Rich in History, Recreation and Bountiful AgriculturePublished March 9, 2021, 11:48 a.m. | Updated March 9, 2021, 12:46 p.m. |
Nestled among the foothills of the Catskill Mountains, Schoharie County is rich in history, recreation, and bountiful agriculture. It is ideal for your next family vacation full of educational fun, a romantic getaway for two, or a solo excursion full of inspiration and rejuvenation- the perfect cure for the Winter Blues.
Savor farm fresh foods, grown right in the former “Breadbasket of the American Revolution,” or sip your way along the Schoharie County Beverage Trail. A drive through the winding scenic thoroughfares of Schoharie County offer roadside farm stands to stock up on today’s picks of fresh produce. Brush up on the area’s history at one of many historic sites, like the Dr. Best House & Medical Museum, the Iroquois Indian Museum, or the Old Stone Fort Museum, perfect for on-site learning. For a more “hands-on” approach, sign up for a class at The Center for Art and Craft in Cobleskill and spend the afternoon creating a masterpiece! Offering classes for kids and adults alike, this is sure to be a hit!
Get in touch with nature on a hike up Vroman’s Nose. It’s a bit of an incline, but the breathtaking views of Schoharie Valley are well worth the challenge. It’s the perfect spot for a birds-eye view as spring starts to bloom. Trek through Mine Kill State Park to a stunning waterfall, rushing with water from melted snow. While there, you may catch a glimpse of our national bird, the bald eagle, at a viewing spot on the Schoharie County Eagle Trail. Springtime is mating season for most bald eagles in New York State. We recommend packing a picnic to enjoy there, or at Max V. Shaul State Park. Both have plenty of picnic space, trails to explore, plus access to fishing sites. Or immerse yourself in nature at the Landis Arboretum, a public garden with over 150 acres, including an old growth forest, to hike and scout. Watch as spring comes alive with flowers and greens starting to flourish. Looking for a thrilling adventure? Venture 15 stories underground to witness caverns created six million years ago. Howe Caverns – the second most visited natural attraction in New York State- offers a walking tour plus a boat ride on a subterranean riverbed.
Just down the road, visit Secret Caverns and snap a picture in front of their 20ft underground waterfall! If shopping is up your ally, a stop in the historic small town of Sharon Springs is a must. Home to the Fabulous Beekman Boys with their popular goatmilk skincare line Beekman 1802, their mercantile is the best place to stock up on self-care necessities or artisan made, home goods. This quaint village has a handful of local shops full of unique treasures and the tight-knit community embodies that of small-town charm.
After all the fun, you will need a place to rest your head! Rent a whole farmhouse for the family or stay in a cozy loft for a romantic getaway. There are plenty of inns, bed and breakfasts, and non-traditional lodging options to choose from! Our eccentric communities are #WovenWithWonder and waiting for you to discover all the hidden gems within.