2014

Catskills N.Y.

We are located in the heart of downtown Manhattan, and escaping from the city is always something that we enjoy. Thru the winter of 2014, we started working closely with Google New York—an intense dynamic that carries high expectations, output, and creative focus. Luckily, New York-state provides some beautiful nearby landscape where we can escape and reflect. We headed north to explore a creative off-site, where we challenge new ideas while surrounded by beautiful landscape, nature, and calm. Good food, drinks, and old-fashioned camp vibes.

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Our cottage was surrounded by acres of woods, hills, paths, and creeks. We explored various aspects of the landscape as temps hovered around 0 degrees fahrenheit.

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Arriving at the cabin we were all impressed by the small yet practical construction. Every detail was well-considered and the craftsmanship and architecture was minimal, practical, and sound.

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Our cabin sat atop a hill that overlooked the surrounding creek.

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Much of the water was frozen, except for smaller bodies of running water.

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After digging out the fire pit, we set up shop and prepared dinner: cans of beans, hot dogs, s'mores.

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The next morning we got in the car a took a drive to explore neighboring towns. First top, Phoenicia Diner, a really tasteful remodel of a classic diner with solid, no-frills branding and careful attention to detail. The staff were great and so was the food.

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Next, we headed out on highway 40 toward Woodstock, New York. We hit up some local trails in the area and explored the towns nearby.

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Coming back to the city smelling like campfire is a beautiful thing. Getting out of the routine commute of New York work-life proves time and time again to be a valuable refresher for our team and creative process. We were able to come back with a clean slate, excited for the next phase of work as we line-up the weeks ahead. Overall, this is one of our favorite areas to explore in the tri-state area. It’s close to the city, it’s full of friendly people, and has a lot to offer in contrast to the daily grind that is Manhattan. Catskills > Hamtpons.

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