Esopus Creek & the Catskill Mountains - Mt. Tremper, NY

Mike surprised me this year with a relaxing birthday trip to the Catskill Mountains (what a great idea!). Located in the southeastern section of Upstate New York, this tranquil mountain region is the perfect escape from New York City’s crowds, congestion, and pollution. Mike booked 3 nights at Emerson Resort and Spa, a beautiful property located in Mt. Tremper, New York.

Emerson Spa and Resort - Mt. Tremper, NY

The drive from Boston was approximately 4 hours, making it a quick getaway for those looking to escape the crowds and congestion for a weekend of R&R. The scenery intensified as we got closer to New York. Some of the leaves already started changing color, which made the drive even more beautiful. I imagine this drive would be spectacular at the peak of fall foliage season. The weather forecast for the week was perfect: lower 70’s and sunny.

The start of fall foliage season in Upstate, NY

Fall foliage in Tannersville, NY

Emerson Resort and Spa in Mount Tremper, New York

Emerson Resort features 2 different types of accommodations: Inn rooms, which feature more of a classic, artsy vibe and The Lodge, which features a more rustic, log cabin ambiance. The Inn is attached to the main building, which houses the lobby, spa, restaurants, and The Emerson shops.

Emerson Resort and Spa - main building

The beautiful Koi Pond

Koi pond at Emerson Resort in Mt. Tremper NY

Beautiful landscaping & Buddha artwork outside the Emerson

Buddha statues outside the Emerson

Among the walls, you will find the paintings & photographs of local artists

Art work at the Emerson Resort in NY

Solar panels (Emerson is a green property)

Solar panels at Emerson Resort and Spa

If you are staying at The Lodge, you will have to walk along a short path to get to the main building. However, with views this spectacular, who can complain!? Check out the spectacular Catskill mountains in the background.

Walking path at the Emerson Spa and Resort in Mt. Tremper, NY