Scribner’s Catskill Lodge: A Chic Mountain Ski Resort in Hunter, NY
13 Scribner Hollow Rd | Hunter, NY
Pulling up to Scribner’s Catskill Lodge in the ski mecca of Hunter is quite a sight: a stark gray board-and-batten facade planted against seemingly endless greenery, over 20 acres of mountainside to wander through at your leisure. It’s both a literal and figurative breath of fresh air for cooped-up city folk, and that was important to country hoteliers Glennon Travis and Marc Chodock, a former Soho House hotel manager and management consultant, respectively, both long drawn to the Catskill Mountains for its skiing, hiking, year-round beauty and proximity to the city.
Anywhere you set foot on the property, flawlessly designed by Brooklyn-based Studio Tack — the creative group behind Brentwood Hotel and upstate must-eat Gaskins — there’s something to do or get lost in, from the 2,000-square-foot Library Lounge boasting hundreds of carefully picked books and a fireplace, to the Whiskey Lounge and Prospect restaurant, where guests and non-guests alike can feast on locally sourced, Alpine-inspired cuisine, cocktail in hand. “Scribner’s was created as a getaway for people from the city to come to the Catskills, enjoy the beauty of the surroundings and the hospitality being offered on site,” says Marc. “After looking at over a dozen properties upstate, it was clear that Scribner’s had the most potential given its size, location, and original architecture. The renovation was quite a bit more than what was originally estimated, but once we started to see what was created, we were looking forward in every sense of the word.”
Once a popular retreat in the Borscht Belt heyday, one that was unironically dedicated to kitsch (some might remember a replica of the Playboy Mansion’s infamous grotto), today, Scribner’s is a masterwork in modern minimalist ski lodge design. Guests can choose from 38 guest rooms and loft suites, all of which feature whitewashed walls, dark maple floors, vintage rugs, and terra-cotta bathrooms. And while postcard views of Hunter Mountain can be seen from every picture window, the lodge is also the perfect getaway for those with no interest in hitting the slopes.
- Location: Hunter, NY
16 Rooms with Fireplaces
27 Rooms with Mountain-Facing Balconies
2 Suites with Private Oversized Balconies
Prospect Restaurant and Whiskey Lounge
Library Lounge Featuring Books, Games, Fireplace & Pool Table
Indoor/Outdoor Sitting Areas
Art, Furniture & Accessories by Local Makers
Heated Outdoor Pool
Short Drive to Hunter Mountain & Kaaterskill Falls
There’s no shortage of room types, with options reaching high double digits. All rooms feature custom furniture designed by Studio Tack and constructed by Zane Richards of Baxter Built, handcrafted terra-cotta bathrooms, rainfall shower heads, Scribner’s-branded bath products, as well as s’mores ingredients to bring outside to one of the fire pits. Many rooms come with a gas stove, sunken living room, and a private balcony for, among other stress-reducing activities, breathing in that clean mountain air.
“We wanted to create a space that was enjoyable to be sitting in all day long,” says Marc. That’s no joke or exaggeration. At every turn throughout the premises, there is somewhere to sit, whether it be to read a book near each room’s indoor fireplace or in Catskill Mountain-facing Jardinique Westport chairs on the terrace.
With executive chef Joseph Buenconsejo at the helm, whose involvement Marc calls “an honor and a huge part of our success,” Prospect makes good on its promise of a fresh approach to mountain fare and seasonal, locally sourced ingredients. The daily changing menus offer a wide variety of dishes for every diet, from small plates of broccolini, beets, and greens, to Hudson Valley roasted chicken and a Berkshire pork chop, to adventuresome desserts such as parsnip ice cream and a chocolate meringue sandwich.
Buencosejo arrived at Prospect following years in the NYC food scene, most recently as executive chef at the acclaimed Lower East Side cider bar Wassail. There are drink pairings for every palate: an array of red, white and sparkling wines; local beers and ciders; and ingredient-forward cocktails, including the “Fern Gully,” a special gin-based libation that benefits the Catskill Forest Association.
Like all of Scribner’s, the decor at Prospect is understated, modern-rustic chic that feels Scandinavian-cozy; the coziness is, of course, aided by the omnipresent tease of those towering mountains.
Prospect’s menu, which changes frequently, is an après-ski-worthy mix of hearty, decadent and healthy. The restaurant’s bread and butter is, well, its homemade sourdough and cultured butter from the Hudson Valley — while variations of bucatini and broccolini are also staples.
The geographical center of Scribner’s is also, fittingly, its central gathering place, made all the more inviting with furniture from Hudson Valley designers Samuel Moyer and Michael Robbins. The 1,850-square-foot Kubrickian library hijacks your attention with a two-story skylight and Malm fireplace, soon thereafter inviting you to read, play games, or simply sit with a cocktail, après-ski-style.
Art hangs everywhere, from Emily Johnston’s landscape photography in the lobby to local textile artist Catskill Kiwi’s woven pieces above the bedside tables. However, it quickly becomes apparent that the art of choice is literature. While the connection remains somewhat fuzzy, Scribner’s shares a name with the long prominent publishing house started by Charles Scribner, a presence in the region back in the 19th century. Thus the 2,000-square-foot Library Lounge, paying homage with hundreds of books specially curated by Marc’s wife, Lisa.
Every detail was considered for the guest rooms, down to the sheets and blankets — from renowned companies Oddbird and Parachute, respectively.
Executive pastry chef Mary Choi delights guests with everything from a satisfying array of fresh-baked pastries, to a breakfast sandwich that will make city folk rethink their bodega egg-on-a-roll.
While Hunter is often associated with skiing, there is so much more to do, see, and eat during or en route to Scribner’s. Hunter Mountain might be a well-known ski paradise, but Kaaterskill Falls (a seven-mile drive from Scribner’s) is a heavily trafficked tourist attraction in its own right… and deservedly so! Take a relatively easy hike up to see the dramatic two-level cascading falls — and if you do so on a summer’s day, Marc recommends following it up with a dip in the more off-the-beaten-path Colgate Lake, in Jewett. If or when you’re ready to venture out from Prospect, you won’t need to go far for the local favorites in nearby Tannersville: Twin Peaks Coffee & Donuts is guaranteed to win you over; Circle W Market in Palenville invites you to eat, shop and repeat; Mama’s Boy Burgers will make you forget all about Shake Shack; and no trip upstate is complete without a stop at the Phoenicia Diner, a landmark eatery serving “farm-to-counter” diner-style food, just off Route 28.
Twin Peaks Coffee & Donuts, Circle W Market, Mama’s Boy Burgers, Phoenicia Diner
Pacama Handmade, Hawkins NY, Red Chair Antiques
Hunter Mountain Ski Resort, Kaaterskill Falls, Colgate Lake, Windham Spa