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.
BOOKING LODGING FOR AN UPCOMING CONFIRMED EVENT?
Indoor Gathering Spaces & Dining:
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.
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.
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:
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.
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
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.
On Site Activities
Seasonal Activities (weather permitting):
Croquet, badminton, beanbag toss
Cross Country Skiing
Hiking forest and streamside trails to:
Historic 1885 Covered Bridge
(Click here for trail map)
Special Programs Available by Request:
Edible and medicinal plant walks
Blacksmithing and other Colonial-era Crafts
Low Ropes Course
Square Dance or Sing-along
Catskill Visitors Center
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.