Wylder Hotel Windham 7.22 Michael Carnevale 11

Inside one of the best new resorts in the New York Catskills

Many spacious resorts in locations that experience vastly different seasons over the course of a year typically close for part of the year (e.g. ski resorts in the summer and beach hotspots in the winter). But there are more and more all-season resorts catering to new and returning visitors with new experiences and activities year-round.

For off-site entertainment, a vintage Land Rover Defender 110 offers a shuttle service that takes guests to and from Windham Mountain, Windham Country Club and downtown Windham.Michael Carnevale

The new open Wylder Windham in update New York was designed to reflect and celebrate the local feel of the city of Windham, embracing the long summer days, the changing leaves in autumn, and the ski season. (Also an ideal destination for anyone looking for a city that loves Christmas.)

With plenty of parking around the property, most guests arrive by car, but Hudson Station isn’t too far away for those wanting to take Amtrak from New York City or Boston, for example. (But note that Super it’s scarce, as are taxis, so arrange a car service with the hotel in advance. The hotel has a restored Land Rover that it also uses to transport guests to Windham Mountain during ski season.)

Wylder Windham offers more than 4,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space. Michael Carnevale

The property hosts seven different lodging experiences across the 20-acre property, with 111 suites in total. One of those suites is actually a guest house, with a full kitchen, living room, washer and dryer, and four bedrooms that sleep eight.

And while the other 110 suites can only be booked through Wylder Windham directly, the “Farm House” as it’s called is also available to rent through Airbnb. And better than most Airbnb rentals, guests are not committed to cleaning prior to departure as this is the best of both worlds – staying on your own property with all the comforts of home but also all the amenities and services of a hotel.

The Farm during the holiday season. Rachel King

Other amenities include a full bar and restaurant open daily for dinner and brunch on the weekends with a bakery open daily for breakfast and lunch. For spring and summer visitors, there is an expansive outdoor lawn complete with hammocks, tree swings, fire pits, lawn games, a large heated in-ground pool, and live entertainment. (The hotel is also very dog-friendly, and there’s a dog on the property for key guests to exercise and play.)

Adjacent to the restaurant, guests will find Babblers Bakery serving its signature strawberry rhubarb pies, soft serve ice cream, homemade croissants and fresh coffee.Michael Carnevale

And in the winter, there are several private, barrel-shaped saunas with views of Windham Mountain, tubing and snowshoeing, and a new ice skating rink that opens in time for New Year’s. The hotel is currently setting up a small skate rental cabin with an outdoor cafe serving hot cocoa and hot toddys.

The site is very family friendly but also good for couples and/or groups of friends traveling together so this is the type of resort where you can really tell there is something for everyone. Rachel King

Also crucial for anyone wanting to work remotely, the hotel provides very strong and fast Wi-Fi included in the room rate, which is essential given that there is little to no wireless phone service in the immediate area.

Established in 1880, Thompson House Resort was family owned and operated for over 140 years until Wylder Hotels took over ownership in 2021. Rachel King

And while the seven lodges themselves are historic and over 140 years old, everything inside has been renovated and updated to modern standards. All rooms have king or queen size beds with oak floors, custom cabinetry, marble bathrooms (some with clawfoot tubs), and central heating/air conditioning units. Most suites have balconies with custom wooden recliners and unobstructed views of Windham Mountain or the Batavia Kill River.

The dog-friendly hotel offers a collection of 110 king and queen bedded rooms and suites featuring oak floors, custom furniture, and luxurious bathrooms. Michael Carnevale

Since opening six months ago, the hotel has already hosted several events, including weddings and several corporate retreats, the latter especially during the fall conference season. For weddings, business meetings, and other events, the ballroom has a maximum capacity of 200 people (though 150 would be more breathable for tables, live music, and the like).

Just below the ballroom is a huge recreation room nearly the same size, completely renovated and livable with a pool table, foosball table, video game machines, and couches in front of a large HDTV. The space is now open to guests, and the hotel already hosts a few events for guests over there, like movie nights. It can also serve as an after-party space for weddings, and management hopes to eventually add a popcorn machine and bar over there, among other amenities in the future.

Inside Babblers, welcoming to visitors and locals alike, serves comfort classics for brunch and dinner. Rachel King

Also for wedding parties (or anyone looking for a weekend splurge), there’s the “Baller Suite,” a two-bedroom suite in the main lodge directly above the lobby and steps away from the ballroom. With plenty of space, lots of natural light, creek views, two large balconies, and a full bathroom with a clawfoot tub, the Baller Suite would also make an ideal bridal suite before the big event.

After a day of playful adventure, guests can relax in the oversized heated pool and bask in the view of Windham Mountain. Michael Carnevale

Starting rates for rooms and suites range from $172 to $215, depending on availability and size. Rates for the Baller Suite start at around $675 a night and the Farm House starts at $1,200 a night.