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Kenoza Hall

by Lambeth Hochwald

At Kenoza Hall, it’s all about immersing in nature—and luxury.

Even if you have time for just one night at Kenoza Hall, you’ll feel the pull of the property’s sense of peace, calm and restorative Catskill Mountain air.

Kenoza Hall, a summer retreat dating back to the late 1800s that was lovingly restored in 2017 by Foster Supply Hospitality, a group of small hotels and restaurants in Sullivan County, New York, feels like a step back in time with all of the accoutrements of the modern era.

The main building houses 22 guest rooms, an intimate bar featuring liquors and ciders from local distilleries and a locally sourced farm-to-table fine dining restaurant. Dotting the hill around it are 10 high-end bungalows that offer each and every amenity you could need, including private porches, soaking tubs, bath amenities by Zenology (made from renewable sources) and, in some, fireplaces.

But it’s the Hemlock Spa that features massages and facials plus meditation sessions and yoga (including aerial yoga) classes in a custom-built studio, which might be the biggest draw. A barrel sauna, outdoor shower, Jacuzzi and heated outdoor pool complete the feeling of stepping into the slower pace you feel throughout the grounds of this sprawling property.

Of note is the fact that there’s a true European feel to the spa, inspired by the area’s early Swiss and German settlers. With body treatments rooted in naturopathy and hydrotherapy, one centerpiece is a Kneipp-inspired hydrotherapy circuit—a stress-relieving therapy where you begin by working up a sweat in the wood barrel sauna followed by a brief ice-cold plunge. Relaxing in the spa’s solarium—pre- or post-treatment or just anytime you feel like you want to Zen out—filled with hanging plants, a working fireplace and greenery completes the picture of serenity.

If you want to explore local towns, there is an abundance of charm within a short distance, too. While Livingston Manor, Callicoon and Narrowsburg are a short drive away, Jeffersonville, a charming older village, is just 4.8 miles away. If you visit, be sure to pick up a treat at Jeffersonville Bake Shop, a bakery housed in a quaint pink building featuring homemade baked goods with eggs from local farmers, coffee beans from local roasters and milk from local dairy farms.

Back on property, there are endless trails to hike. You can enjoy a walk down to the tranquil private lake across the road from the property or consider starting every morning with a self-guided “morgen lauf” (German for morning walk), which focuses on the sights and sounds of nature to begin your day.

And, just when you think you’ve had enough fun while you’re here, you’ll delight in browsing among the vintage maps in the Map Room and relaxing by the firepit on the blue stone patio. It’s lit throughout the evening with s’more kits available at the front desk. What more could you want from a destination just two-and-a-half hours from New York City?

For more information and rates, visit the Kenoza Hall website.

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