When Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote his essay "Nature" near here in 1836, he kicked off the American conservation movement. You're enjoying its benefits at Emerson Resort & Spa, which lies in a protected valley in the Catskill Mountains. As two therapists massage you with herb-infused oils in one of the spa's 10 treatment rooms, you realize you've found the way to inner peace.
Hold that thought in a nearby Regal Suite, one of 25 adult-only lodgings at Emerson Resort & Spa's Inn. With a view of mountains and streams through its huge windows, it has Asian-influenced décor, a private deck, and double air-jetted tubs. For larger groups, there are multi-room accommodations in the resort's log-built Lodge, which houses another 27 suites.
After swimming in the pool or hiking the Catskills, you'll need sustenance. The Phoenix restaurant specializes in modern American cuisine made with fresh local ingredients, while the casual Spa Café serves wholesome breakfast and lunch.