A 12 Days of Christmas Catskills Gift Guide

Gifting is so much fun. But the classic ideas can always stand an update. After all, a partridge in a pear tree takes up the entire living room, shipments of milkmaids and drummers need to be housed (to say nothing of a gymnasium space for all those leaping lords), and calling birds just keep calling...and calling...and calling.

But you, you lucky soul, have the Catskills at your disposal. And these hills are packed with delicious foods, life-enhancing objects, fantastic fashion, life-changing experiences and mouthwatering edibles. So we’re hoping you’ll do your shopping locally, among the small independent merchants where your dollar makes a big difference.

Here are 12 local Catskills gift ideas for this holiday season.

On the first day of Christmas the Catskills gave to me:

A massage with aromatherapy

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Happy Holidays

During this busy season of preparing for the holidays,

the Margaretville Health Foundation

wishes to thank you for your continued support of

Mountainside Residential Care Center and Margaretville Hospital,

which are here for you year-round. Your donations will continue

to help us support both facilities in continuing our mission to

“Ensure quality health care for the people of the Central Catskills.”

Happy Holidays and a Healthy New Year!

Board Members

Heather Brighton

Don Bramley

Carmen Lopez  Read more

Forest Fantasy

First time offered on the highly desirable Fall Clove Road - 930 feet road frontage - 26 acres of gentle woods affording an ideal location to build that cabin with total seclusion. Deeded spring rights. Rural Co-op Electric - Minutes to the Pepacton Reservoir for fishing or kayaking.

Shop local from the comfort of your home this Holiday Season!

Support your local farm and forest producer, working landscapes and your community by making your purchases count for clean water and the environment! Holiday shopping just got easier with the Fresh From the Catskills Holiday Gift Guide 2015. We've gathered honey collectors; wool and fiber makers; outlets for wreath, and holiday decorations; cut-your-own tree farms; wine, beer and spirits makers; handmade gift ideas; holiday caterers; jelly and jams varieties; botanical/soap lines; holiday bakers; value-added dairy producers; maple syrup makers; local stores...all in ONE easy-to-access resource.  Read more

Last Chance for Perfect Gifts -- Tea, Teaware, Gift Boxes & More!

Swing by this weekend for tea and tea-infused treats from Heaven on Main Street.

It’s your last chance to find that perfect little something for under the tree or in the stocking. Tea gift boxes, exotic teaware from around the globe, of course, our signature hand-blended teas-- there's something for everyone on your list!

Swing by Tay Tea in Andes NY this weekend to eat, drink, shop & be very merry! We not only offer the best in tea, we also serve delectable tea-infused bakery treats made by Heaven on Main Street.

In addition, all month long, we are hosting a Holiday Pop-Up Shop with our friends Woodstock General Supply -- winter coats, fur caps, wool gloves, beautiful scarves and more.

Browse our selection of gourmet, hand-blended teas.

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This weekend: Christmas season in the Catskills

Above: Photo by Nannette Turner, via Flickr

Ring those bells and light those lights: It’s Christmastime in the Catskills. Public festivities abound. Come out and revel with your neighbors this weekend. Here’s our five-county guide to what’s doing.


On Friday, Dec. 11, there is a free holiday wine tasting at Roxbury Wine & Spirits—try four different holiday wines.   Read more

Catskills organizations awarded $26 million in state grants

Above: The Ulster County town of Shandaken will receive $415,000 in state funds to fix broken pipes in Phoenicia, part of $26 million in state grants won by Catskills organizations and municipalities today. Photo via

The winners of the annual battle royal for New York State’s grant funds were revealed on Thursday, Dec. 10 at a press conference by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, and the Catskills took home about $26 million, according to our quick and dirty calculations. (See the state's list of grant winners here.)  Read more

Holiday Pop-Up at Tay Tea!

Ready for the holidays -- the finest local & global artisan gifts.

Eat, drink, shop & be very merry!

This season, Tay Tea in Andes NY is hosting a Holiday Pop-Up Shop with our good friends Woodstock General Supply. We’re offering the finest local & global artisan gifts: handcrafted jewelry, wool gloves & caps, Nepalese shawls, Japanese teapots, elegant soap & tea gift boxes, and our signature hand-blended teas. Swing by and say hi!

Our online store offers perfect gift ideas for the tea lover on your list -- teas, teaware, gift boxes & more -- shop now!

Soap & Tea Gift Boxes are a big hit this season.

Tea-infused soaps.

The finest gift selection in the Catskills.  Read more

Exquisite Gifts -- Tea & Soap Gift Boxes, Japanese Tea Pots & more!

Tea and Tea-infused Soaps

Tay Tea offers a carefully curated selection of gifts for the tea lover in your life. Shop online, or swing by Tay Tea in Andes NY, where we are hosting a Holiday Pop-Up Market in collaboration with Woodstock General Supply. So many cool gifts -- explore, eat, drink & shop! We're open Friday through Sunday, 10 am to 6 pm.

Tea & Soap Gift Boxes
Each fragrant box includes a Classic Tin of your choice of one of our loose-leaf tea blends, plus a corresponding tea-infused soap, all made locally with organic ingredients. Shop.

Japanese Cast Iron Teapots
Brew your tea in a work of art! These teapots are strong, functional and absolutely gorgeous. Choose from 3 different designs, plus a warmer. Shop.  Read more

Andes Roundtable at The Hunting Tavern

December 9, 2015 - 7:00pm

Will Soter, Co-founder and Lead Guide of Upstate Adventures Guides, LLC  will be discussing the disparity between spending to promote our natural resources as a tourist destination and the funding to protect the same natural resources. Will is a NYS DEC licensed guide, Assistant Program Coordinator for the Catskill Conservation Corps, Catskills Assistant Program Coordinator for the NY/NJ Trail Conference.  Read more

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