Established in 1977, proprietor Ben Feder was inspired by the tradition of small European Estates when he focused on cultivating Seyval Blanc and producing white wine, champagnes, made in the classic ‘methode champenoise and late harvest dessert wine on his 15 acre vineyard. In recent years the portfolio has been expanded t
Located in the Catskills near Hunter Mountain's powdery slopes, Scribner Hollow Lodge combines its rustic wooden façade with lavish amenities. Gourmet dining, chalet-style guest rooms, and a secluded grotto with jacuzzi tubs give this mountainside lodge a remote, pastoral feel. Within the guest rooms, exposed log beams and natural-stone accents reflect the outdoor surroundings. A private balcony opens onto views of Hunter Mountain.
After a day of downhill skiing, ziplining, or launching a Slinky race down Hunter Mountain, the lodge's secluded grotto makes for a relaxing retreat. There, a jacuzzi tub and sauna rest beneath a ceiling of stalactites, while rushing waterfalls add to the peaceful vibe. The onsite restaurant caps an evening with coq au vin, venison scaloppine, and a lengthy wine list.
At Canz Roadhouse, brick walls, a metal roof, and old hubcaps come together to create the feel of a real ’50s roadhouse. Waitresses keep tables stocked with endless bowls of popcorn and take orders for the bar’s selection of more than 200 different beers. Groups of friends take in boxing, soccer, and UFC action from strategically placed TVs as they devise the best strategy for attacking the menu’s array of savory and salty treats, including wings, bounteous burgers, and deep-fried Oreos. Canz Roadhouse also hosts events every day of the week, including karaoke on Wednesdays and a Country Night with line dancing on Thursdays.
Upon clicking the shutter on her first camera as a teen, June Czerwinski was immediately smitten with the art form. She continued studying and practicing her skills in the U.S. and abroad while working as a Club Med costume designer in Europe, Mexico, and the Caribbean. For the last five years, with the help of her all-female staff, June has combined her passions for costuming, art, and photography with her desire to empower women through boudoir sessions at her boutique studio.
Frequently working with professional hair and makeup artists, June helps accessorize her clients' own garments with flirty fishnet hose and suspenders so her models pop before her minimalist backdrops. June lets the personality of clients guide her shoots, capturing classic pinup poses along with cropped shots of legs or torsos clad in alluring lingerie. From proofs assembled in an online gallery, clients can determine which pictures best befit their print options, which can include a custom tabletop book, 12-month wall calendar, and Mayan calendar with their likeness etched in stone.
It’s a common sight, even among the pros: a golf ball soars cleanly off the face of a mid-iron, seemingly on track to hit the green and trickle up close to the hole for an easy birdie putt. However, instead of bouncing forward when it lands, the pitch of the green’s front lip causes it to roll backwards onto the fairway. This feature of the green is called a false front, named for the way it tricks golfers into thinking it’s a safe landing zone, when in fact it returns golf balls back toward the player like an industrial-grade pop-a-shot.
Players at Rondout Golf Club, situated deep in the Catskill Mountains, should be wary of this course feature when they line up their approaches at the each of the 18 undulating greens. A strategic play is to aim several yards ahead of the nearest fringe, and then feign surprise while opponents’ shots are sucked back into the fairway or nearest black hole. Off the greens, the course showcases a stunning layout of frequent elevation changes, mature tree-lines, and intersecting waterways.
After challenging rounds on the picturesque course, players can retreat to Ivan’s Restaurant to enjoy drinks, burgers, sandwiches, and salads while gazing out at the Shawangunk Ridge and the Mohonk Mountain House tower.
Course at a Glance:
18-hole, par 72 course
Total length of 6,568 yards from the back tees
Course rating of 71.6 from the back tees
Course slope of 129 from the back tees
Four sets of tees per hole
Zak and Rich are the gastronomy experts at Wunderbar & Bistro—the former prepares upscale American eats in the kitchen and the latter mans the bar. Under their direction, local brews pair with specialty burgers at lunch and substantial entrees, such as Holstein schnitzel and free-range roasted chicken, at dinner. Leather-backed seats and wooden tables pepper the dining room, which comes alive from 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. every day. Wings and onion rings arrive by way of a late night menu, and a recently renovated lounge hosts billiards, darts, and four big-screen TVs.