New York's Catskill region continues to see increased development and as of March 2023, with another boutique property added to the growing list of design-minded accommodations for nature-loving urban dwellers. Situated on 22 acres, the newly opened Camptown is a boutique hotel retreat featuring a renovated 1930s motor lodge and stand-alone cabins in Leeds, NY. Thoughtfully curated and nature-focused, the property boasts 50 guest suites, an on-site restaurant, and an imminent pool and lounge area set to open in Summer 2023.
Located just across the Rip Van Winkle bridge, the property is the newest project from Ray Pirkle and Kim Bucci, owners of the neighboring Rivertown Lodge in Hudson, NY. Renovated and redesigned under their real estate and design company Ramshackle Studio, the duo reimagined the property into a contemporary country escape, complete with custom woodwork, vintage and modern furnishings, and a color palette of bold, earth tones.
The main motor lodge offers an array of accommodations, from modest but cleverly designed Nook Rooms with a built-in bed unit, to spacious King rooms. Elsewhere, 26 stand-alone cabins are unique in character and design, some restored to their original condition and others renovated to evoke a completely modern feel. Some feature a wood-burning stove, kitchenette, and living area, while others are pared down for a simpler stay. Each cabin features a porch and seating area, however, so guests can take in the surrounding views to equal measure.
Although each guest suite differs, they all pay homage to the site's original details, featuring exposed wooden beams and finishes, and custom Shaker-style furnishings designed by Ramschakle Studio and other local artisans. Contemporary creature comforts like frette linens, down alternative pillows, organic mattresses, heated bathroom floors, and blackout curtains make each stay luxe, with access to Catskills attractions just outside the door.
The on-site restaurant, Casa Susanna, is located in a renovated lodge that also serves as the property's lobby and communal gathering space. Led by Chef Efrén Hernández, Casa Susanna will highlight Jaliscan flavors and feature a natural wine program, seasonally-based cocktails, and fresh tortillas made in-house. Centered around a towering stone fireplace, the adjacent lobby area hosts plush seating and an antique beverage cart serving up tea and coffee.
Elsewhere on the property, a pool and lounge area is slated to open Summer of 2023 and will feature a covered pavilion, communal fireplace, waterbed cabanas and loungers, and an outdoor bar. In Fall of 2023, a sauna will join the sprawling outdoor complex.
Camptown is officially open for bookings as of March 2023. Long-term stays are also encouraged, and on-site programs like a communal Pantry filled with local provisions and a "Fill Your Fridge" delivery system ensure guests will be well stocked throughout their getaway. Rates start at $209/night for a room and $229/night for a cabin.