Today I returned from a little family vacation to the Catskills. My parents didn’t want to venture far, which is why we chose this as our destination. After some browsing on TripAdvisor, I managed to find The Roxbury Motel, which is a recently completed motel in Roxbury, NY. It got great reviews and when I looked at the site, I saw beautiful photos of immaculately clean and modern looking lodgings. My mom and brother are a little high maintenance, so I knew this would be much better than the typically musty B&Bs you find in rural areas. The owners had a background in theatre set design, and each room/suite has its own wonderful and unique character.
We stayed in George’s Spacepad, which had a Jetson’s feel to it (photos from the Roxbury Motel website):
The grass area you see in the picture above has a gazebo where we saw a couple get married, some lawn chairs and a black steel table with umbrella, and a fire pit which we gathered around with other guests at night. There’s also this nifty fire pit near the office, which was close to our suite:
The attention to detail was amazing, and the service was great too. I had brought my Diana mini camera but managed to mess up loading the film, so was unable to take pictures with that camera, but tried to take some snaps with my iPhone.
When we got in, we spent the afternoon hiking. I was given a map but somehow I must have taken a wrong turn because what was supposed to be a two-hour hike ended up being three. They don’t have cell towers where we were staying, so we were unable to use Google maps. Additionally, we were there mid-week so there weren’t a lot of people who were actually in the houses, which were very sparse in the area. At one point, we finally got the courage to ask directions and managed to scare the guy, because there just aren’t a lot of people around generally.
We checked out Mine Kill falls, which is near the motel. We walked down to the bottom of the falls, where there was a little pool. I dipped my feet in, and it felt very cool.
Then we went on a walking tour of the town of Roxbury, which looks like a ghost town. There are a lot of abandoned storefronts and homes, and the woman who was our guide, the former town historian, said she hoped that the Roxbury motel was part of a rebirth. The town was the birthplace of Jay Gould, and his daughter Helen helped develop it. Apparently, she would walk up to people’s houses and inform them they needed a new paint job, and would have a bucket of paint delivered the next day.
It was a little weird being up there–besides the fact that our cell phones didn’t work and a lot of the town seemed deserted (we wondered how people made a living around there), there weren’t a ton of businesses around, and most of the restaurants were only open at certain days and times, so we had to consult a chart in the binder in our room to figure out which places we could go to.
Our favorite part of the trip was the kayaking tour, led by Allan and Jo Hinckley. They met us at the motel and we drove a short while to an entrance to the Delaware River. We kayaked about a mile down to a resting spot, where we had a wine and cheese break that they had packed for us.
The weather was perfect, and the water was very calm so we were able to paddle without a problem. Towards the end, my brother and I started racing. He beat me at the end, but only because I got stuck in some weeds! We saw a bald eagle, a blue heron, and other little creatures.
The next day it rained so we mainly relaxed and watched movies. The Roxbury has tons of DVDs you can borrow. We also rented bikes from Casey Joe’s in Arkville. Joe the owner kindly brought the bikes over to us, and my brother and I rode down Rte 30 while my dad tried to teach my mom how to ride.
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