Piaule Catskill Is the Ultimate Modern Getaway—Just Two Hours Away From New York City

Piaule Catskill Is the Ultimate Modern Getaway—Just Two Hours Away From New York City

Hudson Valley has grown to be just as hot a vacation spot as the Hamptons. But if the Hamptons are the summer season’s big blockbuster, Hudson Valley is the well-respected A24 film. Well known, but less flashy. You go to Hudson Valley and the surrounding Catskills for nature without sacrificing many (if any) creature comforts. This attitude is exemplified by a new hotel, Piaule Catskill, which would satisfy any aesthete’s appetite. Just two and a half hours north of New York, Piaule Catskill is a 24-room boutique hotel overlooking the mountains. Piaule (pronounced pee-ahl) is slang for “crib” in French, which gives you a hint at the kind of beautiful-yet-laid-back atmosphere the founders Nolan McHugh and Trevor Briggs hope to inspire. McHugh and Briggs founded Piaule almost eight years ago as a towel company, making Japanese cotton, waffle weave towels which you can now buy at the hotel. Realizing they made more money AirBnBing their apartments than selling towels, they started thinking of launching a hotel together four years ago. They found the land in Catskill, hired Jim Garrison—who specialized …
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