About The Arnold

Located 2 hours north of New York City in the western Catskills, the Arnold House is a country retreat. Set on 7 acres and nestled into the forest of Shandelee Mountain, staying at The Arnold is an experience more akin to staying with old friends than a traditional hotel.  

With thirteen rooms situated across three buildings on our property - The Main Building, The Garden House and Shandelee Post - our Tavern restaurant, the newly renovated Dining Room and spa treatment facilities, as well as lush gardens, the Inn is built to accommodate weekend get-aways as well as large celebrations.  Summer bonfires at night and live music in our BBQ Barn round out a casual but lively country experience.

Rich in history, the building has been serving the local community and city escapists for over 100 years.   Having undergone a renovation in the Spring of 2014, the building inherently represents the many eras in which it has served its guests.  The rooming house era of the 1920s, the booming Catskill Resort era of the ‘50s and ‘60s and all the in betweens.  The Arnold aims to respect our sense of place and history while giving guests a clean, contemporary sensibility.

The Team

The Arnold is owned and operated by the husband and wife team of Sims Foster and Kirsten Harlow Foster and their team.  The Foster family has been in Livingston Manor for 5 generations dating back to the 1910s.  More recently the Foster’s have helped revitalize their hometown by opening 3 different restaurants since 2002.  Their latest, The Lazy Beagle, was lost to a devastating fire in late 2012.  With the prodding and support of the local community the Fosters, rather than retreat after this tragedy, decided to forge ahead into bigger waters.  The proud result is The Arnold House, the first of four small hotels and restaurants that they have opened in the area.  

Before moving full time upstate to run their small hotel company, Foster Supply Hospitality, Kirsten and Sims had active careers that took them to the city and beyond.  Kirsten is an economist and served as a Senior Policy Advisor at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and Sims was a hospitality executive working with some of the most noted chefs and bar personalities in the world.  Adelaide, Kirsten & Sims’ English bulldog, can also be found running around the property and helping to keep the lawns clear by picking up sticks.  She’s very friendly and loves attention – and other dogs! 


Travel + Leisure - "New Catskills B&B: The Arnold House" (August 2014)
Catskill Confidential - "The Arnold Beckons" (August 2014)
Sullivan Democrat - “Loved the Lazy Beagle?  Here Comes the Arnold" (April 2014)
Watershed Post - “New Catskills hotels aim for a design-savvy crowd” (June 2014)
Fodors - “5 Reasons to visit the Catskills now” (June 2014)
The WOW Report - "Escape from New York: 6 Unique Boutique Hotel Getaways" (June 2014)
Yahoo! Travel - "Not Your Granny's Vacay" (Sept 2014)
Hudson Valley Magazine - On the menu: Beaverkill Valley Trout courtesy of Arnold Chef Dan Ruef (Nov 2014)
Inside Hook - About that new Catskills Tavern (Noc 2014)
Elle Italia - L'altra faccia della mela (Dec 2014)
Travel + Leisure - "Best Places to Visit in 2015: Catskills #3" (Dec 2014)
New York Times - "For Some Hotel Employees, It's Home for The Holidays"  (Dec 2014)
Time Magazine - "50 Best Places to Visit in 2015" (Dec 2014)
Refinery 29 - 10 Cool, Nearby Getaways to Book this Weekend (Jan 2015)
Out Traveler - A Proustian Travel Guide: Sims Foster (Jan 2015)
The Daily Beast - "The Catskills Gets Its Groove Back, With Brooklyn's Help" (Jan 2015)
Poughkeepsie Journal - "Got Cabin Fever? Plan a Winter Getaway" (Feb 2015)
USA Today - "Cool and Creative Culinary Gardens" (Feb 2015)
NY Times Style Magazine - "A Modern Catskills Country Inn Offers Throwback Pleasures - Ice Fishing Included" (Feb 2015)
Gothamist - "Celebrate Ramps with a Weekend of Ramps" (Feb 2015)
I Love Dogs - "Top Spring Break Spots for You and Your Dog" (March 2015)
The Record and Herald News - "Ramp Picking in the Catskills" (March 2015)
Food Republic - "...Ramps Now a Tourist Attraction" (March 2015)
NY Times Travel - "Pluck, Dig, Cook, Eat" (April 2015)
Fathom Away - "Three Day Weekends from New York City" (April 2015)
Broadway World - "Travel Roundup - Spring for Family Fun in the New York Area" (April 2015)
The Motherburg - "Happy Weekend" (April 2015)
My City, My New York - Kirsten Harlow Foster (April 2015)
Travel Cravings - "Livingston Manor" (April 2015)
USA Today - "100 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day" (April 2015)
UK Metro - "A New York State of Mind" (May 2015)
Delta Sky Magazine - "New York's Upstate Gems" (May 2015)
Mommy Poppins - "Spring Travel Deals: Catskills" (May 2015)
Escape Brooklyn - "The Arnold House" (June 2015)
Fathom Away - "U.S. Road Trips: The Northeast" (June 2015)
And North - "Eight Favorite Places to Stay Upstate" (June 2015)
Tasting Table - "The Hot 100 List: Escape from New York" (June 2015)
Thrillist - "10 Best Weekend Getaways from NY" (August 2015)
NY Observer - "Fall Getaways Made Easy - and Luxe - with Silverware's Audi Pop Up" (September 2015)
Auto Rental News - "Silvercar Extends Silvercar Service for the Fall" (September 2015)
Giada Weekly - "Chase the Rainbow" (October 2015)
Travel + Leisure  - "Nine Inns Perfect for a Weekend Getaway from NYC (October 2015)
Passport Magazine "In LGBT Sullivan County Catskills, Cold is the New Hot" (October 2015) 
Food & Wine - "Counterculture in the Catskills" (November 2015)
NY Magazine - "See the Sophisticated Side of Sullivan County" (November 2015)
Dog & Co - "A Weekend at The Arnold House" (November 2015)
Fathom Away - "A Two Hotel Hideaway in New York's Catskill Mountains" (November 2015)
Forbes - "The Easiest Weekend Escape from New York City" (November 2015)
Beekman 1802 - "Dream Catchers" (Winter 2015)
Travel + Leisure - "8 Chic Catskills Design Hotels to Visit Year Round" (January 2016) 
Club Monaco - "What to Wear for your Weekend Retreat" (January 2016)
Fodors - "20 Pet-Friendly Hotels Across the US" (January 2016)
Cosmopolitan Chile/Peru "Cosmo in the City" (February 2016)
Inside Hook - "The Second Annual Ice Fishing Derby" (February 2016)
New York Magazine - "Fifteen New Outside Places to Get Hitched" (Spring 2016)
Gothamist - "This $650 Ramp Weekend is the Perfect Spring Break" (March 2016)
Dot & Bo - "Design Inspiration: A Rustic Modern Cottage in the Catskills" (April 2016)
Fodors - "Coolest Hotels in the Catskills" (April 2016)
USA Today - "100 Ways to Celebrate National Burger Day" (May 2016)
Dujour - "Haute Hotels" (June 2016)
NBC's The Today Show - "Travel + Leisure's Jaqcui Gifford discusses The Arnold at the 1:17 mark" (May 2016)
BarkPost - "9 B&Bs in New York for Dog Lovers" (June 2016)
Times-Herald Record - "Livingston Manor Native, Wife open 3 inns in Sullivan County" (August 2016)
Travel + Leisure - "The Perfect Three-Day Weekend in the Catskills" (August 2016)
Smarter Travel - "9 Classic Weekend Getaways that are Better in the Fall" (September 2016)
NY Times - "Bright Leaves, Great Deal" (September 2016)
Vogue Netherlands - "Living - Get Comfy" (October 2016)
Time Out New York - "Color Us Impressed" (October 2016)
Town & Country - "8 Places That Are Perfect for a Cozy Winter Long- Weekend" (December 2016)
Premier Traveler - "Live in the Catskills" (December 2016)
AFAR - "Third Annual Ice Fishing Weekend" (February 2017)
Style Me Pretty - "Co-Founder of Birchbox Says I Do in Seriously Gorgeous Style" (February 2017)
Gotham - "6 Catskills Hotels Near NYC for Quick Spring Getaways" (March 2017)
Fathom - "Ice Fishing As A Boozy NYC Weekend Alternative" (March 2017) 
Country Living - "20 Small Mountain Towns Perfect for a Summer Vacation" (April 2017)
Smarter Travel - "How to Do A Weekend in Sullivan County" (April 2017)
Domino - "12 Last Minute Memorial Day Weekend Escapes" (May 2017)
Ralph Lauren - "The Manor Reborn" (October 2017)
The Yellow Note - "48 Hours in the Catskills" (November 2017)
Inside Hook - From Moose Safaris to Ski Camp, Here's Your Winter Travel Primer" (December 2017)
Gotham Magazine - "Five Upstate Retreats that will give you Cabin Fever" (January 2018)
Time Out New York - "Summer Towns to Visit in the Winter" (January 2018)
Men's Journal - The Adventurer's Guide to the Catskills (May 2018) Wall Street Journal - A Stress-Free Summer Weekend in the Catskills (June 2018) Urban Daddy - Your NY Summer Road Trip Guide (June 2018) Curbed - A New Generation of Hoteliers Revives Catskills Tourism (June 2018) The Infatuation - Where to Eat and Drink in the Catskills (September 2018) Forbes - Creatives in the Catskills: How To Leave NYC And Open An Inn Upstate (September 2018)