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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.

DAY PASSES are available: May 27, June 09, 30, July 21, 28

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


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.

Lodging:

Red Maple Lodge

Eight private rooms with private bathrooms. Each sleeps up to 4 people in two bunkbeds (all twin sized.) 

Sycamore Lodge

Four private rooms with private bathrooms. Each sleeps up to 5 people in two bunkbeds (one with queen bottom.)

Longhouse Lodge

Four large wings with shared bathrooms. Each wing sleeps up to 24 people in 12 bunkbeds (all twins) and also has a small private room which sleeps up to 3 people in one bunkbed with queen bottom. 

Cabins

Four rustic cabins with access to nearby shared bathrooms. Each sleeps up to 2 people. Two cabins have 1 Queen bed, and two cabins have 2 twin beds.

Lodging pricing and availability varies by event.

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

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)

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.