A Brooklyn aesthetic is readapted for bucolic upstate New York.
Travelers and transplants have long drifted to the hemlock forests of the Catskills in search of an antidote to New York City’s bedlam, ever since early tourists and Jewish immigrants came to glimpse America’s first resort, Catskill Mountain House, in 1824. These days, the small hamlets clustered around the Hudson River are being reborn yet again as a proving ground for small, rustic-tinged hotels that adhere to a more cosmopolitan, social-club playbook. The 38-room Scribner’s Catskills Lodge, in the ski town of Hunter, might be the most ambitious yet. The owners Glennon Travis, a veteran of Soho House and Sean MacPherson’s hotels, and his partner, Marc Chodock, stumbled upon the peculiar motor lodge on a solitary hill facing Hunter Mountain, tasking Brooklyn design firm Studio Tack with giving it a head-to-toe makeover. The space showed its wear, not to mention some dubious aesthetic choices: a subterranean replica of the Playboy mansion grotto, moth-eaten décor, and kitschy rooms with themes that ranged from Swiss cottage to “futuristic.” Studio Tack refashioned the interiors and infused a communal vibe throughout the different spaces. Loft suites with sunken living rooms fit up to six guests. A stovepipe fireplace and custom Spacio Torreno chairs punctuate the soaring lobby lounge (formerly the arrival driveway check-in). The rooms, varying in size and layout, all feature similarities like whitewashed walls, maple floors, and terracotta bathrooms. Other elements are a nod to the lodge’s surroundings. At the Prospect restaurant, Alpine-style cuisine developed by the culinary team at Brooklyn’s Esme uses produce sourced from the many farms around the Hudson Valley, and is served in a space lined floor-to-ceiling in blond pinewood. The artwork has a regional bent, from Emily Johnston’s landscape photography in the lobby to local textile artist Catskill Kiwi’s woven pieces above the bedside tables. Call it a ski lodge for the 21st century.