Full Moon Resort
The Catskills Center for Conferences, Retreats and Workshops
A refreshing, accommodating and relaxing environment for retreats, workshops and conferences in the Catskills only a couple of hours from NYC…but over a million miles away.
Nestled in the midst of over 80,000 acres of Catskills wilderness preserve, just west of the Hudson Valley, Full Moon Resort, a one hundred acre wonderland of mountains, fields and streams is a world of its own. This turn of the century, year-round mountain resort, is the perfect setting for all types of Catskill Mountain retreats, workshops, conferences, group gatherings and reunions. For over nine years, Full Moon Resort has hosted a broad spectrum of artistic, educational, corporate, recreational and cultural groups – with the common thread being special attention to each diverse group’s particular needs.
At Full Moon, the key word is “connecting” – with others in the group, with nature and with oneself. Whether attending a serene, uplifting meditative retreat, a bonding company experience (including the work and business!), or an educational or artistic workshop, the connections simply happen.
Full Moon Resort offers charming, classic country inn accommodations and custom designed group dining on a rolling Catskills farm surrounded by mountain peaks, set within a Woodstock-inspired artistic environment. This unique combination provides a backdrop for a remarkably special experience for participants at conferences, retreats and workshops of all types.
An attractive alternative with old-fashioned, Woodstock-inspired charm
Located in the heart of the Catskill Mountains, a short Hudson Valley ride up the Thruway (only two and half hours from New York City and environs), Full Moon is an alternative to more traditional country inns and resorts - with educational, recreational and artistic workshops, weekend long weddings, and art exhibits all part of its magical landscape. The Café’s New American cuisine features the finest traditional dishes, enhanced with natural, organic ingredients whenever possible and superb vegetarian options. Guests enjoy a smoke-free indoor environment throughout the entire facility. The accommodations are charming in their simplicity, with campgrounds available as well. Acres of fields, meadows, forests and streams provide a perfect backdrop for both group and personal retreat, away from the stress of day to day life. The environment is conducive to both relaxation and focus – simultaneously.
The centerpiece of Full Moon, a turn-of-the-century Catskill country inn known as the Valley View House, features simple, affordable B&B style guest-rooms, a wrap-around sun porch, lobby, library and dining room / café. Surrounded by works of original art in the hotel lobby and library, guests relax on comfortable couches and enjoy the peacefulness of the country.
Seven other guesthouses accompany the Inn. Northern Lights Lodge, a cedar-shake Catskills lodge nearby, offers guest rooms with either private or hall baths. Rustic Morningstar Lodge, with a panoramic mountain view, has larger rooms, all with private baths. Moonlight Cottage, a lovely three bedroom 1890's country house filled with Catskill country charm, features a full kitchen, living room with fireplace, sunporch and two baths. Four smaller cabins and cottages, Birdsong, Streamside, Evergreen and Mountainview, each with sleeping quarters, living rooms and kitchens are perfect those interested in setting up house for the duration of their stay.
For guests interested in being closer to Mother Nature, during the warm weather months, tent camping on the fields and meadows is an option. For “luxury camping” the facility features a four person Yurt (complete with beds, linens, carpeting and electricity) bordering the Esopus Creek, the principal Catskill mountains feeder stream to the Ashokan Reservoir. Restrooms with showers and changing rooms are provided for campers.
The Grounds at Full Moon
Immersed in nature, with the Catskill high peaks rising all around, the natural beauty of the valley is quietly breathtaking. Wildlife abounds. The crystal clear waters of the Esopus Creek gently carve through ancient, moss-covered rocks. The air is so sweet and pure, you can practically taste it.
Full Moon is a showplace for the seasons. In the spring, apple blossoms and songbirds
herald rebirth and awakening. On long, warm summer days relax and cool off at the
spring-fed pool. In autumn, the hills are on fire with color; and, in winter, blankets of
snow on rolling fields are just right for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Just up the
road are three state trailheads. Giant Ledge Trail carries hikers to one of the most scenic
vistas in all of upstate New York.
The resort is ideally suited for workshops, conferences, retreats and reunions in the heart of the Catskills, accommodating twenty to eighty (or more) participants and ranging from two days to two weeks in duration.
Featuring a four thousand square foot, semi-permanent Tent Pavilion, ideal for group conferences from April to November, Full Moon Resort is an ideal alternative to more traditional upstate, Hudson Valley and Catskill Mountains conference centers.
Two additional buildings, the highly adaptable Performance Space and the newly renovated Barn (each described in detail below) can house seminars and lectures, classes and a variety of other functions. Common areas at the hotel and lodges work well for smaller groups.
The special needs of every client are given highest priority.
Full Moon offers the personal and individual attention needed to insure a successful and smooth running event. Retreats, conferences and workshops are custom designed for groups of all sizes. Along with accommodations and dining, if the client so desires, the facility can provide special catering (from hors d’oeuvres to full parties), special equipment set ups, music booking and a spectrum of diverse services.
Sample Client List
Adirondack Mountain Club
Milky Way Education Center
Conference, Retreat, Workshop - Lodging Capacities
Full Moon Resort can accommodate up to seventy-five singles during the warm weather months and up to sixty-five in the winter. With couples in the group, the number approaches ninety. Please note that many groups at Full Moon Resort have exceeded these capacities, with placement at and transportation to and from nearby lodges readily available. Please feel free to inquire.
Conferences, Retreats and Workshops – Availability
Full Moon Resort is available for Catskills conferences, retreats and workshops on any or all of the following days:
Conferences, Retreats and Workshops – Transportation
Full Moon is an easy and enjoyable 2.5 hour drive from the New York City area to the heart of the Catskills Forest Preserve.
Trailways stops 5 miles from Full Moon Resort:
Tonche Transit, a local transportation company, is available to bring your group from NYC, the Airports and other locations:
Conferences, Retreats and Workshops – Outings
Full Moon is ideally located for year round outdoor group activities in the Catskills, just west of the Hudson Valley. Please note that Full Moon Resort does not provide, supervise or sponsor these activities, and is not, in any way affiliated with these or other companies who do. All contacts must be made directly by the Client.
From Catskill Outback’s Promotional Brochure:
Hiking - Discover the majestic Catskill Mountains on foot as you learn about the wildlife
and the forest, natural history and local legends. Easy to moderate hikes ranging form 1-8 miles and 2-5 hours. Or, moderate to strenuous hikes ranging from 4-8 miles and 3-6
hours. Hiking boots, daypack, lunch, and versatile outdoor wear are needed.
Tubing on the Esopus
Town Tinker Tube Rental
Located in the heart of the Catskill Mountains is a five mile stretch of river that has become one of the most popular tubing courses around. People come from all over to ride the rapids and drift with the current as the Esopus Creek winds through the beautiful mountains and greenery of the Catskills.
If you've never tubed before, head for the Town Tinker Tube Rental headquarters on Bridge St. in Phoenicia, NY. There, the expertly trained Town Tinker staff will rent you all the equipment you need, as well as giving you tubing instructions and safety tips. Town Tinker has two tubing courses, novice and expert. As the name implies, the novice course is for first-time tubers and those who prefer a gentler ride down the creek; the expert course is for more experienced tubers. Each course is about 2 1/2 miles long and each takes about 2 hours. At the end of the course, either our Town Tinker Tube Taxis (weekdays) or the Catskill Mountain Railroad (weekends and holidays) will be your transportation back to Bridge St.
Snowshoeing and Cross Country Skiing
Frost Valley YMCA