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Get Your Hands Dirty 2 Delaware County Fair: The Highlight of Summer 3 C’mon, Get Sappy 4 Party Like a Local: Parades, Festivals and Fireworks 5 Farmstays 6 State of the Union: Brewing and Distilling Stage a Comeback 8 Tour the Cheeses of Delaware County 9 Yesterday’s Eateries: Dine Out Old-School Style 10 Listings: Grab a Bite in Delaware County 11


Where to Get Hitched A Movable (Wedding) Feast

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Visit a Delaware County Farm 12 Craft Beverage Destinations Listings: Spend the Night



Curated Catskills Chic General Stores: Restocking the Shelves Hidden Gems Arts & Literature in Delaware County Get Lost in the Mountains Find a Tour Guide for the Woods Music & Arts Festivals Winter Outdoors: Ice, Ice Baby

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The 2016-2017 Delaware County Travel Guide is an annual publication of the Great Western Catskills Tourism Office and the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce, the tourism promotion agency for Delaware County, New York. Printed in the U.S. using soy-based inks. Proudly produced in Delaware County. PRODUCTION Julia Reischel Lissa Harris CONSULTING DESIGNER Nicole Pajor Moore COPYEDITOR Michal Keeley GRAPHIC DESIGN Treeo Design SALES Ben Fenton CONTRIBUTORS Rebecca Andre, Shawn Brackbill, Robert Cairns, Rocky Casale, Natalie Chitwood, Jim Clayton, Joe Damone, Lucille Huffman, M. Wentland Photography, Dan Mayers, Darren McGee, Christopher Mooney, Heather Phelps-Lipton, Heather Rolland, Kip Shaw and Shelly Wood of Amber J Photography.

CONTACT INFORMATION Great Western Catskills Tourism c/o Delaware County Chamber of Commerce 5 1/2 Main Street Delhi, NY 13753 866-775-4425 @westcatsrock @greatwesterncatskills ON OUR COVERS The Delaware County Travel Guide has four covers. Cheese: Sean Scherer slices Alderney, an aged cheese made by Bovina Valley Farms in Bovina. To the right is Ouleout, a cheese made by Vulto Creamery in Walton. Photo by Natalie Chitwood. Outdoor: The view from Mount Utsayantha in Stamford. Photo by Christopher Mooney.

Fireworks: Children enjohing fireworks at the Taste of the Catskills Festival in Delhi. Photo by Kip Shaw. Wedding: The wedding of Laura Comerford and Brian Sakonchick at the Roxbury Barn in Roxbury on June 24, 2012. Photo by Heather Phelps-Lipton.

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Food & Farms Agriculture has a long history in Delaware County, and today its farms supply vegetables, meats and award-winning cheeses to foodies near and far. To visit a local farm, see our farm map on p. 16.

Produce at Lucky Dog Farm in Hamden.



At the Hanford Mills Museum in East Meredith, visitors can experience the power of the past at a working mill that served local farms for over a century. Photo by Darren McGee, Empire State Development.

By Robert Cairns Some Delaware County farms allow you to get your hands dirty. Pick your own berries, pumpkins, eggs and Christmas trees or join in during the morning chores at these family farms. At CATSKILL FRESH (96 Laurel Bank Ave., Deposit, 607-467-5762,, Lonny and Liz Schaefer raise beef and grow produce at this fourth-generation farm, where you can harvest your own strawberries in the spring and pumpkins in the fall.

BLUE SKY FARM & WINERY (779 Charcoal Rd., Stamford, 607-652-4712, offers five acres


of “U-Pick” blueberry fields. Pick up a bottle of blueberry wine while you’re there.

WINDY KNOB BLUEBERRY FARM (6517 Turnpike Rd., Meredith, 607-746-2991) has been welcoming blueberry pickers for 40 years. Blueberry season is typically from mid-July through mid-August.

GREENANE FARMS (196 County Rd. 10, Meridale, 607-746-8878,

grows strawberries, raspberries and blackberries in its berry orchard, which is open Monday through Saturday during the summer harvest season. Check in at the farm store for harvest totes and containers. The farm store also offers meats, vegetables and a Mexican restaurant.

HANDSOME BROOK FARM (4132 E. Handsome Brook Rd., Franklin, 607-829-2587,


Food A visitor holds a seedling at Lucky Dog Farm in Hamden, left. Pressing apples on a three-story antique cider press at the Hubbell Family Farm, right, in Margaretville.

has become famous for its eggs, which are sold in supermarkets across the country. Owners Bryan and Betsy Babcock offer you a chance to gather eggs from right underneath the chickens. DONNELLY FARM STAND (5709 E. River Rd., Walton, 607-865-5036) is a favorite autumn stop for pumpkins. Pick your own pumpkin or gourd from an array of familiar and exotic varieties in the fall. One of the best local harvests happens in the dead of winter. ”Pick your own” Christmas tree (with a little help) at

ROBSON’S CHRISTMAS TREES (2425 Jim Lane Rd., Bovina Center, 607-832-4306),

which is open Fridays through Sundays between Thanksgiving and Christmas. The farm lets visitors select a tree up to 10 feet tall in one of several varieties. Or head to HAWLEY FAMILY TREE

FARM (4528 Peakes Brook Rd., Delhi, 607-746-3543), where hot cocoa, Christmas

cookies and a snug woodstove await visitors who get cold while tromping the fields in search of the perfect tree.

Delaware County Fair: The Highlight of Summer Now celebrating its 130th year, the DELAWARE COUNTY FAIR (Fair St., Walton, 13856. Aug. 15 to Aug. 20. is a six-day celebration of rural life that draws tens of thousands of people to the town of Walton each year. Local farmers show off their best cows, horses, sheep, goats, pigs, rabbits, chickens, vegetables and more. Equestrians put horses through their paces in riding competitions, while small garden tractors and giant professional rigs compete in tractor pulls. There’s an entire barn filled with antique tractors and engines. Kids can pet a calf, practice milking a cow and watch a sculptor carve butter into a life-size work of art. Nighttime at the fair brings entertainment to the grandstand. Local auto buffs spend all year building derby cars that smash into each other during two popular demolition derbies. Crowds pack the motorcycle thrill show, try the rides and games on the midway and sample a kaleidoscopic array of food, much of it served on a stick. Pigs at the Delaware County Fair. Photo by Joe Damone.



C’mon, Get Sappy In the early spring, farmers tap maple trees for sap, which they boil down to make syrup. Many maple syrup producers hold open houses in late March and early April as part of New York’s “Maple Weekend” ( One of Delaware County’s largest producers, SHAVER-HILL

MAPLE (310 Rd., Harpersfield, 607-6526792, offers tours of the

Collecting sap. Photo by Rebecca Andre.

saphouse along with horse-drawn wagon rides and a pancake breakfast. Other mustsee saphouses are ROXBURY MOUNTAIN

(5700 County Rd. 18, Bloomville, 607-7466339,, Duane

with 20,000 taps and 200 miles of tubing, and CATSKILL MOUNTAIN MAPLE (65

(Downsville, 607-363-2738, reedsmapleproducts. com) are made from the same sap bushes

Many maple syrupmakers are keepers of a rich heritage. At MAPLEWOOD FARM

DAR-VIEW MAPLE (2818 Fall Clove Rd.,

MAPLE (750 Roxbury Mountain Rd., Hobart, 607-538-1500,, Charlie Wood Rd., Delancey, 607-746-6215,


LaFever and his wife, Karen, are continuing a family tradition that began with Duane’s grandfather. REED’S MAPLE PRODUCTS

that Scott and Jody Reed’s grandfather worked. Brad Darling is the sixth generation of Darlings to make maple syrup at


Party Like a Local: Parades, Festivals and Fireworks HOMETOWN DAY, SIDNEY, JUNE Held for nearly

30 years, Hometown Day features a parade and accompanying events as a celebration of the greater Sidney area. FLAG DAY PARADE, STAMFORD, JUNE 14 The Stamford Fire Department celebrates Flag Day each year with a grand parade and festival. THE FAIR ON THE SQUARE, DELHI, JULY FRIDAYS ( Live music, food and craft vendors, entertainment and games for kids in historic Courthouse Square. MARGARETVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT FIELD DAYS, JULY ( A week-

long carnival with live music, fireworks, carnival rides, vendors and much more, held each year in the days surrounding Independence Day.

A watermelon-eating contest at Andes Community Days. Photo by Joe Damone.


This event celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2016. Fireworks fly on Friday evening, a parade marches on Saturday and games and vendors party all weekend long. ANDES COMMUNITY DAYS, AUGUST 13 & 14 ( The town of Andes celebrates its history with a parade and events throughout the hamlet of Andes. BOVINA FARM DAY, SEPTEMBER 4 ( A celebration of agriculture held in hay fields along Bovina’s Crescent Valley Road with farm tours, hayrides, a scarecrow-making contest, old-fashioned games and food. ROXBURY REVELRY SEPTEMBER 4 ( Fireworks, live music and family fun in Roxbury’s Kirkside Park to celebrate Labor Day weekend. CAULIFLOWER FESTIVAL, MARGARETVILLE, SEPT. 24 ( Fields of cauliflower once lined the cool, wet hills of Delaware County, where this festival honors the vegetable with food vendors, music and a tractor parade. TASTE OF THE CATSKILLS, DELHI, OCTOBER 8 & 9 ( A two-day festival of live music, culinary delights, activities for kids and live music takes over the fields at Delhi’s Maple Shade Farm each year on Columbus Day weekend. Delancey, 607-435-1657,

When Matt and Micah Scobie lost their maple-sugar-hobbyist father a few years ago, they created BROOKSIDE MAPLE (2544 County Rd. 2, Delancey, 607-746-6618) to carry on the family tradition. Maple syrup that’s been aged in bourbon barrels is a bestseller at TREE JUICE MAPLE

SYRUP (251 Rider Hollow Rd., Arkville, 845-245-8975, MILLBROOK MAPLE (Arkville, 845-5866200, sells birch syrup,

the pungent, reddish yield of birch sap. More: MADUGNO A4 MAPLE (7635 Route 8, Deposit, 607-467-1047), VLY CREEK

MAPLE (2470 County Rd. 37, Fleischmanns, 845-254-4283), NORTH FRANKLIN MAPLE SYRUP CO. (13501 Route 357, Franklin, 607-829-2100), PAUL’S MAPLE PRODUCTS (114 Back River Rd., Hamden, 607-746-7708), KENNETH BURGER FARM (3437 Millbrook Rd., Margaretville, 845586-4784) and BEAR MOUNTAIN MAPLE (21529 Route 28, Delhi, 607-242-4835).



FARMSTAYS By Heather Rolland Bed & breakfasts meet agritourism! Spend the night at a local farm, and eat food made from ingredients that were raised right outside. LA BASSE COUR (3228 Gunhouse Hill Rd., South Kortright, 607-538-9707, has comfy rooms in the farmhouse and delicious homemade breakfasts. Goats, chickens, cows, dogs and farm cats might accompany you on your strolls around the farm—and if you need to stay connected, wireless internet is available. There’s a farm store on the premises, and you can fish nearby. STONE & THISTLE FARM (1211

Lucky Dog Farm and the Hamden Inn.

STONY CREEK FARMSTEAD (1738 Freer Hollow Rd., Walton, 607-865-7965, offers a unique approach to farmstays: platform tents with

Kelso Rd., East Meredith, 607-278-5800, has overnight

accommodations for guests who want to try being a “farmer for a day” by doing morning chores, collecting eggs, feeding rabbits, moving sheep with the farm’s border collies and planting and harvesting the kitchen gardens. Then eat the fruit of your labors during a farm-to-table meal at Fable, the farm’s own restaurant. LUCKY DOG ORGANIC FARM

(35796 Route 10, Hamden, 607-746-8383,, one of Delaware County’s largest working farms, can put you up in the historic Hamden Inn, which its owners also operate. Wake up and walk across the street to visit the farm, which raises produce that is delivered to farmers’ markets in New York City every week. Browse Lucky Dog’s Farm Store and Café for clothing, locally made products and other goodies.




a fully equipped stove so you can cook your own farm-fresh produce. Hike, swim, watch the cows graze or borrow some art supplies from the farm store. Meals and tours are available too. Healthy vegetarian, vegan and raw foods are on the menu at the TURQUOISE BARN

(8052 County Rd. 18, Bloomville, 607-5381235,, where you can

stay in an 1800-era carriage house and wake up to a breakfast of eggs from the farm’s chickens.




Photo by M. Wentland Photography.

Brewing and distilling are staging a comeback in Delaware County with hard apple cider, a vodka made with local apples and a nationally renowned absinthe. UNION GROVE DISTILLERY (43311 Route 28, Arkville, 845-586-6300, celebrated its grand opening in February 2016. Named for a town that is now covered by the waters of the nearby Pepacton Reservoir, which supplies New York City’s


drinking water, Union Grove’s product is Vly Creek vodka, made with wheat and locally grown apples pressed in an antique cider press at the nearby Hubbell Family Farm. Owners Todd Pascarella and Brian Mulder have long-term plans to make bourbon and whiskey. The cocktail lounge and tasting room at the front of the distillery features a crackling wood fire, a coppertopped bar and, for fans of craft spirits who have children in tow, a kids’ playroom. Cheryl Lins, the founder of DELAWARE

PHOENIX DISTILLERY (144 Delaware St., Walton, 607-865-5056,,


Food Left: Absinthe at the Delaware Phoenix Distillery. Photo by Lucille Huffman. Right: Alex Wilson of Wayside Cider picks apples to make into hard cider. Photos courtesy of Alex Wilson and Irene Hussey.

has earned international acclaim for her line of handcrafted traditional absinthes. Using old-school methods and wormwood that is grown for her by local farmers, Lins was the first distiller in New York state to make the formerly outlawed spirit. Lins has recently added a line of whiskeys to her repertoire, and does all the work of grinding grain, fermenting mash, distilling, bottling and delivering her products herself. AWESTRUCK PREMIUM HARD CIDER comes in three flavors: Eastern dry, Hibiscus Ginger and Lavender Hops. Founders Patti Wilcox and Casey Vitti built

their company, GRAVITY CIDERS (8 Winkler Rd., Sidney,, to create local jobs, and it’s doing just that: In 2016, Gravity Ciders outgrew its home in Walton and moved to a larger facility in Sidney, after just a year in business. WAYSIDE CIDER (, which makes some of its small batches of cider from foraged “feral” apples, will be opening a cidery and tasting room in Andes in 2016. A microbrewery called WEAVER HOLLOW FARMHOUSE ALES ( is also aiming to open a facility in Andes, in 2017.

Tour the Cheeses of Delaware County

ALDERNEY Buttery French-style raw cow’s milk aged cheese. Bovina Valley Farms, 77 Huff Rd., Delhi, 607-746-8192, OULEOUT Pungent semi-soft washed rind cow’s milk cheese. Vulto Creamery, 44 West St., Walton, 347-622-0134, CREMEMBERT Creamy, crumbly, cave-aged cow’s milk cheese. Betty Acres Farm, 21529 Route 28, Delhi, 607-746-9581, BYEBROOK GOUDA Aged raw cow’s milk hard cheese. Byebrook Farm, 7531 County Rd. 18, Bloomville, 607-538-9796. DIRTY GIRL CHEVRE Fresh, soft goat’s milk cheese. Dirty Girl Farm, 539 Perch Lake Rd., Andes, 845-676-4000, MANCHEGOAT Rich, aged goat’s milk manchego cheese. Sherman Hill Farmstead, 9626 County Rd. 21, Franklin, 607-829-8852. MUTZARELLA Non-dairy vegan mozzarella melts just right. Cheezehound, Fleischmanns, 845-625-9003, HORSERADISH SPREAD Cheddar-based spread. Country Pride Cheese House, 711 Brockway Rd., Hobart, 607-538-9954,

Alderney, center, and Ouleout, right. Photo by Natalie Chitwood.



Yesterday’s Eateries: Dine Out Old-School Style Some places, like old-school diners, steakhouses and ice cream parlors, never change. MILLER’S BAR-B-Q (29735 Route 10, Walton, 607-865-4721) is the quintessential roadside barbecue shack. Chicken is the specialty here, but ribs are also popular. THE DELHI DINER (95 Main Street, Delhi, 607-746-2207) is the very embodiment of a small-town diner. Open for breakfast and lunch only. ANGUS & ALE STEAKHOUSE, SEAFOOD AND TAVERN (64-66 Main St., Sidney, 607-6044273) serves steaks, seafood and crème brûlée in a dining room straight out of “Mad

Men.” Order a flight of wine at 1940s prices: $7 gets you four three-ounce pours. LITTLE ITALY PIZZERIA (100 Front St., Deposit, 607-467-4774), a local favorite, serves small-town Italian food—pizza, sandwiches and Sicilian specials. SUNDAES RESTAURANT & ICE CREAM PARLOR (36422 Route 23, Grand Gorge, 607-5888808) is a 1950s-style summertime roadside ice cream parlor. CIRCLE E DINER (369 E. Front St., Hancock, 607-637-9905) is another classic diner, where

regulars rub shoulders with anglers traveling up Route 17 in search of trout. BLUE BEE CAFÉ (114 Main St., Delhi, 607-746-8060) looks like a Main Street soda fountain, with long marble countertops and high-backed wooden booths inlaid with stained glass.

The Blue Bee Café, left, serves sandwiches and baked goods to diners in antique wooden booths. Sundaes in Grand Gorge, right, is a 50s-style ice cream parlor. Photo via the Sundaes Facebook page.




THE ANDES HOTEL 110 Main St., Andes, 13731, 845676-3980, TWO OLD TARTS BAKERY & CAFÉ 22 Lee Lane, Andes, 13731, 845676-3300, WOODY’S COUNTRY KITCHEN 85 Main St., Andes, 13731, 845-676-4500


ARKVILLE BREAD & BREAKFAST 43285 Route 28, Arkville, 12406, 845-586-1122 DONATELLO’S PIZZA 43263 Route 28, Arkville, 12406, 845-586-2552 MAINE BLACK BEAR SEAFOOD RESTAURANT Route 28, Arkville, 12406, 845586-4004, OAKLEY’S PLACE 44681 Route 28, Arkville, 12406, 845-586-3474 TJ’S FARM MARKET & CAFÉ 43019 Route 28, Arkville, 12406, 845-586-6260


TABLE ON TEN 52030 Route 10, Bloomville, 13739, 607-643-6509,


BRUSHLAND EATING HOUSE 1927 County Rd. 6, Bovina Center, 13740, 607-832-4861, RUSSELL’S GENERAL STORE 2099 County Rd. 6, Bovina Center, 607-832-4242,


BAGELS N CREAM 2 Elm St., Delhi, 13753, 607-746-8100 BLUE BEE CAFÉ 114 Main St., Delhi, 13753, 607-746-8060

CAFÉ ON THE GREEN 85 Scotch Mountain Rd., Delhi, 13753, 607-746-4792, CROSSROADS CAFÉ 80 Main St., Delhi, 13753, 607-746-7007 CUGINO’S PIZZA 3 Main St., Delhi, 13753, 607-746-7825 THE DELHI DINER 95 Main Street, Delhi, 13753, 607-746-2207 MIDTOWN GRILL 97 Main St., Delhi, 13753, 607-4644023,


GOATIE WHITES 46 Depot St., Fleischmanns, 845-254-3005 LA CABAÑA RESTAURANT 966 Main St., Fleischmanns, 12430, 845-254-4966 MI LUPITA 967 Main St., Fleischmanns, 12430, 845-254-4979


TULIP AND ROSE 435 Main St., Franklin, 13775, 607829-4040,

Grand Gorge

CREEKSIDE CAFÉ 36429 Route 23, Grand Gorge, 12434, 607-588-6305 SUNDAES 36422 Route 23, Grand Gorge, 12434, 607-588-8808

O’NEILL’S SHIRE PUB 123 Main St., Delhi, 13753, 607746-8758, TUNA III JAPANESE RESTAURANT 82 Main St., Delhi, 13753, 607-746-6777 VILLAGE PIZZERIA & RESTAURANT 106 Main St., Delhi, 13753, 607-746-3663


BUTTERFIELDS CAFÉ 16 Division St., Deposit, 13754, 607-467-3111 KOO KOOSE GRILLE 129 Front St., Deposit, 13754, 607235-2817, LITTLE ITALY PIZZERIA 100 Front St., Deposit, 13754, 607-467-4774


CATSKILL COUNTRY MARKET 15192 Market St., Downsville, 13755, 607-363-2872 THE OLD SCHOOL HOUSE INN & RESTAURANT 28218 Route 206, Downsville, 13755, 607-363-7814,

East Meredith

FABLE AT STONE & THISTLE FARM 1211 Kelso Rd., East Meredith, 13757, 607-278-5800,



Grab a Bite in Delaware County

THE PIZZA PALACE 37166 Route 23, Grand Gorge, 12434, 607-588-6745



LUCKY DOG ORGANIC FARM, STORE AND CAFÉ 35796 Route 10, Hamden, 13782, 607-746-8383,


CRAZY RIVER CAFÉ AND DELI 42287 Route 28, Margaretville, 12406, 845-586-6266 THE FLOUR PATCH 75 Bridge St., Margaretville, 12455, 845-586-1919 HANAH MOUNTAIN RESORT 576 W. Hubbell Hill Rd., Margaretville, 12455, 800-7526494,

CIRCLE E DINER 369 E. Front St., Hancock, 13783, 607-637-9905

INN BETWEEN 42377 Route 28, Margaretville, 12455, 845-586-4265

HANCOCK TOWN HOUSE 23 Main St., Hancock, 13783, 607-637-9917

SUMMERFIELDS 654 Main St., Margaretville, 12455, 845-586-1111

HONEST EDDIE’S TAP ROOM 137 E. Front St., Hancock, 13783, 607-637-7100,

STICK IN THE MUD 743 Main St., Margaretville, 12455, 845-586-6336

LITTLE ITALY II 43 W. Main St., Hancock, 13783, 607-637-2855 RIVER RUN RESTAURANT AND BAR 150 Faulkener Rd., Hancock, 13783, 607-467-5533, THE BAKERY 167 E. Front St., Hancock, 13783, 607-637-2253, THE MAPLE ROOM HANCOCK HOUSE HOTEL 137 E. Front St., Hancock, 13783, 607-637-7100, TWO SISTERS EMPORIUM 170 E. Front St, Hancock, 13783, 607-821-1606


THE COFFEE POT 581 Main St., Hobart, 13788, 607-538-1800 THE DINNER PLATE 45 Main Street, Hobart, 13799, 607-538-3003,


BUN N’ CONE 86 Bridge St., Margaretville, 12455, 845-586-4440

THE CHEESE BARREL 798 Main St., Margaretville, 12455, 845-586-4666,


MEREDITH INN 4206 Turnpike Rd., Meredith, 13757, 607-464-5029


GREENANE FARMS 196 County Rd. 10, Meridale, 13806. 607-746-8878.



ANGUS & ALE STEAKHOUSE, SEAFOOD AND TAVERN 64-66 Main St., Sidney, 13838, 607-604-4273 COMMUNITY LOUNGE 80 Main St., Sidney, 13838, 607-563-3363 ROMA RISTORANTE 25 Union St., Sidney, 13838, 607-563-8888, SUZI’S BAKESHOP & CAFÉ 3 W. Main St., Sidney, 13838, 607-563-9050 THE CHUCK WAGON GRILL 115 River St., Sidney, 13838, 607-563-8088 TRACKSIDE DINING 88 Main St., Sidney, 13838, 607-563-3737


13 HARPER COFFEE SHOP 13 Harper St., Stamford, 12167, 607-434-6382 GABRIELLE’S 60 Main St., Stamford, 12167, 607-652-2535 JOHN’S TAVERN 87 Main St., Stamford, 12167, 607-652-2486 TP’S CAFE 7 Railroad Ave., Stamford, 12167, 607-652-4752

VASTA’S ITALIAN DELI AND PIZZERIA 1 Grant Place, Stamford, 12167, 607-652-3747,


CASTLE ON THE DELAWARE 139 Stockton Ave., Walton 13856, 607-865-4300, DANNY’S RESTAURANT 14 Gardiner Place, Walton, 13856, 607-865-8496 FEATHER AND STONE 38 West St., Walton, 13856, 607-510-4027, GRAMMA D’S 192 Delaware St., Walton, 13856, 607-865-6588 MILLER’S BAR-B-Q 29735 Route 10, Walton, 13856, 607-865-4721 MOLTO ESPRESSO 147 Delaware St., Walton, 13856, 607-865-7375 RAINBOW LODGE 440 Rainbow Lodge Rd., Walton, 13856, 607-865-7534 TA’S PLACE 249 Delaware St., Walton, 13856, 607-865-7745 THE PENGUIN CAFÉ 38 West St., Suite 5, Walton, 13856, 607-510-4173

ATE O ATE CATERING AND GOURMET FOOD TRUCK Roxbury, 12474, 607-326-7020, CASSIE’S CAFÉ 53535 Route 30, Roxbury, 12474, 607-326-7020 CALICO REBEL CAFÉ 53470 Route 30, Roxbury, 12474, 607-326-6090 MAPLEHURST FAMILY RESTAURANT 75 Maple Rd., Roxbury, 12474, 607-326-6111 PUBLIC RESTAURANT & LOUNGE 2318 County Rd. 41, Roxbury, 12474, 607-326-4026,


~ May - December ~




Make your wedding a barnburner. Rustic barns, cathedral glens, hidden ponds and roaring bonfires are hosting a generation of nuptial celebrations.

A bonfire at a wedding held at the Roxbury Barn in Roxbury. Photo by Joe Damone.



By Rebecca Andre A growing appetite for a more authentic “I do� has turned the historic barns, schoolhouses and mansions of the Catskills into coveted wedding venues. MAPLE SHADE FARM (2066 County Rd. 18, Delhi, 607-746-8866, hosts weddings in a historic three-story barn or in a tent nearby. Strutting peacocks and a huge collection of vintage props add to the


Spillian in Fleischmanns. Photo by Shawn Brackbill.

ambiance. Just down the road from picture perfect Fitches Covered Bridge, the jewel of the farm is the yellow wooden barn set on bucolic acreage that can accommodate 50 to 500 guests dancing until dawn. CATSKILLS ESCAPE WEDDINGS

(109 Post Rd., Franklin, 607-353-1533, will host your wedding in a tent next to a lake or on a hilltop with a fire-engine-red barn and a lakeside wildflower meadow as a backdrop. Hold the rehearsal dinner and after-ceremony dancing in the barn, and put up the wedding party in the historic 1860s farmhouse.



Over eight years ago, Casper de Boer and Oscar-winning filmmaker Roger Ross Williams began hosting weddings in their 165-year-old carriage barn. Today, THE ROXBURY BARN

(667 County Rd. 41, Roxbury, 607-326-4874, is one of the region’s

most popular wedding venues, working with an extensive list of recommended local vendors. Dine on a country feast supplied by the numerous local organic farms. Dance around a towering bonfire under the stars. Say your vows beside lush perennial gardens, near a series of spring-fed ponds, on the banks of a rambling brook or in a clearing in a cathedral-like pine grove. CASTLE ON THE DELAWARE (139

Stockton Ave., Walton, 607-865-4300, brings a regal

touch to a big event. Built in 1896 as a National Guard armory, “The Castle” has the look and feel of a medieval palace. With full catering capabilities, it can accommodate bashes with as many as 600 guests. THE OLD SCHOOLHOUSE INN

(28218 Route 206, Downsville, 607-3637814,, a historic schoolhouse that is on the National Register of Historic Places, has been renovated as a thoroughly modern restaurant and banquet facility with antique charm. HANDSOME HOLLOW (5256 County

Rd. 28, Long Eddy, handsomehollow. com) hosts stylish wedding weekends in a 240-year-old barn, which has recently been relocated and restored near the property’s 19th-century farmhouse.

A Movable (Wedding) Feast Caterers create fresh-from-the-farm banquets, some served on vintage “grandmother’s dishes,” for your treasured guests. MARY’S COOKIN’ AGAIN Roxbury, 607-326-4191, ATE.O.ATE CATERING Roxbury, 607-326-3392, DEANNA D’ANGELO Andes, 845-707-2520, QUARTER MOON CATERING 53 Main St., Delhi, 607-746-8886, THE BAKERY 167 East Front St., Hancock, 607-637-2253, RHINECLIFF EVENT CATERING 53535 Route 30, Roxbury, 845-876-0590, A reception at Willow Drey Farm.


WILLOW DREY FARM (985 Hyzer Hill Rd, Andes, 607-643-3646, willowdreyfarm. com) stages both outdoor and barn weddings


in a heated pavilion perched on a hillside with spectacular views of the Andes valley below. CATSKILL WEDDINGS AT THE NATURAL

GARDENS (304 Sutherland Rd., East Meredith, 607-746-2028, is a

working farm with waterfalls, woodlands, bonfires and a hops garden. Weddings are held in a brandnew barn that can hold up to 300 guests. SPILLIAN (50 Fleischmanns Heights Rd., Fleischmanns, 800-811-3351,, a historic lodge from the Gilded Age, is a superb 19th-century mansion complete with frescos, antiques and chandeliers. Outside, there are bluestone walls, a fire pit, a romantic stone stage and a another chandelier, this one hanging from a forest cathedral ceiling. BARN AT THE MARGARETVILLE

MOUNTAIN INN (1478 Margaretville Mountain Rd., Margaretville, 845-5863933, is a certified Green Concierge venue that can host up to 125 guests in a tent or in a newly restored barn with breathtaking views. THE INN AT WEST SETTLEMENT

A three-story wooden barn is the setting for weddings at Maple Shade Farm in Delhi.

(1117 Andrew Gray Rd., Roxbury, 518-6725423, supplies bouquets from its own organic cutting gardens, and sets its farmhouse tables in the barn with vintage china. Host up to 500 guests at STONE TAVERN

FARM (2080 Upper Meeker Hollow Rd., Roxbury, 607-326-3600, with horses and ziplines as a backdrop for a party that can go all night long. This venue is known for offering a summer-camp-like experience for adults. WEST KORTRIGHT CENTRE (49 West

Kortright Church Rd., East Meredith, 607278-5454,, a former church, can seat 200 in its stained-glass-lit auditorium and boasts an outdoor dance floor surrounded by verdant fields. Make your vows high on a mountain peak at PLATTEKILL MOUNTAIN

(469 Plattekill Mountain Rd., Roxbury, 607-326-3500, You and

your guests will ride the chairlift to get to the ceremony, and then celebrate afterward around the bar in the family owned ski center’s woodsy lodge.




ANDES HOTEL AND RESTAURANT 110 Main St., Andes, 13731, 845676-4408,


MEADOWOOD INN Arkville, 12406, 845-586-5199, PAKATAKAN MOTEL 145 Pakatakan Rd., Arkville, 12406, 845-586-4911,


CARRIAGE HOUSE INN 471 Jim Lane Rd., Bovina, 13740, 607-832-4209, HIGHLANDERS VIEW BED & BREAKFAST 1783 Crescent Valley Rd., Bovina, 13740, 607-832-4805, THE MOUNTAIN BROOK INN Bovina, 13740, 877-692-7665,


BEAVER SPRING LAKE CAMPGROUND 263 Beaver Spring Rd., Davenport, 13750, 607-278-5293, MIDDLE BROOK BED & BREAKFAST 631 Van Duesen Rd., Davenport, 13750, 607-278-5718,


TURQUOISE BARN 8052 County Rd. 18, Bloomville, 13739, 607-538-1235,


BUENA VISTA INN 18718 Route 28, Delhi, 13753, 607-746-2135, FISK HOUSE BED & BREAKFAST 116 Fisk Rd., Delhi, 13753, 607832-4544, FLANDERS FIELDS BED & BREAKFAST 2 Orchard St., Delhi, 13753, 607464-4145,

THE INN AT TOLLGATE CREEK 21031 Route 28, Delhi, 13753, 607746-7287,

PEACEFUL VALLEY CAMPSITE 485 Banker Rd., Downsville, 13755, 607-363-2211,

RIPPLING WATERS RETREAT 1807 Federal Hill Rd., Delhi, 13753, 607-592-7152,

PEPACTON CABINS 348 Hood Lane, Downsville, 13755, 607-363-2094,

OPPENHEIMER’S REGIS HOTEL 400 Lake St., Fleischmanns, 12430, 845-254-5080,

RIVER VIEW BED & BREAKFAST 9 Delaware Ave., Delhi, 13753, 607-746-7177

VICTORIA ROSE BED & BREAKFAST 15146 Route 30, Downsville, 13755, 607-363-7838,

RIVER RUN BED & BREAKFAST 882 Main St., Fleischmanns, 12430, 845-254-4884,

WEST BRANCH HOUSE BED & BREAKFAST 28 Franklin St., Delhi, 13753, 607-746-3378

THE OLD SCHOOL HOUSE INN 28218 Route 206, Downsville, 607363-7814,

SPILLIAN 50 Fleischmanns Heights Rd., Fleischmanns, 12430, 800-8113351,


East Branch

CATSKILL MOUNTAIN VIEW HOUSE Denver, 12421, 917-848-7074,

BUCK-HORN LODGE & COTTAGES 1577 Route 30, East Branch, 13756, 607-363-7432


TERRY’S SHINHOPPLE CAMPGROUND 6275 Route 30, East Branch, 13756, 607-363-2536

DEPOSIT MOTEL 44 Oak St., Deposit, 13754, 607-467-2998 DREAM CATCHER LODGE 393 River Rd., Deposit, 13754, 607-467-4900, EAGLE VALLEY CABINS 185 Latham Rd. Deposit, 13754, 607-321-3707 GUESTWARD HO FAMILY CAMPGROUND 62 H Decker Rd., Deposit, 13754, 607-467-3246, LAUREL BANK MOTEL 1 Oak St., Deposit, 13754, 607-467-2427 SCOTT’S OQUAGA LAKE FAMILY RESORT Deposit, 13754, 607-467-3094,


BEAR SPRING MOUNTAIN PARK 512 E. Trout Brook Rd., Downsville, 13755, DOWNSVILLE MOTEL 6964 River Rd., Downsville, 13755, 607-363-7575,

YELLOW HOUSE BED & BREAKFAST 132 Peakville Rd., East Branch, 13756, 917-270-7255

East Meredith

HARMONY HILL LODGING AND RETREAT CENTER 694 McKee Hill Rd., East Meredith, 13757, 877-278-6609,


BREEZY HILL INN 835 Breezy Hill Rd., Fleischmanns, 12430, 845-254-5615, CATSKILL COUNTRY RENTAL 528 Wagner Ave., Fleischmanns, 12430, 845-254-9816, CATSKILL SKI HOUSE 538 Wagner Ave., Fleischmanns, 12430, 917-902-3063, DELAWARE COURT MOTEL 1141 Main St., Fleischmanns, 12430, 845-254-5090, LINDEN HILL COTTAGES 443 Main St., Fleischmanns, 12430, 845-254-4333

NORTHLAND MOTEL 1261 Main St., Fleischmanns, 12430, 845-254-5124

VALKYRIAN MOTEL 890 Main St., Fleischmanns, 12430, 845-254-5373 VILLAGE SUITES AT FLEISCHMANNS 1130 Main St., Fleischmanns, 12430, 845-901-9690, WEEPING WILLOW GETAWAY 264 Wagner Ave., Fleischmanns, 12430, 201-421-7582 WEST WIND MOTEL 11 Depot St., Fleischmanns, 12430, 845-254-4421

Fishs Eddy

BROPHY RIVER VIEW AND ESTATE 1650 Bodoit Rd., Fishs Eddy, 13774, 561-714-0338,


CATSKILLS ESCAPE BED & BREAKFAST 109 Post Rd., Franklin, 13775, 607353-1533, DELAWARE COUNTY KOA. 242 Union Church Rd., Franklin, 13775, 607-369-9030, FRANKLIN GUEST HOUSE 113 Center St., Franklin, 13775, 917-428-8253

Grand Gorge

THE COLONIAL MOTEL 37283 Route 23, Grand Gorge, 12434, 607-588-6122,

Left: The Inn at West Settlement, by Joe Damone. Right: Plattekill Mountain, by Shelly Wood of Amber J Photography.



Spend the Night



BLACKBIRD INN 25 Old River Rod., Halcottsville, 12438, 607-330-3031, LOG HOME LODGING 46860 Route 30, Halcottsville, 12438, 845-586-6151,


MOONSHADOWS AND MEMORIES BED & BREAKFAST 35892 Route 10, Hamden, 13782, 607-746-2870, THE COVERED BRIDGE GUEST HOUSE 6735 Basin Clove Rd., Hamden, 13782, 607-434-1998 HAMDEN INN 35796 Route 10, Hamden, 13782, 607-746-8383,


BREEZY ACRES BED & BREAKFAST 62543 Route 10, Hobart, 13788, 607-538-9338, RICH COUNTRY FARMHOUSE 13045 County Rd. 18, Hobart, 13788, 413-527-3903,


BASS CABINS Lower Cadosia Rd., Hancock, 13783, 607-637-5253, BECKY’S BED & BREAKFAST 2406 Route 268, Hancock, 13783, 607-637-5499, CAPRA INN MOTEL 521 W Main St., Hancock,13783, 607-637-1600 THE CRANBERRY INN 38 W. Main St., Hancock, 13783, 607-637-2788 EAST BRANCH OUTFITTERS 1471 Peas Eddy Rd., Hancock, 13783, 607-637-5451, GREEN ACRES MOTEL 30356 Route 17, Hancock, 13783, 607-467-3620

HANCOCK HOUSE HOTEL 137 E. Front St., Hancock, 13783, 607-637-7100, POINT MOUNTAIN LODGE 186 Yendes St., Hancock, 13783, 607-637-2629 SMITH’S COLONIAL MOTEL 23085 Route 97, Hancock, 13783, 607-637-2989, TIMBERLINE MOTEL 30680 Route 17, Hancock, 13783, 607-467-2042 WEST BRANCH ANGLER RESORT 150 Faulkener Rd., Hancock, 13783, 800-201-2557,


HANAH MOUNTAIN RESORT 576 W. Hubbell Hill Rd., Margaretville, 12455, 800-7526494, HOMESTEAD FARM RESORT 491 County Rd. 6, Margaretville, 12455, 845-586-4482, MARGARETVILLE MOUNTAIN INN 1478 Margaretville Mountain Rd., Margaretville, 12455, 845586-3933, MARGARETVILLE LODGING 42480 Route 28, Margaretville, 12455, 845-586-4464, PINE HOLLOW LODGING Margaretville, 12455, 718729-4722/845-586-1433,

New Kingston

BLUE DEER CENTER 1155 County Rd. 6, New Kingston, 12459, 845-5863225,


BED & EGGS 43 Montgomery Hollow Rd., Roxbury, 12474, 607-326-6184,

The Roxbury Barn. Photo by Heather Phelps-Lipton. BURROUGHS HOMESTEAD 1067 Burroughs Memorial Rd., Roxbury, 12474, 516-922-2856, THE INN AT WEST SETTLEMENT 1117 Andrew Gray Rd., Roxbury, 518-672-5423, THE ROXBURY 2258 County Rd. 41, Roxbury, 12474, 607-326-7200, ROXBURY BED & BREAKFAST 1239 Old River Rd., Roxbury, 12474, 607-326-7847 SCUDDER HILL HOUSE 24 County Rd. 8, Roxbury, 12474, 607-326-7310,


SUPER 8 SIDNEY 4 Mang Dr., Sidney, 13838, 607563-8880, STAMFORD GABLES BED & BREAKFAST 42 Main St., Stamford, 12167, 607435-6917, SUNNY HILL SUMMIT RETREAT 670 Decker Rd., Stamford, 12167, 917-533-5789

THE CATSKILLS BED & BREAKFAST 156 W. Main St., Stamford, 12167, 212-724-8782,

South Kortright

LA BASSE COUR BED & BREAKFAST 3228 Gunhouse Hill Rd., South Kortright, 13842, 607-5389707,


STRATTON FALLS CAMPSITES 615 County Rd. 41, Roxbury, 12474, 607-326-4224,


THE COLONIAL BED & BREAKFAST 157 W. Main St., Stamford, 12167, 518-482-4102,

D’ANGELO’S BED & BREAKFAST 24 Griswold St., Walton, 13856, 607-865-6285 KERR’S CREEK GETAWAY Walton, 13856, 607-865-3170 OCTAGON MOTOR LODGE 34350 Route 10, Walton, 13856, 607-865-3190, STONY CREEK FARMSTEAD 1738 Freer Hollow Rd., Walton, 13856, 607-865-7965, WALTON MOTEL 37 Stockton Ave., Walton, 13856, 607-865-4724,





Designers and crafters are curating collections of locally made and sourced goods in Delaware County’s antique farmhouses, vintage general stores and Main Street storefronts.

The Masonville General Store. Photo by Heather Phelps-Lipton.



By Rebecca Andre High design has come to the Catskills. Ambitious artisans and curators are setting up shop in the towns of Andes, Delhi and beyond. In the picturesque hamlet of Andes, Main Street is an aesthete’s paradise. CLEMENTINE (7 Main St., Andes, 845-

676-3888, carries a gorgeous selection of vintage clothing handpicked by owner Misha Mayers.


Clementine in Andes. Photo by Dan Mayers.

Right next door in the same building,

KABINETT & KAMMER (7 Main St., Andes, 845-676-4242, offers antiques, vintage prints, objets d’art and local products for the home chosen by owner Sean Scherer, who has a taste for medical charts and taxidermy. Anderson Cooper and Amy Sedaris are fans. Beyond that, at PAISLEY’S COUNTRY

GALLERY (75 Main St., Andes, 845-6763533), John Gregg sells treasures collected on his world travels in an 1873 former apothecary building. Baskets, textiles, ceramics, jewelry



and clothing, ethnic and tribal crafts, rugs and pottery are interspersed with folk art. Across the street, the TIN HORN (72 Main St., Andes, 845-676-3123) carries antiques, oilcloth, vintage and new toys and penny candy. In the same building, HUDSON

MADE (72 Main St., Andes, 917-488-5631, creates handcrafted soaps and grooming oils made with organically grown calendula and chamomile grown at owner Bill Hovard‘s farm. The town of Delhi, too, is a mecca for makers and curators. Artisanal lampmakers Julian Peploe and David Ryan are opening a Main Street storefront in the village for STONE

& SAWYER (76 Main St., Delhi, 888-5022800,, their ceramic

lamp business. Since 2014, the duo has designed and produced stoneware ceramic table lamps that have become widely admired for their American-made craftsmanship. Jenifer Green has been making 100 percent pure beeswax candles at GREENTREE HOME

(Delhi, 800-643-6223, treehomecandle. com) since 2000. Her elegant tapers are sold across the country and have been featured in “O: The Oprah Magazine.” STEWART’S DEPARTMENT STORE (85 Main St., Delhi, 607-746-2254) lovingly stocks its antique notions cabinets and haberdashery nooks with a diverse mix of apparel, accessories and home furnishings. Across the street, Andrea Menke, a fashion

Julian Peploe and David Ryan of Stone & Sawyer. Photo by Rocky Casale.

stylist, fills her jewel-like shop window at

THE STONE HOUSE (92 Main Street Delhi, 917-224-6718, with intricate displays of made and found pieces, including textiles from all over the world. Thoughtful crafts and designer sensibilities appear elsewhere as well. In Margaretville, the CATSKILL MOUNTAIN

ARTISANS GUILD (785 Main St., Margaretville, 845-586-3443,

showcases locally made arts and crafts. Across the street at HOME GOODS (784 Main St., Margaretville, 845-586-4177,, which is housed in a former bank building, Jess Olenych sells both vintage dishware and bright new Le Creuset cookware. In Deposit, Richard Axtell collects museum-quality antiques and rare books, which he sells at AXTELL ANTIQUES AND THE

ROOKERY BOOKERY (1 River St., Deposit, 607-467-2553,

General Stores: Restocking the Shelves New owners have breathed life into vintage general stores across Delaware County, adding new stock, a bounty of local foods and a little bit of everything else to their shelves. ANDES GENERAL STORE 103 Main St., Andes GOOD CHEAP FOOD 53 Main St., Delhi GONE LOCAL MARKETPLACE 375 Main St., Franklin LUCKY DOG FARM STORE 35796 Route 10, Hamden MASONVILLE GENERAL STORE 2095 Route 206, Masonville ROXBURY GENERAL STORE 53538 Route 30, Roxbury RUSSELL’S GENERAL STORE 2099 County Rd. 6, Bovina

Masonville General Store. Photo by Heather Phelps-Lipton.



Plates and textiles at the Stone House.

In Downsville, CORNERSTONE ANTIQUES (28369 Route 206, Downsville, 607-363-7766) offers a mix of midcentury

vintage furnishings and odd treasures, like locally carved wooden dishware. At the SHEEP’S NEST (45 Main St., Hobart, 607-214-0050,, proprietor Kimberly Whritner raises Shetland sheep and sells the resulting wool along with decorative home goods in her country chic shop, a showcase of English cottage and country French farmhouse style. FRANKLIN DURABLE GOODS

ANTIQUES (438 Main St., Franklin, 607829-5013,, run by Neil Rochmis and Tom Briggs, collects “the strange.” Walk in and you could encounter a giant tin man or a casket-shaped coffee table.





Left: The Amadeus’ Bride room at the Roxbury features gold leaf, mirrors and crystal chandeliers. Photo by the Roxbury. Right: Vintage lanes at Margaretville Bowl.

There are odd and amazing things to see and do all over Delaware County—if you know where to look. Find your way to vintage bowling alleys, off-thebeaten-path museums, eclectic businesses and the largest “book village” east of the Mississippi. See vintage machinery in action at the

HANFORD MILLS MUSEUM (51 County Rd. 12, East Meredith, 607-278-5744,, which features an authentic water- and steam-powered sawmill, grist mill and woodworking shop.

USA SHAOLIN TEMPLE (383 Breezy Hill Rd., Fleischmanns, 212-358-7876, is the upstate home of Chan Buddhists under the tutelage of 34thgeneration “warrior monk” Shi Yan Ming that offer public classes and a kids’ summer camp in kung fu and other martial arts. At DELAWARE DELICACIES SMOKE

HOUSE (420 Rhodes Rd., Hancock, 607-637-4443), Ray Turner catches eels in a

handbuilt stone weir on the East Branch of the Delaware River and smokes them to perfection. Every September, Downsville hosts


ELECTRIC AIRCRAFT TECHNOLOGY FAIR (Sept. 15, 16, 17 and 18,, the nation’s largest

gathering of model electric aircraft enthusiasts. THE ROXBURY (2258 County Rd. 41,

Roxbury, 607-326-7200,

is a boutique hotel on a mission: to be as outrageously, luxuriously campy as possible. Owners Greg Henderson and Joseph Massa create spaces like a “Charlie’s Angels”-inspired suite, a “Wizard of Oz” room with its very own yellow brick road and “The Digs,” an homage to Indiana Jones complete with a bed overhung with whips and a fish tank in the shower. John Burroughs, the beloved 19th-century nature writer who hobnobbed with Henry Ford and Thomas Edison, grew up in the Catskills community of Roxbury. WOODCHUCK LODGE (1633 Burroughs Memorial Rd., Roxbury,, Burroughs’ summer retreat, was built on his family’s ancestral land and is now a museum dedicated to his legacy. The humble cabin hosts lectures and tours. FRANKLIN RAILROAD AND

COMMUNITY MUSEUM (574 Main St., Franklin, 607-829-2692) celebrates the legacy of Walter Rich, a local railway executive, and is built around “The Warwick,” an 1889 railroad car that Rich purchased and carefully restored to its former glory.



The eight-sided brick OCTAGON HOUSE, a former bed and breakfast that is now shuttered and rumored to be haunted, is a remnant of a mid-19th-century fad for building octagon houses across the nation. While you can’t stay in the Octagon itself, you can stay at the OCTAGON MOTOR LODGE

(34350 Route 10, Walton, 607-865-3190, next door.


Continuing the theme of odd-shaped

buildings, Halcottsville’s historic ROUND BARN is a perfectly round red barn built in the 1890s. On summer Saturdays, it houses the popular PAKATAKAN FARMERS’

MARKET (46676 Route 30, Halcottsville, 845-586-3326,

where you can walk into the barn and dizzy yourself circling the beautiful raftered interior. The COMMUNITY WAREHOUSE


ASSOCIATION (46549 Route 10, Delhi, 607-746-3849,, a blacksmith

shop, one-room school house, 19th-century gun shop and a turnpike tollgate. The village of Hobart has established itself as the only “book village” in the U.S. east of the Mississippi. Home to six bookstores, each with its own specialty, the HOBART BOOK VILLAGE (Hobart, is catnip for bibliophiles, hosting regular townwide book sales, lecture series and writers’ conferences. Amy Sokol paints psychedelic designs on vintage furniture at FUNK A’ TURE (19 Elm St., Delhi, 607-422-4580), and her magpie-bright creations are a hit with locals and tourists alike.

The hundred-year-old Odd Fellows hall in Hancock was once the Hancock Opera House, a hardware store, a dance hall and a dinner theater. Now the building is the TWO SISTERS

EMPORIUM (170 E. Front St, Hancock, 607821-1606), a bakery, a gift shop featuring local artists and, coming soon, a bistro. MARGARETVILLE BOWL

(42366 Route 28, Margaretville, 845-586-2695) is an eight-lane bowling alley that opened in 1960. Half a century later, the pink-andchrome vintage ball returns, mechanical pinsetters and lockers are still immaculate.

Hidden gems await! Find them on

Arts & Literature in Delaware County Vintage cinemas and elegant prosceniums are thriving on many Delaware County Main Streets, while arts organizations and literary societies nourish the arts and artists. WALTON THEATRE Vintage movie theater shows first-run flicks. 30 Gardiner Place, Walton, 607- 865-6688, DEPOSIT COMMUNITY THEATRE Restored movie theater. 148 Front St., Deposit, 607-467-2727 FRANKLIN STAGE COMPANY Theater company puts on professional stage shows. 25 Institute St., Franklin, 607-829-3700, BRIGHT HILL PRESS Literary hub for poetry and prose. 94 Church St., Treadwell, 607-829-5055, OPEN EYE THEATER Stage shows and open mics. 960 Main St., Margaretville, 845-586-1660, ROXBURY ARTS GROUP Music, theater, gallery shows and classes. 5025 Vega Mountain Rd., Roxbury, 607-326-7908, WRITERS IN THE MOUNTAINS Workshops and conferences for writers. Roxbury, 607-326-4802, WEST KORTRIGHT CENTRE World-renowned musicians, theater and gala feasts. 4 West Kortright Church Rd., East Meredith, 607-278-5454,



operated by the Western Catskills Community Revitalization Council (76 Main St., Stamford, 607-652-2072, is a restorer’s fantasy of salvaged building materials, kitchen and bathroom fixtures, architectural details and appliances. In 2015, it held a “Game of Thrones” toilet sales festival with potty-themed games. The 1797 Frisbee House is home to the DELAWARE COUNTY HISTORICAL

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Delaware County—all 1,500 square miles of it—is larger than the state of Rhode Island. Much of it is public wilderness: mountains, streams, woods and reservoirs.

The view from Mount Utsayantha. Photo by Christopher Mooney.



By Heather Rolland Enjoy Delaware County’s farmscapes and wild lands, serene sunsets and open waters while working up a sweat or just lazing around. On foot, by bicycle, or paddling, there’s no shortage of options to explore. The CATSKILL PARK has 700,000 acres of forest preserve and wilderness. Last year, the new MAURICE D. HINCHEY CATSKILL INTERPRETIVE CENTER (Route 28, Mount


opened to help visitors find their way. TAKE A HIKE Take the 13.6-mile DRY BROOK RIDGE TRAIL up Pakatakan Mountain. (From Route 28 in Margaretville,

go southeast on Fair St. and then left on Southside Spur. The trailhead is .1 mile on the right.) In Delhi, a new set of trails

are named after characters in the beloved


Canoeing at Big Pond. Photo by Jim Clayton.

children’s novel “My Side of the Mountain,” which is set in this Catskills town. (Park at

Delaware Academy, 2 Sheldon Dr., Delhi, or at the Lutheran Church, 565 Route 28.) HEADWATERS TRAILS offers almost 30

miles of trails with parking right outside the village. (Park .9 miles north of the village on

Route 10, Stamford, headwaterstrailsny. org.) The BOUCHOUXVILLE TRAIL AND JENSEN’S LEDGES offer amazing views in an easy 2.5-mile hike. (Take Route 97 to Lordville Rd. to Bouchoux Rd. in Lordville. Trailhead is three miles down Bouchoux Rd. at dead end.) FIND A WATERFALL There are small

cascades on almost every creek and kill in Delaware County. RUSSELL BROOK FALLS is 23-foot cascade in the middle of the Delaware Wild Forest. (From Roscoe, take Route 206

north to Morton Hill Rd. to Russell Brook Rd.) TOMPKINS FALLS is a 26-foot waterfall on the Barkaboom Stream. (From the Route 30/Shavertown Bridge in Andes, turn onto Bureau of Water Supply Rd. 8, then continue


Outdors Find a Tour Guide for the Woods

Local guides licensed by New York State’s Department of Environmental Conservation have expert outdoors chops. HAWK MOUNTAIN GUIDE SERVICE Bruce Fuller. Turkey hunting and reservoir fishing. Trout Creek, 607-865-7830, CATSKILL OUTDOOR ADVENTURES Charles

“Sonny” Somelofski. Hunting, fishing and camping trips. Margaretville, 845-586-1632, REEL CATSKILLS Brian Foster. Fly fishing

on the West Branch of the Delaware River. Walton, 607-353-2254, VISION QUEST GUIDING Mark Brenner. Rock climbing adventures. Roxbury, 607-349-4052, WILD WALKS Marshall Rudd. Yoga hikes

and other mountain excursions. Roxbury, 607-326-4177, HIGH PEAKS OUTFITTERS Mark Andre. Hunting and fishing. Halcottsville, 334455-1806, PEPACTON GUIDE SERVICE Jack Rosa. Hiking, camping, hunting and fishing. Arkville, 607-267-0469, FIFIELD OUTFITTERS Ryan Fifield. Hunting and fishing. East Branch, 518-321-8682, UPSTATE ADVENTURE GUIDES Will Soter. Reservoir paddling trips and hikes. 845399-9948, FUR, FEATHERS AND STEEL John Hoeko

and a team of local fishing guides lead trips out of a new outdoor store. 1121 Main St., Fleischmanns, 845-254-3003.



Music & Arts Festivals The arts meet the great outdoors.


onto Barkaboom Rd.) SLEEP UNDER THE STARS Backpack along a section of the FINGER LAKES TRAIL, which runs through Delaware County with numerous points of access.

(Parking is available on Route 206, three miles south of Route 30 in Andes, Or pitch a tent at LITTLE POND CAMPGROUND (Andes, and BEAR SPRING MOUNTAIN CAMPGROUND (Downsville, dec. PADDLE Boats are allowed on the Cannonsville and Pepacton reservoirs, which supply New York City with drinking water. Use your own boat or a rental from

AL’S SPORTS STORE (6964 River Rd, Downsville, 607-363-7740 alssportstore. com), SUSAN’S PLEASANT PHEASANT FARM (1 Bragg Hollow Rd., Halcottsville, 607-326-4266, or HAWK MOUNTAIN GUIDE SERVICE (Trout Creek, 607-865-7830, The New York State Department of



Outdors The Catskill Scenic Trail, left. Right, in the summer, Plattekill Mountain closes its ski runs and becomes a mountain bike park that hosts trail rides and events.

Environmental Conservation lists boat launch locations on both the East Branch and the West Branch of the Delaware River (dec. More launch sites are in the works for the town of Delhi and Hamden. Take your skiff out on EAST

SIDNEY LAKE PARK (4659 Route 357, Franklin, 607-829-6433, eastsidneydam. com), LAUNT POND AT BEAR SPRING MOUNTAIN (512 E. Trout Brook Rd., Downsville), BIG POND (Barkaboom Rd., Andes) or LITTLE POND (549 Little Pond State Campground Rd., Andes, dec. In Sidney, the ANNUAL EDWARD N. WESSELS CANOE REGATTA ( takes place

the back roads of Roxbury, Hobart (be sure to check out Narrow Notch Rd. and Red Rock Rd.) or Meredith. The CATSKILL SCENIC TRAIL (park

on Route 10 in Bloomville, catskillscenictrail. org) is perfect for beginning mountain bikers. For more advanced riding, try the miles of

on May 21. BIKE Back roads are perfect for road biking. Rolling hills, minimal traffic and maximum scenery make for a number of excellent “leg day” options. Create a loop on


trails that range from beginner to expert at


PLATTEKILL MOUNTAIN BIKE PARK (469 Plattekill Mountain Rd., Roxbury,, a ski area that turns into a mountain bike park in the summer. Or head to the multi-use trails at BEAR SPRING

WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA (park on Route 206, three miles southeast of Walton, SWIM Remote lakes and swimming beaches dot the county. EAST SIDNEY LAKE PARK (4659 Route 357, Franklin, 13775, 607-829-6433 allows camping, fishing and boating near its swimming beach. LAUNT POND AT BEAR

SPRING MOUNTAIN (512 East Trout Brook Rd., Downsville) offers swimming and boating

from a beach, as well as fishing and hiking. In Andes, BIG POND (Barkaboom Rd., Andes) and nearby LITTLE POND (549 Little Pond

State Campground Rd., Andes, outdoor/24478.html) both allow swimming

and boating. Or head to a public outdoor pool like the ANDES POOL (115 Delaware Ave., Andes, 845-676-4703), the WALTON POOL (21 North St., Walton, 607-865-6150) or

the FLEISCHMANNS POOL (Wagner Ave., Fleischmanns, 845-254-5514). BIRDWATCHING The WEST BRANCH

PRESERVE (Route 10, one mile south of Hamden) or HARTWICK COLLEGE’S PINE LAKE ENVIRONMENTAL CAMPUS (1894 Charlotte Creek Rd., Oneonta, offer




FRANKLIN MOUNTAIN (52 Grange Hall Rd. Spur, Oneonta) is the place to see hawks

on their annual migrations. And keep your eyes peeled for bald eagles everywhere you go. HORSEBACK RIDING For Englishstyle riding, try GREY GOOSE FARM

(83 Maggie Hoag Rd., Delancey, 607746-3645). For Western lessons, check out BROKEN SPOKE (874 Narrow Notch Rd., Hobart, 607-538-9651, or COUNTRY MEADOWS (1027 Route 22, Walton, 607-865-8071). ATV RENTALS STONE TAVERN FARM (2080 Upper Meeker Hollow Rd., Roxbury, offers ATV rentals for riding almost year-round on its 400 acres. FIRE TOWERS Drive to the summit of MOUNT UTSAYANTHA, climb the tower and check out the hang-gliding ramp (Tower Rd., Stamford), or hike seven miles round trip through a bluestone quarry to the ROCK

RIFT FIRE TOWER (park at the intersection of Route 10 and County Rd. 268 on the Cannonsville Reservoir, Tompkins). HUNTING AND FISHING Delaware

County is a sportsman’s paradise: big game, small game and trout and bass abound. For details about licenses and seasons see the DEC



website (fishing:; hunting: LABYRINTHS HARMONY HILL

RETREAT (694 McKee Hill Rd., East Meredith, and SUNY DELHI’S OUTDOOR EDUCATION CENTER (Route 28, Delhi, both have labyrinths to walk. TRAINS Ride the vintage silver Rip Van Winkle Flyer on the DELAWARE & ULSTER RAILROAD (43510 Route 28, Arkville, 845586-3877, HOT AIR BALLOONING When the winds cooperate, BALLOON NY (607-435-9839, serves Delaware County.

Winter Outdoors: Ice, Ice Baby

Winter is no time to stay inside. From easy snowshoe strolls to adrenaline-laced downhill ski runs, Delaware County has got you covered. ICE HARVEST Get your ice the oldfashioned way: using historic tools at the HANFORD MILLS MUSEUM (Feb. 4, 2017, 51 County Rd. 12, East Meredith, 607-2785744, SKIING PLATTEKILL MOUNTAIN (469 Plattekill Mountain Rd., Roxbury, 607-3263500, is known for having

some highly sought-after expert runs. There’s snow tubing, too. CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING The CATSKILL

is another favorite.

SNOWMOBILING Over 300 miles of

snowmobile trails are yours for the riding, thanks to the DELAWARE VALLEY RIDGE RIDERS ( ICE SKATING There are outdoor public ice rinks in DOWNSVILLE (Route 206, 607-3637169), DELHI (Sheldon Dr., 607-746-8696) and STAMFORD (South St., 607-643-3629). ICE FISHING Try your luck on BIG POND (Barkaboom Rd., Andes) or the EAST SIDNEY RESERVOIR (Route 357, Franklin,

SCENIC TRAIL (Route 10, Bloomville, offers 26 miles

of level grades and scenic vistas. The two-mile ANDES RAIL TRAIL (Route 2, Andes, is a great place for beginner cross-country skiers. The COLLEGE GOLF COURSE AT SUNY DELHI (85 Scotch Mountain Rd., Delhi, 607-7464653, offers rolling

terrain for exploring on skis or snowshoes. SNOWSHOEING The 11-plus-mile HUCKLEBERRY LOOP (Hill Rd., Margaretville) boasts dramatic pine forests and gorgeous views. PALMER HILL (Finkle Rd., Andes), with its open sky views,

Harvesting ice at the Hanford Mills Museum.

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Great Western Catskills Visitor Guide  

Plan your getaway in the Great Western Catskills. Just a few hours from New York City, Delaware County offers the best in lodging, dining, s...

Great Western Catskills Visitor Guide  

Plan your getaway in the Great Western Catskills. Just a few hours from New York City, Delaware County offers the best in lodging, dining, s...