If you’re on the hunt for a mountain elopement destination in the Northeast, the Catskills may be calling your name. From adventure elopements to micro weddings, the Catskills can accommodate anything you may have in mind. The Catskills are perfect for couples living in the New York City area, Massachusetts, Connecticut, or New Jersey because you would only be a few hours drive away! They are also a great option for a destination wedding if you’re trying to avoid the high cost and overcrowding of destinations on the west coast.
Below are venues and destinations that can work for any couple, whether you’re looking for a no-frills adventure for just the two of you or a small ceremony at a peaceful mountain inn. If you need any more information about eloping in the Catskills, please reach out to me! I would love to help you say “I do” exactly how you want to.
Summits, Waterfalls, and Unforgettable Views
There is definitely no shortage of incredible hikes in the Catskills! Regardless of your skill level, the physical ability of your guests, or the kind of landscape you’ve envisioned, you can find a trail or summit that will be a perfect fit. The cool thing about an adventure elopement is that each one can be unique and catered to you! When you post your wedding photos, everyone is going to be thinking, “Where the heck did they take these and how can I get there?!” That secret can stay between the two of us 😉 Here are just a few of the more popular hikes in the Catskills, but if you choose me as your elopement photographer, I can help you find more hidden gems!
- Kaaterskill Falls: moderate
This is probably the most popular hike in the Catskills, and for good reason! The 2.5-mile hike leads you to a two-stage waterfall that looks insanely beautiful no matter the season.
- Artists Rock: easy
This is a great choice if you’re looking for a spot with sweeping views that overlooks a river. The hike is super easy (as long as you choose the right trailhead!)
- Giant Ledge: moderate
Giant Ledge is definitely a longer hike at 7.1 miles, but it is definitely worth the trek! The views from the jagged ledges are some of the most spectacular in all of the Catskills. Because it’s a longer hike, it would be a great idea to take a picnic and some champagne to pop along with you!
- Mountain Top Arboretum: easy
More of a park with nature walks than a hike, this is a great option if you want to bring a few members of your family along. The park is 178 acres and has a whole lot of forest and multiple meadows to choose from.
Places to Stay
The Catskills have seen a boom in popularity over the last few years, and that means there are a seemingly endless amount of places to stay! A quick search on Airbnb will yield hundreds of results, from cozy cabins and Insta-worthy A-frames to massive log homes and renovated barns. No matter what your aesthetic or your budget is, you can find accommodation in the Catskills that has you absolutely swooning. Here are a handful of cool options that are perfect for unwinding after a jam-packed day or having a small “reception.” Some options on this list will even do a wedding on the property!
This inn takes the classic red barn aesthetic to a whole new level. Luxurious rooms, private hot tubs, and serene mountain views – what more could you ask for?
Foxfire is like Anthropologie-meets-Victorian-inn kinda cool. Staying here will probably make you want to go straight home and redecorate. Plus, they offer an insanely delicious food package that you can include in your stay. That means all of your restaurant planning already done and dusted.
From minimal A-frames to Scandanavian-style suites, the great thing about the Eastwind is the number of room styles to choose from. You’re guaranteed to find something that works for you!
Room for the Whole Family (or just some of ‘em)
If you’re looking for enough room for a few close friends and family, you’re in luck! There are plenty of venues in the Catskills that will cater to weddings no matter the size.* Below are just a handful of options. Some of these venues are also inns/hotels, so they could double as a great place to stay. You could spend your whole wedding day on the property if you wanted!
This venue is over 100 acres of rolling green hills, lush forests, and views of both the Catskills and the Berkshires. The highlight of this venue is their Pavilion: a minimalist structure that is perfect for outdoor events. The walls are “sculptural screens” that allow you to feel like you’re in the midst of nature without the risk of encountering the elements.
14 acres of picturesque land encompass this quaint, peaceful historic manor house with 5 bedrooms. This place is a great option to book out for the whole family!
Looking for rustic farmhouse style (but like, really cool?) Gilbertsville might be perfect! They started doing micro weddings of up to 20 people last year, and have enough room for all of your attendees to stay on-site as well.
Ready to start planning your elopement in the Catskills? As a Northeast native and seasoned elopement photographer, I can help you plan your day from start to finish. Contact me to get the process started!