The Catskills are just a short drive away and offer tons of culture, outdoor fun and fine dining (NY Daily News)

BY JEFF HEILMAN

Just a couple of hours from New York City — and boasting beautiful backdrops, charming hotels, and plenty of culture — the Catskills can’t be beat when it comes to weekend getaways. Here’s a look at four Catskills counties, from Sullivan County, where the first Woodstock Festival was held, to artsy Ulster County. Each offers its own unique appeal.

SULLIVAN COUNTY

Just 90 minutes from Broadway, eastern Sullivan County was once the Borscht Belt, with fabled Jewish resorts drawing millions of vacationers. In August 1969, however, the Woodstock Festival gave Sullivan a fresh but lasting legacy. The site of the festival, which took place on Max Yasgur’s dairy farm in Bethel, forms part of the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts. There’s also a museum devoted to Woodstock and the 1960s, and outdoor and indoor venues featuring a seasonal concert series.
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