I love a lodge in winter. The roaring fireplaces, the dark woods, the deep leather furniture and well-worn rugs--it's all very cozy and comforting, and the new Deer Mountain Inn is on my list of places to go and curl up when the weather gets cold. Recently reopened in Tannersville, New York, Deer Mountain's design feels like a mix between Arts and Crafts style architecture and decor a la the Royal Tenenbaums. The six rooms in the main lodge have creature comforts like free WiFi, Tivoli radios and bathrooms stocked with toiletries by Locust Grove Soaps (made locally in Roxbury, NY).
The inn also has 168 wooded acres with trails for hiking and biking, or you can opt to hop on the six-seater ATV to explore the property. When hunger strikes, head to the restaurant and bar, where seasonal dishes like grilled Rainbow Trout with braised escarole, sausage and potatoes are served alongside hand-crafted cocktails in a clubby room warmed by a roaring fire.
They haven't started online reservations yet, so in the meantime call 518-589-6268 to book (note: they do allow pets under 60 pounds for a $25/night fee as long as you let them know ahead of time). Here are some more photos from around the hotel and you can read more about things to do in the Catskills here.