The Catskill mountains have long inspired reverence for the natural world among east coast city dwellers and country folk alike. The Hudson River School of romanticist landscape painters in the mid-19th century were drawn to the sublime green hills and tumbling creeks of southeastern New York just as Manhattanites of the 21st century are today. Dotted with lakes, boasting a handful of ski resorts, the Catskills, part of the Appalachian chain, remain a year-round getaway. A breath of fresh mountain air, a giant green “reset” button.

Tucked into the forested town of Windham is the brand new Eastwind Hotel and Bar. If you go, you’re going to want to stay in one of the Lushna accomodations, clean, 220 square-foot, simple A-Frame cabins perched on stilts, peeking out from the pines, looking out the slopes of Windham Mountain. Scandinavian minimalism and mid-century modern cues inform the whole retreat. The Lushna cabins feature a a sauna, of course—it’s a Scandinavian thing—and BBQs and access to a hot tub. Trails wind from the hotel through the woods nearby, and if you’re so inclined, they’ll gladly lend you backpacks and hiking boots to explore, to seek out the same soul-stirring views and solitude that drew the Hudson River painters. Perhaps be inspired to dip a brush into some oils yourself.

Weekend Cabin isn’t necessarily about the weekend, or cabins. It’s about the longing for a sense of place, for shelter set in a landscape…for something that speaks to refuge and distance from the everyday. Nostalgic and wistful, it’s about how people create structure in ways to consider the earth and sky and their place in them. It’s not concerned with ownership or real estate, but what people build to fulfill their dreams of escape. The very time-shortened notion of “weekend” reminds that it’s a temporary respite.

Photos: Eastwind

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