7 things to do around Catskill, N.Y. this Thanksgiving weekend

A family fun-packed holiday weekend full of things to do around Catskill, N.Y. awaits you.

We’re sharing a few of our favorites:

Tour

For one of the best views of the Hudson Valley, check out Olana State Historic Site.

The mountain-top villa and its sprawling grounds open over landscapes Hudson Valley School painter, Federic Chruch, made famous in his works.

On Thanksgiving eve, enjoy a moonlight stroll along Olana’s carriage roads.

The guide of this annual Holiday Gobble Hike will teach you how to call wild turkeys.

Sign up here.

Hike

Kaaterskill Falls Catskill NY

Hudson Valley is home to some of the best hiking in upstate New York.

One of the most beautiful is to Kaaterskill Falls at the heart of the Catskill Mountains.

This child-friendly route ends with a breathtaking view: a 260-foot waterfall divided over two drops.

It takes about an hour to complete, and we promise, is well worth the effort.

Take 23A from Catskill, N.Y. to the clearly marked parking area near the foot of the trail.

Eat

For pre- or post-hike nosh, be sure to stop in at nearby Circle-W Market, popular in the area since 1908.

Their sandwiches are the stuff of legend. We’ve spent hours debating what secret ingredients make them so delicious.

Whether you’re there for breakfast, lunch, or a warm cup of hot chocolate, Circle W promises not to disappoint.

Shop

On Saturday, Catskill, N.Y.’s Historic Main Street kicks off the holiday shopping season with each store unveiling its annual window designs.

New York City street photographer Richard Sandler will visit Catskill, N.Y.’s Magpie Bookshop for a 3 p.m. book signing.

His new tome, The Eyes of the City, surveys city dwellers through the 70s and 80s.

Mahalo Gift Shop is a favourite for those in search of everything from charming knick-knacks to elegant housewares and jewellery.

If you find yourself inspired by Catskill, N.Y.’s enthusiasm for ukuleles, you can find one here.

In search of last minute Thanksgiving feast ingredients? Catskill Country Store has you covered with specialty organic, farm fresh and locally-sourced produce as well as free range, hormone- and antibiotic-free beef and poultry.

Holiday celebration

On Friday evening, enjoy Catskill, N.Y.’s 10th annual Parade of Lights.

Visitors, Catskill, N.Y. residents, pets, businesses and organizations are invited to line-up in costume and/or with their vehicles decorated beginning at 6 p.m. on Water St. by the county office building.

Santa and Mrs. Claus will travel with the parade along Main St. ending near Mountain T-Shirts and the Cone E Island Ice Cream stand.

This popular event draws a large crowd, so be sure to come early.

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