FAQ

Selecting and booking the event or getaway of a lifetime is an adventure in itself and we know that you'll want to be absolutely sure about all the details. Hopefully, the answers to most of your questions are here in our FAQ section, but if not please don't hesitate to contact us here!

Our passion is hosting groups such as yours. We designed AKERA just for you and would love to help you host here. We can assist you to create a retreat or event tailored perfectly for you and your guests.
In today’s world, people crave connection and experiences, which AKERA offers both. With so many demands for people’s time and attention, when guests show up to your event, they show up looking for something real, authentic, and memorable.

Aside from our amazing idyllic setting and central NY location, what sets us apart is the truly unique energy that allows you to focus on your craft, mastery, content, and bond with your guests throughout your stay.

People will always gather, because humans are social creatures. Gathering is powerful because it can inspire us to be more hopeful, more joyful, more connected, more playful curiosity, more thoughtful, more grateful, more elevated, and therefore more present and alive! AKERA aims to create a safe space for all to gather, all under one sky, expand your horizons, build bridges to genuinely connect in an inclusive space with our Mother Earth.

We ensure that everything is taken care before you arrive, so you can focus on what you came to AKERA to do. Who would have thought the idea of taking care of people could be such a simple, yet impactful, solution? Come be a part of our community and experience what AKERA has to offer.

AKERA’s Address is 2299 Ulster Heights Rd, Woodbourne, NY 12788, which is 100 miles from NYC and located in the Catskill Mountains. The Catskill Mountains lie in southeastern New York State.

AKERA is located in Woodbourne NY, 100 miles from NYC.

Driving: Car parking is complimentary to all visitors. CARPOOLING IS SUGGESTED WHEN POSSIBLE!

From Albany and points North:

  • Take the New York State Thruway (1-87) South towards New York City
  • Take Exit 16, Harriman/US-6 (see below)

From New York City and Points South:

  • Take the New York State Thruway (1-87) North/West to Exit 16, Harriman/US-6. After toll, merge slightly right onto NY-17 West (towards US-6/Harriman) OR Take Palisades Parkway to Exit 18 (US-6) and merge onto NY-17 West
  • Travel approximately 30 miles on NY-17 West to Wurtsboro
  • Take the US-209 ramp to Wurtsboro/Ellenville
  • Turn right to continue onto US-209 North just over 13 miles to Canal St in Ellenville
  • Turn left onto Canal St. In a 0.4 mile turn right onto Cape rd.
  • Continue onto Cape Rd, which becomes Ulster Heights Rd. for just over 9 miles.
  • You will see a sign for AKERA on your left-hand side at 2299 Ulster Heights Rd
  • Proceed up the driveway to enter AKERA

Flying:

Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR): about 2 Hour from AKERA

3 Brewster Road
Newark, NJ 07114
(973) 961-6000

LaGuardia Airport (LGA): about 2 Hour from AKERA

Queens, NY 11371
(718) 533-3400

John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK): about 2 hours & 20 minutes from AKERA

Jamaica, NY 11430
(718) 244-4444

Albany International Airport (ALB): about 2 Hour from AKERA

737 Albany Shaker Rd
Albany, NY 12211
(518) 242-2222

Westchester County Airport (HPN): about 2 Hours from AKERA

240 Airport Rd
White Plains, NY 10604
(914) 995-4860

Stewart-Newburgh International Airport (SWF): about 1 Hour from AKERA

1180 1st Street
New Windsor, NY 12553
(845) 564-2100

BY TRAIN:

Otisville NJ Transit Station - approximately 45 minutes away from AKERA.

Mt Hope, NY 10963

Rhinecliff Amtrak Station (RHI) - approximately one hour away from AKERA.

Hutton St. and Charles St.,Rhinecliff, NY 12574
(800) 872-7245

Poughkeepsie Amtrak Station (POU) - approximately one hour away from AKERA.

41 Main St Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
(800) 872-7245

Garrison Station Metro-North Railroad (Hudson Line) - about 1 hour & 25 minutes away from AKERA.

33 Lower Station Rd, Garrison, NY 10524 

BY BUS:

Monticello Shortline Bus Terminal - approximately 30 minutes away from AKERA.

30 Sturgis Rd, Monticello, NY 12701.

There are also several buses each day that connect to Woodridge bus stop, which is a 15-minute drive from AKERA.

Local Taxi/Cabs:

Once you arrive by train/bus, you can reach AKERA via Sureway Taxi (845) 794-5050 or Yellow Cab of Monticello  845-794-4040.

Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR): about 2 Hour from AKERA

3 Brewster Road
Newark, NJ 07114
(973) 961-6000

LaGuardia Airport (LGA): about 2 Hour from AKERA

Queens, NY 11371
(718) 533-3400

John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK): about 2 hours & 20 minutes from AKERA

Jamaica, NY 11430
(718) 244-4444

Albany International Airport (ALB): about 2 Hour from AKERA

737 Albany Shaker Rd
Albany, NY 12211
(518) 242-2222

Westchester County Airport (HPN): about 2 Hours from AKERA

240 Airport Rd
White Plains, NY 10604
(914) 995-4860

Stewart-Newburgh International Airport (SWF): about 1 Hour from AKERA

1180 1st Street
New Windsor, NY 12553
(845) 564-2100

Yes. Visit our Property page to explore an interactive map of AKERA.

Woodbourne is a hamlet in the town of Fallsburg in Sullivan County, New York. Woodbourne NY is 100 miles from NYC. The population in Woodbourne is 2,098.

Click Here for updated weather information.

Woodbourne Fire Company
355 RT-52, Woodbourne, NY 12788
(845) 434-6763

Woodridge Police Station
655 Green Ave, Woodridge, NY 12789
(845) 434-6644

In case of an emergency, please call 911.

Woodbourne Urgent Care Center has walk-in with late hours which is 10-15 minutes from AKERA.
845-436-6666

Ellenville Hospital has an Urgent Care Unit also, which is 20-25 minutes from AKERA.
845-647-6400

From family-friendly activities to epic adventures, there is more to do than can fit in a single itinerary. The Catskill Mountain region has so much to offer. The area is known for the Catskill Forest Preserve, with its rich wildlife and hiking trails, and ski resorts, largest indoor water park in NY. Here you can experience four seasons of fun and relaxation. Keep in mind that while AKERA does offer activities onsite, from indoor to outdoor, there are many local options that you may enjoy as well!

It is a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts for its endless array of recreational opportunities for all seasons. This mountainous paradise offers you the perfect place to enjoy hiking, biking, camping, fishing, observing wildlife, picnicking, and so on.

On your visit, you can find a plethora of nearby attractions, where you can have a blast doing several other activities. For example, golfing, museums, water park, ziplining, white water rafting, and much more.

Legendary mountains and lush forests hold breathtaking views and boundless adventures.

Country roads lead to antique and art galleries in villages like Woodstock, an art colony since 1902 and still the world’s most famous small town.

To assist you in planning your stay, we have put together a map listing local options for you to explore all that the area has to offer.

If fun and exercise in the water is what you are looking for, you’ll find Catskill waters cool and refreshing. 

The pond on the property is spring-fed and is swimmable. Water shoes are recommended, unless you are comfortable walking in a natural pond bottom. It is 6 feet at its deepest point. 

Neversink Park is about 12 minutes from AKERA and is great for shallow wading.   Easiest access from Fairgrounds as 8230 State Rte 55, Grahamsville, NY 12740

Mountaindale Park is about 20 minutes from AKERA and offers a swimming pool and lake.

Minnewaska State Park is about 30-40 minutes from AKERA and offers several great swimming holes and lakes (Lake Awosting is a favorite). Lake Awosting is a little more remote, the hike to the lake is over 3 miles long, but you get rewarded with a beautiful view and clean water, with a unique stone slab “beach” that gradually slopes down into the water. The rail trail is smooth and even except for a very steep section just before you reach the lake, it is also suitable for cycling or strollers. Swimming is not allowed in Awosting falls, but it is still worth the short hike to admire the view, and you can take a “shower” if you get close enough to the mist from the splashing waters!

The famous Blue Hole, described as ancient whirlpool is less than 30 minutes from AKERA, directly across the road from the Peekamoose Trailhead.  Blue Hole also features a waterfall.

The Kartrite is home to New York State’s biggest indoor waterpark, located right next to the world-famous Monster Golf Course and the Catskills Casino.

Split Rock is part of the Mohonk Preserve, and accessible from the Coxing Trailhead parking lot. While swimming is allowed, there is no life guard on duty. There is a picnic area and a waterfall, and a river that forms several smaller pools that are great for children to play in. The Split Rock swimming hole in New York is one to remember!

AKERA has multiple Hiking Trails on the property, that lead to and around the ponds, small cave, and rock formations on the property.  

Neversink Park is about 12 minutes from AKERA and offers a series of trails with waterfalls and access to the Neversink River.   Easiest access from Fairgrounds as 8230 State Rte 55, Grahamsville, NY 12740

Mountaindale Park is about 20 minutes from AKERA and offers walk along Silver Lake.

The 60-foot Red Hill fire tower sits atop 2,980-foot Red Hill and it affords a panoramic view of the Catskill peaks and the Rondout Reservoir from behind Denman Mountain.  This is a moderate hike from the parking area, which is about 25 minutes from AKERA.

The famous Peekamoose Trailhead, is less than 30 minutes from AKERA, the hike is difficult but well worth the 1.5 hour hike to the tallest peak in the Catskills for the spectacular views and dip in the famous Blue Hole when you get back down to the bottom!

Minnewaska State Park Preserve has an abundance of beautiful hikes for different skill levels and several lakes and waterfalls to admire. Sam’s point preserve is on the highest section of the Shawangunk mountains, with amazing views, crevices and caves to explore.

Easy hikes with kids:

MINNEWASKA STATE PARK (VEHICLE FEE FOR ENTIRE CAR ~$15) 

  • PETER’S KILL.-  GREAT ROCK SCRAMBLING/HIKE DOWN TO RIVER 
  •  AWOSTING FALLS - SHORT WALK FOR NICE WATERFALL 
  •  STONYKILL - OFF THE BEATEN PATH - GORGEOUS WATERFALL
  • MOSSY GLEN TRAIL (BRING BATHING SUITS!! GREAT CLEAR ROCK STREAM FOR SWIMMING ALONG THE WAY
  • MINNEWASKA LAKE - WALK AROUND THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE LAKE  FROM PARKING TO THE BEACH AND SWIM IN THE SUMMER

More challenging hikes for adults:

  • MINNEWASKA - GERTRUDE’S NOSE VIA THE MILLBROOK MOUNTAIN -FAIR BIT OF ELEVATION GAIN AND MILES (HARD)
  • MINNEWASKA - CASTLE ROCK TO BLUEBERRY RUN (LONG)
  • MINNEWASKA - HIGH PETERS KILL TRAIL - BACK TO MOHONK LANDS (HARD)
  • MINNEWASKA - LAKE AWOSTING (BIKE IT)
  • MOHONK PRESERVE - BONTICOU CRAG TRAIL TO TABLE ROCKS - UNREAL VIEWS - WATCH YOUR FOOTING OUT ON TABLE ROCKS NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART - LONG HIKE (HARD)
  • MOHONK - HUMPTY DUMPTY /GIANTS WORK SHOP ROCK SCRAMBLE - JUST SO FUN! (INTERMEDIATE)
  • MOHONK - OVER CLIFF/UNDERCLIFF LOOP (GOOD FOR JOGGING) (AVERAGE-FLAT)
  • MOHONK PRESERVE - BONTICOU CRAG

The RAIL TRAILS offer miles and miles of broad, smooth and level trails, perfect for hiking, biking, running or pushing a stroller. Once the path of an actual railway line, it connects different towns, hamlets and villages in the area, so you can easily plan a stop to grab a hot drink or some food along the way. You will find access to the trail heads for example in Hurleyville, Fallsburg, Woodridge, Mountain Dale, Parksville, Liberty and Kerhonkson.

General information on hiking includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules and regulations.

Neversink Park is about 12 minutes from AKERA and River is very popular for trout fly fishing on the Neversink River, with access to waterfalls. Easiest access from Fairgrounds as 8230 State Rte 55, Grahamsville, NY 12740

Mountaindale Park is about 20 minutes from AKERA and offers great fishing for bass, crappie, pike, and pickerel from Silver Lake.  Mountaindale also offers fishing and boat rental.  

Morningside Park is less than 15 minutes away from AKERA and offers fishing boats for catching lake trout, bass and walleye.

General information on fishing includes how-to and safety tips and links to seasons, rules and regulations.

Sullivan County Lakes and Ponds for fishing: Bashakill Marsh, Cliff Lake, Crystal Lake, Lake Huntington, Lake Superior, Loch Sheldrake, Long Pond, Mongaup Falls Reservoir, Mongaup Pond, Morningside Lake, Rio Reservoir, Swinging Bridge Reservoir, Toronto Reservoir, Waneta Lake, and White Lake.

Not on the property at AKERA, but there are some locations locally. General information on hunting includes how-to and safety tips with links to seasons, rules and regulations.

Although AKERA doesn’t have motorized water crafts on-site for visitors use, AKERA does have a variety of self-propelled watercrafts, such as canoes, standup paddle boards, and kayaks.

Paddle boats can be rented at both Morningside Park and Mountaindale Park.  Motor boats can be rented on White Lake in Bethel about 35 minutes from AKERA.

The Shawangunks, or “The Gunks”, as the locals call it, is a collection of cliffs in the Catskills and known to be one of the most popular climbing areas in the country. There is something to find for any skill level, with the Trapps and Near Trapps being the most popular areas to climb. Stop at the Mohonk Preserve’s visitor’s center for more information or visit the “Rock and Snow” store in New Paltz to meet some local climbers!

There is nothing quite as exhilarating and satisfying as getting outside in the cold winter air. There are plenty of options for outdoor fun near AKERA, from extreme winter sports to cozy cuddling near the fireplace with hot chocolate, the Catskills offer an ultimate winter experience. 

The RAIL TRAILS offer miles and miles of broad, smooth and level trails, perfect for cross country skiing or snowshoeing. Once the path of an actual railway line, it connects different towns, hamlets and villages in the area, so you can easily plan a stop to grab a hot drink or some food along the way.

You will find access to the trail heads for example in Hurleyville, Fallsburg, Woodridge, Mountain Dale, Parksville, Liberty and Kerhonkson.

Minnewaska State Park Preserve in Kerhonkson and Mohonk Preserve in Gardiner welcomes cross-country skiers and snowshoers on their well-maintained trails. For best access to the trails in the Mohonk preserve, park at the West Trapps, Coxing, Spring Farm or Testimonial gateway Trailheads. 

Walnut Mountain Park in Liberty in the heart of Sullivan county offers over 13 miles of trails for snowshoeing and cross country skiing.

The Shawangunk Country Club offers day passes for snow tubing on select winter days, and has a little bistro where you can warm up with some hot chocolate after!

The town of Neversink, at the Grahamsville Fairgrounds Pavilion, has an ice rink and rents out ice skates and helmets. Make sure to check their Facebook page on updates about hours and closures before planning your visit!

The Town of Fallsburg has free open-air skating on a lighted pond. Ice skates can be provided or you can bring your own.

Holiday Mountain in Monticello offers skiing slopes and snow tubing in the winter as well as swimming, go-carting and mini-golf in the summer.

The Kartrite is home to New York State’s biggest indoor waterpark, located right next to the world-famous Monster Golf Course and the Catskills Casino.  It may be a Winter Wonderland outside, but it’s always 84 degrees at The Kartrite!  Splash the day away on thrilling waterslides! Surf an endless wave while enjoying a view of the heart of the Catskills. Snowshoeing in the winter, arcade, mini bowling alley, 4D theater, laser tag, ropes course, zipline, climbing wall, 3D gaming, virtual reality, and more.

Ski Resorts: Belleayre Mountain is an hour away from AKERA or Hunter Mountain is 60-80 minutes away from AKERA or Plattekill is 60-80 minutes away from AKERA.

We sure do! We host weddings, meetings, parties and more at our Catskills Retreat Center! Learn more about events.

Yes, thanks for asking!

We kindly ask that you;

  • do not smoke indoors
  • remove your shoes indoors once you get settled
  • keep the heat turned down to 60 degrees Fahrenheit/16 Celsius during the day or when you are not at home
  • do not leave towels or linens outdoors
  • please leave soiled linens in the bathroom upon your departure
  • do not put meat, citrus peels, dairy products, nor sticker labels from produce in the compost
  • park only on the gravel not on the grass
  • use only natural, biodegradable products in the facilities
  • do not leave any fire unattended or burning when you go to sleep

Although AKERA is a great place to disconnect, there is WiFi when using the password breezyroad031 (all lowercase).

No. Each house contains full bedding for its beds and enough towels for each guest. And even better, you don’t have to strip the bed before you leave — housekeeping will take care of all of that.

All of the kitchenettes are equipped with the basics: a full-size refrigerator with freezer and ice maker, sink, oven, microwave, toaster, dishwasher, dish soap, dish detergent/tabs, water kettle, coffee machine and French press. AKERA supplies include all the basics: silverware (big/small forks, butter knives, big/small spoons), glassware (high/low & wine glasses) & shatterproof glassware, mugs, dishware & shatterproof dishware (bowls and plates), cookware (pot/pan set), cutting board, cooking utensils (spatula, serving fork, serving spoon), peeler, kitchen knives, cheese grater, measuring cups, wine key, pot holders, oven mitt, salt, pepper, olive oil, sugar (sugar substitute), coffee, tea, non-dairy creamer, and kitchen towels.

We have firewood available for purchase at AKERA. Visitors are no longer allowed to bring their own firewood. Due to invasive species, we do not allow outside firewood to be brought to the property. We have plenty of firewood here at the property, you can purchase during your stay! To preserve the beauty of our wooded grounds, please do not cut down or damage trees in any way.

For safety and liability reasons, guests are not permitted to bring any personal motorized or small engine vehicles (golf carts, motorized scooters, dirt bikes, hoverboards, go carts, ATVs, etc.) onto the property. Guests found in violation of this policy may be asked to leave without a refund.

You bet, unless when we are under a Burn Ban, so be sure to ask at check-in. We ask that campfires be confined to designated locations and they should never be left unattended. We do not permit outside firewood being brought into AKERA or the cutting of any of our trees or brush. Firewood is available for purchase at AKERA but don’t forget to bring all the accessories (marshmallow, chocolate, graham crackers, roasting sticks, etc.)

Contact us to submit a request for permission for fireworks. With permission fireworks are permitted only under contract with licensed / permitted contractors.

Pets are not allowed at AKERA. Please make other arrangements for your furry friends.

Yes - it’s a great place to see the white tailed deer frolic and play and red tailed hawk soar in the sky. AKERA is out in nature so you may encounter some furry or slimy friends during your stay! Please keep AKERA tidy and avoid leaving unattended food or garbage out. If you do happen to encounter any wildlife, it is best to leave them alone.

That depends on what direction you are going - Here are some of the closest options: 

Stewards in Fallsburg, about 13 min from AKERA

Valero in Ellenville, about 16 min from AKERA

Stewards in Ellenville, about 16 min from AKERA

Walmart in Napanoch, about 20 min from AKERA

That depends on what direction you are going - Here are some of the closest options

Livingston Charge Port in Livingston Manor, about 14 minutes from AKERA

Evolve Charging Station in Liberty, about 18 minutes from AKERA

Greenspot Charging Station in Liberty, about 19 minutes from AKERA

Greenspot Charging Station in Kiamesha Lake, about 20 minutes from AKERA

Tesla Destination Charger in Monticello, about 20-15 minutes from AKERA

That depends on what direction you are going - Here are some of the closest options: 

On Woodbourne side

Citgo in Woodbourne, about 10 min from AKERA

Exxon in Woodbourne, about 10 min from AKERA

Stewards in Fallsburg, about 13 min from AKERA

 

On Ellenville side

Stewards in Ellenville, about 16 min from AKERA

Citgo in Ellenville, about 16 min from AKERA

Valero in Ellenville, about 16 min from AKERA

That depends on what direction you are going - Here are some of the closest options: 

Barthel's Farm Market in Ellenville, about 18 minutes from AKERA

Shoprite in Ellenville, about 18 minutes from AKERA

Peter’s Market in Napanoch, about 18 minutes from AKERA

Walmart in Napanoch, about 20 minutes from AKERA

Green Market is an organic market in Monticello, about 25-35 minutes from AKERA

Green Earth is an organic market in Wurtsboro, about 28-30 minutes from AKERA

Hannaford in Middletown, about 45 minutes from AKERA

Or if you have time on the weekend we encourage shopping at the Liberty Farmer’s Market on Friday afternoon, Rock Hill Farmer’s Market on Saturday morning, or the Callicoon Farmer’s Market on Sunday afternoon.

Car parking is complimentary to all visitors. If you are visiting AKERA and requesting to park something other than a car, contact us.

Contact us to report lost items and we will notify you if we find the item(s).

AKERA is not responsible for any items lost or left behind.

Housekeeping services are not provided during the course of stay.

Season appropriate attire is suggested. Try to bring LAYERS that can be taken off and on easily to adapt to any change in the weather. Also suggest bringing comfortable shoes, flashlight, personal toiletries / medicine (nearest store is 20 minutes or so away depending on what is needed), earth-friendly bug spray and sunblock, and umbrella / raincoat (just in case).

We don’t currently provide food at AKERA, but we have plenty of local caterers and private chefs to recommend for your stay. Ask us for details.

Sullivan County is home to some excellent restaurants and award-winning chefs. Many of the restaurants serve local, farm-to table foods and offer a nice relaxing atmosphere to eat, or delivery for an additional fee. For local, sustainably minded food - the Pickled Owl in Hurleyville (17 minutes), Aroma Thyme Bistro in Ellenville (18), Henning’s Local in Cochecton (45) and The Heron in Narrowsburg (45).  Other Local Options: High Voltage Catskills in Mountain Dale for Bar food (17), The Dale in Mountaindale for pizza & Italian food (17), Tango Cafe in Hurleyville for classics comfort food (17), The Paper mill Restaurant and Bar in Napoanoch (17), Yiassou Cafe in Liberty for Greek food (20), Pizza The Rock  (25),  Dutch’s Tavern for decent bar food (25), Crust Italian Eatery for a decent slice (25), Benji and Jakes for Pizza (35), Local Table and Tap on White Lake for American food (35), Mountain Brauhaus for German food (40).  In terms of the closest restaurants: In terms of the closest cafes: Gombo’s Bake shop in Woodbourne, Cohen’s Bakery in Ellenville, Forage & Gather in Mountaindale.

Our nearest taxi services are Sureway Taxi 845.794.5050 and Yellow Cab of Monticello 845.794.4040.

You can read about previous guests' experiences here.

Of course, this area is rich with history, including but not limited to: Warwasing Historical Society and Knife Museum, Sullivan county museum in Hurleyville, Time and the Valleys Museum in Grahamsville, Bethel Woods Museum, Woodstock Artists Association & Museum.

Mountain Dale- is lovely little village, just over 15 minutes from AKERA, in the other direction. Besides some cute bars and restaurants, you can also take a stroll by the creek or go vintage shopping at “Bad Grandma”’s or Ambit’s Boutique.

Hurleyville – is also just over 15 minutes from AKERA. Hurleyville has an arts center for live performances, events and movies. The Hurleyville General Store has a small selection of foods and drinks, locally made gifts and goodies and very cute children’s toys! La Salumina is a charcuterie shop that supports farms and farmers from the Hudson Valley and Sullivan County. Visit the Sullivan County Museum, and stop by Morgan Outdoors for some new hiking apparel before hitting the rail trail in town or ask the owner to get the insider tips on the best nearby hikes!

Ellenville - is also just over 15 minutes from AKERA. Ellenville has great scenery and home to many local businesses.

Wurtsboro – is a charming destination just under 30 minutes from AKERA, filled with shops, galleries and restaurants. Make sure to check out “Brother’s Vintage and Variety”, an antique shop benefitting Johnson’s Sanctuary for Senior Dogs!

Woodstock – is charming little Catskills oasis just about an hour from AKERA but is still the world’s most famous small town, forming an art colony since 1902, with an art, religion, music, and theater scene worthy of national attention.  Home to Tinker Street Cinema, Woodstock Artists Association & Museum, handmade candle at Candlestock, The Maverick, Woodstock Playhouse, a “rural extension of Broadway,” and the Levon Helm Studios and Bearsville Theater.

Bethel - probably one of the most famous towns of Sullivan County, Bethel, is just over half an hour drive away from AKERA.  Bethel received worldwide attention after it became the location of the infamous “Woodstock” music festival in 1969. A visit to Bethel is worth it at any time of the year. Spend the day walking around, start with a Brunch at Bethel Market Cafe, visit the visit the iconic Woodstock Festival grounds at the Bethel Woods Center for the arts for a show, or an exhibition at the Bethel Woods Museum, stop by the Catskill Distilling Company, hike or swim in Lake Superior state park. The Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, encompassing 800 acres, is a cultural mecca, offering numerous programs for all ages.

Other Nearby Towns To Explore: Narrowsburg, New Paltz, and Kingston.

The Hudson Valley has an abundance of local farms, many of them using organic, sustainable or regenerative farming methods. If you are looking for fresh produce, locally made cheeses, honey or maple syrup, or want to harvest your own fruits and vegetables, and do something fun with the family, look no further.

Kelders Farm in Kerhonkson has fun farm activities for the whole family, such as mini-golf, a playground, hay rides, a corn maze, and a giant bouncy pillow.  Saunderskill Farms in Accord, and offers pick your own fruits, an excellent farm store with local produce, breakfast, lunch and bakery. Damn Good Honey Farm in Kerhonkson, sell home-made honey but are also passionate about teaching about the importance of our pollinators and how to protect them, hosting beekeeper workshops and trainings and much more. Catskill Mountain Sugarhouse in Grahamsville visit the sugar house in March to see how Maple syrup is produced in Sullivan County. Apple Pond Farm at Callicoon Center - take a farm tour and help feed the animals, gather eggs or shop home-made products, organic vegetables and meat at Sullivan County’s only solar and wind powered organic farm. Contact them to book cheese making or wool spinning classes!  Buck Brook Alpacas in Roscoe - a family run farm with over 100 Alpacas and Angora rabbits that offers interactive tours and sells cozy Alpaca products. More things to do with kids: Check out the local libraries for story times, music hours and craft projects that you can join with your little ones!

We suggest guests bring a 4WD vehicle as AKERA is located in the country. This is strongly recommended when there’s snow build-up. Otherwise, it’s not necessary, though nice to have.

Yes!  All of the houses have pristine Catskill mountain water that is drinkable. And we want to keep that water drinkable, so we ask our visitors to reduce water waste whenever possible and encourage the use of eco-friendly amenities and products. 

Yes! There are several communal BBQs on the property: a charcoal grill, propane grill, and a few fire-pit.  We do not supply charcoal; this will have to be provided by the visitor. A limited amount of propane is provided with each stay. Please make sure that the grills are cleaned with the provided wire brushes when you are finished.  AKERA also has metal grates which can be placed over each fire-pit for direct BBQing over the open fires.

So we do not supply an endless amount of toilet paper or paper towels. AKERA uses a Variety Of Natural, Eco-Friendly, & Non-Toxic Products to make sure our visitors needs are meet all while being as mindful of the environment as possible. We encourage conservation and sustainability here at AKERA, so we will provide visitors with an appropriate but not excessive amount of products for their stay. If visitors need more than provided, you will have to buy it yourself at the nearby store.

We have several different types of garbage: recycling, compost, and garbage. Recycling is single-stream meaning all glass, plastic, metal and paper can go together. Recycling containers are located in each house as well outside the accommodation buildings. Compost is any organic matter besides meat and besides animal treats. There is a compost container in each house. Garbage is whatever is left over from recycling and compost. There are garbage cans in each house as well as the outside each building. We are diligently doing what’s possible to keep waste out of landfills, reducing refuse and return biomass to the forest, so we ask our visitors to reduce wastes as well whenever possible.

AKERA is an ever-evolving intergenerational retreat center. It’s not just a venue, it’s an experience where one can connect (from the interior to the exterior) to themselves, others, and nature, elevating awareness of the present, integrating every object, every human, and every action at AKERA into one large participator work of art and allowing for transformation through this experience. If an eco-friendly venue, with a community atmosphere, impeccable attention to detail, surrounded by unique nature, spectacular views and plenty of adventure or resting opportunities to choose from, sound like the ingredients of an enchanting experience, then AKERA is for you! We invite you to come see for yourself… experience the land that touches the aliveness in your heart and awakens your soul with peace and connection.

For event planners looking to start their own retreat, it can be challenging to find the right venue. Some retreat hosts choose to stay at Airbnbs or Vrbo rentals while others seek more traditional retreat centers for rent. Here are some reasons why renting an overnight retreat center is a better option than a vacation rental.

  1. Retreat centers offer dedicated spaces for activities (i.e. yoga studios, dining rooms, classrooms, swimming pools, workout rooms, etc.). Most Airbnbs, on the other hand, do not have these amenities.
  2. Retreat centers typically have a dedicated staff, including maintenance, planners, and facilitators. This means that retreat hosts don’t have to focus as much on logistics or hiring outside help.
  3. The business model for retreat centers incentivizes them to keep good rapport with retreat hosts. Airbnb or Vrbo hosts can sometimes cancel at the last minute, which never occurs with retreat centers.  If the Airbnb/vrbo owner of a private property does not clearly know what your purpose of your event is, you are at risk of losing the property at any time, even on the day of your retreat or a couple of days prior to your arrival.
  4. Using AirBnB/Vrbo private properties can be very risky because most properties on AirBnB/Vrbo clearly state that gatherings, groups and of course parties are not allowed. This is often because they only carry insurance for private users – not for group business events, which means if something happens at your event at those private properties it’s likely not covered. 
  5. Nowadays, it’s quite easy to research reviews for retreat centers, hotels and resorts, however private AirBnB/Vrbo rentals can be a little trickier, they can switch ownership or property management between reviews and the standards of different properties can be much more inconsistent.

Contact the experienced staff at AKERA for suggestions.

All of the bathrooms are equipped with: a toilet, full bathrooms have a bathtub (with bath salts and bubbles) and shower, ¾ bathrooms have a shower.

Bathrooms with tubs/showers and sinks have: shampoo, conditioner, body wash, hand soap, bath towels, hand towels, washcloths, towel warmer (except in the sanctuary), bath mat, hamper, wastebasket, hair dryer, mirror, toilet paper, multi-functional luxury shower heads and hardware.

PLEASE BRING: all personal items — toothbrush, toothpaste, hairbrush, razor, etc. Planet-friendly products used.

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