missConduct I remember hearing about the Catskills when I was about 9 or 10 and it seemed lovely.it has always stuck with me. 40 years later I have decided next year I'm going to go! We are in to hiking and love mountains.
I'm about a 40 minute drive from Mohonk House. My advice would be to stay elsewhere in the area and go there for a meal. That will get you onto the grounds and you can spend the afternoon hiking the trails, which are lovely. We go for Sunday brunch when we feel like a treat and the weather is nice.
The Hudson Valley, which is just south of the Catskills has much the same terrain and has much more to offer in terms of accommodations, museums and nice places to eat. The roads are better too. And we have plenty of great hiking:
I have until the end of March to use my annual leave up so I could come half way through the month. As we are planning to see my aunt in Rochester Hills we may fly into Detroit and pick a car up from there and drive over and back.
That sounds like a good plan. I'd stay over one night somewhere midway from Detroit to NY. If you can do 6 hours the first day you'll arrive late morning to have a nice lunch and then check into where ever you'll be staying initially.
I have driven through that part of NY twice this year, once for a family function and again in August to visit some universities my son is applying to. It is physically lovely with beautiful mountains, lakes and great park lands. It is also very rural. Villages are far apart and tiny, most not even having mobile phone service, let alone nice accommodations. There are some exceptions, Ithaca and Corning being notable. If in the area of Corning, this is a must see:
So my suggestion would be to spend a week hiking in the wilderness and then head south a bit to civilization in the Hudson Valley and do some more hiking and visiting things here, where you'll also get a decent bed to sleep in and a proper meal.