The Thomas Cole National Historic Site sits near the Hudson River with a view of the Catskill Mountains, surrounded by other cultural destinations, lively restaurants, and world-renowned natural beauty.
If you’re looking to plan your visit to the historic site, click here. To plan the rest of your stay, check out our recommendations below. From dazzling hikes in the Great Northern Catskills to the best places to sleep, we’ve got you covered.
When Thomas Cole first traveled up the Hudson River in 1825, he fell in love with this picturesque village on the water. Today, the Village of Catskill welcomes you with beautiful 19th-century architecture along the historic main street with shops and galleries, river activities including fishing and boating, waterfront restaurants, and an Audubon nature preserve where if you’re lucky you can spot a Bald Eagle.
General Visiting Information
The official website for visiting Greene County, where the Thomas Cole Site is located. This website includes a comprehensive listing of places to stay, places to eat, sights, activities and outdoor adventures.
Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area
A user-friendly website with in-depth information about the historic, cultural and natural resources of the Hudson River Valley. You can see a list of recommended sights to visit, create your own itinerary, or request free maps and brochures about visiting the Hudson River Valley.
Local Recommendations from the Thomas Cole Team
Photo by The Catskill Milliner
Where to Stay
Caleb Street’s Inn: Built in 1785, the Inn is located on the historic Main Street of the Village of Catskill and has rooms and suites with Victorian decor.
The Catskill Milliner: Boutique guest house and inn located just blocks from Catskill’s Main Street, the Thomas Cole Site, and the Hudson River.
Catskill Village House: Located on Main Street in the historic Village of Catskill, an entire home to rent with all your friends.
The Dewitt Oak Hill: A beautiful mix of eclectic style and comfort. Located a short drive from The Thomas Cole National Historic Site in Oak Hill, NY.
Hudson Milliner: A boutique guesthouse and inn located in the City of Hudson, across the river.
The Post Cottage: A charming shingle-style home built in 1917 with elegant rooms and gourmet breakfasts, this Bed & Breakfast is directly across the street from the Thomas Cole National Historic Site.
Scribner’s Catskill Lodge: Recently reopened following an extensive renovation for a new generation of urban explorers, the lodge features thoughtful design, friendly service, and delicious food and drinks in a mountain setting.
The Stewart House: A recently renovated 11-room “River House” in nearby Athens, NY that first opened its doors in 1883 and includes restaurant Happy Jakes.
The Wick, A new full-service boutique hotel in the City of Hudson, NY.
Windrift Hall: A preserved and updated Federal-style farmhouse with a creative bent and rooms available for rent in Coxsackie, NY.
WM Farmer and Sons: Shares that staying here “feels like hanging out with an old friend.” Home of renowned bar and restaurant by the same name in the City of Hudson.
Photo by HiLo
Where to Eat
394 Main Wine Bar, Fine wines and small plates, cheers!
A Taste of Catskill, Casual local sandwich shop.
Ambrosia Diner, A classic retro diner.
Catskill Bread Company, Local baker delivering to all the best shops around town.
Catskill Country Store, A market with local produce and sandwiches & salads to go.
Crossroads Brewing Co, A newly opened water-front tap room and brewery in Catskill.
Gracie’s Luncheonette, A stylish diner where everything is homemade, right down to the ketchup.
Hartland on Hudson, A beautiful espresso bar run by Brooklyn transplants.
HiLo, A cafe, bar, art gallery, and performance space, which couldn’t get much better.
La Casa Latina, Burritos and margaritas.
New York Restaurant, The local local spot for lunch and dinner.
Port of Call, Waterfront dining and seafood.
Hudson River School Art Trail: Take a drive to the nearby views that Thomas Cole painted. Click here for suggested itineraries for your visit to the trail sites.
Hudson River Skywalk: Take a stroll from the Thomas Cole Site to Olana over the Rip Van Winkle Bridge which now features new viewing platforms to take in sweeping views of the Hudson River Valley and the Catskill Mountains. The pedestrian paths from the Bridge to our site and Olana will be complete by 2019.
RamsHorn-Livingston Audobon Sanctuary on River School Art Trail: Located in the Village of Catskill, this compact sanctuary contains over 436 acres of tidal marsh and swamp, upland forests and fallow farm fields. Keep your eyes peeled for Bald Eagles.
Scenic Hudson and Greene Land Trusts’ Mawignack Preserve: One mile loop trail along Catskill Creek, an area that Cole painted more than any other subject.
Olana State Historic Site: Just two miles away is the magnificent home of artist Frederic Church.
The Greene County Historical Society: Nine miles north is the Bronck Museum, the Hudson Valley’s oldest home, built in 1663.
City of Hudson: Across the Rip Van Winkle Bridge is this hopping city with shopping, restaurants and antiques.
Maps for download
Hiking in Greene County
Antiques and Country Stores
Greene County Driving Tours
Itineraries for the Hudson River School Art Trail