Starlite Motel Embraces Vintage Style and Modern Amenities in the Catskills
Have you ever stayed somewhere that truly brought you joy? Where every little detail brought a smile to your face? Because each little touch was so well thought on and on theme. And the owners of the establishment are so supportive of the local community? Well, I recently had an experience just like that on a trip to the Catskills. Starlite Motel, located in Kerhonkson, New York, has the perfect mix of vintage charm, retro touches, and modern amenities.
Starlite Motel in Kerhonkson
Tucked away in the trees along Route 209, Starlite Motel is truly a hidden gem. In fact, if you blink, you might miss the vintage neon sign noting the entrance to the motel. But as soon as you turn onto the motel’s property, you’re greeted with a delicate and retro charm.
On the left at the entrance is Baba’s food truck and Bodega. Right away I felt at home – Baba was the name I called my grandmother. (Since young me couldn’t properly say “babci”, the Polish word for grandma.) The motel is in front of you as you pull into the parking lot. To the right you’ll find the picnic pavilion, sauna, movie screen, and in-ground pool.
I quickly fell in love with the teal and pink color scheme, which carried throughout every detail of the motel. The signage and artwork continued the neon colors and retro style. Even our room key reflected the charm of the motel, with its teal acrylic vintage keychain.
One of the most modern and unique touches that Starlite has is their welcoming text messages. Prior to checking in, we received a text from Alix, giving us information about how to check-in. She also added other pertinent information, like where to find the WiFi information and how to get ahold of someone should we need assistance. When we arrived, we found another staff member outside the canteen, offering local beer, cider, and wine for sale.
Motel rooms are available in Queen, King, and Double-Queen options, all with the same amenities. But the best part? Hildegard. Hildegard is the name of the decades-old camper that lives at the back of the motel. “She” has been renovated just like the rest of the property, and shines in her teal and pink colors. Guests can rent the camper for overnight stays in season. Inside there is a mini-kitchen and full-sized bed.
I was impressed with the welcome note and complimentary snacks provided on our table. A hand-drawn map of Kerhonkson showed and listed all of the best local spots. Restaurants, shops, breweries, wineries, farms, and other attractions were all noted for guests looking for activities in the Catskills.
Every room comes equipped with high-speed WiFi, a heating and air conditioning unit, USB charging ports – but no TVs. I actually loved that there were no TVs, because the Catskills is a region meant to be appreciated for its natural beauty and local businesses.
Inside the bathroom you’ll find more of its retro charm, all the way to the pink-tiled walls you’d find in a hoe ready to be flipped. But here? Here they work their magical charm. Starlite Motel branded soap, shampoo, and conditioner are provided, and all have a surprising, yet delightful, herbal quality.
Outside you’ll find Adirondack chairs and hammocks, perfect for relaxing and enjoying the mountain views. In the morning, enjoy freshly baked goods, delivered from a local bakery. There’s nothing better than waking up to a text to tell you fresh muffins are waiting for you outside.
Things to Do near Starlite Motel
Just a few minutes from the motel you’ll find Arrowood Farm Brewery and Westwind Orchards. Both spots are the epitome of local food and craft beverages. Visit either during the day, or enjoy a drive through the quiet and mysterious woods at night and be welcomed by firepits and fairy lights. Take my advice and go to Westwind for some incredible pasta, and then follow up with a beer flight at Arrowood.
Other popular spots include Kelders Farms and Saunderskill Farms. Kelders has everything you’d expect at a family-friendly farm in the fall. Pumpkins, apples, sunflowers, a corn maze, and so much more. Across the street, Saunderskill Farms has been in operation since 1680. Yes. 1680. Visit the farm for pick-your-own produce, fresh baked goods, and other market goodies.
If you want a heartier breakfast, or need a quick snack, drive in the opposite direction to Mill & Main. The quintessential small town general store has everything you might be missing for your perfect meal. Plus, their baked goods, freshly roasted coffee, and breakfast sandwiches are on point.