Catskills Glamping Weekend: Think Big! A Tiny House Resort
**This post is a sponsored post. While we were comped for our trip, all opinions expressed are our own.**
Nestled on the Catskill Creek with a waterfall, goats, ducks, and ample space is Think Big! A Tiny House Resort. Growing in Jersey City was invited to stay on the property and experience the Catskills in an upgraded glamping style and since I love staying in a cabin in the woods, I made a little vacation out of it with my friend. Think Big! is run by Mother/Daughter duo Margie and Melissa and opened in 2017. On 40 acres of land with half-a-mile of creek frontage, they have ten tiny homes and manage another three houses owned by Margie’s father in Palenville, New York.
Think Big! A Tiny House Resort is located in South Cairo (pronounced Cah-ro), New York, just two hours from Jersey City. It is a ten minute drive from the town of Catskill, another five minutes across the Hudson River, and then ten minutes up the road to Hudson, NY. This part of the Catskills is a little sleepier or quieter than other parts (think Woodstock, Saugerties, Phoenicia), but if you are looking for a retreat with WIFI included, this is definitely the place.
My friend and I arrived at Think Big! A Tiny House Resort late on Sunday Night. We were brought to Little Bear, one of the cabins, and given instructions on how to use everything and what we could need - for instance, how the heating system works to wood and starter if we wanted to use the firepit. We went to sleep in a very comfortable lower bed (this cabin has three beds) with an electric fireplace at our feet. We woke up early to a rooster crowing and the sun shining gorgeously on the property. We made breakfast, did some light work (I wrote a blog post), and then explored the property.
We walked along the Catskill Creek to the bottom of a gorgeous waterfall located on the property. In the summer, they have boats you can take out on the creek. The waterfall was the most epic small waterfall we have ever seen and provided wonderful photos opportunities. When the snow first melts, I can imagine the water flowing down the cliff and rushing into the creek. There is also a walk to the top of the waterfall past the animals.
They have adorable tiny goats that you can hang out with in their enclosure and ducks (that you can’t) on the property. They also have chickens and a rooster (wake up call) that roam the property in a flock. Along the way, we stopped in the snack shack that was filled with amazing goodies - s’mores kits, spices and cooking supplies, local artisan products, their really cool mugs for sale, and a HUGE collection of DVDs. Some of the items were for sale through cash or venmo and others you could borrow (spices and DVDs) during your stay.
After exploring the property, we decided to take a trip to the town of Catskill for lunch at the recommendation of Melissa to the #1 restaurant in Catskill - the New York Restaurant, and it was delicious. Then upon the recommendation of the waiter, we went across the Rip Van Winkle Bridge, over the Hudson River, to Olana State Historic Site. This was the magnificent home and property of Fredrick Edwin Church, the most renowned landscape artist in America and Europe during his time. While the house was closed, the property was expansive and you could see across the river the beauty of the Catskill Mountains. His house was absolutely ridiculous and a must when you go stay. Then on the drive back, we detoured to the Mahayana Buddhist Temple located down the road from Think Big! off old Route 23.
After our activities, we came back to the cabin, took a well-deserved nap, and watched the sunset, which was the perfect lighting for taking some pictures of the cabin. We then cooked dinner - I had actually prepared most of the food so we didn’t have to cook everything. There are lots of delivery options from Catskill and Cairo, but we wanted to not stress about food decisions. After dinner we sat and looked out at the property - the cabin has so many windows that you can look out and see the creek, see the tops of the other cabins up on the hill, and just appreciate the quiet beauty of it all. We tried finding a movie at the snack shack but couldn’t agree on anything, so we agreed on a new Netflix movie to watch with the ambiance lighting of cute Christmas lights.
The next morning, we made breakfast, did a little more work, packed and said goodbye to the tiny cabin. I am really looking forward to going back for a long trip.
Great things about the cabin:
The most amazing thing about the cabin was the water. The water is well water and I cannot describe how refreshing it was. It tasted like a clear blue sky day.
Full bathroom with large shower - towels and soap and shampoo included as well as a soap sliver from a local artisan for Think Big!
Kitchen: Full size kitchen (stove ranges vary by cabin) with ample space to cook.
Beds: Very comfortable and loft beds are “easy” to get to.
Deck: The decks on the cabins are huge and if you were to come with 3-6 friends and stay in this cabin together in the summer, having this space would make the cabin feel less cramped as you could spread out.
Fire Pit: Next to the deck is a fire pit so even more space and seating
Great things about the property:
Catskill Creek: right on the water and so relaxing
Waterfall: I could have stayed there all day, but it was a little chilly the day we visited
Animals: When was the last time you hung out with miniature goats?
Snack Shack: Basically anything you’d need that you forgot.
Things to do in the area:
Visit the Town of Catskill - it was built in 1788 and definitely has some of the original houses. The architecture was amazing.
New York Restaurant - keeping the name of the original restaurant from 1913, the owner brought her Polish roots and the food is a mix between upscale bar food and delicious polish treats.
Olana Historic State Historic Site - walking the property, tour of the house.
Towns on the way to or from your trip: Saugerties, Kingston, New Paltz (highly recommend Main Street Bistro).
Towns to just check out - Woodstock and Phoenicia and be super to get bread from Bread Alone.
The story of Think Big! and the tiny cabin colony they have created was told beautifully by Hoboken Girl in their article of the property.
To check out all of the tiny cabins and the property, visit Think Big!’s website.