Mountain Tourism Vacation Blog

John Burroughs is of the most important and unrecognized activists in American history.  Burroughs. (April 3, 1837 – March 29, 1921) was an essayist naturalist and a key player in the creation of the American Conservation movement.  Woodchuck Lodge, also known as John Burroughs Memorial State Historic Site in Roxbury New York was a summertime home of the naturalist and it is where he is buried. Located in the western Catskills of Delaware County it is where he played as a child.

Environmentalist Lewis Harrison, the owner of the Harrison Center Spa and the Catskills Bed and Breakfast has a regular Radio show in Roxbury where Burroughs lived which is about fifteen miles from Stamford, New York where the Vacation Inn is located.

It used to be that when a person mentioned New York State Mountain Vacations what shouted out to all were – old vintage colonies Catskills 1940s – rather than John Burroughs or the financer Jay Gould who also lived in Roxbury.

All that has changed from the days of the Borsht Belt. Now there is a multicultural mix of farms, second homes, art galleries etc. “That is why we decided to create a mountain family vacation in the Catskills,” Says Lewis Harrison owner of the Catskills B & B.  We were thinking of hiking in the Catskills and ended up offering vacation deals.  We created spa programs for hikers and others at our little Inn. We created menus specific to athletes and also decided to offer sports massage, motivational training and stretching classes like yoga and Pilates. Mountain sports, particularly mountain biking, skiing, snowboarding has brought an entirely new element of recreation to the family vacation and to traditional sports like tennis and golf.

In recent years there has been a great interest in Catskills real estate especially in the purchasing of second homes. Much of this has come about through the familiarity with the area that has come from family vacations in the Catskills.

Information about the Catskills Bed and Breakfast and the Harrison Center Spa can be found at We are also listed as a location in Stamford New York with


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