Catskills Escape and a Soiree on the Railway

By Margie Lavender

The first weekend of August, my husband and I celebrated our 6th wedding anniversary (and 14 years!) by escaping to the Catskills for The Soiree on the Railway put on by the charming And North collective. We made a weekend of it, arriving at the Arts and Crafts style Deer Mountain Inn in Tannersville, NY Friday evening, where we were served an incredible dinner.

Deer Mountain Inn Entrance

The Adams Room  

We spent Saturday morning leisurely exploring the lovely grounds and gardens. Originally a summer cottage for the Colgate family in the 1880’s, the Deer Mountain Inn has all of the cozy historic charm of the Catskills, with the service and culinary delight you’d expect to find in NYC. 


Lovely cottage gardens

The impressive vegetable garden

The area has much to offer ranging from alluring architecture to stunning nature, all within close proximity! We hiked trails and saw Kaaterskill Falls, the tallest 2 drop waterfall in New York State, and ate delicious sandwiches in a sweet General Store setting at Bovina Circle W Market.

Shingle Style and Arts and Crafts homes to explore in the area

Tannersville Mountaintop Arboretum - Marsh Boardwalk

Pines at Kaaterskill Falls trail 

Kaaterskill Falls

Bovina Circle W Market

The Soiree on the Railway was And North’s first of what may become an annual event, “a lavish gathering to honor the bygone glamour of train travel to the Catskills’ famed resorts” benefiting the Catskill Center

The Delaware Ulster Railroad, our venue for the evening

Wandering between the dining and open air cars on the Delaware Ulster Railroad as the spectacular Catskills scenery and electric sky rolled by, we sipped champagne and dined on suckling pig, prime rib, balsamic mushrooms, salted potatoes, and more. It was simply magical.

The glamorous bar car

Fabulous dinner by Brushland Eating House

Fun music performance by The Bees Knees

Me taking in the scenery on the open car

The glorious Catskills landscape from the open car