Travelogue – Weekend in the Catskills at The Debruce

This post is long overdue, but back in May, my man surprised me for my birthday with an overnight stay at The Debruce.

We’re big fans of Foster Supply Co., we spent New Year’s Eve at The North Branch Inn, another one of their charming properties.  A visit to The Debruce had been on our list for quite some time as it’s the perfect foodie escape from NYC.  With each stay, guests are treated to a 9 course tasting menu in their “jewel box” dining room overlooking the Willowemoc River and the 600 acres and mountains beyond.

The Debruce Jewel Box Dining Room

The Debruce Hotel

The property covers 1/2 a mile of private river rights for fly fishing, 600 acres and 30 miles of trails for hiking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing, and a pool for lounging in warmer weather.

We arrived on a perfect early spring day and enjoyed the sunshine in Adirondack chairs nestled in the forrest.

The rooms are modern and comfy with Sferra linens and Malin and Goetz toiletries.

We enjoyed a bottle of Bichi Pet Mex on the front porch, warming up for the main event and real reason to visit, the epic 9-course tasting feast.

Bichi Wines Pet Mex

The menu changes with the season, embracing local produce and supporting local farmers for a true farm to table experience.

Each course was a true delight, it’s truly impossible to pick a favorite.  But the edible “soil” and morels in the first dish might edge out everything else.

The Debruce 9 Course DinnerWe chose a Syrah from Edmunds St. John which complimented the beef course perfectly.

The final cheese and sweets course are enjoyed in the cozy parlor where we made new friends over Époisses and macaroons!

After a wonderfully deep sleep, it was time to eat again!  Overnight stays also include breakfast back in the dining room!

Typical, we couldn’t decide on just 2 main dishes so we ordered pancakes “for the table”.  Everything was delicious!

We had to work off at least one pancake, so we joined chef Axel for a foraging expedition into the mountains just behind the hotel.  We dug ramps and fiddlehead ferns which would be pickled and preserved in the root cellar for dinners come winter!

I highly recommend a visit to The Debruce, I can’t wait to go back in other seasons to see what changes and how the menus develop.  Less than 2 hours from NYC, this is a perfect weekend escape and a must for any foodie!

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