Greene County, N.Y. - This summer, grab a map or download the I Love NY travel app and head to New York's Great Northern Catskills to explore new microbreweries, adventure experiences, and the simple pleasure of shopping for fresh finds at farmers' markets and roadside stands.
Hops are Tops at New Catskills Breweries
New microbreweries are cropping up in the Catskills, offering beer lovers more and more handcrafted, special batch brews to quaff. Create a mini-brewery tour and stop at Greene County's star breweries, including two new locations:
• Rip Van Winkle Brewing Company, located in Catskill at Angelo's Pizzeria & Brewery, combines the best of both worlds, namely, great food and good beer. Brewmaster Nat Collins provides tours of the brewing operation upon request. Sample brews with names inspired by the Catskills, including Palenville Pale Ale, Mama Mia Maibock, Kiskatom Brown Ale and Mountain House Light.
• Honey Hollow Brewing Co. in Earlton bills itself as a "sub-nano, do-it-ourselves, farm brewery." Open Fridays and Saturdays, Brewmaster Matty Taormina crafts small batch beers made with ingredients exclusively sourced in New York State, and hops grown in his backyard. Find Honey Hollow brews at the Wednesday farmers' market at the Coxsackie Riverfront Park.
Continue a brewery tour at Cave Mountain Brewery Company in Windham, Greene County's first brewery, and at Crossroads Brewing Company in Athens. For a complete list of Greene County's breweries, go to www.greatnortherncatskills.com/beverage-tasting.
New Attractions & Great Adventures
Zombie Hunter Wars at Hunter Mountain is new this summer, putting participants in an interactive and theatrical paintball experience for 30 minutes of adrenaline-inducing fun. Open to ages 8 and older, "hunters" spend the tour shooting paintballs at live and animated zombies from a modified military truck mounted with 16 paintball guns.
On the leisurely side of adventure, the Kaaterskill Clove Experience provides visitors with renewed contextual access to the area's important historic sites, hiking trails and cultural attractions. This self-guided tour provides curated, scenic routes that offer access to the region's historic artistic institutions, such as the Thomas Cole National Historic Site, and adventurous attractions like the New York Zipline Canopy Tour, offering the highest, fastest and longest zipline canopy tour in North America.
Fill up the tank - gas is pretty cheap now, after all - and head to the Great Northern Catskills of Greene County for adventure, natural beauty and summer serendipity. Go to www.greatnortherncatskills.com for additional travel information and trip ideas.
About Greene County:
Greene County is in the Great Northern Catskills, home to five of the 10 highest peaks in the Catskill Park, family resorts, outdoor adventure and year-round entertainment. Known as the nation's first wilderness, and renowned as the home of Thomas Cole's Hudson River School, the Catskills are a haven for outdoor recreation and artistic inspiration. Greene County was also the inspiration for Washington Irving's literary legend, Rip Van Winkle. Connect with the Catskills at Facebook.com/GreatNorthernCatskills, and on Twitter.com/CatskillTourism