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site tour & day passes

The Ashokan Center is a serene and inspirational hideaway, nestled on 385 acres of forests, meadows, and streams in New York’s beautiful Catskill Mountains (25 minutes from Kingston, NY). Whether you attend an Ashokan wedding, Music & Dance camp, private retreat, or public event, we invite you to relax, recharge and restore your soul at Ashokan, your home away from home. 

Day Passes for hiking and outdoor recreation are available on days when events and school programs are not in session. 

Arrange an in-person site tour by reaching out to Lisa Hurley our Private Events Coordinator.

OCTOBER 2021 DAY PASSES are available October 20th, 21st, 25th, and 26th.

BOOKING LODGING FOR AN UPCOMING CONFIRMED EVENT?

Retreat & Conference guests: please contact the event organizer to book lodging

Music & Dance Gathering or Hoot guests: see specific instructions on each event page

Wedding guests: please contact Lisa Hurley to book lodging: (845) 657-8333 lisa.hurley@ashokancenter.org

See our Lodging Options:

Red Maple Lodge

Red Maple Lodge is conveniently located alongside the dining hall and gathering spaces of Esopus Lodge. Eight private rooms, sleep up to 4 people each with two bunkbeds (all twin) and a private bath. Both levels have a covered porch, and the second floor has a shared lounge area. Some Red Maple Rooms have a porch, some are accessible. Free Wifi. 

Sycamore Lodge

Sycamore Lodge provides an intimate feel that is perfect for smaller groups. Its four bedrooms are linked by a spacious common area with mini-fridge and sink. Each bedroom has a two bunk beds (one with queen bottom) and private bath.  Each room has 2 bunk beds (1 queen bottom) sleeping up to 5 people per room. Upstairs Sycamore rooms have a forest-facing porch. Downstairs rooms are accessible. Coffeemaker, refrigerator, free Wifi.

Longhouse Lodge

A welcoming, spacious, and comfortable two story bunkhouse. With handcrafted log bunk beds and a spacious, airy feel, Longhouse is a perfect mix of rustic and modern. It is divided into four wings. Each sleeps up to 24 in twin bunks with a shared bathroom. A private room with a queen bunk (twin on top) is located in each wing. Free wifi.

Indoor Gathering Spaces & Dining:

Esopus Lodge

The multi-purpose Esopus Lodge houses our performance hall, dining hall, classrooms, and the kitchen. The performance hall has beautiful vaulted ceilings, sprung dance floor, stage, grand piano, and basic sound equipment. The courtyard and porches may be used for outdoor gathering and dining.

Pewter Shop

A space with a 19th century feel, the Pewter Shop is a multi-purpose room on our main campus known for its great acoustics and rustic charm. Well-heated by a wood stove during the winter, and cooled by opened windows and doors in warmer months, it provides a perfect location for more intimate gatherings year-round.

Meals

Chef William Warnes brings over 30 years of experience as a gourmet caterer to the Ashokan Center. He and his team enjoy providing specialized meals to groups of all sizes, be they 200 wedding guests, 150 folk musicians, or 75 hungry fifth graders just back from a hike. He enjoys working with event organizers to create the perfect menu, drink options, and serving style to exceed expectations. Meals are served in our social-distance conscious dining room. Outdoor dining is also available. Beer, wine, and cider available by request.

Outdoor Gathering Spaces & Camping:

Killian Pavilion

Covered dance floor and stage. Located a short downhill walk from main campus. Campfire circle, camping, and bathhouse in nearby rec field. Canoe beach just downhill of pavilion.

Hoot Hill

Pete Stage (10′ x 12′), Toshi Stage (16′ x 24′)
200amp electrical service at stages
Large flat areas near stage and on hilltop can accommodate a 60′ x 40′ tent

Camping

Bring your own tent, bedding and any other equipment or gear. Camping vehicles are welcome if you’re OK with no hookups (and no generators after dark). All camping is near Binnie’s Bathhouse, where you’ll have access bathrooms and outdoor showers.

Please submit a request form to receive a follow-up call with more information, pricing, and date availability. 

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On Site Activities

Seasonal Activities (weather permitting):
Canoeing
Croquet, badminton, beanbag toss
Fishing
Cross Country Skiing
Sledding
Snowshoeing

Hiking forest and streamside trails to:
Historic 1885 Covered Bridge
Winchell’s Falls
Cathedral Gorge
Homestead
Sugar Shack
(Click here for trail map)

Special Programs Available by Request:
Art classes
Campfires
Guided Hikes
Edible and medicinal plant walks
Blacksmithing and other Colonial-era Crafts
Low Ropes Course
Square Dance or Sing-along

GET DIRECTIONS

TRAIL MAP

MAP OF MAIN CAMPUS

The Ashokan Center is an Historic District on the National and State Registers of Historic Places. This land was a favored hunting and fishing ground for the Munsee Indians for generations, and became home to Americans of European descent in the 1730s. The first mill and blacksmith shop in Ulster County were built here by Lemuel Winchell who later constructed Winchell’s Inn, Ashokan’s historic centerpiece.

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