Albie Alexander

The Graham <br />& Co.

  • Where:Phonecia
  • Why:A well needed break from the city.
  • When:May 2013
  • Who:Me and my boy.
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Yes, they have a firepit! This is by far the most exciting feature about the Graham and Co. I loved how we got to mingle with other guests around the fire.

The Graham & Co

Loved the Edison bulbs and antique nautical rope accents on the room exteriors.

Small-ish but cozy room. Sleeping on that mattress was like getting a very big hug. 

Everyone loves a free tote bag. 

If you live in Brooklyn you will feel right at home in the cafe at the Graham & Co. Collect your muffins and bananas here in the morning to keep you going for your afternoon hike. 

Now this is what I am talking about. There is something really special and peaceful about swimming in a place surrounded by mountains. I was in this pool quicker than you can say 'Montauk'. Forget the Hamptons, this is where it is at. But don't tell too many of your friends!

The view from my hammock just before I closed my eyes.

The Esopus Creek stems off the Hudson River and is directly behind the Graham & Co. At night, you can hear it softly trickling behind your hotel room so leave your meditation music at home. 

I am pretty crap at anything to do with sports HOWEVER, those who are able to kick a ball - the Graham & Co is the place for you. Volleyball, soccer, bocee, frisbee...they had it all. 

Free bikes! Go explore. 

Ohhhh hello Graham & Co! You sexy Catskills beast.

Highs & Lows

  • The Graham & Co is 2 hours away from NYC and the perfect getaway for a fun but totally chill weekend in the heart of the Catskills. Take advantage of the beautiful nearby hiking trails especially Kaaterskill Falls, which is one of the most impressive waterfalls in New York.

  • They throw weekend bonfires most Friday and Saturday nights (weather permitting) so we got to mingle with the other hotel guests, which mostly consisted of fun urbanites escaping the city for the weekend. I absolutely loved the organic community feel of this hotel!

  • Comfy hammocks dotted around the lawn. Perfect for a late afternoon snooze.

  • Complimentary bottle of beer offered at check-in.

  • They have a volleyball net on the lawn and on Saturday nights it gets turned into an outdoor cinema. Roll out a blanket and watch a movie under the stars!

  • Complimentary use of bikes!

  • No cell service (but sort of nice to be disconnected).

  • The inexpensive rooms are a bit on the small side, still very cozy though!

The Barometer

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  • Website

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  • Overall Value

  • Life Changing

Total: 44/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    Modern boutique motel.

  • Vibe

    Chic hippy commune.

  • Location

    A charming little town called Phonecia in upstate New York.

  • Rooms

    13 rooms. They will be renovating a small house on the property into a cabin that will sleep ten people! It will most likely be ready in Summer 2014.

  • Music

    They play amazing reggae in the bar area at night.

  • Year Opened

    2013

  • Designed By

    The hotel is family owned and was designed by the owner's daughter

  • Pool/Gym

    Gorgeous pool.

  • Restaurant

    No – but they offer a complimentary yummy brekkie (small bites, fruit, coffee, juice and the like).

  • Bar

    They have a communal café/bar area where we were able to get tipsy on our own booze bought from the local liquor store. It’s BYOB for now, they are waiting on a liquor license.

  • Children

    Yes.

  • Price

    Pretty reasonable! Rooms range from $99-$205 depending on season and room.

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Whitewater tubing on the Esopus Creek

esopus creek

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