Catskill Animal Sanctuary: Sample Itineraries

Catskill Animal Sanctuary: Sample Itineraries

Catskills Farm Animal Sanctuary

Catksill Animal Sanctuary (CAS) quickly became one of my favorite places. The people who run it are nothing but gracious and the animals are just beautiful. It’s such a wonderful place to take your family. My niece celebrated her birthday there last summer with all of her friends and we all had the most amazing time. If you want a wonderful place to teach your children about animals while they get hands on interaction with them, this is it.

CAS is located two hours north of New York City in New York’s Hudson Valley. It provides a safe haven for abused, abandoned and neglected horses and farm animals. CAS has provided refuge for thousands of animals and also serves as a center for raising awareness on their treatment and how it impacts humans, animals and our planet. They also provide innovative on-site programs for schools and youth organizations.

Below are 3 sample itineraries for a mini-vacation to CAS!!

Please note: These itineraries are just for inspiration, I have not tested out all of the activities, hotels, restaurants, etc. Enjoy! 

Catskills Farm Animal Sanctuary

ITINERARY #1:

Itinerary Summary

Day 1: Arrive at Saugerties, NY
Day 2: Farm Sanctuary / Guided Tour and Volunteer
Day 3: Farm Sanctuary / Compassionate Cuisine
Day 4: Saugerties Marina
Day 5: Golfing, Shopping and Enjoying the Town!
Day 6: Leave Saugerties

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive at Saugerties, NY

When you arrive in Saugerties, New York, head over to Smythe House, a quaint bed and breakfast (which caters to vegetarians and vegans). The Smythe House is a micro hotel with a Jacuzzi and a beautiful view of the mountains. Try tonight’s suggested restaurant, New World Home Cooking. A local restaurant with a special vegan menu!

Day 2: Farm Sanctuary / Guided Tour and Volunteer

Today head over to CAS for a guided tour! CAS animals are free roaming, so you’ll bump into hens, cows, sheep and horses from the moment you step out of your car and onto the grounds. On your tour, you’ll learn the importance of the sanctuary, its history and mission and some of the lessons they’ve learned from their extraordinary animal friends.

Following the tour, roll up your sleeves and help out on the farm! Volunteering at CAS can include feeding the animals, painting the farmhouse and/or performing administrative work in the sanctuary office. After working up an appetite playing with the animals and helping out around the farm, head over to Garden Cafe on the Green, Ulster County’s only vegan restaurant which also focuses on organic, local produce!

Catskill Animal Sanctuary

Day 3: Farm Sanctuary / Compassionate Cuisine

Your second day at CAS can be spent either hanging out at the farm bonding with the amazing animals or learning about plant-based food options through their Compassionate Cuisine program. Compassionate Cuisine is a program at CAS that offers classes on plant-based cooking and organic gardening – see the CAS website for the current schedule.  If after all of your playing with animals or cooking lessons, you’re still looking for a bite to eat, head over to Savona’s Plaza Pizza where you can order veggie toppings on your cheese-less pizza!

Day 4: Saugerties Marina

After breakfast at the Smythe House, you can spend your day cruising around on a boat. Saugerties Marina has a ship store, boat rentals and a Hudson River tour. The Pontoon Boat is a great way to take a leisurely tour of the peaceful Esopus Creek. Pack a lunch, bring your suntan lotion and hang out on the boat all day long reflecting on the lessons you learned from the animals at CAS! When you’re ready to grab a bite to eat, Aria Grill in Kingston serves Afghani and Persian cuisine and is the perfect end to a day spent on the creek. Any vegetarian dish can be ordered vegan.

Day 5: Golfing, Shopping and touring the town!

Enjoy some morning golf followed by a day of shopping in town. After breakfast, make your way to The Lazy Swan Golf & Country Club Village on Old Kings Highway in Saugerties. This public golf course has incredible views of the Catskill Mountains. Then spend your afternoon antique shop hopping in Woodstock. On Saturdays you can check out the Mower’s Flea Market on Maple Lane. For dinner, head to Gabriel’s Cafe for some delicious Colombian-style cuisine. Vegetarian and vegan options are available.

Day 6: Leave Saugerties 

Stop at CAS to say goodbye to your new farm friends and make sure to come back soon! You will leave this mini-vacation super relaxed with your heart full of compassion.

 Catskills Farm Animal Sanctuary

ITINERARY #2:

Itinerary Summary

Day 1: Arrive at New Paltz, NY
Day 2: Farm Sanctuary / Guided Tour and Volunteer
Day 3: Farm Sanctuary / Compassionate Cuisine
Day 4: Historic Huguenot
Day 5: Wine and Pottery Trails
Day 6: Leave New Paltz

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive at New Paltz, NY

Head up to the Catskills and make your way over to your bed and Breakfast, Hungry Ghost Guest House located in New Paltz. Hungry Ghost Guest House is a strictly vegan bed and breakfast, and raw and gluten-free diets can be accommodated.

Day 2: Farm Sanctuary / Guided Tour and Volunteer

Today head over to CAS for a guided tour! CAS animals are free roaming, so you’ll bump into hens, cows, sheep and horses from the moment you step out of your car and onto the grounds. On your tour, you’ll learn the importance of the sanctuary, its history and mission and some of the lessons they’ve learned from their extraordinary animal friends.

Following the tour, roll up your sleeves and help out on the farm! Volunteering at CAS can include feeding the animals, painting the farmhouse and/or performing administrative work in the sanctuary office.

For dinner, try some amazing Indian food at Agra Tandoor in Rhinebeck.  There are lots of veggies options and vegans can be easily accommodated; just be sure to tell your server.

Catskill Animal Sanctuary

Day 3: Farm Sanctuary / Compassionate Cuisine

Your second day at CAS can be spent either hanging out at the farm bonding with the amazing animals or learning about plant-based food options through their Compassionate Cuisine program. Compassionate Cuisine is a program at CAS that offers classes on plant-based cooking and organic gardening – see the CAS website for the current schedule.

If you’re still hungry after your class, grab a relaxed meal at New World Home Cooking. The produce is local and you can customize your own seasonings with your server.

Day 4: Huguenot Street

After breakfast at your B&B, head out to learn some history about New Paltz.  Close to your B&B, Huguenot Street is a National Historic Landmark District (not just one street!) and has events nearly every day of the year. Even if you don’t want to partake in the town’s events, you can still take a tour of the historic location, its burial grounds and the church founded in 1717.  While you’re exploring, stop at Karma Road, a vegetarian deli and bakery, for lunch. On Huguenot Street’s six-acre site, there are many exhibits such as Native American artifacts from a time before the Huguenot’s settled in the area. For dinner, head a little north to Kings Wok in Kingston. Kings Wok serves a variety of vegan Chinese plates.

Day 5: Wine and Pottery Trails

Not only is New Paltz rich in its history but it boasts some amazing wine and pottery as well. Take advantage of the wine trail and the pottery trail while in the area. The pottery trail is a driving tour of different art studios featuring some local artists’ pottery. You can spend your morning visiting artists and your afternoon wine tasting. New Paltz has some award winning vineyards, so the wine trails are a must for wine-lovers. Driving maps are available online for both the pottery and wine trails. For dinner, you’ll love Aria Grill if you like a little spice. Any vegetarian dish can be made vegan at this Afghani and Persian restaurant.

Day 6: Leave New Paltz

Make a stop at CAS to say goodbye to your new farm friends!

 Catskill Animal Sanctuary

ITINERARY #3:

Itinerary Summary

Day 1: Arrive at Rosendale, NY
Day 2: Farm Sanctuary / Guided Tour and Volunteer
Day 3: Farm Sanctuary / Compassionate Cuisine
Day 4: Whitewater Tubing
Day 5: Wallkill Valley Rail Trail
Day 6: Leave Rosendale

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive at Rosendale, NY

Small pets welcome! Hudson Valley Bed & Breakfast allows your best friend to come along with you on your trip to the Catskills as long as he or she is well behaved and on the smaller size. Just let them know when you make your reservation. Hudson Valley B&B also has vegetarian and vegan breakfast options.

Day 2: Farm Sanctuary / Guided Tour and Volunteer 

Today head over to CAS for a guided tour! CAS animals are free roaming, so you’ll bump into hens, cows, sheep and horses from the moment you step out of your car and onto the grounds. On your tour, you’ll learn the importance of the sanctuary, its history and mission and some of the lessons they’ve learned from their extraordinary animal friends.

Following the tour, roll up your sleeves and help out on the farm! Volunteering at CAS can include feeding the animals, painting the farmhouse and/or performing administrative work in the sanctuary office.

For dinner, you’ll love Aria Grill if you like a little spice. Any vegetarian dish can be made vegan at this Afghani and Persian restaurant.

Catskill Animal Sanctuary

Day 3: Farm Sanctuary / Compassionate Cuisine 

Your second day at CAS can be spent either hanging out at the farm bonding with the amazing animals or learning about plant-based food options through their Compassionate Cuisine program. Compassionate Cuisine is a program at CAS that offers classes on plant-based cooking and organic gardening – see the CAS website for the current schedule.

If you’re hungry later, get some seitan satay at Luna 61 in Tivoli.

Day 4: Whitewater Tubing 

Spend your fourth day whitewater tubing! Town Tinker Tube Rental and the Esopus River are waiting for you! Grab a life jacket and a friend and glide down the river in a tube. If you’d prefer, you can also rent a kayak. After working up an appetite, head to Garden Cafe on the Green for a hearty vegan meal.

Day 5: Wallkill Valley Rail Trail

Today take a hike on Wallkill Valley Rail Trail! Wallkill Valley Rail Trail in New Paltz offers visitors grounds for hiking, biking, jogging and skiing. The Rail Trail is known for some fascinating flora and fauna. A number of tree varieties line the trail and you may have the chance to spot some animals, such as rabbits or deer. Remember to plan ahead and get a vegetarian take-out from Mother Earth so you can have a dinner picnic on the trail!

Day 6: Leave Rosendale 

Don’t forget to enjoy one last delicious breakfast before hitting the road to head home. Make a stop at CAS to say goodbye to your new farm friends and make sure to come back soon!

Catskills Farm Animal Sanctuary

GENERAL INFO:

Catskill Farm Sanctuary is open for tours every Saturday and Sunday, from April through October.  Tours begin every half hour between 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM.  Admission is $10 per person, $5 for seniors and kids under 12, and free for CAS members.

To learn more about CAS, visit http://casanctuary.org.

Compassionate Cuisine Classes can be found at http://casanctuary.org/programs/compassionate-cuisine.

CAS also has it’s own housing! Check out The Homestead, a beautiful 1700′s guest house.

For CAS’s list of recommended restaurants, click here.

For more information regarding the activities references above, please visit the following sites:

Historic Huguenot Street – www.huguenotstreet.org
Wine Trail Information – www.dutchesswinetrail.com
Pottery Trail Information – www.potterytrail.com
Saugerties Marina – www.saugertiesmarina.com
Town Tinker Tube Rental – www.towntinker.com
Total Tennis – www.totaltennis.com
Wallkill Valley Rail – www.gorailtrail.org

Catskill Animal Sanctuary

Catskill Animal Sanctuary

 Catskill Animal Sanctuary

Catskill Animal Sanctuary

Catskill Animal Sanctuary

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2 Responses to Catskill Animal Sanctuary: Sample Itineraries

  1. MollyG says:

    Hey, did you know my brother used to work at Luna 61 in Tivoli? Delicious vegan food. Seriously.

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