The best country retreats offer a calibrated balance of outdoor activities and splendid relaxation. That’s the order of the day at The Arnold House, a lively Catskills getaway surrounded by pristine lakes in the quaint town of Livingston Manor. There are ten comfortably appointed guest rooms plus a cozy tavern, the BBQ barn and a spa. After a long day in the fresh mountain air, an aromatherapy massage followed by dinner featuring fresh trout from one of the nearby rivers is pretty much perfection.
Husband-and-wife team Kirsten Harlow Foster and Sims Foster opened The Arnold House in May 2014, after falling in love with the property’s prized location tucked into the forest of Shandelee Mountain. They are the fourth major owners of the historical early 1900s building, which has always been operated as an inn and tavern. Sims’ family is fifth-generation to the area and has owned other local restaurants and businesses. He is a seasoned hospitality executive, who works with some of the world’s most noted chefs and mixologists. Kirsten is an economist with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.The couple shares a deep appreciation for the natural abundance that surrounds the Arnold House and finds special ways to share that with their guests, including introducing them to ice-fishing, local farm tours and foraging for wild edibles. This summer, when not at the Arnold House, they can be found at the Green Hole and Purple Hole over by the Peekamoose trailhead in Sundown, hiking at Alder Lake and Giant Ledge, and enjoying an evening of fly fishing in the bountiful Willowemoc.
839 Shandelee Road, Livingston Manor, NY