At 6 Catskills Resorts: Retro Design, Modern Comfort and Games, Lots of Games

While many of the area resorts being renovated date to the 1800s, the roadside Rip Van Winkle Motor Lodge was very much a relic of the 1930s before Ray Pirkle and Kim Bucci of Ramshackle Studio transformed it. Along with Mountain Shore Properties, the duo, also responsible for the Rivertown Lodge in Hudson, N.Y., took on the hotel, built and maintained by the same family for eight decades, and simultaneously restored it to its earlier condition and modernized it with custom furniture and amenities.

The new Camptown offers 24 guest rooms in the main lodge and 26 log cabins scattered across 22 acres. Each is uniquely designed and decorated, some with wooden spindle bed frames, others with Shaker-style nook beds; all keep the rustic knotty pine walls.

“Our goal was to infuse modern Shaker elements without scrubbing away the sense of history,” Ms. Bucci said. In the main lodge, which also houses Casa Susanna, a Mexican restaurant, they converted the former dance hall into the lobby, sanding the floors back to their original state and restoring a grand stone fireplace, which is flanked by couches and a library table. Come summer, the property’s Swim Club will open, providing access to the pool, cabanas and an outdoor bar.

Doubles from $209 a night; cabins from $299.

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