"Head back to The DeBruce, where Saturday nights bring a hyperlocal nine-course tasting menu—it’s included with the price of your room—served in a small dining room with mountain views. Chef Aksel Theilkuhl forages on the property for esoteric greens and wild berries to complement products from nearby farms. After dinner, nick the inn’s Scrabble set and move downstairs to the tavern for a drink or two in front of the fire."
"At this luxe hotel overlooking the Willowemoc Creek, chef Aksel Theilkuhl orchestrates elaborate multi-course meals that often feature mushrooms, herbs, and other ingredients foraged each morning from the surrounding fields and mountains."
"The inn has had many names over the years...its new owners have set it up as a culinary destination. The breakfast and dinner menus are built around what the chef and staff — and guests, as the mood strikes — have foraged from the grounds early each morning."
"First settled in the 1600s, the Catskills have enjoyed a veritable renaissance with a new slew of boutique hotels and attractions."
"New York's latest weekend escape offers a delicious taste of the Catskills."
"This boutique Catskill resort has every base covered"
"Silver-era Catskills meets a Noma-era culinary experience in the big-windowed restaurant, where Saturday’s ever-changing prix fixe dinner opens with a fistful of in-season edible forest (pickled fiddleheads, wild grape leaves, mugwort) sprouting up from a soil-like smear of wild onion. "
"Historic Hotel Sold to Manor Couple...The [hotel} has been a fixture in the Willowemoc Valley for the past century"
"Nestled in New York’s western Catskills region just outside the town of Livingston Manor, the 14-room lodge is a serene retreat, featuring a culinary program from chef Aksel Theilkuhl. Originally built in the 1880s, Foster Supply Hospitality’s husband-and-wife team, Kirsten and Sims Foster, restored the DeBruce with a nod to its history.”
"The DeBruce isn’t just a hotel — it’s a unique dining destination where you can eat pretty much anything executive chef Aksel Theilkuhl and his team have foraged from the mountainside that day.."
"Set in the Willowemoc Valley in New York's Catskill Park, The DeBruce offers its guests a perfect opportunity to immerse themselves in nature and forget about the city for awhile"
"The ideal visit revolves around the lodge's culinary offerings. With beautiful sweeping views from its dining room, the DeBruce offers a delectable menu of locally foraged and farmed ingredients. Executive Chef Aksel Theilkuhl explains that their kitchen goes beyond the farm-to-table dining trend, as it's a way of life for the area."
"The guy can roast you a chicken with Robuchon-worthy mashed potatoes on a winter’s night, and he can lay out a tasting menu that’ll make you wonder, through course after course, whether Noma has established a secret outpost on the banks of the Willowemoc."
"It’s the sort of old-school mountain resort you don’t see much of these days, a place where you can fly fish, or hike on private trails, or sit by the fire slowly draining a bottle of wine, or swim in the pool, or just nap, gloriously."
"Just a two-and-a-half-hour drive from Manhattan, The DeBruce, a cuisine-driven inn tucked inside the western Catskill Mountains, offers the kind of escape life in the fast lane occasionally requires."
"Housed in a restored 19th-century former inn, the 14-room DeBruce is a warren of cozy common spaces that invite travelers to linger in wingback chairs next to stone fireplaces or chat on porch swings hung from the verandah. Guests may take a dip in the outdoor pool or join a fly-fishing or foraging excursion, but the main event is dinner."
"A delicious respite in the Catskills."
"And off to the DeBruce, a most handsome upstate lodge you’ll sleep in when you’re not fly-fishing, hiking private trails and working your way through nine-course meals in the scenic-as-hell open-air dining room, now open in the Catskills."
— urban daddy, may 30, 2017
"This 14-room inn from Foster Supply Hospitality (the folks behind the nearby Arnold House and North Branch Inn) offers clubby vibes with plaid wallpaper, leather chairs and the odd piece of taxidermy."
"Chef Aksel Theilkuhl, a Laruent Tourondel disciple, forages nearly everything on the menu from the 600-acre property, including fiddlehead ferns, root vegetables and Black Angus beef from the cows in the pasture next door.
"Only two hours from New York City, The DeBruce offers all of the magic of the mountains on a sprawling 600 acres of private land"
"The couple's design ethos, emblazoned on the company website, conjures up a moment in time."
"A 14-room lodge and restaurant showcasing the best of the state's wilderness."
"In Livingston Manor, Sims and Kirsten Foster - the husband and wife team behind the Arnold House and North Branch Inn- are at it again ."
"Your perfect cozy Catskills weekend ."
"Developed by hotelier and Livingston Manor hometowner Sims Foster and his wife, Kirsten, the rustic mountain retreat has a purposefully underplayed vibe with relaxed, subtle decor that mimics the pastoral scenery."
"In [this] three story boutique house with sweeping mountain views, you'll find handsome trimmings, plaid wallpaper, taxidermy, and leather chairs...."