Spring Break in the Catskills

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The Fisk House, a lovely Bed and Breakfast in the Catskills, would be the perfect place to stay for a large family, a family reunion, or a bridal party.  There are 5 individual rooms, one of which has it’s own bathroom, and 2 large bathrooms upstairs as well as another downstairs.  Breakfast is served daily in the large dining area, and there is a fully functional kitchen for your use the rest of the day.


In addition to it’s spacious kitchen, dining area, and living room, there is plenty of space to spread out. The furnishings are cozy with mix of country chic and a rustic feel to it.  There is an outdoor swimming area and porch as well, which during warmer weather can be taken advantage of. Directly across the street is an antiques barn, where you can peruse and shop at your leisure.



After eating breakfast, we headed out to Platkill Mountian for last winter’s hurrah. It was supposed to be Springtime, but as anyone in the Northeast can tell you, Spring too it’s sweet time to arrive to the area this yea. Located in Western upstate NY, you can easily spend the day (or several) on the many trails of Platkill.  You can choose from skiing, snowboarding, snowtubing and snowshoeing on the mountain.  Group or individual lessons are also offered.


Not having our own equipment, we rented skis, boots, and helmets on site. After being properly fitted for our sizes, my son and I headed out for our ski lesson. We had only skied one other time, so we thought it would be a good idea. The ski instructor had his hands full with us, since my son decided he was all of the sudden scared of skiing. He wanted to (quite literally) hold my hand the whole time, and he cried quite a bit. Being 7 isn’t all it’s cracked up to be all the time. This was interesting, because I was feeling less nervous about the process- I guess we evened each other out.

The staff was really good with him, even though he was freaking out.  They tried several tactics to calm him down and get him to try different things- one of them even busted out a jar of candies.  I guess they have dealt with these kinds of issues before.

Luckily, after our lesson, we were able to change gears and slow down with some lunch. There are several options at the resort, and everything is centrally located so there is no driving around to find where you need to go. My son was also glad to go snow tubing for the rest of the afternoon, trading in his skis for a nice, red, inflatable tube.


Snow tubing at Platkill was a lot of fun, not in any small part because the lines were not terribly long. The waits were not long to either get tubes or have your turn down the run. The hill was long enough to get up some real speed, while not being so large that it was scary for younger kids or first timers.  You can go down one at a time or in pairs if you old on to the tube in front of you- that was my son’s favorite way.


Platkill was a lot of fun.  Even though it’s on the smaller side as far as ski resorts go, there was a lot to do, and the bonus was no long lines while still having a lot of options.  Next year, as the ski season opens, make sure you check them out for your snowy adventures.



  1. Amy Deeter says

    oh my this looks like a lot of fun !!

  2. nicole dziedzic says

    This looks like a great family trip for all kind of fun, would love to try going tubing. And the ski mask is super cute. Need to get some for my kids.

  3. Rebecca Swenor says

    This sounds like an amazing place to stay indeed. It has a look of home and probably the feeling too. The skiing my kids would totally love and I would have fun tubing. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Linda Kinsman says

    I would love to take my family to the Catskills! Looks like a fun time was had by everyone! I can see my girls getting in those snow tubes for sure.

  5. It has been years since I have been to the Catskill region! We used to go up there during conventions my Dad had to attend during the nicer weather!! Even back then there was so much to do–I don’t ski or I would probably go there to ski and the area you are talking about sounds quiet enough that I would enjoy it at any season.

  6. That looks like a lovely place to rest and relax after a long day of snow tubing!

  7. oh man i love skiing not as much as tubing though

  8. What a beautiful place. I love Fisk House! I am not a ‘snow’ person though. Hate the stuff. I’d probably have to visit in the summer – when it’s probably closed because it’s ‘off season’.

  9. that looks like a lot of fun

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