Cruising Around the Oh-So-Lush Catskills

We’ve been spending a lot of precious summer weekend time in the Catskill Mountains of New York, or “upstate” as locals might say. Our aim is to perhaps buy a house, a place we’d escape to on the weekends. So far, we’ve seen a couple of houses we really like, and lots of other houses that are lovely, but have at least one major negative against them — loud highway noise, lack of privacy, crumbling wall conditions. And we’re keeping our search limited to properties that have at least several acres and water on them, such as a stream, lakefront or swimmable pond.

We may bid on our favorite house this week (which is perched high above a set of waterfalls, something I’m a total sucker for) though we’re not sure yet, as we’re waiting a contractor’s report that we summoned after noticing some exterior damage to the logs (it’s a real log cabin). We’ve learned that buying a home means you have to be patient and not get emotionally attached to anything. If his report reveals repairs we can afford, then it’s Big Decision Time for us.

I don’t have any good photos of that property we’re currently considering (and let’s face it, if we’re lucky enough to get it, you’ll soon be bored to death by an abundance of photos of said house), but I took quite a few others that give you an idea of the natural beauty to the area. These are all in Sullivan County.

Ooodles and oodles of green.

I bet she makes tasty honey.

I'm drawn to willow trees.

In the winter, this view would look quite different. But still freakishly charming.

I watched turtles and frogs frolic in this pond.

This plant -- which also grows in Astoria -- reminds me of Mexico.

I can't wait to have a wild garden.

Along the Willowemec Creek.

6 thoughts on “Cruising Around the Oh-So-Lush Catskills

  1. Lesley says:

    Wow, it’s beautiful there. Reminds me a lot of escaping to Malinalco over the weekend, although I must say the meadow and the creek kick it up a notch. 🙂 Sending you lots of good-luck vibes!

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