When Lauren Moffat wants to get away, the designer behind the whimsical, vintage-inspired swimsuits we adore heads out of bustling New York City for the serene Catskill Mountains. “I love the feeling up there,” she says. “It’s very casual and relaxed, but there’s definitely a specific style—a specific charm.” Read about where Moffatt (who describes herself as “not a big nature person”) soaks up the great outdoors, does a little shopping, and tracks down delicious snacks (only two hours away from New York City, up the Hudson River Valley).
1. For a cool dip
Platte Clove Swimming Hole: It’s a bit of a hike, but the farther you go, the more likely you are to have the waterfalls all to yourself.
2. For antiques and things
Robert’s Auction: A true country auction. We consider ourselves lucky when we’re the only New York City dwellers present. Less competition!
3. For the best brunch
Phoenicia Diner: This renovated diner (originally built in 1962) that serves gourmet food is our go-to for breakfast. Don’t leave without getting a milk shake.
4. For a chilled-out picnic
Saugerties Lighthouse: If you’re not lucky enough to book a room at this bed-and-breakfast, the wood deck and the beach out back are both open to the public. Just be sure to check the tides before you pack your picnic and head over.
5. To kick back with a cold drink (and warm pretzel)
Stockade Tavern: Although it’s the best spot in Kingston for an old-school cocktail, we go for the soft pretzels they serve at the bar.
6. To get your hike on
Overlook Mountain: An easy hike with plenty of shade, plus a cool old hotel and fire tower at the summit.