveler, Brushland brilliantly combines upstate ingredients with skilled culinary techniques that highlight the agricultural diversity of the region.

You’re Invited to The Soirée on the Railway.

  The Catskills, famously referred to as the “Jewish Alps,” 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 preemptive mecca for 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.

Photo courtesy of Classic Catskills

You’re Invited to The Soirée on the Railway.

  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 DURR was the lifeblood of the Catskill Mountains. Called the Up & Down by locals, the DURR carried people to the hills to enjoy the countryside, shipped out the milk and produce raised on the mountainsides, and connected the people of the Catskill Mountains to the outside world.

You’re Invited to The Soirée on the Railway.
You’re Invited to The Soirée on the Railway.
Recommended Lodging*
You’re Invited to The Soirée on the Railway.

Deer Mountain Inn
Head to this classic turn of the century hotel set on 168 wooded acres in the hills of Tannersville, NY. Offering stunning rooms, gorgeous views of the Catskills, and a rustic upstate dining experience, Deer Mountain Inn is the perfect place to relax, explore, and recharge.

Scribner’s Lodge
Buried deep in the heart of the Catskills, Scribner’s Lodge is an appealing escape featuring fireplaces, private balconies, and Prospect, their in-house restaurant serving brunch, cocktails, and dinner. Originally opened in 1966, the 38-room hotel at the base of Hunter Mountain is a chic spot to call home for a weekend.

Spruceton Inn
Book a room at Spruceton Inn, a relaxed 10-room bed and bar in West Kill, NY, just 30 minutes from the Arkville train station. The inn is an ideal country getaway offering simple rooms, complimentary wood stacked outside for fire pits and BBQs, and a bar where beer, wine, cider, whiskey, cocktails, and snacks are served. (Plus coffee in the morning!) Spend time sunbathing creekside, exploring nearby trails, or simply staying put on the property where hammocks and lawn games abound.

*Each location is offering a discount for event attendees. Please inquire with the hotel after purchasing your ticket. (2 night minimum required)

Photo Courtesy of Deer Mountain Inn