While on a brief getaway in the northern Catskills, we saw plenty of natural beauty, including late summer wildflowers (rudbeckia, asters, eupatorium, and more) along the trails. We also saw some lovely manmade landscaping that took full advantage of its context.
Along route 28, just past Phoenicia, you’ll pass Kate’s Lazy Meadow, an unusual boutique hotel operation that combines mid-century modern/kitsch appeal with a bucolic setting on the Esopus Creek. As Travel and Leisure notes, “The ten suites will transport you to a time when Formica, Tupperware, and the Avon Lady were young, and lime green and burnt orange were viable decorative options.” There used to be a group of Airstream trailers used as accommodation options, but those have been moved to a new operation near Joshua Tree, CA.
The gardens of Lazy Meadow are simple but effective. They mainly utilize bursts of sunflowers and hydrangeas—common plants that work uncommonly well in their settings. The area near the creek is deceptively artful; plants are used as punctuation in a sculpted plain of river rocks.