A retreat from the bustle of New York, this upstate destination is undergoing a revival, thanks to local produce, big diner breakfasts and boutique hotels.
Driving north out of Manhattan, it doesn’t take long before the landscape begins to change dramatically. Skyscrapers are replaced by pine-strewn mountain peaks and the traffic-clogged avenues empty out into small country back roads that wind their way upstate to the Catskills. With acres of farmland, independent food producers, breweries, and acclaimed new restaurants, it has fast become an essential destination for food lovers. For the first half of the 20th century, the area was a popular vacation spot for wealthy New Yorkers looking to escape the summer heat, but as the beaches of the Hamptons became more fashionable, the Catskills slowly fell into decline.
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