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Catskill NY hotels. Find hotels in Catskill New York United States of America. Sights, attractions, wildlife, national and state parks and/or forests of New York State. Travel advice suggested by Camelopard. New York State scary stories, ghosts, hauntings, myths, legends, monsters and folklore.

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    We wish you an enjoyable stay at your chosen Catskill New York hotel. When you get the chance, stay in some of the famous, luxurious and/or historic hotels of your destinations. The Savoy Hotel in London, the Peace Hotel (formerly the renowned Cathay Hotel) in Shanghai, the Belmond Copacabana Palace in Rio de Janeiro, the Goldeneye Hotel (once the home of James Bond author Ian Fleming) in Jamaica's Oracabessa Bay, the Hotel Metropole in Hanoi, the Villa D'Este on Lake Como and the Palace of the Lost City at Sun City in South Africa. are among the classic or luxury hotels of the world.

    Birds, Reptiles, Mammals and other Wildlife / Fauna of New York State

    Spotted salamanders, scarlet tanagers, black racer snakes, screech owls, red foxes, ruddy turnstone sandpipers, pileated woodpeckers, White-tailed deer, American goldfinches, box turtles, ruffed grouse, otters, minks, blue-winged warblers, painted turtles, woodcocks, woodchucks, raccoons, sea turtles, snapping turtles, spring peepers, porpoises, red-winged blackbirds, Eastern cottontail rabbits, water snakes, white-winged scoters, harbor seals, spotted turtles, coyotes, common loons, porcupines, a moose population that has grown since they started to migrate back into the state in the late 1970s, rufous sided towhees, fishers, bottle-nosed dolphins, common egrets, black capped chickadees, cardinals, snowy egrets, Eastern chipmunks, bobolinks, Eastern bluebirds, black vultures, beavers, wild turkeys, piping plovers, oldsquaws, muskrats, snowy owls, bobwhite quails, diamondback terrapins, peregrine falcons, canvasbacks, whip-poor-wills, brown garter snakes, fiddler crabs, turkey vultures, big brown bats, great egrets, bald eagles, opossums, pilot whales, great blue herons, hooded mergansers, smooth green snakes, Eastern gray squirrels, black bears, ospreys, belted kingfishers, black-crowned night herons, common goldeneyes, pintails, gray foxes, red-breasted mergansers, snowshoe hares, common nighthawks, Baltimore orioles, yelow-bellied sapsuckers, brown thrashers, ruby-throated hummingbirds, leatherback turtles, little brown bats, bobcats, milk snakes, great horned owls, northern shovelers, weasels, widgeons, horseshoe crabs and Eastern timber rattlesnakes are among the wild animals of New York State.

    Scary Stories, Legends, Folklore, Monsters, Ghosts and Myths in New York State

    The incredible twenty-two ghosts haunting the house at 14 West 10th Street in Manhattan, which include Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens); the Devil's Dance Chamber to the west of the Hudson River, where native Americans performed their divinatory dance rituals until the Manitou manifested himself as a wild animal; the Devil's Stepping Stones in Long Island Sound, used by Satan to escape from Native American warriors; Champ, the famous monster of Lake Champlain on the northeastern border of the state; the Montauk monster, an unidentified carcass (but thought by some to be a bald raccoon); the ghosts of the Dakota Apartments (used in exterior shots in Rosemary's Baby) in New York City, including an Edwardian little girl, a little boy dressed in clothes of the same period, a young man, a crying woman, Edward Clark (who had the Dakota built) and, it is said, former Beatle John Lennon; and the literary ghosts, including Dorothy Parker, of New York City's Algonquin Hotel, are among the true ghost stories, myths and legends of New York State.

    Alligators in the sewers of New York City, said to be the descendants of baby alligators flushed down toilets; events in the Long Island house dramatised in the film The Amityville Horror (please do not linger as it is a private residence); the celebrity ghosts of New York City's Chelsea Hotel (itself immortalised in song by Leonard Cohen), which allegedly include Sid Vicious, Dylan Thomas, Thomas Wolfe and Eugene O'Neill; the giant serpent of Silver Lake, near Gainesville; the finger marks of the Great Spirit, according to the Iroquois, as seen in the Finger Lakes to the west of Syracuse; the dwerg (dwarf) of John Coleman, a seaman with Hendrik Hudson (did Coleman not recover from his encounter with the Catskill gnomes and so remained a dwarf?), who still haunts the area near Donderberg (Thunder Mountain) on the Hudson River; and the pirate treasure, possibly Captain Kidd's, buried on New York harbour's Liberty Island but protected by a fire breathing devil, are other legendary tales of ghosts and haunted places in New York State.

    The witches of Native American legend who may still dwell in the glacial Green Lakes; the metal-working Catskill gnomes (originally of Mohican (Mahican) legend but possibly embellished since), pygmies with piggy eyes, long beards and enormous heads (melonheads?), whose games of nine-pins every twenty years cause thunder and flashes of light (September 3rd 2029 should be the date of their next tournament and, for the brave, the mountain behind the now demolished New Grand Hotel was said to be a good place to look but beware, Hendrik Hudson's crew were temporarily turned into gnomes after drinking their liquor and Rip van Winkle met the gnomes with famous results); the Cardiff Giant, an allegedly petrified man now on display in the Farmer's Museum, Cooperstown; the skeletal Rambout Van Dam who rows the Tappan Zee; the ghost ship Adventure Galley, commanded by Captain Kidd, seen near Bear Mountain Bridge; the ghost ship The Flying Dutchman, usually associated with the Cape of Good Hope but which is said by some to appear at Tappan Zee on the Hudson River (I suspect that it is really Captain Kidd's ship the Adventure Galley); the Catskill Witch who, according to Native American folklore, commanded the weather from Top Mountain and Round Top before playing tricks on anyone who ventured into her domain, once called Ontiora or Mountains of the Sky; and the ghosts of Sleepy Hollow (a real village popularly known by that name before it officially became so in 1996), where Washington Irving is buried and which really is haunted, especially around Raven Rock, by a wailing lady in white, the witch Mother Hulda and by a spectral horseman (not headless and usually heard but not seen), are more weird folklore associated with New York State.


    The USA is one of the most developed and technologically advanced countries in the world, yet has preserved much of its wilderness and beautiful scenery. It is well-known that in Europe you should see London, Paris, Rome, Naples, Florence, Venice and Athens but in the USA you should see Skagway, Washington DC, New Orleans, Phoenix, New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Fairbanks, San Francisco, St Louis, Sitka, Las Vegas, San Diego, Lake Tahoe, Seattle, Dallas, Salt Lake City, Miami, Boston, Savannah, Corpus Christi, Los Angeles, Honolulu, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Sacramento, Minneapolis, Atlantic City, Juneau, Kansas City, Anchorage, Indianapolis, Houston and Atlanta. Then perhaps you can say that you are familiar with the United States of America. Route 66, Native American nations such as the Navajo and the Hopi, Mount McKinley and fabulous wildlife in Denali National Park, the Appalachians, the wild west town of Tombstone, Hawaiian volcanoes such as Mauna Loa, the California coastline, Mount Rainier National Park, Yosemite National Park, Niagara Falls, rodeos, Mount Rushmore, the Everglades, Yellowstone National Park, Bryce Canyon, the Ozarks, the plantations and bayous of the Mississippi Delta, Marvellous scenery and sea life in Kenai Fjords National Park, Glacier Bay National Park, the Disney resorts, the Okefenokee Swamp, the beach at Waikiki in Hawaii, the Adirondacks, the Grand Canyon, the Florida Keys and the Arctic wilderness of Alaska are other places, sights or events that can justify your claim to know America. From, a heartfelt Bon Voyage!

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