With a slew of three-day weekends ahead of us, it’s a perfect time to escape for a weekend skiing. One of the absolute best kept secrets is Plattekill mountain in the Catskills. An easy three hour drive from the City, Plattekill offers trails for the beginner to the advanced, but without any of the mad lines and crowds found at many other New York area slopes. What makes it even better is that you get to stay at the marvellous Roxbury Motel, just a few minutes away from the mountain.
To stay at the Roxbury Motel is to step in to your dreams from childhood. Most of the rooms have their own distinct super imaginative over the top theme. We love the “Genie Room” whose huge pink and gold bathroom comes with its own japanese soaking tub, the “Amadeus Bride”, a romantic two-floor suite filled with elegant mirrors and an enormous Austrian glass chandelier and for anyone with a sweet tooth, “Mary Anne’s Coconut Cream Pie” a room which makes you feel like you are literally inside of a giant pie. Don’t worry, there are simple non-themed rooms too if you’re not feeling adventurous, but we love the themed rooms as they just force you to feel happy with their entertaining details.
The motel isn’t like some old Poconos themed hotel from days gone by, its impeccably clean with shinning new bathrooms and an extensive and yummy breakfast served in the breakfast room each morning. The motel is on countless “best of” lists each year and for good reason.
The Roxbury has a wonderful spa aptly named “the shimmer spa” with a decadent hot tub, sauna and steam room. Massage therapists are also on hand to get your muscles back to life after a hard day skiing. Right next door to the motel is The Public, a happening après ski bar and restaurant, so you can drink and hang out without the hassle of driving home.
The mountain has a fresh 5 1/2 inches of snow this week and the Roxbury Motel has a few rooms left if the mood takes you this weekend.Platekill Ski. 469 Plattekill Mountain Road. Roxbury. New York. 12474. Tel: 607 326 3500 The Roxbury Motel. 2258 Country Highway 41. Roxbury. New York. 12474. Tel: 607 326 7200