Scribner’s Lodge was a grand-dame hotel in the 1900s and a motor lodge with an indoor ‘swimming’ grotto’ in the Sixties; these days it’s a Nordic-flavoured, mod-country cool retreat in a lush, leafy bit of the the Catskills. It’s gloriously remote location makes it a serene spot for bending, stretching and meditating with YFBP founders Heather Lilleston and Katelin Sisson.
Heather and Katelin don’t regard themselves as glowing Earth mothers – they’re regular people, who happen to enjoy yoga. With an eccentric, not adhering too strictly to the rules approach, they’re ‘bad’ simply because they like to spice things up a bit… Newbies are warmly welcomed.
It’s an approach that’s earned praise from Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and Vanity Fair, but it could also be their penchant for breathtakingly beautiful locations and their bad-ass soundtrack, which swaps singing bowls for Outkast, Cat Power and Led Zeppelin.
In June the Catskill’s dons its emerald finery; Scribner’s Lodge’s rooms all have furnished balconies and there’s a fire pit-warmed terrace from which to admire the natural wonders. Indoors, there are moody landscape prints by Emily Johnston, wall hangings by Catskill Kiwi and fireplaces to get cosy by, snuggling up amid cushions by Odd Bird.
This may be a health retreat, but there’s no harm in peeking at the cocktail list; the Beyond the Pines, with lapsang souchon, ginger, lemon and honey – and a dash of Scotch – is practically a juice cleanse…