Historic Main Street, Catskill, New York
The Thomas Cole National Historic Site is situated between the Hudson River and the Catskill Mountains, and is surrounded by cultural and scenic attractions in an area known for its history and its beauty.
The following links are provided to assist you in planning your visit to the beautiful Hudson Valley and the Great Northern Catskills. If you are looking for hours, directions and ticket information for the Thomas Cole Historic Site itself, click here. See also our information on arranging a group visit. Enjoy!
Visiting the Village of Catskill
When Thomas Cole first traveled up the Hudson River in 1825, he fell in love with this picturesque village that is surrounded with water on three sides. Today, the peaceful and artsy Village of Catskill welcomes you with a well-preserved 19th-century Main Street with shops and galleries, river activities including fishing and boating, waterfront restaurants, and an Audubon nature preserve with Bald Eagles.
General Visiting Information
The Great Northern Catskills
The official website for visiting Greene County, where the Thomas Cole Historic 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.
Where to Eat
On Catskill’s Main Street and other spots nearby, there are a wide variety of eating options. Here are several recommendations from our staff:
394 Main Street, in Catskill: coffee, sandwiches, soup, sidewalk tables
A Taste of Catskill, 296 Main Street, Catskill: sandwich shop/deli
Ambrosia Diner, 321 W. Bridge St, Catskill: retro diner
Catskill Bread Company, Catskill, NY: pop-up bread and baked goods
Catskill Country Store, 430 Main Street, Catskill: sandwiches and salads to go
Crossroads Brewing Co, 21 2nd St, Athens: brew house and restaurant
Gracie’s Luncheonette, 969 Main Street, Leeds: diner menu and baked goods
La Casa Latina, 1 Brandow’s Alley, Catskill: home-cooked mexican
New York Restaurant, 353 Main Street, Catskill: local restaurant
Port of Call, 7 Main Street, Catskill: seafood, waterfront dining
Where to Stay
There are a variety of Bed & Breakfasts and small inns nearby. Here are several in order of their distance from the Thomas Cole site:
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.
The Catskill House: Boutique guest house and inn located just blocks from Catskill’s Main Street, the Thomas Cole Site, 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Hudson Miliner: A boutique guesthouse and inn located in the heart of Hudson across the river.
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 Hudson.
Windrift Hall: A preserved and updated Federal-style farmhouse with a creative bend and rooms available for rent in Coxsackie, NY
Where to Shop in Catskill
The General Store of Catskill: Modern day essentials
House of Tuki: Antique and vintage shop
Lovely: Independent and local designers
Magpie Bookshop: Curated “nearly new” book shop with excellent taste
Mahalo: Local handmade gifts
Outland Projects: Specializing in custom furniture, sculpture and display
Other Great Places to Visit:
Beattie-Powers Place: Unique venue hosting concerts and cultural events
Catskill Farmers Market: Curated local market and events
The Community Theatre: Movie theater in a restored 1920’s theater
Greene County Council for the Arts: Gallery space for an organization actively advocating for the arts at the county, state and federal level
Joe’s Garage: Restored 1920’s mechanics garage now hosting local events
The following sites are listed in approximate order of their distance from the Thomas Cole site.
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.
Olana State Historic Site: Just two miles away is the magnificent home of artist Frederic Church.
City of Hudson: Across the Rip Van Winkle Bridge is this hopping city with shopping, restaurants and antiques.
Kaaterskill Clove: a magnificent cleft (or “clove”) through the Catskills with an art history theme.
Bronck Museum and Barns: Visit the Hudson Valley’s oldest surviving home.
Music: Club Helsinki: http://helsinkihudson.com/
Kids Fun: Zoom Flume Water Park: http://www.zoomflume.com/
Theater: Stage Works http://www.stageworkshudson.org and
Mac-Haydn Theatre http://www.machaydntheatre.org/
Free Downloadable PDFs:
Hiking in Greene County
Antiques and Country Stores
Greene County Golf Courses
Greene County Driving Tours
Itineraries for the Hudson River School Art Trail