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The DeBruce

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Set in the Willowemoc Valley in New York’s Catskill Park, The DeBruce offers its guests a perfect opportunity to immerse themselves into nature and forget about the city for a while. The peaceful and beautiful landscape includes two mountains, a river, ponds, and plenty of greenery. A kind of natural haven that seems to slow down time while also sharpening one’s senses. The fourth retreat designed by Foster Supply Hospitality, this lodge is a special travel destination for urban dwellers. “The DeBruce focuses on conveying a story about its own particular place and time. An experience and emotional memory that lasts in guests’ thoughts long after they have returned home,” the husband-and-wife team explains.

Built in the 1880s, the charming lodge has recently undergone a tasteful restoration that pays homage to the building’s heritage and celebrates the local spirit at the same time. The 14 rooms all feature a simple, cozy décor meant to enhance the feeling of serenity and calm. Minimal furniture, subtly textured gray rugs over wooden floors, neutral colors, and bouquets of wildflowers. The great hall and conservatory also boast a rustic-modern design, with various charming details. These include a large fireplace made with river stone from Willowemoc, 100-year-old lighting fixtures, repurposed timber beams, and an original trail map station. The DeBruce also offers a great menu in its restaurant. Highlights include foraged ingredients as well as many fresh products bought from local farmers.

Outside, guests can lounge by the pool area and take a swim when the weather’s all nice and warm. Two ponds provide the perfect opportunity for some fly fishing during the summer and ice skating during the winter months. Of course, all around the retreat, miles of trails await for the adventurous at heart. Local wood artist Cima Bue designed a private trail system of 4 miles, with up to 30 miles planned for 2019. Photographs© Ron Cadiz.

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