Health-Centric, All-Inclusive Retreat Minutes from Skiing in the Catskills
A positive outlook can be a huge part of getting fit and losing weight, which is what makes Hunter Health Retreat so effective. Located in the Catskill Mountains, just a mile and a half away from skiing and snowboarding destination Hunter Mountain, the hotel surrounds guests with babbling brooks and nature trails so they can focus wholly on improving body and mind.
During the all-inclusive retreat, you'll enjoy three well-balanced meals per day, opting for 900 or 1,200 calories (more calories can be requested), or embarking on a juice fast. Each day, you'll have a bounty of fitness classes to choose from, including Pilates, water aerobics, and dance. You'll also have access to the resort's pool, tennis courts, gym, and spa. Book three nights together for a complimentary one-hour massage.
Many of the standard rooms have scenic views of the surrounding foothills, pine forests, and meandering mountain streams. After an action-packed day, therapists at the onsite spa can help you wind down with a facial, slimming body wrap, or aromatherapy massage.
Hunter, New York: Small Town in Catskill Mountains with Year-Round Recreation
High up in southeastern New York's Catskills, Hunter is surrounded by some of the tallest peaks in the state. But the natural beauty here goes beyond the rugged mountains as the town sits within the Catskill Forest Preserve, a vast forested region dotted with waterfalls, lakes, and meadows. A diversity of wildlife makes a home here, ranging from larger mammals such as bobcats and white-tailed deer to smaller muskrats. The varied terrain also attracts active types year-round. Most of the action centers on the Hunter Mountain resort, which has 55 skiing and snowboarding trails sprawled out over three mountains. During warmer seasons these peaks transform into a popular spot for hiking, mountain biking, and ziplining.
For a more laid-back alternative, head about 30 minutes east to the Thomas Cole National Historic Site, the former studio and home of the famous 19th-century American painter. Cole was a member of the Hudson River School, a group of artists that painted idyllic American landscapes as representations of the new Eden. The site showcases a selection of Cole's artwork and is open for guided, walk-in tours from May through October (group tours are available by appointment in the off-season).
About 40 minutes south you'll find the town of Woodstock, an active artist colony that hosted many Hudson River School painters and inspired the legendary Woodstock music festivals. Today the village is known for its many antique shops.