Catskills NY Getaway Guide- Best Activities, Where to Stay, Best Restaurants

Have you ever been to the Catskills in Upstate NY? If not, you simply must go! It’s a favorite hideaway for NYC residents, and for good reason. About 2 hours from the city, The Catskills make a perfect getaway from hectic city life.

In the past, the Catskills has been known as a resort haven for wealthy Manhattanites. Ever seen the movie Dirty Dancing? That movie was set in a Catskills resort! People would take the whole summer off and spend it socializing, doing classes, and generally lounging around.

Nowadays, people love The Catskills for SO many reasons, including hiking, skiing, camping, and more. It’s a favorite of artsy folk, and has been a haven for writers, artists, and musicians for decades. And it’s no wonder why. Its outdoorsy charm and woodland vibes just seem to say “RELAX.”

And if you didn't know, the Catskills is tranquil and peaceful in the snowy winter weather, and busy and buzzing with forest life in the warmer months.

I don’t know about you, but I’m here for it!

So let’s talk about a few of the best things to do in the Catskills, NY. I know you’re dying to see!

Enjoying the Catskills in NY in the snow


How to be an Instagram Influencer in 2021

It’s no secret a LOT of people are looking to become an Influencer on Instagram nowadays.

People can say anything they want about Instagram and Influencers, but you know what? I am SOLD on the concept, and have been for a long time! Why?

Because influencers are basically a modern concept of a small business. They are independent contractors and make money on their own terms. Some of the more popular ways to make money from their influence are -

- Collaborating with brands on content
- Affiliate sales through swipe-ups
- Even designing products to sell to their audience. 

I’m super passionate about Instagram being a place for women, in particular, to make money online! Haters will say that Influencers do nothing all day but post selfies. But I say being a social media Influencer is a legit career path. 

Sorry, but if you’re getting paid $5,000, $10,000, $20,000 every month? Honey, that’s a JOB. And I am all in.

Now I hate to brag, but I do know a little bit about being an influencer (I’ve been working with brands, and making a living for 2 years with my Instagram!) And if you’re here, you might be interested in becoming an influencer too! If that's the case, I’ve got a few secrets to spill!

So I’ve put together this list of Instagram tips to help you get started on your path to becoming an Influencer! These tips will help you to attract your ideal audience, so that you can eventually collaborate with brands and get PAID. Just like I do!

Whether you're a micro-influencer, or have 100k, there is always room to learn.

So let’s get into it!


NYC influencer and blogger


The Cutest Things to do in Beacon, NY

Have you ever heard of Beacon, NY? If not, you should! It offers some of the best things to do in the Hudson Valley.

Beacon is a charming little town in upstate New York. Restaurants, culture, and art are embedded in this community. Not only does it make a perfect day trip up from NYC, but folks from all over the Hudson Valley flock here on weekends to peruse the shops, art galleries, and people watch.

It's been having a resurgence in the last decade fueled by artists leaving NYC with the promise of cheaper rents and less grit. (In fact, my husband and I moved here from Brooklyn for a year!)

Because of this, you'll find many art spaces (including the famous Dia Beacon) and a prominent live music scene thanks to folk legend Pete Seeger (Beacon was his hometown.)

It's the perfect sleepy town getaway with an artsy twist. There are too many cute little cafes to count. And you'll have the time of your life stopping at each an every shop on your lazy stroll down Main Street!

So I've put together a list of the best things to do in Beacon, NY. That way, you can create your perfect weekend in Beacon for yourself!

Cute downtown area


Polka Dot Pretty Woman Dress / Style Dupe

Am I the only one who has fantasized about owning Julia Robert's polka dot dress in Pretty Woman? Ever since I was a little girl, I've wanted to get my hands on that dress. Oh, the casual elegance of it... that perfect shade of beige... and of course, the polka dots! Just laying eyes on that print somehow makes my day 100x happier.

polka dot dress Pretty Woman


Let's Talk Instagram Hashtag Strategy (and Why You Need a Good One)

Guys, it's time to talk about Instagram hashtag strategy!

How many of you out there have a strategy for hashtags? 🙋‍♀️🙋‍♀️🙋‍♀️

And how many out there are frustrated with your rate of growth? 🙋‍♀️🙋‍♀️🙋‍♀️ If so, (and I'm guessing that's a lot of you) it's time to take a look at what you're doing and change it. That's why I recommend using a good Instagram hashtags strategy. This is the best way to increase your reach dramatically and find new audiences!

best Instagram hashtag strategy
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