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Lonely Planet ranks Catskills a top global travel destination for 2019

Fall foliage on the shore of Big Pond,

Fall foliage on the shore of Big Pond, near Margaretville, New York. Lonely Planet has named the Catskills a top travel destination for 2019. Photo Credit: Alamy / Colin D. Young

Lonely Planet named the Catskills as the second-best region to visit in the world, part of its annual Best in Travel guide for 2019. The upstate region is ranked just below Piedmont, Italy.

The travel guide touted the region's history as the location of the Woodstock Music and Art Fair in 1969, calling it a watershed moment that remains relevant today.

"Although the flower children may now have grandkids of their own, the free-spirited ethos lives on in the indie-loving towns of this picturesque region," Lonely Planet says on its website.

The guide also cites an influx of farm-to-table restaurants, breweries, distilleries, arts collectives and the 50th anniversary of the Woodstock festival as reasons to visit.

Lonely Planet lists the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts as the top site and top experience in the region.

Since its founding in 1973, the company has printed more than 100 million travel guides, and has a social media reach of 10 million people, according to Lonely Planet's website.


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