Emerson Resort & Spa

Emerson Resort & Spa is a hidden treasure located two hours from New York City, is designed with the splendor of the Catskill Mountains and Hudson Valley in mind, with lots of open spaces and oversized windows to expose stunning views for relaxation.

MT. TREMPER, New York – The Emerson Resort & Spa here in the Catskills town of Mt. Tremper, has re-opened today with several new changes to its daily operations, including the “Stay Safe Pledge” procedure that outlines the details of the property’s new health and safety protocol.

The Pledge also includes a complimentary breakfast that features a variety of options, including a farm fresh egg sandwich, oatmeal with Catskill mountain maple syrup and more, which will now be included in an overnight stay prepared by the resort’s signature restaurant Woodnotes Grille.

Emerson will remain closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays until further notice to allow for weekly deep cleanings and sanitizing throughout the entire property.

“For nearly 25 years, we have been honored to host family vacations, weekend getaways, girlfriend retreats, reunions, weddings and special events at the Emerson Resort & Spa,” said Naomi Umhey, CEO of the Emerson Resort & Spa. “It has always been our mission from the start, and our pleasure, to provide our guests with exceptional customer service and clean, safe accommodations.

Emerson Resort & Spa accommodations include the contemporary Inn or Adirondack-style Lodge, nature-inspired treatments at the award-winning spa, a signature restaurant, Woodnotes Grille, The Shops at Emerson, and the not-to-be-missed World’s Largest Kaleidoscope.

“During our temporary closure since mid-March due to COVID-19, we have been continuously monitoring guidelines in real time from the CDC and health and elected officials in order to plan and implement a detailed system of protocol designed to keep our staff, guests and local community safe upon reopening, while simultaneously providing our warm and welcoming hospitality.”

The resort’s re-opening comes in time for the 85th Annual Emerson Resort & Spa Woodstock Open, which will be July 27 at the nearby Woodstock Golf Club.

This one-day tournament is believed to be the longest running tourney in the country at one site for professionals and amateurs. Past Woodstock Open fields have included Masters champions Gene Sarazen and Doug Ford.

“We’re thrilled to enter into our fourth year as the premier sponsor of the Emerson Resort & Spa Woodstock Open,” said Emerson Resort & Spa Marketing and Sales Director Tamara Murray. “This historical golf tournament brings leading professional and amateur players from across the region to the Catskills. It is a prestigious event that showcases our community as a tourism destination and never disappoints with a close and exciting championship.”

The list of entrants for this year’s tournament includes last year’s professional winner Scott Berliner, an assistant professional at Saratoga Spa Golf Course. Berliner will attempt to capture his fourth overall Emerson Resort & Spa Woodstock Open title. Joining Berliner in the field will be will 2001 champion Dal Daily and 2014 winner and host professional Chris Sanger.


Steve “Spike” Pike is a lifelong journalist whose career includes covering Major League Baseball, the NFL and college basketball. For the past 26 years, Spike has been one of the more respected voices in the golf and travel industries, working for such publications as Golfweek, Golf World and Golf Digest for The New York Times Magazine Group. In 1998, Spike helped launch the PGA.com web site for the PGA of America. As a freelance travel and golf writer, Spike’s travels have taken him around the world. He has played golf from Pebble Beach to St. Andrews, walked the Great Wall of China, climbed an active volcano in the Canary Islands, been on safari in South Africa and dived with sharks off Guadalupe, Baja California. He lives in Delray Beach, Fla, and can be reached at spikee41@hotmail.com.

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