Well, today we're back with the last installment of our DSI Design Dispatch series! It has been so fun collaborating with Lizzy and traveling (vicariously) with her all Summer long! I hope you enjoyed the series, it was such a joy for me and I kinda want to join her family, they're just so fun and adventurous!
Today, Lizzy reports back on her recent trip to the Catskills, NY. Lizzy, THANK YOU SO MUCH for taking us on your journey's this Summer!
Retailers want us to believe that it’s Halloween and Christmas is just around the corner but I just can’t seem to get on their schedule, especially when my weather feed is predicting 90º highs for the next five days. If you’d like to extend summer with me little longer, let’s take a blog trip to the Catskills on this last official day of Summer.
The town of Delhi (pronounced Del-High) has managed to stay below the radar of vacationing New Yorkers. It hasn’t yet undergone the boutique chic transformation of other Catskill towns like Hudson, Phoenicia, and recently, Livingston Manor. Still, Delhi has a cute Main Street with a farmers market and town festivals, interesting shops, my favorite tiny grocery that carries everything we need for the weekend, and buzz-worthy farm-to-table restaurants nearby. Transformation/gentrification (and everything that comes with it) has been slow to come to Delhi but it’s coming. Several years ago, the locals were flabbergasted when a store opened up on Main Street selling $850 bespoke stoneware lamps.
My family has been making trips to this part of the Catskills (3 hours from NYC) for the past 10 years, to visit my sister who’s husband grew up here. Because, Delhi is off the radar, it’s rental property stock is pretty slim. This year we rented a house that came with the owner. We had met Tjalling once before, a family friend and a builder from the Netherlands who moved to Catskills and built a home for himself thirty years ago. We had not seen his house but we needed a place to stay and he enjoyed company of others so we struck a deal over emails, took a leap of faith, and made a new friend.
Much of the weekend action is centered around the property my b.i.l. grew up on, their lake and all of the friends and family that come back every summer. These trips are a special opportunity for our children to run around and spend time with their cousins, aunts, uncles, and grandmothers. The days fill up easily with swimming, paddling, and exploring. Our kids take riding lessons at a nearby Icelandic pony stable. And the adults keep busy cooking up nightly dinner parties.
Weekend getaways are an easy way to stretch out summer just a little bit longer. There is no reason why we can’t keep swimming and grilling while the weather is still nice. I hope you find your Catkills this weekend. It may even be in your backyard.
Happy summering through September!