The Inn at Lake Joseph has been offering casual luxury accommodations in the Catskills for more than 35 years, but the inn has a history that goes back much further than that. The inn started as the private summer residence of Thomas Hunt Talmage, a well-off businessman from Brooklyn. His vast summer estate featured more than 2,000 acres of wilderness at Lake Joseph, in the beautiful Catskills. The property was developed into a religious retreat center for a number of years and later was converted into an inn. Today innkeepers Ivan and Rue welcome visitors year-round to their country estate complete with acre upon acre of natural beauty just waiting for you to make your own memories.

A Secluded Country Estate Near New York City

The inn sets in a secluded location that is perfect for couples looking to get away on a romantic retreat and the grounds are packed with fun activities and trails to explore, making it a perfect family getaway as well. Even though the Inn at Lake Joseph feels like it’s a world away, it’s conveniently located just 2 hours from New York City, making it a convenient escape for city dwellers. The city is also within easy reach for tourists visiting the Catskills who want to make a day trip to the Big Apple.

A Secluded Country Estate Near New York City

The inn sets in a secluded location that is perfect for couples looking to get away on a romantic retreat and the grounds are packed with fun activities and trails to explore, making it a perfect family getaway as well. Even though the Inn at Lake Joseph feels like it’s a world away, it’s conveniently located just 2 hours from New York City, making it a convenient escape for city dwellers. The city is also within easy reach for tourists visiting the Catskills who want to make a day trip to the Big Apple.

Luxury Accommodations in a Country Dwelling

There are 17 luxurious rooms and suites, fully decked out with fireplaces, large beds, whirlpool tubs and private sundecks. Some of the rooms feature kitchenettes and a number are pet-friendly. The resort’s common areas include a library, a seasonal heated pool, a billiard room and plenty of other areas to relax and explore.

Each morning, you’ll start your day with a hearty country breakfast served on the Lodge veranda. Enjoy the views and sounds of the forest while you tuck into your breakfast. The inn is happy to accommodate any guest’s dietary restrictions with advance notice, so no one will have to miss out.

Things to do near the Inn at Lake Joseph

Even though the inn is located in a secluded area in the Catskills, that doesn’t mean you won’t find anything to do during your stay. There are plenty of activities to keep even the most active travelers happy. The property itself offers a variety of recreational activities in both summer and winter. In the summer, fill your days with swimming, fishing, boating, and kayaking on the inn’s private access to the lake. There are also miles and miles of wooded trails waiting for you to explore on foot or bicycle. Alternatively, you’ll find on-site snow sledding, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing if you choose to visit during the colder months. At the end of the day, come together with your family or significant other and roast marshmallows around the outdoor fire pit.

The Inn itself offers so many activities that you may find yourself never wanting to leave. However, if you decide to get out and explore the area you’ll find plenty of options. Check out the Catskills Beverage Trail to try some local brews and spirits, visit the Bethel Woods Center, site of the historic 1969 Woodstock Festival, go horseback riding or see a show at a local performing arts venue. If you are visiting in winter, and hope to hit the slopes, Holiday Mountain ski resort is just 20 minutes away.

After all of that exploring, you’re sure to need a bit of relaxation. The in-room spa services at the Inn at Lake Joseph and free guest passes to the nearby health and fitness facility provide plenty of opportunities for you to be pampered and unwind.

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