Packages Available: Fall
Tour Length: 5 Days/4 Nights
Escape to the Catskills of New York and discover adventure, peace, fine cuisine, breathtaking vistas and babbling brooks. Learn why New York City residents flocked to the Catskills to enjoy sweeping mountain views from the piazzas of grand hotels, or to enjoy the simple pleasures of fresh air and farm-raised fare at family-run boarding houses. Understand why artists and writers found inspiration in the beautify of the region- its peaks reaching up to 4,200 feet, its pristine rivers and streams, hidden waterfalls and deep gorges. Sit back and settle in, relax and refresh in this beautiful area, known as America’s first wilderness.
Day One, Monday:
Depart your gateway city early morning and travel into New York’s Catskill Region. With a lunch and comfort stops along the way, you will arrive at your all-inclusive resort late afternoon.
The Villa Roma Resort and Conference Center, your home for four nights was once a small, seasonal boarding house and has become the leading a year-round, full-service resort hotel in the Catskills. The property features 250 hotel rooms and a wide variety of amenities, including an 18 hole PGA Championship Golf Course, indoor and outdoor tennis courts, indoor fitness center and bowling alley, indoor and outdoor pools and Jacuzzi, a variety of dining options, nightly entertainment, and planned and supervised daily activities. The helpful, friendly staff will go out of their way to make you feel instantly welcome.
Upon arrival, check into your rooms. There will be time to relax, refresh and explore the property.
Dinner is served in the resort’s beautifully decorated main dining room. Dinner will be expertly prepared and served under the direction of Chef Thomas Kutchere, a certified master chef and graduate of the Culinary Institute of America.
After dinner, gather ‘round for the resort’s featured lineup of entertainment. Visit the Mezzanine Piano Bar, Marty’s Lounge for dancing, or Club Forum for a live show.
Start your day with a hearty, hot and cold breakfast buffet served in the main dining room. After breakfast, the morning is yours to enjoy the resort’s vast array of amenities. Take a swim in the pool, play shuffleboard, ping-pong, or bocce, visit the fully equipped fitness center, or go for a leisurely walk around the beautiful grounds.
After an included lunch served at the resort, board the coach and travel a short distance to Monticello Casino and Raceway. The 40,000-square foot casino and entertainment complex boasts over 1,000 of the newest slot machines, as well as electronic table games. Watch live, standard-bred horse harness racing on a half-mile oval track or try your luck in the casino.
When you are ready to leave the casino, return to the resort for dinner and evening entertainment.
After breakfast at the resort, board the coach and travel to historic Hyde Park. Take a step back in time to discover why Franklin D. Roosevelt stated "all that is within me cries out to go back to my home on the Hudson River."
Your time in Hyde Park begins with a guided tour of the home of Franklin D. Roosevelt. This National Historic Site preserves the Springwood Estate, the birthplace, lifelong home and burial place of the 32nd President of the United States. Learn the story of the Roosevelt presidency, beginning in the depths of the Great Depression and continuing through the New Deal and World War II. You will also visit the Presidential Library and Museum.
Visit Val-Kill, the Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site. FDR encouraged Eleanor to develop this property as a place where she could develop some of her ideas for work with winter jobs for rural workers. There are two buildings that comprise the site. Stone Cottage, the original cottage which was home to Marion Dickerman and Nancy Cook, which they sold back to Eleanor in 1947 and a large two-story stuccoed building that housed Val-Kill Industries and which would become Eleanor's home after Franklin's death. It was the only residence that she personally owned. Val-Kill was the only place Eleanor Roosevelt called home.
By this time, you will have worked up an appetite. Have lunch on your own at the on-site Uncle Sam’s Canteen.
Your last visit is at the magnificent Vanderbilt Mansion, one of America’s premier examples of the country palaces, built by wealthy industrialists. The mansion provides a glimpse of estate life, the social stratification of the period and the world of the American millionaire during the era known as the Gilded Age. Situated on the east bank of the Hudson River, the property includes pleasure grounds with views of the river and the distant Catskill Mountains, formal gardens, natural woodlands and numerous auxiliary structures. The site’s main feature is a 54-room mansion designed and built between 1896 and 1899.
After your day in Hyde Park, board the coach and return to the resort. There will be time to refresh before dinner and the evening activities.
Today’s travels take you just a short distance from the resort to discover some of the fascinating history, unique landmarks and commercial enterprises of the region. Board the coach and depart mid morning, following a leisurely breakfast at the resort.
Your first stop is at The Museum at Bethel Woods. Witness vibrant, interactive exhibits, programs and events that celebrate the 1969 Woodstock Music and Art Fair and the entire decade that it came to represent: "Woodstock and The Sixties."
The museum is a leading authority on the history of the 1960’s and its transformative impact on the world. The museum embodies the key ideals of the era: peace, respect, cooperation, creativity, engagement and a connection to the planet we live in. The main exhibit explores the unique experience of the Woodstock festival and its significance as a culminating event of a decade of sweeping cultural transformation.
Arrive for lunch at a local, iconic restaurant, The Dancing Cat Saloon. Savor the flavors of locally sourced ingredients prepared to reflect the season’s bounty. After lunch, visit the adjacent, Stray Cat Gallery to witness a display of amazing works by local artists.
End your outing at the Catskill Distilling Company. View the custom-made copper stills, actually a work of art, that serves as a backdrop to the tasting room. Take a seat at the elegant, art deco bar that comes from the 1939 World’s Fair in Flushing, Queens. Learn about the distillation process and taste the spirits!
This afternoon, you have the option of visiting the charming shops in Youngsville or returning to Villa Roma to enjoy your last afternoon at the resort.
This evening’s farewell dinner and live entertainment will leave you with fond memories of your Catskill vacation. Sing-a-long at the piano bar or "trip the light fantastic" in Marty’s Lounge. Note: "Dirty Dancing" optional!
After breakfast at the resort, pack your luggage and check out of your rooms. There will be time to take a few photos before you board the coach and depart. With a lunch and comfort stops along the way, you will arrive home early evening.
Depart the city early afternoon and begin your travels back home.
Packages Available: Spring, Summer and Fall
Tour Length: 5 Days/4 Nights
Your Package Includes:
- 4 Nights accommodation at the all-inclusive Villa Roma Resort
- 4 Breakfasts
- 2 Lunches
- 4 Dinners
- Welcome reception
- Nightly entertainment
- Schedule of daytime activities at the Resort
- Use of indoor sports complex at the resort: Bocce, Shuffleboard, Ping Pong
- Use of indoor swimming pool and Jacuzzi
- Use of fully equipped fitness center
- Visit to the Monticello Casino and Raceway
- Admission to the FDR home, library and museum in Hyde Park
- Admission and tour at Val-Kill
- Admission and tour at the Vanderbilt Mansion
- Admission to the Museum at Bethel Woods
- Tour and taste at the Catskill Distilling Company
- Accommodations, meals and attractions for coach driver
- Taxes and gratuities (Note: Gratuities for the coach driver are not included and are at your discretion based on service.)
- Call now for custom pricing.