Great Western Catskills Travel Guide 2020-2022

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The 2020-2022 Delaware County Travel Guide is an annual publication of the Great Western Catskills Tourism Office and the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce, the official tourism promotion agency of Delaware County, New York. Proudly produced in Delaware County, New York by Blue Spark Creative Services. While every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the information in this guide at the time of printing, we assume no responsibility for errors or omissions. For the most up to date information on all that is going on in Delaware County, please visit greatwesterncatskills.com. I LOVE NEW YORK is a registered trademark and service mark of the New York State Department of Economic Development, used with permission. Produced by Blue Spark Creative Services. Writers: Lisa Wisely & Sophie Grant. Copy Editors: James Felix McKenney and Melissa Holbrook Pierson. Design by Julian Peploe. Cover Photo by Derek Curl

food & drink

04 beverage trail 08 bottle shops 12 brunch spots 16 listings—restaurants

shopping

18 design shops 23 town-wide sales

stay & play

24 the roxbury at stratton falls 28 listings—lodging 30 dog friendly travel 34 franklin 42 intimate gatherings 44 listing—event & wedding venues

things to do

48 learn while traveling 52 things to do sunday through thursday 58 got kids 60 history hot spots 62 listings—major events & festivals

outdoors

64 on view

general

66 new & notable 67 listings—farmers’ markets 67 listings—general & farm stores

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Please be aware that this travel guide was originally produced before the COVID-19 Pandemic of 2020. Business hours and offerings have changed and continue to evolve. Please call ahead to all businesses to ensure they are open.


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Explore Delaware County through the lens of distillers, brewers, and cider makers. Enjoy Catskills fermentation at its finest, at the source. Take in the pristine landscape and the process, the fresh air and the creative energy. Makers are opening their tasting rooms, hosting tours, and throwing some great parties. Include Sidney on your next upstate New York itinerary and you’ll be rewarded with Awestruck Cider & Taproom (8 Winkler Rd., Sidney). Taste over 12 varieties of complex, delicious hard ciders made from fresh-pressed New York apples on tap, including Unfiltered Extra Dry, Lavender Hops, and Hibiscus Ginger. Co-founders Casey Vitti and Patti Wilcox have created a welcoming taproom where visitors can enjoy bites like their goat cheese plate or pretzel nuggets. Beverages include flights of cider, cider slushies, and hot apple cider cocktails. Open Thursday – Sunday; check their website and Facebook for events and online ordering.

Tucked behind Main Street in Andes are two lovingly restored barns that Wayside Cider (55 Redden Lane, Andes, 845.676.6002) calls home. There you can order their unique cider blend, made from locally harvested wild apples using their distinct fermentation techniques, savoring it from a comfortable seat on the patio or at the beautifully designed bar. In addition to over five varieties of cider they also serve up a range of New York State micro/farm/biodynamic beer, spirits, and wines, plus an elegant, farm-to-table take on classic bar fare. Open Thursday – Sunday. This family-run distillery was founded in 2016 and only a few years later, Union Grove

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Wayside Cider, Andes

Awestruck Cider, Sidney

Photos by Opposite: Courtesy of Wayside Cider; Left and Center, Akemi Hiatt; Right, Torkil Stavdal


Kerrs Creek, Walton*

Union Grove, Arkville*

Situated on a picturesque farm in Unadilla, the brewery is a family-friendly destination where you can see where the hops are grown and frolic in the meadow along the Susquehanna River. Try their Ichabod Pumpkin Wheat Ale, the Front Porch Peach, or the DELCO IPA. With plenty of wines and local ciders, there’s something for everyone at this local gem. Also Produced in Delaware County Faith American Brewery (607 Ruff Rd., Margaretville, 845.586.1100) is tucked in the beautiful rolling hills outside of Margaretville on a former cauliflower and dairy farm. You can find their beers on tap all over Delaware County and New York State. Their taproom on the farm opens for special events. Check their website for updates on new beer releases and gatherings at the brewery.

Union Grove, Arkville*

American Faith Brewery, Margaretville+

Muddy River, Unadilla •

Linders Cidery, Hamden*

Linder’s Cidery (7968 CR-26, Hamden) employs traditional cider-making practices from the West Country in England on diverse apples and wild yeasts of the Catskills to develop a cider rich in complexity and nuance. Bottle shops across New York City feature their ciders, and a handful of local bars here in our area pour it by the glass (listed on their website). You can visit Linder’s Cidery during special tour hours, announced on social media from time to time. Kerrs Creek is a local farm distillery and family-run operation based in Walton. While they don’t have a tasting room, you can find owners Matthew and Jessica White at several farmer’s markets, tasting events, and festivals throughout the region. There you can sample and purchase their line of spirits and learn

about the family’s history in the distilling business. Find their schedule online or in bottle shops across the Catskills. Just south of the county line in Roscoe are two more phenomenal places to throw back a cold one. First is Roscoe Beer Co. (145 Rockland Rd., Roscoe, 607.290.5002). With “Happier Hours” every Friday, live music every Saturday, and a long list of other live entertainment throughout the year, the brewery’s atmosphere is the perfect complement to Roscoe’s award-winning brews. The second is Prohibition Distillery (10 Union St., Roscoe, 607.498.4511). Makers of Bootleggers Gin, Bourbon Whiskey, and Vodka, as well as Beaverkill Bourbon Cream, they open their tasting room and seasonal outdoor alley bar seven days a week. Enjoy cocktails and local bites or pick up a bottle to stock your home bar. Muddy River, Unadilla •

Wayside Cider, Andes¶ Photos by * Lisa Wisely; • Courtesy of Muddy River; ¶Courtesy of Wayside Cider; +Sherri Manning

Wayside Cider, Andes¶

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Distillery (43311 NY-28, Arkville, 845.586.6300) produced the award-winning Vly Creek Vodka made from New York apples and wheat. The first batch of 500 bushels of apples was pressed locally at the Hubbell Family Farm on an antique cider press that has been in service since the 1800s. Sip cocktails on the deck as the Delaware and Ulster Railroad chugs through town, or park yourself at a table inside to listen to live music. While Union Grove doesn’t serve food, you’re welcome to bring in your own. Poke your head into the production space and someone is sure to scoop you up and take you on a tour behind the scenes of the distillery. There aren’t many places you can have a beer in one hand and a s’more in the other, but Muddy River Farm Brewery (15544 County Highway 23, Unadilla, 607.287.8770) offers just that.

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While we pride ourselves on having some of the best cider and

BOTTLE SHOPS

distilled spirits in the world being made here in Delaware County, we are also extremely proud of our adorable wine and spirits shops throughout the county.

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Because our shops are often open later than other stores, you can also use them as trusted guides to the region. Arriving late and unsure how to find your hotel? Wondering where the best place to hike or swim is? Want to find out what is happening in town during your stay? Stop by one of our bottle shops and the friendly folks there will fill you in on everything you need to know.

Roxbury Wines & Spirits, Roxbury °

Breakey’s Liquor Store

11 Bridge St., Walton, 607.865.5997 Catskill Cellars

15380 NY-30, Downsville, 607.363.2844

BOTTLE SHOPS Crane Liquor Store

Hancock Liquor Store

Margaretville Liquor Store

6 Laurel Bank Ave., Deposit, 607.467.2770

27 W. Main St., Hancock, 607.637.5364

Delhi Liquor Store

It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere

774 Main St., Margaretville, 845.586.4314

55 Main St., Delhi, 607.746.2321

Corky’s Wine & Spirits

E & D Spirit Shop Inc

58 Main St., Sidney, 607.563.3233

42473 NY-28, Arkville, 845.586.2835

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75 Main St., Stamford, 607.652.0008 Liquor & Wine Emporium

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134 Delaware St., Walton, 607.865.5105

Roxbury Wine & Sprits

53484 NY-30, Roxbury, 607.326.6200 Wild Common Wine

49 Main St., Andes, 845.676.6076

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Photos by ° Torkil Stavdal; * Lisa Wisely; ^Victor Garzon

Wild Common Wine, Andes *

Photo credit: Bill Ryall

Explore the Power of the Past

Hanford Mills Museum operates a historic water-powered sawmill, gristmill, and woodworking shop and presents exhibits, events, and dynamic learning opportunities in person and online. Margaretville Liquor Store, Margariteville °

Breaky’s Liquor Store, Walton °

Liquor & Wine Emporium, Walton °

Please call 607.278.5744 before your visit for schedule and discounts.

HANFORDMILLS.ORG 51 County Hwy 12, East Meredith, NY

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With bottle shops offering incredible selections from all over the world and especially deep representation from New York State, we also have shops specializing in local products, natural wines and really unique varietals. At our bottle shops, visitors can pick up anything needed for a weekend getaway, a special celebration, or a treat at the end of a long hike.

607.278.5744


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A word created by blending the sounds and meanings of the words breakfast and lunch. We don’t overthink the meaning, we just know we love it.

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For many of us, brunch means relaxing. Brunch means a comfy gathering with friends and family over a great cup of coffee and a delicious meal including a traditional dish of eggs or pancakes. In Delaware County, though, brunch takes flight: try an incredible sandwich of locally produced Tilsit cheese, pickled red onion, fresh arugula, and safflower mayonnaise at Table on Ten, or go for the featured dish of Roti Chennai, a delightful mixture of Indian flatbread and chicken in a coconut curry sauce, at The Tulip & Rose. While there is no shortage of places to enjoy brunch each weekend, here are just a few of the standout eateries you might consider the next time you are looking to enjoy that leisurely midday meal. Tucked away on a quiet side street, Butterfields (16 Division St., Deposit, 607.467.3111) is a culinary gem serving up breakfast, lunch, and dinner with brunch on the weekends, all enjoyed in a warm and cozy renovated hometurned-restaurant. Since 2011, owner George Merich has been winning legions of fans with dishes like his signature biscuits and gravy as well as a much beloved pecan chicken salad. Photo - Courtesy of Trattoria Locale

Let’s face it, for some, brunch is synonymous with a great Bloody Mary, which is often a meal on its own in a glass. Feather & Stone (38 West St., Walton, 607.510.4027) offers up a great selection of brunch cocktails including their house Bloody Mary, Bloody Maria, and the very popular Michelada, as well as a delicious assortment of sandwiches, soups, and snacks starting at 11:00 a.m. each weekend. Beef short ribs for brunch? Chappie’s (53535 NY-30, Roxbury, 607.326.7020) suggests diners enjoy their beef, sausage, and peppers or veggie skillets accompanied by fried eggs and grilled bread for brunch. Pastries more your thing? Chappie’s has you covered with their selection of sweet treats including their famous Mega Muffin, the perfect muffin mash-up of blueberry, corn, and chocolate chip. From their humble beginnings serving gyros at the Franklin Farmers’ Market, The Tulip & Rose Café (435 Main St., Franklin, 607.829.4040) serves up incredible dishes from across the globe. Their chefs specialize in Turkish, Malay, Indian, and Mediterranean cuisine in addition to traditional American and Continental European dishes, with a rainbow of cuisines


Top left and above Butterfields* Top right and right Table on Ten* Bottom right and below Tulip & Rose ° Bottom left and left Andes General Store^

Photos by ° Torkil Stavdal, * Lisa Wisely, ^Danni Misner

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represented on the brunch menu. It’s available every weekend from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. From Huevos Rancheros to falafel sandwiches, there is no shortage of flavorful delights here. After a recent renovation, a new state-ofthe-art facility known as Bluestone (85 Scotch Mountain Rd., Delhi, 607.745.4200) has emerged at The College Golf Course at SUNY Delhi. Bluestone is a pub, restaurant, event space, and culinary learning resource that offers brunch on weekends. While the schedule changes by season and school schedule, the popular brunch at Bluestone has offered everything from red velvet waffles with cream cheese icing to an omelet station. Head over to the Andes General Store (103 Main St., Andes, 845.676.6091) on Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. to find the all-you-caneat brunch buffet of your dreams. This adorable general store and butcher shop transforms into the coziest of little restaurants each Sunday where patrons can dive into an assortment of delicious pastries, fresh juices, and a wide selection of eggs, bacon, pancakes, and other brunch staples for the single price of $12.99. Known as one of the early farm-to-table restaurants of the Great Western Catskills, offering a remarkable selection of wood-fired pizzas on weekend evenings, Table on Ten (52030 NY-10, Bloomville, 607.643.6509) is just as lauded for brunch. While the menu changes from time to time, we recommend their white egg bake which is available only during brunch. It’s a sinfully delicious medley of marinated mushrooms, cream, spinach and parmesan with baked eggs and a helping of divine baked bread. Salads, sandwiches, great coffee, and gluten-free options are also available during brunch. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and, yes, brunch are served in a variety of places all over this stunning county. Whatever you are in the mood for, we are sure someone is making it in the Great Western Catskills. Please visit greatwesterncatskills.com or check out the entire restaurant section of this guide to try all the other fantastic eateries too!

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restaurants.

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The Andes Hotel 110 Main St. 845.676.3980 andeshotel.com

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Russell’s General Store 2099 CR- 6 607.832.4242 russellsgeneralstore.com

Quarter Moon 53 Main St. 607.746.8886 quartermooncafe.com

Davenport

Rosalino’s Diner 85 Main St. 845.676.4500

TK’s Diner 11308 NY-23 607. 278. 5280

Tuna III Japanese Restaurant 82 Main St. 607.746.6777 tunaiii.com

Wayside Cider 55 Redden Ln. 845.676.6002 waysidecider.com

Delhi

Deposit

Bagels N Cream 2 Elm St. 607.746.8100

BC Pizza & More 25 Oak St. 607.467.4992

Blue Bee Cafe 114 Main St. 607.746.8060

Butterfields Cafe 16 Division St. 607.467.3111

Bluestone Pub & Restaurant 85 Scotch Mountain Rd. 607.746.4200 delhibluestone.com

Honey’s Café and Ice Cream Shop 34 Oak St. 607.298.2014

Arkville The Ark Bowl and BBQ 42366 NY-28 845.586.2695 thearkbowl.com Arkville Bread & Breakfast 43285 NY-28 845.586.1122 Donatellos Pizza 43263 NY-28 845.586.2552 Maine Black Bear Seafood Restaurant NY-28 845.586.4004 Oakley’s Wood-Fired Pizza & Grill 44681 NY-28 845.586.3474 oakleyswoodfirepizzaandgrill.com TJ’s Place 43021 NY-28 845.586.6260 Bloomville Table on Ten 52030 NY-10 607.643.6509 tableonten.com Bovina Brushland Eating House 1927 CR- 6 607.832.4861 brushlandeatinghouse.com

Catskill Momos 191 Main St. 607.746.2233 Crossroads Cafe 80 Main St. 607.746.7007 Cugino’s Pizza 3 Main St. 607.746.7825 The Delhi Diner 95 Main St. 607.746.2207 Delhi Pizza Company 83 Main St. 607.464.4086 Hollow 84 Main St. 213.422.4954 hollowcatskills.com O’Neill’s Shire Pub 123 Main St. 607.746.8758 theshiredelhi.com PICCS Pub 68 Main St. 607.746.8777

Katie’s Kafe 121 Front St. 607.467.3206 Little Italy Pizzeria 100 Front St. 607.467.4774 Smokehouse BBQ 25 Oak St. 607.467.4992 Downsville Catskill Country Market 15192 NY-30 607.363.2872 The Old School House Inn & Restaurant 28218 NY-206 607.363.7814 oldschoolhouseinn.com East Meredith Fable at Stone & Thistle Farm 1211 Kelso Rd. 607.278.5800 stoneandthistlefarm.com

The Ponds at Natural Gardens 304 Sutherland Rd. 607.746.6199 thepondsatnaturalgardens.com

Hancock

Margaretville

The Camptons 422 E. Front St. 607.637.5465 thecamptons.com

Binnekill 746 Main St. 845.586.4884 binnekilltavern.com

Fleischmanns

Circle E Diner 369 E. Front St. 607.637.9905

Bebert’s Cafe 1164 Main St. 646.979.7798 bebertsmoroccancondiments.com Goatie Whites 46 Depot St. 845.254.3005 La Cabana 966 Main St. 845.254.4966 lacabanarestaurantny.com Franklin Bea’s Four Twenty-two Cafe 422 Main St. Polar Bear Homemade Ice Cream & More 5212 NY-28 607.432.0901 The Tulip and the Rose 435 Main St. 607.829.4040 thetulipandtherose.com Two Brothers Pizza 226 Main St. 607.296.6128 Grand Gorge Creekside Cafe 36429 NY-23 607.588.6305 Hitching Post Inn 37690 NY-23 607.588.4066 Sundaes 36422 NY-23 607.588.8808 Pizza Plus 37249 NY-23 607.588.4070 pizzaplusgg.com

Shephard Hills Golf Course 185 Golf Course Rd. 607.326.7121

Walton

Sidney

Castle on the Delaware 139 Stockton Ave. 917.348.7890 castleonthedelaware.com

Bun N’ Cone 86 Bridge St. 845.586.4440

Awestruck Ciders 8 Winkler Rd. awestruckciders.com

Danny’s Restaurant 14 Gardiner Pl. 607.865.8496

Hancock Town House 23 Main St. 303.893.0552

Crazy River Cafe and Deli 42287 NY-28 845.586.6266

The Bavaria Restaurant 27 Division St. 607.206.6927

Honest Eddie’s Tap Room 137 E. Front St. 607.637.7100 hancockhousehotel.com/ lileddie.htm

Hanah Mountain Resort & Country Club 576 W. Hubbell Hill Rd. 800.752.6494 hanahcountryresort.com

Community Lounge 80 Main St. 607.563.3363

Feather and Stone 38 West St. 607.510.4027 featherandstonerestaurant.com

Little Italy II 43 W. Main St. 607.637.2855

Inn Between 42377 NY-28 845.586.4265

The Maple Room Restaurant 137 E. Front St. 607.637.7100 hancockhousehotel.com

Liza Belle Kitchen 785 Main St.

Suzi’s Bakeshop and Cafe 3 W. Main St. 607.563.9050

Picnic! 75 Bridge St. 845.586.1919

Trackside Dining 88 Main St. 607.563.3737

Summerfields 654 Main St. 845.586.1111

Stamford

River Run Restaurant and Bar 150 Faulkener Rd. 607.467.5525 theriverrunrestaurant.com Two Sisters Emporium 170 E. Front St. 607.637.5200 Unclebrother 290 E. Front St. 212.627.5258 unclebrother.org Hobart The Bull and Garland 760 Main St. 607.538.3006 bullandgarland.com The Coffee Pot 581 Main St. 607.538.1800 hobartcoffeepot.com The Dinner Plate 645 Main St. 607.538.3003 dinnerplateofhobart.com

Trattoria Locale 520 Main St. ​845.464.5305 trattorialocalemargaretville.com Meridale A Table at Greenane Farms 196 CR-10 607.746.8878 greenanefarms.com Roxbury Ate O Ate Catering and Gourmet Food Truck 607.326.3392 ateoatecatering.com Chappie’s 53535 NY-30 607.326.7020

Roma Ristorante 25 Union St. 607.563.8888 romasidney.com

John’s Tavern 87 Main St. 607.652.2486 Mac-A-Doodles 33 Harper St. 607. 214. 4167 Lisanti’s 60 Main St. 607.214.4039 Peachtree Café 130 W. Main St. 607.652.9538 TP’s Cafe 7 Railroad Ave. 607.652.4752 Vasta’s Italian Deli and Pizzeria 1 Grant Pl. 607.652.3747 vastasbistro.com

Gramma D’s 192 Delaware St. 607.865.6588 Molto Espresso 151 Delaware St. 607.865.7375 Rainbow Lodge 440 Rainbow Lodge Rd. 607.865.7534 Sub Hubb 247 Delaware Ave. 607.865.7070 T.A.’s Place 249 Delaware St. 607.865.7745 Townsend Street Market 87 Townsend St. 607.865.4469

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Architectural Digest and the New York Times recognize the Great Western Catskills as having towns offering adorable getaway locations SHOPS

just hours from the city with deep design roots for those with a love of home decor.

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Tandem Antiques & Design, Stamford

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Poppy, Downsville Below: Tandem Antiques & Design, Stamford

Kabinett & Kammer, Franklin

Poppy, Downsville

Some may think of places like Hudson but Delaware County offers an equally impressive variety of shops that savvy interior designers and lovers of design have discovered. While we hate to give away designers’ trade secrets, we’re going to go ahead: Get a look at just a few of these cutting-edge stylemakers in the Great Western Catskills. You might end up with a totally refreshed home. You’ll certainly fall in love with design all over again. With decades of design work showcased in magazines like The New York Times Magazine, Elle Décor, and World of Interiors, to mention a few, Sean Scherr is the creative power behind Kabinett & Kammer (422 Main St., Franklin, 607.230.4084). Originally opened in Andes, New York, in 2007, Kabinett & Kammer is now in a beautiful historic building in Franklin and remains committed to serving as a curated gallery of Sean’s inspirational finds for the home. Known for its 19th century natural history prints, specimen shells, weathered antlers,

Poppy, Downsville

science class models, and vintage taxidermy, Kabinett & Kammer’s offerings constantly evolve. You can stop by this beautiful shop on weekends from Memorial Day to Columbus Day, all holiday weekends, and by appointment during the winter. See Sean’s newest discoveries on Instagram at @kabinettandkammer. The origin story of Tandem Antiques & Design (119 Main St., Stamford, 607.435.1851) starts in Hudson, New York, where owners Hilary and Steven Eklund met in 1997. Maintaining a retail presence in Hudson and in High Point, North Carolina, the couple that calls Jefferson, New York, home has now opened a Catskills Mountains shop on Main Street in Stamford. The store displays a superb ever-changing collection of antiques, modern design, lamps and lighting, studio pottery, vintage jewelry, paintings, sculpture, and more. Situated in a renovated pharmacy building complete with original details, the shop is open on weekends. But they are happy to open to browsers

anytime they are available. Check out their offerings on Instagram @tandemantiques. Opening its doors four years ago in the tiny town of Downsville, Poppy (28343 NY-206, Downsville, 845.418.3270), with a focus on rustic, modern antiques, offers a wide variety of options for decorating home and office. Owner Pio Deroda has a peerless eye for design and show-stopping furniture; see what we mean at this shop and her other store in Saugerties, New York. Poppy is open Friday through Sunday during the summer season and by appointment. There is also a modern warehouse annex that shoppers can visit when Poppy is open. There are catches aplenty in Downsville. Try exploring some of Poppy’s on their Instagram @modcatskills. Delightfully small, The Stonehouse (92 Main St., Delhi, 917.224.6718) is set up as a mini-bazaar in the heart of the Great Western Catskills. This adorable boutique is chock full with an eclectic mixture of objects from rugs,

pillows, textiles, and prints to ceramics and other surprises. Stylist Andrea Menke stocks this shop with found objects and handcrafted goods collected on travels around the world. Stop by Wednesday through Sunday during the summer season, Saturday and Sunday through the winter, and anytime by appointment. Check out Andrea’s latest discoveries on Instagram at @thestonehouseshop. As always, since hours of operation may change, please check ahead to make sure shops are open when you plan to visit. All are available by appointment in addition to regular hours. Listed are only a few of the shops in Delaware County where you can find rare and oneof-a-kind pieces for home and self. Check out the shopping section of greatwesterncatskills. com for a full list of all the captivating shopping to be found in the area.

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Rummage sale. Lawn sale. Garage sale. Whatever you call it, Delaware County knows that one person’s trash is another’s must-have statement piece. While you can visit individual sales all year ’round, make the most of your antiquing time by checking out some of the epic town-wide sales. Come with an empty car, cash in hand, and your self-restraint—so many incredible treasures await you! Walton The Walton Yard Sale Weekend is typically held the first weekend in July with over 60 yard sales on the map. Select local businesses in town can provide you with a printout of where to find them all. Typically held around the July 4th weekend, please check the Walton Chamber of Commerce Facebook page for dates and announcements. Unadilla The 44th annual Unadilla Carnival of Sales promises to be a terrific day in this Western Catskills town, just a short drive from Route 88. Find amazing gems at their village-wide yard sale, and stay for the entertainment, craft vendors, food and more. This event usually takes place in July. Visit the Unadilla Chamber of Commerce website for dates and details.. Margaretville The Margaretville Community Wide Yard Sale features participating vendors and businesses along Main Street, plus folks selling trinkets and treasures from their yards nearby. Shop to your heart’s content from residents and local entrepreneurs alike. Stop by or call Jess at Home Goods of Margaretville (784 Main St., Margaretville, 845.586.4177) for more information. First Saturday in August, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Stamford The Stamford Fire Department hosts one of the region’s biggest and best village yard sales with over 70 participating residents. Visit the

firehouse on Main Street for free coffee and snacks, then pick up the map showing the participating yards. This trek through Stamford also serves to showcase how spectacularly friendly and warm the folks of Delaware County can be. Collectibles and rare finds, plus quality clothes and furniture, are all offered at alarmingly low prices. Come prepared to leave with a haul! Stay up to date by following “Stamford Village Yard Sale Day” on Facebook. Second Saturday in August, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Roxbury The Town-Wide Sale in Roxbury takes place along the hamlet’s Main Street. Locals use the opportunity to clear out closets, attics, and garages—and then to search for new treasures among their fellow vendors. Residents on Main Street open their yards for the use of those who lack Main Street addresses so everyone who lives in the town can participate. Call 607.349.2801 or visit the Greater Roxbury Business Association at roxburyny.com for details. Previously held the third Saturday in August. Bovina Bovina Center hosts a town-wide sale each year in August, and Andes over Labor Day weekend. As with any town-wide annual event, dates and times can vary from year to year; this guide is based on available information. Check the greatwesterncatskills.com website for up-todate information closer to the event.

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Stratton Falls Mansion, Roxbury

the ROXBURY at STRATTON FALLS

The Roxbury Motel (2258 CR-41, Roxbury, 607.326.7200) has long been one of the crown jewels of the area. It is celebrated as one of the best hotels in the country by the likes of HGTV, TLC, and the New York State Hospitality and Tourism Association. Since opening its doors in 2004, owners Gregory Henderson and Joe Massa have followed their hearts and passions to provide guests with the most unforgettable experiences possible in clean, comfortable stylized rooms that make even the grumpiest among us giggle.


chandelier in the Dracula’s Fangs tower cottage! These well-considered touches at every turn show an aesthetic commitment to each theme. They make these rooms a true adventure of discovery and appreciation. To describe this compound simply, first there is a single mansion, the property’s original building. In it is the main lobby and the individual rooms created to celebrate the history of the original land that is now Roxbury, New York, one of the first thriving settlements of the region. Mansion room offerings include The Pampered Postmaster, The Fabulous Firkin Factory, The Beautiful Blacksmith, and The Brothers Stratton—this room honoring members of the original family, two brothers who fought in the Revolutionary War. The room is decorated to make you feel like you are spending the night in a log cabin, but with decidedly 21st century amenities and comfort. Beside the Mansion is a built-in outdoor pool and spa called the Crooked Cabana. The Crooked Cabana offers a ten-person hot tub, dry sauna, relaxation area, two spa treatment

Photos courtesy of The Roxbury at Stratton Falls.

rooms, and a large recreation area replete with conference table for eighteen, gaming area, and indoor bar. In addition to the Mansion Rooms, guests can be transported to a total-immersion-in-fantasyland with a stay at one of the Tower Cottages. Five uniquely designed and decorated buildings offer eight completely unique experiences including Cinderella’s Gown, with its enormous eighteen-foot ballgown serving as a bed canopy, or Terrazza of the Titans, complete with a brilliant Michelangelo-inspired mural encompassing the entire ceiling of the great room. Each of the Tower Cottages comprise a two-bedroom duplex with spiral or winding staircase, screened-in back porch with outdoor dining furniture, and beautiful views. In addition to the wonderland they have built, the Roxbury Experience team has taken on as theirs to protect, conserve, and share the unbelievable natural resources of the surrounding land. The Stratton Falls property has made available to guests of both The Stratton Falls and The Roxbury Motel a truly splendid

natural waterfall and trail system. Working with Tahawus Trails, an outfit that has worked on trails in Niagara Falls and the Appalachian Trail, the Stratton Falls system allows hikers to easily access the base of the waterfall. From a leisurely stroll to enjoying the cascade from one of two observation decks, to exploring mossy walls, forested nooks, and stone staircases, Stratton Falls offers a world unlike any other. If you are in search of an exceptionally unique experience, a getaway where you can relax, recharge and reconnect with your sense of wonder, The Roxbury Motel and The Roxbury at Stratton Falls begs your serious consideration. No matter the season, you will lose yourself in the bespoke theme rooms, suites and cottages and be pampered in the spas, all while enjoying the indescribable beauty of the Catskill Mountains. The carefully crafted trails and the vision of the waterfall will take you, and your breath, away. For more information on The Roxbury Motel and The Roxbury at Stratton Falls, please visit theroxburyexperience.com or greatwesterncatskills.com

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While The Roxbury Motel, with its incredible Shimmer Spa and its themed rooms ranging from Ancient Egypt to space exploration, continues to delight guests daily, the creative team of Greg and Joe were simply not satisfied with having just one fabulous property in the Great Western Catskills. Ladies and gentlemen, we would like to introduce you to Stratton Falls (48 County Highway 41, Roxbury, 607.326.7200). This impressive wonderland is every bit as whimsically sophisticated as one would expect from this team, but now with yet more opportunity to wow. Stratton Falls is not just a place to stay and relax, it is a full-blown sensory experience—a feast for the eyes and a journey for the senses. It’s the little details that make it indelibly marvelous. Walk through the variety of treatment rooms in the Stratton Falls spa and just try to keep your hands off the textured wallpaper. Visit any of the bathrooms on the property and check out the detailed tile work in each shower. Yes, those are real dried bats hanging from the

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Andes Hotel and Restaurant 110 Main St. 845.676.4408 andeshotel.com

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The Delaware House 227 Delaware Ave. 845.676.6252 delhouseinn.com

Middle Brook Bed & Breakfast 631 Van Duesen Rd. 607.278.5718 middlebrookbedandbreakfast.com Bloomville

Arkville

Table on Ten 52030 NY-10 607.643.6509 tableonten.com

Meadowood Inn 50 Hornbeck St. 845.586.5199 meadowoodinn.com

Turquoise Barn 8052 CR-18 607.538.1235 turquoisebarn.com

Pakatakan Motel 145 Pakatakan Rd. 845.586.4911 pakatakanmotel.com

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Buena Vista Inn 18718 NY-28 607 746.2135 buenavistamotel.com

Brushland Eating House 1927 CR- 6 607.832.4861 brushlandeatinghouse.com

The Inn at Tollgate Creek 21031 NY-28 607.746.7287 innattollgatecreek.com

Carriage House Inn 471 Jim Lane Rd. 607.832.4209 nycarriagehouseinn.com

Rippling Waters Retreat 1807 Federal Hill Rd. 607.592.7152 ripplingwatersretreat.net

Dry Town Tavern Inn 1825 CR-6 drytowntavern.com

River View Bed & Breakfast 9 Delaware Ave. 607.746.7177 airbnb.com/rooms/6711932

Field & Stone 28 Cape Horn Rd. 607.832.4488 fieldandstoneny.com Highlanders View Bed & Breakfast 1783 Crescent Valley Rd. 607.832.4805 highlandersview.com The Mountain Brook Inn 5333 CR-6 877.692.7665 themountainbrookinn.com Davenport Crazy Acres Campground at Beaver Spring Lake 263 Beaver Spring Rd. 607.278.5293 crazyacrescampground.com

West Branch House Bed & Breakfast 28 Franklin St. 607.746.3378 westbranch.house Denver Catskill Mountain View House Denver 917.848.7074 catskillmountainviewhouse.com Deposit Deposit Motel 44 Oak St. 607.467.2998

Dream Catcher Lodge 393 River Rd. 607.467.4900 dreamcatcherlodgeny.com Eagle Valley Cabins 185 Latham Rd. 607.321.3707 Guestward Ho Family Campground 62 H Decker Rd. 607.467.3246 guestwardho.com Scott’s Family Resort 591 Oquaga Lake Rd. 607.298.6083 scottsfamilyresort.com Downsville Bear Spring Mountain Campground 512 E. Trout Brook Rd. 607.865.6989 dec.ny.gov/outdoor/24454. html Downsville Motel 6964 River Rd. 607.363.7575 downsvillemotel.com Peaceful Valley Campsite 485 Banker Rd. 607.363.2211 nypeacefulvalley.com Pepacton Cabins 348 Hood Ln. 607.363.2094 pepactoncabins.com The Old School House Inn 28218 NY-206 607.363.7814 oldschoolhouseinn.com East Branch Terry’s Shinhopple Campground 6275 NY-30 607.363.2536 East Meredith Harmony Hill Lodging and Retreat Center 694 McKee Hill Rd. 877.278.6609 harmonyhillretreat.com

Fleischmanns Breezy Hill Inn 835 Breezy Hill Rd. 845.254.5615 breezyhillinn.com Catskill Country Rental 528 Wagner Ave. 845.254.9816 catskillcountryrental.com Catskill Ski House 538 Wagner Ave. 917.902.3063 catskillskihouse.com Delaware Court Motel 1141 Main St. 845.254.5090 delawaremotelcatskills.com Linden Hill Cottages 443 Main St. 845.254.4333 Northland Motel 1261 Main St. 845.254.5124 Oppenheimer’s Regis Hotel 400 Lake St. 845.254.5080 oppenheimersregis.com River Run Bed & Breakfast 882 Main St. 845.254.4884 riverrunbedandbreakfast. com Spillian 50 Fleischmanns Heights Rd. 800.811.3351 spillian.com Valkyrian Motel 890 Main St. 845.254.5373 2 Units available Village Suites at Fleischmanns 1130 Main St. 845.901.9690 villagesuites12430.com Weeping Willow Getaway 264 Wagner Ave. 201.421.7582 weepingwillowgetaway.com

West Wind Motel 11 Depot St. 845.254.4421

The Cranberry Inn 38 W. Main St. 607.637.2788

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East Branch Outfitters 1471 Peas Eddy Rd. 607.637.5451 eastbranchoutfitters.com

Brophy RiverView Estate 1650 Bodoit Rd. 607.651.6980 riverviewbrophy.com Franklin

Green Acres Motel 30356 NY-17 607.467.3620

Homestead Farm Resort 491 CR-6 845.586.4482 homesteadfarmresort.com Margaretville Motel 42480 NY-28 845.586.4464 margaretvillemotel.com Pine Hollow Lodging P.O. Box 10 845.586.1433 pinehollowlodging.com

Catskills Escape Bed & Breakfast 109 Post Rd. 607.353.1533

Hancock House Hotel 137 E. Front St.

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Delaware County KOA 242 Union Church Rd. 607.369.9030 koa.com

Point Mountain Lodge 186 Yendes St. 607.637.2629

Blue Deer Center 1155 CR-6 845.586.3225 bluedeer.org

Franklin Guest House 113 Center St. 917.428.8253 Grand Gorge The Colonial Motel 37283 NY-23 607.588.6122 colonialmotel.biz Halcottsville Log Home Lodging 46860 NY-30 845.586.6151 loghomelodging.com Hamden The Covered Bridge Guest House 6735 Basin Clove Rd. 607.434.1998 coveredbridgeguesthouse. com Hancock Bass Cabins Lower Cadosia Rd. 607.637.5253 basscabins.com Becky’s Bed & Breakfast 2406 NY-268 607.621.7994 beckysanderbandb.com

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Smith’s Colonial Motel 23085 NY-97 607.637.2989 smithscolonialmotel.com Timberline Motel 30680 NY-17 607.467.2042 Upper Delaware Inn 521 W Main St. 607.637.1600 upperdelawareinn.com West Branch Angler Resort 150 Faulkener Rd. 800.201.2557 westbranchresort.com

Roxbury Burroughs Homestead 1067 Burroughs Memorial Rd. 516.922.2856 burroughshomestead.com The Inn at West Settlement 1117 Andrew Gray Rd. 518.610.3449 innatwestsettlement.com The Roxbury Motel 2258 CR-41 607.326.7200 theroxburyexperience.com

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The Roxbury at Stratton Falls 48 CR-41 607.326.7200 theroxburyatstrattonfalls.com

Rich Country Farmhouse 13045 CR-18 413.527.3903 richcountryfarmhouse.com

Scudder Hill House 24 CR-8 607.326.7310 scudderhillhouse.com

The Bull & Garland 760 Main St. 607.538.3006 bullandgarland.com

Stratton Falls Campsites 2-169 Campsite Rd. 607.326.4224 strattonfalls.com

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Hanah Mountain Resort 576 W. Hubbell Hill Rd. 800.752.6494 hanahcountryresort.com

Super 8 Sidney 4 Mang Dr. 607.583.8576 wyndhamhotels.com/ super-8

Stamford Kaaterskill House 18 River St. 607.434.7273 facebook.com/kaaterskillhouse Stamford Gables Bed & Breakfast 42 Main St. 607.435.6917 stamfordgables.com Sunny Hill Summit Retreat 670 Decker Rd. 917.533.5789 The Colonial Bed & Breakfast 157 W Main St. 518.482.4102 thequeenofthecatskills.com The Catskills Bed & Breakfast 156 W Main St. 212.724.8782 thecatskillsbandb.wordpress.com South Kortright La Basse Cour Bed & Breakfast 3228 Gunhouse Hill Rd. 607.538.9707 la-basse-cour.com Walton Octagon Motor Lodge 34350 NY-10 607.865.3190 octagonmotorlodge.com Stony Creek Farmstead 1738 Freer Hollow Rd. 607.865.7965 stonycreekfarmstead.com Walton Motel 37 Stockton Ave. 607.865.4724

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Dog owners rejoice—the Catskills host the perfect getaway for you and your furry friends. Of course, the great outdoors is their ideal environment. But in addition to endless trails and room to roam, there are plenty of pup-friendly lodgings, activities, and local watering holes to enjoy together.

Stay Located at the meeting point of the East and West branch rivers, Smith’s Colonial Motel (23085 NY-97, Hancock, 607.637.2989) is dog friendly. Close to town yet sited on a picturesque hillside, their clean and simple rooms are just what you need when traveling with your pup. A great launching point for fly fishing, hiking, and antiquing, Smith’s Colonial welcomes one dog per room for no additional fee. A working family farm raising pigs and milking and beef cows, Mountain View Dairy (1468 Bloomville Hill Rd., Bloomville, 518.944.0768) welcomes guests to bring their own tent and their dog and “camp by the cows” under the stars. If camping is not your thing, you can also choose their cozy double-wide, which houses up to 8 guests. Have a hands-on farm experience with the animals or go on a personalized tour with the family. Your dog will love every inch of this beautiful farm. Hanah Mountain Resort & Country Club (576 W. Hubbell Hill Rd., Margaretville, 800.752.6494) has select pet-friendly rooms for dogs up to 40 pounds for no additional fee. Avid golfers will love staying here with their dog, making early mornings on the course a breeze and evenings on the patio at sunset a pleasure.

In addition to hotels and B&Bs, campgrounds in the area offer a wonderful way to stay with your pup. Enjoy the wilderness with your best friend by your side while also having access to basic amenities like bathrooms and showers. We recommend calling ahead to make a reservation and for special permission to bring your pup. You’ll need to provide proof of your dog’s rabies vaccine, so be sure to bring it in case it is requested upon arrival or during your stay. Check out Little Pond in Andes, Peaceful Valley Campsite in Downsville, or Crazy Acres Campground in Deposit. Food & Drink Created just for Fido, Houndstooth Bakery and Boutique (87 Main St., Sidney, 607.563.2275) offers everything your canine best friend can need. From puppy wellness supplies to pet accessories, Houndstooth provides customers with quality, whimsical gifts that radiate love for any canine companion. Shop for all-natural, holistic, human-grade dog food, gourmet biscuits and supplements, or pick up something truly special, like their artfully decorated cookies and cakes to celebrate the good boy or girl in your family. With their spacious outdoor seating area, Wayside Cider (55 Redden Lane, Andes,

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your pup will patiently await you outside under the covered seating area. Activities Stamford Farmers Cooperative (6 South St., Stamford, 607.652.7225) is as dog-friendly as they come. Step inside this essential farmer’s one-stop destination for feed, farm equipment, and general hardware to experience a great local business where locals, homesteaders, and gardeners come to shop, ask questions, and socialize. The Coop stocks dog food, treats, and canine accessories—the perfect place to visit if you accidentally left an important item behind. Offering a leisurely paced scenic train ride through the Catskills, Delaware and Ulster Railroad (43510 NY-28, Arkville, 845.586.2929) welcomes well-behaved dogs to ride along for free in the roomy, open-air cars. The trip lasts for two hours and spans 24 miles in total: hop on in Arkville and end in Roxbury. The train schedule varies depending on events and the time of year, so check their website. Formerly an active rail line used for transporting goods and supplies between farms and towns, The Catskill Scenic Trail is a flat, enjoyable path running from Roxbury to Bloomville. The trail now makes for a fantastic year-round walk, bike, or ski route from which to take in the stunning scenery and wildlife of the Catskills. Enjoy whatever leisuretime activity you like along the trail with your pup—they will love the easy path (great for elderly dogs or dogs with mobility issues). Visit their website for a map. These are just a few of the places in Delaware County that will welcome your pup with open arms. We recommend always contacting the lodging, restaurant, or tasting room ahead of your visit to confirm their pet policies. Having a great time while adhering to all pet-related rules will help keep the Catskills dog-friendly.

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845.676.6002) is a hot spot for dogs. Take a seat at a picnic table and enjoy fabulous ciders and food while your canine socializes with other furry visitors. You are welcome to bring your pup to join you outside for coffee and egg sandwiches at Russell’s General Store (2009 CR-6, Bovina Center, 607.832.4242). The convivial atmosphere on this quiet main street provides a relaxing place to sit and watch the day go by. Neighboring diners will happily entertain your dog while you go inside to order or shop for whatever you might need during your stay in the area. Union Grove Distillery (43311 NY-28, Arkville, 845.586.6300) is a terrific place to imbibe in the company of your dog. Sip craft cocktails made with their award-winning Vly Creek Vodka made from New York apples and wheat, or sip their Catskill Mountain Maple Spirit made in a rum style (but don’t call it rum!). Hang outside on the patio or inside the tasting room. While Union Grove doesn’t serve food, you’re welcome to bring your own in. As long as dogs are well-behaved and friendly, they are welcome to hang out with you and even stay for a live musical performance. Cheers! A uniquely Hancock institution, Two Sisters Emporium (170 E. Front St., Hancock, 607.637.5200) is located in a renovated opera house that hosts live productions in the summer. Enjoy sandwiches, omelets, and pastries baked in-house while seated at small outdoor tables with your dog. Visit Wednesday through Saturday for breakfast and lunch. BC Pizza & More (25 Oak St., Deposit, 607.467.4992) is a dog-friendly restaurant where visitors can enjoy a slice alongside their pups at one of the pizzeria’s two outdoor tables. Order appetizers, salads, calzones, subs, and specialty pizzas. And save room for dessert: they also serve cannoli, pastry pizza, and cina-sticky fingers. While you order inside,

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This lovely town embodies a perfect blend of commitment to honoring its historic character while welcoming the new and distinctively different in all its forms. “Franklin’s rich history meets its contemporary international vibe in a really special way,” remarks Patricia Buckley, co-Artistic Director of Franklin Stage Company. “I think the fact that this one small town has a train museum, a world-class Turkish restaurant, and a famous fashion designer like Gary Graham right down the block is a mix that, combined with the town’s beautiful Victorian houses, just can’t be beat.” Franklin is considered the undiscovered gem of the Catskills and Delaware County and here are only a few of the reasons why: There is a true passion for the arts in Franklin. Franklin Stage Company (25 Institute St., 607.829.3700) is a professional, admission-free theater that celebrates the lasting power of stories by bringing together audience and artists to create community. Housed in the grand Chapel Hall, Franklin Stage offers guests

season after season of extraordinarily high quality performances starring world-renowned talent inside an architectural treasure that has been standing tall as a community center in a variety of functions since 1836. Over one weekend every July, Franklin joins the neighboring town of Treadwell along with surrounding areas to play host to the Stagecoach Run Art Festival. This summertime festival is a free, self-guided open studio and gallery tour featuring some of the most terrific artists, performers, and makers in the region. The run typically takes place mid-summer. Visit stagecoachrun.com for dates and to learn more about the festival and its participating locations. Shopping more your thing? You will find a treasure trove of possibilities in Franklin. Looking for antiques and collectibles? Peruse these Main Street mainstays: The Squire’s Tankard (438 Main St., 607.829.6885), Franklin Durable Goods (438 Main St., 607.829.5013), and Blue Farm Antiques & Letterpress (322 Main St., 718.781.5487). They’re home to a wide

Left Franklin Stage Company Opposite Clockwise from top left The Squire’s Tankard Franklin Durable Goods Blue Farm Antiques & Letterpress

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variety of objects, art, furniture, and much more. Need that special something to bring your farmhouse design chic to life? Stop by Mercantile on Main (375 Main St.) for a lovely assortment of curated furniture and décor, from candles to locally made items. Open Saturday and Sundays from May through August, Botanical Treasures (11 Maple St., 607.434.3076) is a small, one-of-a-kind garden shop dedicated to those passionate about nature’s beauty. After years at the epicenter of design and retail in Andes, New York, Kabinett & Kammer

(422 Main St., 607.230.4084) has relocated to Franklin to continue its reign as a premier contemporary curiosity shop of rare finds, natural wonders, and art. Sharing the historic building is designer Gary Graham with the site-specific project GaryGraham422. Coats, jackets, dresses, and tops are American-made on-site using vintage and antique textiles as well as jacquards and wovens from domestic mills. 422 Main Street functions as a studio, retail storefront, film studio, and living space where the Gary Graham brand lives and evolves within the vibrant community of Franklin.

There’s a lot to explore in Franklin! Here are more places to visit while in town— don’t miss these outdoor, health & wellness, and farm destinations. Health & Wellness · Heathen Hill Yoga Retreat Center— 810 Heathen Hill Rd., 607.829.5328 Outdoor · East Sidney Lake Park 4659 NY-357, 607.829.6433 · Delaware County KOA 242 Union Church Rd., 607.369.9030 · Ouleout Creek Golf 13501 NY-357, 607.829.2100 · Franklin Edible Walking Trail, facebook.com/FranklinEdibleWalkingTrail

Farms, Farmstands & Stores · Handsome Brook Farm 4132 East Handsome Brook Rd., 607.829.2587 · North Franklin Maple Syrup Co. 13501 NY-357, 607.829.2100 · Sherman Hill Farmstead 9626 CR-21, 607.829.8852 · Northstar Blueberry Farm 595 Franklin Heights Rd., northstarblueberryfarm.com

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Continuously changing and consistently delicious, The Tulip & The Rose Café (435 Main St., 607.829.4040) features cuisines from all over the world. An eclectic brunch menu and a critically acclaimed tapas selection showcase this eatery’s versatility in offering some of the most delectable Turkish, Malay, Indian, and Mediterranean cooking alongside traditional American classics. After years of manning the grill at Russell’s General Store in Bovina, Bea Sohni now calls Franklin home. Bea’s 422 (422 Main St., 607.230.4071) is a bright and cozy breakfastand-lunch spot providing a great selection of local products, fresh baked goods, and sandwiches, including Bea’s much-loved egg sandwiches. Part café, part general store, it’s a great place to gather with friends and neighbors over a delicious meal. Two Brothers Pizza (226 Main St., 607.296.6128) is an American-style eatery serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner six days a week. Named after Franklin native Leann Taggart’s two sons, here the kitchen churns out tasty food every day but Sunday. Just a quick drive from the village, Polar Bear Homemade Ice Cream (5212 NY-28, 607.432.0901) dishes out the delicious cold stuff. Stop by the vintage-vibe ice cream joint during the high season and enjoy cones, shakes, and ice cream sandwiches as well as fun novelty food while taking in the fresh air at one of their picnic tables by the pond.

Franklin loves bringing healthy food to residents and visitors alike. Kicking off its 14th season, the Franklin Farmers’ Market (25 Institute St.) returns for another year from Memorial Day through Columbus Day every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The market takes place at Chapel Hall, home of the Franklin Stage Company, and offers a wide selection of products from local farmers and producers as well as convivial live music to make your shopping experience that much more enjoyable. Visit Franklinlocal.org for the full schedule of vendors and music all season long. When asked what he loved most about Franklin, Kabinett & Kammer’s Sean Scherer, a relatively new resident, had lots to share. But it was commitment to preservation that topped his list. Franklin stands out to him over other towns because of its “historic charm. It’s one of the most intact 19th century villages in New York State and definitely the Catskills.” He joins others who share a passion for this town because of the community’s sense of obligation to the original architecture. Business owners and homeowners take great pride in their properties, lovingly maintaining buildings that are decorated for all seasons. “This is a real village where people live and work and yet it is maintained so perfectly, it could be on the set of a film,” he comments. For more information on Franklin and all its businesses, attractions, and lodgings, please visit greatwesterncatskills.com. We’d love to see you in Franklin.

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While the Great Western Catskills abound with grand vistas, impressive venues, and large, majestic barns, we also have many sites perfect for more intimate affairs. Whether you’re eloping, renewing vows, or hosting a low-key celebration, you don’t have to sacrifice style or service when putting on a smaller event.

you from Peekamoose Restaurant nearby. Host your party, inside or out, at Wayside Cider (55 Redden Lane, Andes, 845.676.6002), an Andes institution. Rehearsal dinners, birthday parties, and weddings often grace this popular cider maker’s dynamic venue. Take a seat for a formal dinner, or gather around the fire pit to sip and stargaze. Ideal for intimate gatherings of all kinds, the lodge at Spillian (50 Fleischmanns Heights Rd., Fleischmanns, 800.811.3351) radiates magic, imagination, and joy during every custom-designed experience they host. Their talented chef and staff make every visit completely carefree; let them orchestrate all your meals, activities, and woodland excursions. Invite anywhere from 30 to 100 guests and the Spillian team will work with you to, in their words, “craft a celebration that echoes with a sense of place, of belonging, and of delight.” The first thing to know about Villa Sposa (234 Scudder Hill Rd., Roxbury, 917.693.9276), a romantic luxury lodging and venue rental, is that it offers packages with or without a butler. The property is a tranquil getaway nestled in the forest with a Japanese heated toilet, bamboo sheets, private jacuzzis, and assorted spa services. Host up to 40 guests with the help of their full-service team. Enjoy evening gatherings or weekend-long itineraries in interiors graced with ornate vintage furnishings, chandeliers, Persian rugs, Turkish tiles, and lush velvets. With a banquet room that can accommodate 30 – 150 guests, The Old School House (28218 NY-206, Downsville, 607. 363.7814) is a terrific option for an intimate affair. With a private bar, elegant décor and gorgeous hardwood floors, it offers sit-down, formal dining or abundant buffets with menus to please each guest. Let the team coordinate all aspects of your celebration in Downsville, the heart of the Catskills.

Opposite: Anne + Oliver at The Bull & Garland. Photo by Monika Murren. Above: Vaneea & Josh, Breezy Hill Inn, Fleischmanns. Photo courtesy of Breezy Hill Inn.

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The Bull & Garland (760 Main St., Hobart, 607.538.3006) is a local pub and inn on the West Branch of the Delaware River in the heart of Hobart. It is one of the area’s most popular dining spots, known for its classic English-style entrées, delicious small plates, and elegant cocktails. Welcome family and friends in their beautiful backyard beer garden for the main event or to kick off your wedding weekend. The yard with tables, tent, fire pit, and lawn games will accommodate up to 100 attendees, and their newly renovated coach house is perfect for intimate dinners for up to 50 guests. You can spend the night in one of their well-appointed rooms, but book early because rooms fill up quickly! At Trattoria Locale (520 Main St., Margaretville, 845.464.5305) choose from two private rooms (for up to 40 guests) to host your intimate affair with an Italian twist. Known for his fresh, homemade pastas with a farm-to-table focus, Chef Daryl DeBeech will wow your guests from the first bite. Head out onto their back patio (16 guests) along the East Branch of the Delaware with a glass of wine, or toast to your big weekend with a farewell brunch and mimosas on the porch (20 guests). Book the entire venue or the restaurant will bring the goods to you! Order their catering or a grazing board overflowing with cheese, charcuterie, jams, olives, and more, all artfully arranged on a local, made-to-order wooden presentation board for you to keep. For petite weddings and elopements, look no farther than the Fleischmanns favorite, Breezy Hill Inn (835 Breezy Hill Rd., Fleischmanns, 845.254.5615). Book the inn for up to 20 guests and host your entire affair on the grounds of the Sidraine Family’s 20-acre mountainside sanctuary. Breezy Hill can provide everything from the wedding officiant to all the florals, a session with a professional photographer, and a cocktail hour on their wraparound porch. Catering comes to

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Maple Shade Farm, Delhi*

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weddings. Belleayre Ski Center 181 Galli Curci Rd., Highmount 845.254.6129 belleayre.com This popular ski resort features fifty trails, parks and glades, and hosts all sorts of happenings year-round, including weddings, banquets, and other special events. Brophy Estates: RiverView & DeerRidge Estates 1880 Bodoit Rd., Fishs Eddy 607.651.6980 estatesbybrophy.com Two perfect locations for a one-ofa-kind rustic country wedding or special event, featuring accommodations for up to 72 guests when bundled together. Castle on the Delaware 139 Stockton Ave., Walton 917.348.7890 castleonthedelaware.com This restaurant, bar, and event venue

is an 1896 former armory building with a castle-like exterior. The main floor has been beautifully restored and is available for all types of events. The Farm at Russell Hill Russell Hill Rd., Bovina thefarmatrussellhill.com This 1820s farmhouse, with nearly 100 acres of land, offers plenty of space to create something extraordinary. If you can imagine it, the property can make it reality, with the ability to support almost any activity.

607.435.8290 thegardenpathbarn.com An elegant, decked-out barn venue specifically designed for weddings, but all types of events are welcome.

Field & Stone Events 28 Cape Horn Rd., Bovina Center 607.832.4488 fieldandstoneny.com Two historic dairy farms reimagined as a boutique retreat destination and special-event venue.

Handsome Hollow 5256 CR-28., Long Eddy 607.527.0480 handsomehollow.com The stunning 93-acre property of fields, meadows, forests, and mountain views is the location of a beautifully restored 18th-century Amish barn and stylishly preserved 100-year-old farmhouse.

Garden Path Barn 335 Gaffey Rd., Harpersfield

The Roxbury Barn and Estate, Roxbury§

Willow Drey, Andes#

Hanah Golf and Country Club 576 W. Hubbell Hill Rd., Margaretville 845.586.4849 hanahcountryresort.com This mountain resort and country club features a wide assortment of settings for your special event, as well as lodging for all your guests.

Photos - * Courtesy of Maple Shade Farm; ^ Courtesy of Handsome Hollow; + Courtesy of Lynn Acres Barn; º Natural Gardens;

The Inn at West Settlement 1117 Andrew Gray Rd., Roxbury 518.610.3449 innatwestsettlement.com Here the wide open fields and rustic indoor spaces are easily transformed to suit any creative endeavor or event, from ceremonies to brunches and everything in between.

Margaretville Inn and Barn 1478 Margaretville Mountain Rd, Margaretville 845.586.3933 margaretvilleinn.com This historic Queen Anne Victorian was built atop Margaretville Mountain in 1866 and offers spectacular views and an intimate wedding barn.

Barn at Lyne Acres 863 Howard Greene Road Denver, NY 12421 917.400.0190 A picture-perfect barn event space for any occasion as well as a vacation rental.

The Mountain Brook Inn 5333 CR- 6, Bovina 877.692.7665 themountainbrookinn.com This cozy B&B features a gazebo, covered foot bridge, and raisedbed gardens and lawns to provide the perfect location for weddings, while the dining room—featuring locally raised meats and in-season produce—is available for receptions and rehearsal dinners.

Maple Shade Farm 2066 CR-18, Delhi 607.746.8866 mapleshadefarmny.com The three-story yellow barn is set on 200 acres offering stone walls, a pond, an apple orchard, and fields aplenty to host your ceremony of 50 to 200+.

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The Natural Gardens 304 Sutherland Rd., East Meredith 607.746.2028

thenaturalgardens.com The Natural Gardens encompasses 107 acres of beautiful mountain scenery, woodland gardens, landscaped ponds with large koi, babbling brooks and waterfalls. The grounds feature hundreds of varieties of perennials, including native orchids, trilliums, and ferns. The Old School House Inn & Restaurant 28218 NY-206, Downsville 607.363.7814 oldschoolhouseinn.com Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this lovely setting for a wedding features a banquet room accommodating 30 to 150 guests. Plattekill Mountain 469 Plattekill Rd., Roxbury 607.326.3500 ext. 116 plattekill.com/weddings Let Plattekill Mountain sweep you and your guests off your feet by whisking you up the chairlift to the mountain summit for an awe-inspiring mountain-


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The Roxbury Barn and Estate 667 CR- 41, Roxbury roxburybarnandestate.com Exchange vows on a hillside field surrounded by trees, in view of rolling hills and mountains. Enjoy cocktails and appetizers by the waterlily pond, and dine and dance in the 163-year-old barn.

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Scott’s Oquaga Lake House 591 Oquaga Lake Rd., Deposit 607.298.6083 scottsfamilyresort.com This Oquaga Lake resort has several indoor and outdoor locations on request for ceremonies, cocktail hours, receptions, and rehearsal dinners. It can also provide overnight accommodations for your guests, family members, and wedding party. Farmhouse Caterers at Shephard Hills Golf Club 562 Shephard Hill Rd., Roxbury 607.326.7121 shephardhills.com

farmhousecaterers.com Shephard Hills is a picture-perfect location for any special event. The clubhouse, featuring Farmhouse Caterers, is steeped in history and offers a unique atmosphere for your big day. Stone Tavern Farm 2080 Upper Meeker Hollow Rd., Roxbury 607.326.3600 stonetavernfarm.com Resplendent in natural beauty, this historic 250-acre horse farm is a treasured events venue in the Catskills, hosting weddings and gatherings from the most intimate to the most elaborate. Stonewall at The Meredith 4206 Turnpike Rd., Meredith 607.464.5029 thestonewallgroup.com Formerly a carriage barn, this venue seats up to 100 guests inside and can accommodate over 300 elsewhere on its beautiful six acres. Stonewall Estate 1595 Holmes Hollow Rd., Delhi 607.287.2804 stonewallestate.com At this rustic yet updated event

venue, a 7,500-square-foot reception barn can seat up to 300 guests. Accommodations are available for a portion of your party to stay on the property during the event. West Branch Resort 150 Faulkner Rd., Hancock 607.467.5533 theriverrunrestaurant.com This beautifully landscaped 300-acre oasis has earned a reputation for providing the perfect blend of homespun comfort and distinctive elegance to any reception. Stay in any of the resort’s 30 luxury cabins, and a complimentary bridal suite is provided for the bride and groom with a wedding of 100 and over. Willow Drey Farm 985 Hyzer Hill Rd., Andes 917.859.5397 willowdreyfarm.com Willow Drey Farm is a four-season event venue nestled on a hill overlooking a spectacular view. Wedding parties delight in onsite ceremonies that take advantage of the beautiful pastoral landscape. Located between the villages of Andes and Bovina, Willow Drey can arrange housing for up to twenty-three guests in nearby Andes.

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Getting Healthy Meditation, yoga, and expansive mind-body workshops are a gift to yourself. Minimize everyday distractions, focus on your breath, and get centered in one of Delaware County’s celebrated programs. Get healthy in body and soul in the embrace of the mountains. Heathen Hill Yoga Guesthouse, weekend yoga retreats, group rentals 810 Heathen Hill Rd., Franklin, 607.829.5328 heathenhillyoga.net Harmony Hill Lodging and Retreat Center Treehouse glamping yurt, guided meditations, life coaching, couples and getaway packages, seclusion for creative pursuits 694 McKee Hill Rd., East Meredith, 607.278.6609 harmonyhillretreat.com

WHILE TRAVELING

Blue Deer Center Traditional Huichol Shamanic healing camps, lodging and food included 1155 CR-6, Margaretville, 845.586.3225 bluedeer.org

Rippling Waters Retreat Pristine retreat hosting workshops and private events 1807 Federal Hill Road 1, Delhi, 607.592.7152 ripplingwatersretreat.net Alma Yoga Yoga and meditation retreat center 67 Pennsylvania Ave., Hancock, 607.637.4444 almayoga.com American Yoga Foundation Public and private yoga classes plus summer internships 1977 Jim Lane Rd., Bovina Center, 607.832.4405 americanyogafoundation.org Turquoise Barn Botanical retreats in foraging, wild crafting, and forest bathing, plus yoga classes 8052 CR-18, Bloomville, 607.538.1235 turquoisebarn.com

Getting Outside Mother nature is calling. Learn about wildlife, build new skills, and get out there under the guidance of some of the Great Western Catskills’ most experienced adventurers. From bachelor(ette) parties and birthday celebrations to full-blown camps and certification programs, there is something for all ages, occasions, and skill levels. West Branch Angler Resort Private cabins to rent for hiking, fishing, weddings and more 150 Faulkener Rd., Hancock, 607.467.5525 westbranchresort.com Susan’s Pleasant Pheasant Farm Kayaking rentals, Catskill Trout Tales fishing lessons, standup paddleboarding 1 Bragg Hollow Rd., Halcottsville, 607.326.4266 kayakingnewyork.com Broken Spoke Stables Horse riding lessons, camps, and private parties 874 Narrow Notch Rd., Hobart, 607.538.9651 brokenspokestables.com

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Visiting the Catskills can be more than just a peaceful getaway. Turn a weekend trip into an enriching, inspiring experience by learning from some of our region’s most talented, creative, and knowledgeable experts. Pick up a new hobby or dive deeper into an existing one. Classes, retreats, and guided tours afford the opportunity to learn, grow, and make the memories of a lifetime.

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Getting Creative Get your creative juices flowing with workshops that will keep your hands busy in the process of beautifying your home. Stay on a sheep farm and learn how to weave with handdyed yarns, or drop in for a paint ’n’ sip at a local craft shop. You might find your new favorite hobby in the Great Western Catskills. Bloom Quilts Crafts, quilts, supplies, classes and retreats with lodgings 724 Main St., Margaretville, 845.586.6000 bloomquilts.store La Basse Cour Communal and collaborative farm and textile studio with looms, handdyed yarns, and budding fiber artist incubator with B&B onsite 3228 Gun House Hill Rd., South Kortright, 607.538.9707 la-basse-cour.com Roxbury Writing Residency Three-day writing residency in the heart of the Catskills. Photos - *Lisa Wisely, ^ Torkil Stavdal

Roxbury roxburywritersresidency.com Inspire Me Crafts Craft and stained glass supply store with classes and private lessons 64 Main St., Stamford, 607.652.2110 facebook.com/inspiremecraftsupply Getting Hungry Take your curiosity for food, farms, and foraging to the next level. Learn from the farmers, producers, connoisseurs, and DIY-ers who help make Delaware County so delicious. Table to Farm Tours Visit, taste, learn from farmers and producers 53585 NY-30, Roxbury, 607.218.4805 tabletofarmtours.com Tay Tea Tea blending, pairing and tasting workshops 159 Main St., Delhi, 607.746.6086 taytea.com

Trattoria Locale Cooking classes 520 Main St., Margaretville, 845.464.5305 trattorialocalemargaretville.com Agriforaging Food Safety Andes at the Catskill Food Hub + Delco Foodworks Cooking classes, dinners, and film screenings 27905 NY-28, Andes, 845.676.4550 agriforaging.com

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Main Photo: The Hollow, Delhi Inset: Bushel Collective, Delhi Main photo by Jonathan Pilkington

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It doesn’t get much better than a weekend getaway in the Catskills. Escape the weekly grind, wake up Saturday morning in the country, and enjoy a leisurely couple of days popping into shops, dining at our local eateries, and soaking up the fresh mountain air. And while it’s true that most of the region’s events, restaurants, and attractions cater to the masses from Friday through Sunday, there is plenty to enjoy, taste, and discover the other four days of the week, too.


Looking to chase away the Monday blues? Spend the afternoon exploring the artists, artisans, and makers on Main Street in Margaretville.

Pay a visit to Longyear Gallery (785 Main St., Margaretville, 845.586.3270), an artist-run nonprofit cooperative presenting professional artists from the NYC metro area and rural New York State. Immerse yourself in the full spectrum of creativ for you e endeavor and get to know what has become one of the Catskills’ most celebrated art institutions. The gallery is open 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Mondays. Explore the totally unique, handcrafted treasures of the Catskill Mountain Artisan Guild (785 Main St., Margaretville, 845.586.3443). Featuring the works of Catskill makers, fiber artists, and craftspeople, the shop supports local artists by offering their ceramics, scarves, candles, and jewelry, plus crafting kits and art supplies. It’s the perfect place to find truly oneof-a-kind gifts for the whole family. Open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Mondays. Home Goods of Margaretville (784 Main St., Margaretville, 845.586.4177) is a must-visit. Their seemingly endless selection of kitchen gadgets, beautiful home décor, and specialty foods is upstaged only by the owner’s love and appreciation for each product. Fall for the handcrafted charcuterie boards made from locally-derived wood processed in nearby mills by Unbound SVF from Roxbury; enjoy a sample of smallbatch apple molasses made right here in Delaware County by Red Kill Mountain Homestead Farms in East Branch; pick up those essential culinary tools you’ve been meaning to upgrade. It’s fun just being in this shop. Open 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Mondays. Don’t miss Margaretville’s Binnekill Tavern (746 Main St., Margaretville, 845.586.4884). Every Monday evening Binnekill hosts Schnitzel Night, a nod to the original Swiss-German cuisine served at the restaurant before an ownership change and a complete menu revamp in 2018. Under the guidance of acclaimed Chef Bryan Calvert and his partners Philip Farinacci and Peter Botros, the newest iteration has securely ensured a spot in the regular rotation for visitors and locals alike. Take in the mountain views from the dining terrace while

enjoying the weekly schnitzel, which might feature chicken, pork, fish or a variety of other specialties. Pair it with a stiff cocktail and finish it up with a lavender-infused Duck Egg Crème Brûlée. Open 4 – 8 p.m. Mondays. Tee off on Tuesdays Hit the links on a quiet Tuesday at Hanah Golf Course (576 W. Hubbell Hill Rd., Margaretville, 845.586.4849). With expansive mountain views the classic 18 holes were designed so you can appreciate the scenery as you make your way around the course. Their signature 13th hole was dubbed “The Terminator” by Golf Digest for being one of the toughest holes in the country. Conveniently located between Roxbury and Margaretville, Hanah is situated so you can easily kick off the day with a round of golf before most folks have had their morning coffee. Only the golf course and driving range are open Tuesdays, but with Chappie’s (53535 NY-30, Roxbury, 607.326.7020) and Picnic! (75 Bridge St. Margaretville, 845.586.1919) nearby, you won’t go hungry. To boot, midweek rates are 30% off those on the weekend. Artists Under Wraps is a gathering of local artists and friends who get together every Tuesday at high noon to talk about works in progress or art world gossip. Frequenting local eateries in western Delaware County, such as The Tulip & the Rose (435 Main St., Franklin, 607.829.4040), Unadilla Diner (198 Main St., Unadilla, NY 13849, 607.610.4121), and Trackside Dining (88 Main St., Sidney, 607.563.3737), the group reveals the location of each week’s meeting, and what they’ll be eating, on their Facebook page. As they announce online, “If you do Art, like Art, collect Art, or are even called Art, come join us!” Tuesdays at noon; check Facebook for location. Walk in on a Wednesday Kick Wednesday off with a visit to the Delhi Farmer’s Market (Court Square, Delhi). Support local farmers and artisanal producers, taste the flavors of the Catskills, and delight in the

seasonal offerings from this agriculturally rich region. Open Wednesdays from Memorial Day to Columbus Day, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Catch a matinee movie at the historic and beautifully restored Walton Theatre (31 Gardiner Pl., Walton, 607.865.6688), a nonprofit theater bringing vibrant music and entertainment to the community. A must-visit destination in downtown Walton, the theater is where to enjoy first-run movies, classics, and live performances. The 1 p.m. showing is just $5 on Wednesdays. When you crave a midweek burger, The Old Schoolhouse Inn & Restaurant (28218 NY-206, Downsville, 607.363.7814) is the place to head. Their lunch and dinner menus are enormous and will keep even the pickiest eater flush with options, but it’s their extensive burger menu that is not to be overlooked. Over 15 specialty burgers including Bloomin’ Onion, Guacamole Bacon, and Cajun Texas Longhorn are served with a healthy portion of fries. Open 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Wednesdays.

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Still in town on a Sunday? Bushel Collective (84 Main St., Delhi) hosts regular events throughout the year, including Knit n’ Stitch, a knitting and stitchwork meetup from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday afternoons, as well as a vinyasa flow yoga class in the evening at 7 p.m. Both workshops are open to all skill levels for a suggested donation. Visit their website to see what meetups, exhibitions, or live performances they have in store during your next visit. Music at Fishs Eddy at the Old Pioneer Church (669 CR-28, Fishs Eddy, 215.204.2533) hosts several Sunday afternoon live performances throughout the summer season. Admission is free, providing audiences with impeccable musical experiences from world-renowned artists. Performances typically start 3 p.m. on Sundays. The College Golf Course at SUNY Delhi (85 Scotch Mountain Rd., Delhi, 607.746.4653) is an 18-hole public golf course with a classic 1960s design known for its natural beauty and challenging, undulating greens. All aspects of the course are a training ground and education program for SUNY Delhi, including its student-run restaurant Bluestone. Reserve your tee time online or call for more information. While in Delhi, take the opportunity to check out Blue Bee Cafe (114 Main St., Delhi, 607.746.8060) for coffee and pastries (10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Sundays), Hollow (84 Main Street Storefront #3, Delhi, 213.422.4954) for dinner and cocktails (4 – 8 p.m. Sundays), or O’Neil’s Shire Pub & Restaurant (123 Main St., Delhi, 607.746.8758) to catch the game over wings and beer (11:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. Sundays). Also open Sundays—yum—the seasonal spot called Unclebrother (250 E. Front St., Hancock, 212.627.5258) and Table on Ten (52030 NY-10, Bloomville, 607.643.6509) for brunch.

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Thursdays with Mountains and Music Experiencing the mountains and trails of the Great Western Catskills is pretty much mandatory. The Catskill Mountain Club

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Longyear Gallery, Margaretville*

Brushland Eating House, Bovina^

Ark Bowl & BBQ, Arkville^

Walton Theater, Walton*

(catskillmountainclub.org) regularly organizes hikes, trips, and general wilderness meetups throughout the year and throughout the week. Check their calendar online to join one of their many midweek hikes. For more experienced or eager trekkers, follow their expertly designed schedule in order to complete the Catskills All Trails Challenge by traversing the 350+ miles of trails within the Catskill Park. Though the great outdoors always calls, sometimes inclement weather dampens your excursion plans. Don’t let that stop you from breaking a sweat and working off all those delicious local craft beers. The Ark Bowl & BBQ (42366 NY-28, Arkville, 845.586.2695) offers indoor recreation in the form of eight lanes of open bowling five nights per week, including Monday and Thursday. They also host live

musical and comedy acts, serve up delicious barbeque, and offer a welcoming atmosphere to locals and visitors alike. The Catskill Recreation Center (651 County Highway 38, Arkville, 845.586.6250) is a fitness and recreational facility with workout equipment, classes for both kids and adults, and an indoor swimming pool. Non-member adults pay $10 for the day, and kids 12 years and under enter for $5. For $3 extra you can join a spin, yoga, or aquatic aerobics class, to name just a few. Open 6 a.m. – 8 p.m. Monday – Friday. Thursdays in the summer the Roxbury Arts Group (5025 Vega Mountain Rd., Roxbury, 607.326.7908) presents two fantastic ongoing musical events: Essential Thursdays, an acoustic classical performance series taking place on select Thursday evenings in the 175-year-

Unclebrother, Hancock^

old Old School Baptist Church (CR-36, Denver) located in the Denver-Vega Valley outside of Roxbury. Come early and enjoy fare from a local food truck or a pot-luck dinner. Tickets available on their website. The RAG also presents the annual Concerts in the Park series (Veteran’s Memorial Park on the corner of Main Street and Railroad Avenue, Stamford). Concerts are free and take place on several Thursday evenings throughout the summer season. You’ll hear bluegrass, swing, rock ’n’ roll and everything in between. Bring a picnic blanket or a chair and enjoy the show. These are just a few of the wealth of goings-on between Sunday and Thursday. We encourage all visitors to consider a trip to the Great Western Catskills beyond the weekend to get a taste of local life during the week.

Old School Baptist Church, Denver #

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Two other great eateries open every Wednesday include Brushland Eating House (1927 CR-6, Bovina Center, 607.832.4861), serving up simple but incredible-tasting reimagined classic comfort dishes Wednesday through Sunday every week, and Trattoria Locale (520 Main St., Margaretville, 845.464.5305) with its ever-changing variety of Italian dishes made with locally sourced produce offered at lunch Monday through Friday, brunch on Sundays, and in a prix fixe menu on Wednesdays for what they refer to as locals night. Everyone is a local on Wednesdays.

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Binnekill Tavern, Margaretville° Photos - * Lisa Wisely; ^ Torkil Stavdal; # Courtesy of Roxbury Arts Group; ° Courtey of Binnekill Tavern


hosted every March by participating maple producers in Delaware County and the entire state. Watch a child fall in love with the taste of fresh blueberries popped directly into the mouth when spending the afternoon at one of our fantastic U-Picks like Northstar Farm (595 Franklin Heights Rd., Franklin). Relaxing on a blanket by the river in Hobart during the annual Sausage & Brew Festival (101 Maple Ave., Hobart), you can take in the view of toddlers who just learned to walk breaking away from their parents for what they think will be their great escape, only to find another adult ready to grab them before they get anywhere near the water. Attend one of our many summertime events like the Delaware County Fair (Fair Street, Walton, Held annually in August. ) at which kids can spin

wildly on the variety of rides, or Hancock’s Summer Nights (Hancock Town Square, 20 E. Main St., Hancock) where children run gleefully as they wave giant bubble wands while an incredible band plays in the gazebo. Stop by one of our outdoor beer gardens like Bull & Garland (760 Main St., Hobart, 607.538.3006) and give the kids the chance to perfect their aim with a bean bag at a cornhole toss or make their own s’mores over the open fire pit at Wayside Cider (55 Redden Lane, Andes, 845.676.6002). Let your children exhaust themselves during two action-packed days at Maple Shade Farm (2066 CR-18, Delhi, 607.746.8866) during Taste of the Catskills, hosted every Columbus Day weekend. Kids can let loose on an endless variety of child-centric entertainment and activities including bounce castles, hula-hoop

stations, and hay bales. The Great Western Catskills are not just an oasis for children, but a place where kids can be kids. Not only is Delaware County full of family-friendly activities, attractions, and events throughout the year, it’s a place very much committed to the idea of unplugging from tech and reconnecting with nature, imagination, and self. When visitors arrive here, they join our community during their stay. We will do our best to make sure everyone is looked after during your trip. While we can’t take on the responsibility of your child’s safety, we can assure you that we really want them (and you) to have a great time while they are here. We want parents to relax, we want kids to have a blast, and we want the entire family to enjoy every minute in the surrounds of the beautiful Great Western Catskills.

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In the winter, you may find extremely skilled, and surprisingly young, skiers and snowboarders dominating the slopes at Plattekill Mountain (469 Plattekill Rd., Roxbury, 607.326.3500). There they proudly get on the lifts by themselves and cruise down the mountain, while parents enjoy chatting with a neighbor or new friend made that day in the lodge. Watch the satisfaction of a young child who pulls an ice block out of the pond and drags the massive cube to the ice house at the Hanford Mills Ice Harvest Festival (51 County Highway 12, East Meredith, 607.278.5744) held the first Saturday of February each year. Enjoy a child’s delight the moment she realizes the delicious maple syrup that sits on the breakfast table at home comes from the same kind of tree just feet away, while attending one of two Maple Weekends (nysmaple.com)

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Kidstock, Bovina

Derby Party, Bovina

Photo Left to Right by Lisa Wisely, Briana Riera, Robert O’Leary, Lisa Wisely

Heading into the sweet village of Bovina Center on the main road, Route 6, the speed limit goes from 55 to 30. Now you’re “downtown,” country style. Kids on bicycles race down the street without a care in the world to Russell’s General Store (2009 CR-6, Bovina Center, 607.832.4242) to pick up an ice cream or piece of candy.

Cannonsville Reservoir

Easter Party, Andes


EXPERIENCE THE HISTORY OF

DELAWARE COUNTY

Drive around Delaware County and you can see signs of history all around. Centuries-old taverns and churches, impressive barns, old cemeteries and theaters and historic markers at the sites of vanished settlements—all there for the amazed passerby. While serendipity is an excellent guide to discovery, we also want to make sure we spotlight the must-sees in Delaware County. Tim Duerden, Director of the Delaware County Historical Association, has offered a few of his top picks. 60 delaware county travel guide 2020-22

Hanford Mills Museum (51 CR-12, East Meredith, 607.278.5744) is a historic working mill built in 1846. Over time, the site has functioned as a gristmill, feed mill, woodworking shop, a hardware store, and harnessed the waters of Kortright Creek to provide the town with its first electricity. Listed on both the National and New York State Registers of Historic Places, the museum today is a lively destination for exploration, community events, and workshops. Lower Dingle Hill Road (Andes) is the location of the 1845 shooting death of Undersheriff Osman Steele during the Anti-Rent Wars. As he presided over the sale of a property that had been levied, a large group of citizens dressed as Indians appeared and opened fire, shooting and killing Steel. The First Milk Pasteurization Plant in the USA (NY-10 in Bloomville), which comes up quickly after Table on Ten restaurant when driving north from Bloomville toward Stamford, was installed in 1892. The plant played a major part in transforming the commercial milk industry. Congregation B’nai Israel Cemetery (Old Route 28, Fleischmanns) is part of Clovesville Cemetery and is the burial place of TV and radio personality Gertrude Berg, AKA “Molly Goldberg.” Ouleout Valley Cemetery (Main St., Franklin) is where you will find the burial place of famed sociologist and photographer Lewis Hine, who used his camera as a tool for social reform. His photographs were instrumental in changing child labor laws in the U.S. Woodchuck Lodge (Burroughs Memorial Rd., Roxbury) is the birthplace of 19th century writer

and naturalist John Burroughs, who significantly contributed to the conservation movement in America. Mount Utsayantha (Stamford) is home to a historic fire tower that is 3,214 feet in elevation with sweeping views of the Catskill Mountains. Gideon Frisbee House (46549 NY-10, Delhi) is a historic home, built in 1797, currently housing the Delaware County Historical Association. Also called the “Birthplace of Delaware County,” this is where the first county supervisors met in the spring of 1797 to create the governmental bureaucracy of Delaware County. Delaware County is also home to some incredible feats of covered bridge craftsmanship. Don’t miss the covered bridges in Hamden, Delhi, and Downsville. These are just a few of the significant and fascinating places recommended by one of our local history experts. We invite you to visit greatwesterncatskills.com or dcha-ny.org to find more.

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Left: Woodchuck Lodge, Roxbury Above and Below: Hanford Mills Museum, East Meredith

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Meredith Dairy Fest, June (meredithdairyfest. net), celebrates all things dairy with livestock, vendors, concessioners, vintage baseball, and loads of fun for kids. Fourth of July Celebration on July 4 at Hanford Mills Museum (hanfordmills.org) is an annual Independence Day revel featuring old-fashioned family fun including frog jumping contests, a fishing derby, live music, sack races, and a tug of war. Margaretville Fire Department Field Days (margaretvillefiredept.org) takes place every July

Cauliflower Festival, Margaretville

in Margaretville, with a week-long carnival featuring music, fireworks, rides, vendors, and much more. Field Days are held each year in the days surrounding Independence Day. Stagecoach Run Art Festival, July in and around Treadwell (stagecoachrun.com), offers a self-guided tour to visit more than 50 artists’ homes and studios along rural backroads. Celebrate Roxbury (visitroxbury.com), July, is the ultimate summer celebration of the town of Roxbury. Visitors enjoy food, drinks, entertainment, horse-drawn carriage rides,

Meredith Dairy Fest, Meredith

New York State beer and cider, along with live music, games, and more in a beautiful streamside setting in Hobart. Bovina Farm Day, September in Bovina (farmingbovinany.org), is an agricultural festival held in Bovina’s fields with farm tours, hayrides, a scarecrow-making contest, oldfashioned games and food. West Kortright Fair, September in East Meredith (westkc.org), marks summer’s end with live music, food, and entertainment in an annual Labor Day extravaganza. Roxbury Revelry, September in Roxbury (roxburyny.com), observes Labor Day with fireworks, music, and family fun at Kirkside Park. Margaretville Cauliflower Festival, September

Delaware County Fair, Walton

Cauliflower Festival, Margaretville

in Margaretville (margaretvillecauliflowerfestival. org), honors the region’s cauliflower industry with food vendors, music, and a tractor parade. Delhi Harvest Festival, September in Delhi, presents local produce vendors, arts and crafts, fun activities, and live music on Courthouse Square. Woodsmen’s Festival, October in East Meredith (hanfordmills.org), shows off woodworking and lumberjack skills, demos, exhibits, food, music, and vendors. For Arts’ Sake, October at Roxbury Arts Group (roxburyartsgroup.org), is the annual exhibition and auction to benefit the Roxbury Arts Group. Attendees can bid on museum-quality artwork from regional and international artists in a silent and live auction with a delightful

Stagecoach Run Art Festival, Treadwell

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Note: This guide was produced before the COVID-19 pandemic struck the United States. Events may cancel and/or postpone. Please always check with the official event website and greatwesterncatskills.com to get the latest event information at the time.

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MAJOR EVENTS & FESTIVALS 2020

Photos by Lisa Wisely except Delaware County Fair by Rikka Olson

and much more. SpillianFest, July in Fleischmanns (spillian. com), serves up mountain magic around a bonfire with world-class food and fine musical performances. The Deposit Lumberjack Festival, July in Deposit (depositlumberjack.wixsite.com/lumberjackfestival), offers three days of fun, carnival rides, lumberjack competitions, tractor pulls, fireworks, and more. Annual Catskill Forest Festival, July in Margaretville (catskillforest.org), has 65+ vendors, logging, forest and milling demos, arts, crafts, music, food, and more. AMR Open Studio Tour (amropenstudios.org)

welcomes visitors to the galleries, barns, studios, and homes of artists of every discipline throughout Andes, Margaretville, and Roxbury. Andes Community Day takes place every August in Andes (andesnewyork.com). A parade and events town-wide commemorate the history of the town of Andes. Delaware County Fair, August in Walton (delawarecountyfair.org), is an agricultural fair that attracts 80,000 people every year. Six days of exhibits, demos, livestock, food, carnival rides, and fun on the huge fairgrounds. Annual Hobart Sausage & Brew Festival (hobartrotary.com), is an afternoon and evening focused on sausage sourced from local farms,

party atmosphere. Fall Festival in Sidney (sidneychamber.org), October is a full day of family fun throughout the downtown village of Sidney. Annual Plattepalooza Family Fall Festival, October at Plattekill Mountain (plattekill.com) in Roxbury. BBQ, seasonal microbrews, pumpkin painting, face painting, craft vendors, and activities for kids including a magic show. Fun for all ages. Taste of the Catskills, Typically held every Columbus Day weekend in Delhi (tasteofthecatskills.com), is a two-day festival of live music, culinary delights, workshops, activities, and performances.

FIDDLERS! Usually takes place in October at the Roxbury Arts Center (roxburyartsgroup.org), is the annual celebration of the traditional sounds of the Catskills with live music, square dancing, and great food. Ice Harvest Festival (hanfordmills.org) is held every first Saturday in February. Visit the museum property in February for a hands-on family fun day of workshops, demonstrations, ice fishing, and food vendors. Visitors experience the ice-harvesting process as it was done in the past. *As always, dates are subject to change. Please visit greatwesterncatskills.com to get the most up-to-date information on events and festivals in Delaware County.


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Drive down almost any road in Delaware County no matter how unassuming: this is where the landscape will show its spectacular side. Often unexpected but always stunning, the views in the Great Western Catskills never fail to amaze.

While we have some of our favorites, we also asked some Great Western Catskills regulars to share their best-loved views. Brenda Beswick offers “the high spot on Dunk Hill Road.” Dunk Hill Road in Walton is off East Brook Road/ CR-22. “Palmer Hill in Andes never fails to bring tears to my eyes,” says Ashling Kelly. “I make a ‘pilgrimage’ there every year.” Access to Palmer Hill is found on NY-28 between Andes and Margaretville. “The intersection of MacGibbon Hollow and Chambers Hollow in Walton” is the choice of Mary Loker Hafele. Chambers Hollow can be found between Hamden and Walton on NY-10. Cyndi Wright is a big fan of the vista from “the top of Cabin Hill road as you are headed to Andes.” She also loves the view from Shavertown Bridge at sunrise or sunset. “It’s a beautiful view from the middle of the bridge.” Cabin Hill Road is portion of CR-2 in Andes. CR-2, also known as Andes-Delancey Road, runs from Delancey to Andes. Shavertown Bridge can be accessed by NY30 in Andes. This bridge crosses the Pepacton Reservoir. John Clark’s favorite view: “the top of Seeley Wood Road near Walton.” Get to Seely Wood Road via Lower Third Brook Road, found off NY-206 in Walton. “The top of Roxbury Mountain, viewing Roses

Brook toward South Kortright” is one of Candace Conlon Rudd’s most-loved prospects. Roxbury Mountain Road can be accessed via CR-41 in Roxbury. Follow it to Roses Brook Road then on to Delhi-South-Kortright Road/CR-18. “The view of Denver-Vega Valley from the Old School Baptist Church” is Jenny Rosenzweig’s favorite view. The Old School Baptist Church is located at the intersection of CR-36 and Cartwright Road in Denver, New York. Liz Brosi says the view of “The College Golf Course at Delhi, from any direction” can’t be beat. The golf course is located at 85 Scotch Mountain Rd., Delhi. Julian Fleisher suggests “the view of Bovina Road Valley from CR-6 about a mile out of town before you hit the Mountain Brook Inn.” This view will be on your right if you are coming from New Kingston via New Kingston Road until you reach CR-6. Thanks to all who contributed to this compilation of Delaware County’s most delicious views. Make your own using this secret recipe: just drive. With serendipity as your guide, turn down that unknown byway. More likely than not it leads straight to a masterpiece. The numberless breathtaking landscapes in this region amount to your own private gallery of Great Western Catskills beauty. To the wanderer go the spoils.

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farmersmarkets. The farmers’ market is not only a fantastic place to score locally grown vegetables and the freshest meats, it is the heart of the Catskills community. Shop alongside the local restaurateur who is picking up mushrooms for the weekly special. Chat with the farmers who are excited to have brought freshly picked berries and carrots that came right from the ground hours earlier. Learn about bees from the local honey producer. Taste cider produced right down the road. Our markets are not just about shopping, they are about getting to know the products and the people that make this region so great. Andes Andes Farmers’ Market 72 Main St. Saturdays 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Hobart Sausage & Brew Festival, Hobart

66 New Businesses Delhi Pizza Company 83 Main St., Delhi 607.464.4086 A recent addition to Main Street, Delhi Pizza Company offers pizza, a variety of appetizers, subs, strombolis and specialty entrées in a comfortable, newly renovated space. Kria 801 Main St., Margaretville 347.277.6917 Kria is a beautiful, bright retail space in an old theater building. Its stock is meticulously curated and includes sustainable and artisanal goods as well as Kria’s own jewelry made entirely of reclaimed metals. The store is open Thursday through Sunday and hosts special events regularly. Stonewall at The Meredith 4206 Turnpike Rd., Delhi 607.464.5029 Stonewall at The Meredith is an events and catering company located in a former carriage barn, previously home to the famous Meredith Inn. This event space can host corporate

events, small private dinners, or elegant weddings for up to 100 guests inside or up to 300 guests on their stunning six acres. Trout Brook Studios 169 East Front Street., Hancock 347.564.4998 After years of success producing extraordinary architectural millwork and metal fabrication for commercial and residential projects, Trout Brook Studios has opened a showroom in Hancock where you can find unique furniture, metal and wood creations, and more. Open Saturday – Sunday and by appointment. New Events Hobart Sausage & Brew Festival Village of Hobart 101 Maple Ave., Hobart The town of Hobart will welcome guests to enjoy a relaxing afternoon of delicious locally sourced food and New York State cider and beer while enjoying live music in a serene streamside setting in Hobart. Perfect for food lovers and families alike, the Hobart Sausage & Brew Festival is going to be a summertime festival worth checking out.

Photos courtesy of Kria Jewery, Stonewall at The Meredith, Heather Phelps Lipton.

Dirty Girl Farmers’ Market 114 Delaware Ave. Saturdays from Memorial Day to Labor Day 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. dirtygirlfarmandesny.com/ farmers-market Delhi Courthouse Square, Main St. Wednesdays 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. facebook.com/DelhiFarmersMarket

Deposit Koo Koose Farmers’ Market Memorial Park Saturdays from June to October 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. depositchamber.com/ farmers-market

Halcottsville Pakatakan Market at The Round Barn 46676 NY-30 Saturdays mid-May to mid-October 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. roundbarnmarket.org

Downsville Town Shed Parking Lot near Paige Cemetery 2nd and 4th Saturdays 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Hancock Hancock Town Square, E. Front St. Saturdays during warmer months 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. facebook.com/HancockFarmersMarketNY

Franklin 25 Institute St. Sundays 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. franklinlocal.org/farmers-market

Sidney 89 Main St. Tuesdays 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. (10 a.m. – 6 p.m. 4th Tuesday of the month) facebook.com/SidneyNYFarmersMarket Walton Veterans Plaza, 181 Delaware St. Every other Friday (seasonal) 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. facebook.com/WaltonFarmersMarket

Hobart 101 Maple Ave. Fridays from June to September 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. hobartfarmersmarket.com

general&farmstores. The Andes General Store 103 Main St., Andes 845.676.6091 facebook.com/AndesGeneralStore Catskills Regional Harvest 27905 NY- 28, Andes 845.676.4550 catskillsregionalharvest. com Good Cheap Food 53 Main St., Delhi 607.746.6562 goodcheapfooddelhi.com

Masonville General Store & Crescent Wrench Cafe 2095 NY-206, Masonville 607.265.3808 facebook.com/pages/ Masonville-General-Store-Crescent-Wrench-Cafe/1364374330271852 Roxbury General 53587 NY-30, Roxbury 607.326.6118 roxburygeneral.com

Russell’s General Store 2099 CR-6, Bovina Center 607.832.4242 russellsgeneralstore.com Stamford Farmers’ Cooperative 6 South St., Stamford 607.652.7225 stamfordfarmerscooperative.com Sweet Meadows Country Home & Garden 18269 NY- 23, Davenport 607.278.4005 sweetmeadowsgarden.com

Tremperskill Country Store 1024 CR-1, Andes 845.676.3244 tremperskillcountrystore. com Two Stones Farm Store And Creamery 1060 Main St., Fleischmanns 607.201.3649 2stonesfarm.com

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