70 acres of scenic land includes this pond.
TOP, N.Y. — Two phrases, "family friendly" and
"they made us feel like family," are staples in
travel reviews. But having visited (and reviewed) dozens
of hotels and resorts, I can honestly say that neither of
those phrases was ever more true than at Riedlbauer’s
Resort. It felt like spending the weekend at a favorite
aunt’s house, where you’re a little bit spoiled and
your only job is to enjoy yourself.
on 70 acres of scenic land in Green County, in the
Catskill Mountains of New York, Riedlbauer’s is truly
the perfect family getaway for any and all seasons. At
Riedlbauer’s, the food and the décor are as German as
the name. So is the music — live and otherwise — that
plays over the speakers from before breakfast to well
are also occasional surprises, such as a local dance
troupe that performed authentic dances for us (in German
costumes, of course). Many of the guests are native
Germans, or have parents who are. Some speak the language,
many understand it, and everyone enjoys singing
traditional songs after dinner and dessert.
of the guests are regulars, returning to Riedlbauer’s
year after year, season after season. I even met several
young parents who’d grown up visiting the resort as
children and are now continuing the tradition with their
own families. At check-in, I noticed how the resort staff
treated other guests like family, and worried that, being
newcomers, we’d feel like outsiders. Couldn’t have
been more wrong.
staff — and the other guests — immediately welcomed us
as if we were long lost relatives. After just one day, it
was kind of like "Cheers," everybody knew your
(and everyone else’s) name. We sang and danced together
and enjoyed the evening festivities together.
meals were family style with others — which I didn’t
think I’d like, but very much enjoyed. My 5-year old son
quickly found a girlfriend and two of them ate at an
resort is home to many interesting events and activities
— Halloween costume parties, the Barbarian Blitz (an
all-terrain obstacle course, relay race, and test of
physical limitations) and of course, the New Year’s Eve
party, for which they are still taking reservations. For
fun, fantastic (home-cooked!) food and celebration in a
truly family friendly atmosphere, I can’t think of a
better place to ring in the New Year than Riedlbauer’s.
more information and to make New Year’s reservations, go
to http://www.riedlbauersresort.com/ or call (518)