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On View


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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 NY-30 in Andes. This bridge crosses the Pepacton Reservoir.

Palmer Hill

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.

Cozy up to the Arts


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Spring may be right around the corner, but often the warm weather can take its time in arriving at the Great Western Catskills. If you’re looking for some indoor activities while you wait out winter, may we suggest some of the fine art galleries we are fortunate to have in our area. There are several ongoing exhibitions and art openings happening this March that you won’t want to miss.

Jessica Farrell

The Wilderness Diary
Roxbury Arts Center
5025 Vega Mountain Road
Roxbury, NY 12474
607.326.7908
Runs January 22 – March 5, 2022
A series of nine portrait paintings, a book and partnering audio recording by Jessica Farrell, inspired by the diary of the artist’s aunt that was kept during her struggle with bipolar disorder in the 1960s and ‘70s.

Amy Silberkleit

Late Winter Group Show
Longyear Gallery
785 Main Street
Margaretville NY 12445
845.586.3270
Runs February 18 – March 13, 2022
Late winter in the Catskills is a beautiful time of the year. Stop by and warm up in the gallery and see some unique interpretations of this season.

1053 Main Street Gallery

1053 Main Street Gallery

Hidden Gardens
1053 Main Street Gallery
1053 Main Street
Fleischmanns, NY 12430
646.883.9119
Runs February 19 – March 20, 2022
Panel Discussion with Ad Hoc Project Artists on March 12 at 3pm
In Hidden Gardens, the artists of ad hoc projects have tried to embody the idea that a garden can be any place in which one experiences magic.

Gianni Notarianni

The Wood for the Trees
Hawk & Hive
61 Main Street
Andes, NY 13731
845.448.0693
Runs March 5 – April 10, 2022
Opening reception on March 5.
A themed group show centered around Art and the Forest Environment.

1053 Main Street Gallery

These Aren’t the Paintings You’re Looking For
1053 Main Street Gallery
1053 Main Street
Fleischmanns, NY 12430
646.883.9119
Runs March 26 – April 24, 2022
Opening reception on March 26, 3pm – 6pm
Panel Discussion with Ad Hoc Project Artists on March 12 at 3pm
Paintings by Steve Ellis, Scott Woolsey, Julian Caso & Monte Wilson.

Make Your Sandwich Pilgrimage Now


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The mighty sandwich. Popularized in England in 1762 by John Montagu, the 4th Earl of Sandwich, it is arguably the most efficient and delicious form of delivering food to your mouth. Sure, you can get a decent sandwich just about everywhere, but did you know that people travel from miles around to get some of the most amazing specimens of this humble culinary staple right here in the Great Western Catskills? Read on and become deliciously informed. Your mouth will thank you.

Russell’s General Store
2009 County Hwy 6, Bovina Center, NY 13740
607.832.4242
A trip to the Great Western Catskills simply is not complete without a weekend trip to Russell’s General Store for what many consider one of New York’s best bacon, egg and cheese sandwiches. Don’t believe it? Watch this video from Munchies to learn all about the magic of Russells’. The pie and sandwich menu change weekly so whether its a Bahn Mi, a Muffaletta or a classic Italian, if make a trip into Bovina Center, you won’t be disappointed.

Hollow
84 Main Street Storefront #3, Delhi, NY 13753
607.746.8731
Originally a nighttime place for dinner and drinks, the folks at Hollow adjusted their business model during the pandemic by putting their evening service on hold and opening Hollow Coffee, serving incredible breakfast sandwiches and lunchtime sandwiches that are large enough for two meals. The nighttime venue has reopened, so now you can have Hollow goodness for every meal of the day.

Townsend Street Market
87 Townsend St, Walton, NY 13856
607.865.4469
This small deli and convenience store located on a side street in Walton is a local favorite. Whether you order a burger, hot or cold sub or breakfast sandwich, you see why so many folks travel out of their way to visit this unassuming gem.

Blue Bee Cafe
114 Main St, Delhi, NY 13753
607.746.8060
You really can’t go wrong with any of the selections on the eclectic menu at this cafe in the center of Delhi, but their old fashioned sandwiches are a standout. All are served on homemade organic bread and the portions are very generous! The homemade meatloaf sandwich is a favorite of many.

photo courtesy of Bea’s 422 Cafe

Bea’s 422
422 Main St, Franklin, NY 13775
607.230.4071
This cozy breakfast shop and grocery run by Bea Sohni, formerly of Russell’s in Bovina, serves her famously delicious egg sandwiches, baked goods, soups and more.

Sal’s Traditional Meat Center Inc.
51996 Main St Bloomville, NY 13739
607.538.1816
Sal’s is a popular local meat market and sandwich shop. Ask any local and hear them rave about their giant sandwiches and amazing subs. Open for lunch.

Bagels n Cream
2 Elm St, Delhi, NY 13753
607.746.8100
As the name would suggest, they have the best bagels in town. But that’s not all, this local favorite also offers a wide variety of deli sandwiches and subs, both hot and cold, along with burgers and wraps. Open for breakfast and lunch.

Have a favorite sandwich that should be on the list? Let us know!

Winter in Delaware County


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If you’ve got a snowmobile, Delaware County in the winter is for you. Considered the busiest snowmobiling destination in the Catskills, the region has the makings for perfect ride: snow, scenery and well-maintained trails with over 350 miles of trailed includes in the states C2 trail system. With an abundance of excellent snowmobile clubs and special events hosted all winter long, this is a definite must visit for the snowmobile enthusiast.

Plattekill boasts big mountain terrain and friendly, family-oriented small mountain charm.  Choose from 38 trails, 4 lifts and 1,100 feet of vertical, you’ll find 2-mile long beginner cruiser trails and some of the steepest double-black diamonds around.  With ski and snowboard rentals, the mountain also offers snow tubing, family-friendly yearlong events and a variety of other winter activities.  Fiercely independent, the Mountain is privately owned and operated by the Vajtay Family, catering to what they know best, families.  As part of shrinking number of privately operated mountains all over the country, Plattekill has built on that reputation of offering a laid back, true, real deal authentic vibe that sets the mountain apart from the rest.  Click here to read more from greatwesterncatskills.com on what you can expect at Plattekill and what locals love about the mountain.

Skiing Delaware County New York

Plattekill Mountain

We are fortunate enough to be in the very close proximity to a second snow mountain in Belleayre Mountain. Located right off of State Route 28 in Highmount, NY, just minutes from the Delaware County border and just hours from New York City.

Belleayre stands as a model in the ski industry. Continued improvements include the Area 51 terrain park, two progression parks, several mogul trails ranging from intermediate to expert bumps, extensive glade skiing and segregated beginner area. With 50 trails, parks and glades, 8 lifts including a high speed quad, Belleayre Mountain has certainly evolved from humble, yet promising beginnings into an efficient and growing organization – perfection in progress.

Love to hike or snowshoe in the winter? The trails are open and are ideal places to enjoy the winter weather. Please make sure to follow all rules, make sure to sign in and sign out and be careful on the trails.

We are always adding winter events to our events section of this site so please check back often.

Now is a great time to be planning for your next cold weather adventure. Plan your getaway now.

 

 

U-Pick Blueberry Season is Here!


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Mid-summer in Delaware County means the start of berry picking season. Picking your own means fun for the whole family. Blueberries are currently in season, but there are plenty of more U-pick crops heading our way soon.

Below are some local farms currently offering blueberry picking. Be sure to check their website or call ahead for all the information you and your family require. Happy picking!

Blue Sky Farm Winery
779 Charcoal Road
Stamford, New York 12167
607.652.4712
Roughly 5 acres of the farm is covered by the two main types of blueberries, Patriot and Blue Crop. The farm expects to have their fields open for you to come pick blueberries in late July. Please call ahead for details.

photo courtesy of Windy Knob Blueberry Farm

Homegrown Farmstead
2113 Lee Hollow Road
Bovina, New York 13740
607.832.4273
The Farmstead’s blueberry orchard is now open! Stop by the farm store for maps and baskets. They are open from 8am until sunset every day. no appointment is necessary. Blackberry picking is coming soon!

Northstar Blueberry Farm
595 Franklin Heights Road
Franklin, NY, 13775
The farm specializes in heritage veritals and has over 13,000 blueberry bushes that are a combination of Bluecrop, Blueray and Patriot. They are open for You-Pick every weekend, starting in mid-July, from 9am to 5pm. They supply buckets for picking and freezer bags so that you can take your berries home.

photo courtesy of Steve’s Greenhouse

Steve’s Greenhouse
Greenhouse located in the Catskill mountains.
37784 State Highway 10
Hamden, NY 13782
607.746.6006
While Steve’s Greenhouse already has all sorts of plants and flowers for your garden, they also offer blueberry picking in their field. Picking is now open seven days a week from 9am – 6pm.

Windy Knob Blueberry Farm
6517 Turnpike Rd, Delhi, NY 13753
607.746.2991
Family owned and operated for 40 years, they are open 7 days a week from sunrise to sunset from mid-July until all the berries are picked in late September or the beginning of October.

 

Hit the Road with the 4th Annual Catskill Conquest Rally!


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In 1903, the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers sponsored an 800-mile endurance run from Weehawken, NJ to Pittsburgh, PA. Thirty-four competing automobiles departed on October 7, 1903 and traveled up the Hudson Valley and then through the Catskill Mountains. Reaching Delhi on the second day in a driving rain, they continued on through Franklin and then to Binghamton and beyond.

Since 2017, drivers have been commemorating this historic event with a tradition of their own, Annual Catskill Conquest Rally!

This year’s event takes place on Saturday, September 26th, and starts at the Maurice D. Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center in Mt Tremper, NY from 9am-10am, and ends at the Unadilla House in Unadilla.

To register or more information, visit 1903autorun.com.

Whether you’re a rally participant or not, there are some great places along the route in Delaware County to stop and grab a bite or do some shopping. Here are a few suggestions:

Arkville

Dining

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

TJ’s Place
43021 NY-28
845.586.6260

Shopping

Just Shop Boutique
43270 State Highway 28
845.586.6040

Magic Mile Flea Market
State Highway 28
845.586.1295

Margaretville

Dining

Crazy River Cafe and Deli
42287 NY-28
845.586.6266

Inn Between
42377 NY-28
845.586.4265

Andes

Dining

Dragonfly55 Epicurean Coffee Bistro
55 Main Street
845.676.3322

Rosalino’s Diner
85 Main St.
845.676.4500

Wayside Cider
55 Redden Ln.
845.676.6002

Shopping

The Andes General Store
103 Main St
845.676.6091

Clementine Vintage Clothing
72 Main Street
845.676.3888

Catskills Regional Harvest
27905 State Highway 28
845.676.4550

Delhi

Dining

Crossroads Cafe
80 Main St.
607.746.7007

Tuna III Japanese
Restaurant
82 Main St.
607.746.6777

Shopping

Stone and Sawyer
76 Main Street
888-502-2800

Franklin

Dining

Bea’s 422 Cafe
422 Main St.
607.230.4071

The Tulip & The Rose
435 Main St
607-829-4040

Two Brothers
226 Main Street
607-296-6128

Shopping

Blue Farm Antiques & Letterpress
322 Main St.
718.781.5487

Kabinett & Kammer
422 Main St.
607.230.4084

Mercantile on Main
375 Main St.

The Squire’s Tankard
438 Main St.
607.829.6885

From Belleayre, Turn Left


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Just on the other side of the border of Delaware County is Belleayre Ski Mountain in Highmount, home to over 50 skiing, snowboarding and hiking trails with breathtaking views of the surrounding Catskill mountains, and New York’s first ever chair lift. After a long day of skiing at Belleayre, we encourage you to TURN LEFT when you leave the resort to explore the restaurants, attractions and lodgings in the delightful towns along Route 28 in Delaware County.

 

Discover a world of dining, shopping, attractions and night life from Fleischmanns to Delhi, just a 5 to 30 minute drive from the Belleayre entrance. Consider staying overnight in one of these charming towns, where bed & breakfasts, boutique hotels and full-service resorts can be tucked onto a picturesque hillside or conveniently situated on main street. The denser crowds and higher prices typical of Ulster County make a stay in Delaware County a much more peaceful and affordable getaway without sacrificing style, quality or comfort. Check out area favorites like Spillian, Breezy Hill Inn or Margaretville Mountain Inn Village Suites, all of which are just a short drive from the slopes.

If you are staying close to Belleayre, we highly recommend checking out the main streets of all our small towns to find all your essentials. From prepared food to supplies, we’ve got you covered.  The Andes General Store has a whole-animal craft butcher shop, providing locally-sourced beef, pork, lamb and chicken custom cuts, stocks and sausages to cook up a feast for the hungry skiers in your group. They also offer sandwiches, coffee and freshly baked pies. If you’re in need of some wine and spirits, E & D Spirit Shop in Arkville, Wild Common Wine in Andes, and Dixie’s in Delhi provide tons of options, from budget-friendly to high-end rarities. Is the sweet stuff what you need, check out the delicious offerings of Catskill Candies and Confections  in Margaretville.

After a long day of skiing, preparing your own food and drink might be the last thing you want to do. Local dining options are plentiful, including brick oven pizza at Oakley’s, the famous schnitzel at Binnekill Tavern, or the handmade pastas at Trattoria Locale. For a deliciously elevated beverage, continue along Route 28 to Wayside Cider in Andes, or Hollow in Delhi, both of which also have fantastic dinner menus in a romantic ambiance.

For all you ski enthusiasts, check out two ski slopes in one trip with a visit to Plattekill Mountain. Less than 30 minutes up Route 30 in Roxbury you’ll find a completely different vibe at this fiercely independent, family-run ski mecca. With wild woodland trails, tons of winter events and live music every Saturday night, it definitely beckons a visit. For those who might prefer aprés ski (or no ski at all), there is a wide array of terrific outdoor activities (like a wintry hike with the Catskill Mountain Club) and indoor attractions (like a bowling or antiquing).

Whatever way you winter, we can’t recommend enough that you TURN LEFT. 

 

The Ark Bowl & BBQ


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Paul Collyer always loved The Catskills. For years, he explored the area before settling in Delaware County. As he bought his home, he also had it in his mind to scout out business opportunities. A friend told him about an old semi-defunct bowling alley that he should look at, and so he did. Since then, the process of resurrecting this forgotten beauty has been one of both a pioneering spirit and creating a destination for the nostalgic. One thing is unquestionable, and that is that The Ark Bowl and BBQ (42366 NY-28, Arkville, NY 12406 845.586.2695) has become a carefully nurtured project assembled with care.

It is not an easy task to breathe new life into the old. Paul was never a “bowling guy”. He wasn’t in a league, and didn’t do it on a regular basis. He had a layman’s knowledge of the sport, which he thought of as more of an activity, surely to the chagrin of leaguers. 

The first task was to get the place in working condition again by undertaking an extensive remodeling project that included replacing the old floors and using them to construct the bar and tables. Paul is friendly, energetic, and social. It is not surprising that he has brought this gem back to life and flanked himself with skilled people for a smooth run.

But simply getting the alley up and running was just the start of it. Collyer has an inspired vision for this place of his. He has renovated the space so that there is a whole separate room from the bar and lanes. Here, he has taken his love affair with nostalgia to the next level. Not only is there memorabilia hanging on the walls, but various items that he has salvaged from around Delaware County and beyond, including stained glass from a church in Kortright, a column from a bank in Fleischmanns, and an old piano from Inman Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts that his mother used to play when he was a child. Paul points these items out with the pride of a good forager with respect for the past. 

By 2019, Collyer’s initial vision for a small stage in the corner of the room for bands and other live acts came to life. Musicians, vocalists, touring bands, and comedians bring locals out of the woodwork to socialize and visitors an unexpectedly lively night out. The wrap around porch with Adirondack chairs is the perfect perch for stargazing or taking a break from an intense game of bowling. 

The goal was to make Ark Bowl much more than just a bowling alley, and that’s just what you can expect. Collyer and his team have created a relaxed atmosphere where people want to hang out with friends, dates, and family, even if they’re not into bowling at all. Their food program has come alive with a two-story kitchen and a massive smoker. Their house smoked pulled pork, ribs, and chicken, and are served alongside classic burgers, wings and local craft beers. 

Visit their website and Facebook page for menus, league information and their entertainment schedule. For your next night out, come enjoy Paul Collyer’s labor of love: an intimate space with a friendly, retro vibe. 

 

The Ark Bowl and BBQ
42366 NY-28
Arkville, NY 12406
845.586.2695

Ice Harvest Festival at Hanford Mills Museum


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On the first Saturday in February, Hanford Mills Museum in East Meredith, NY, hosts the region’s coolest tradition: the annual Ice Harvest Festival! This fun, family-friendly event features a variety of indoor and outdoor activities that celebrate the old rural tradition of ice harvesting

Ice harvests were once an essential part of winter in rural communities. Before there was refrigeration, ice was needed to preserve agricultural products and to keep food cold in the warmer months. At the Ice Harvest Festival, visitors will be able to get a hands-on look back at the tradition. Using historic tools and techniques, they can cut and maneuver blocks of ice from the Mill Pond, and then transport the blocks to the ice house by sled. (Fun fact: the ice harvested at the festival will be used to make ice cream at the Hanford Mills Independence Day Celebration in July.)

 

 

Other activities at the festival include ice sculpting and blacksmithing demonstrations,  a hot soup buffet featuring soup from local restaurants, bonfires, demonstrations and  local farmers and vendors.  It’s a wonderful day of celebrating history and winter!

Click here to see all the places to stay and things to do around the Hanford Mills Museum area.

Ice Harvest Festival
Hanford Mills Museum
51 County Highway 12
East Meredith, NY 13757
607-278-5744
http://www.hanfordmills.org/

The 16th Annual Catskills Lark in the Park


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The 16th Annual Catskills Lark in the Park is on the way! The series of events kicks off Saturday, October 5th  and runs through Monday,  October 14th. The 2019 Lark offers over 50 events ranging from hikes, boating/kayaking, mountaintop yoga and fly fishing instruction, to cycling and Catskills themed cultural events. The tradition of highlighting the outstanding outdoor recreation available in the Catskills and the history of the Catskills region continues!

The Catskills Lark in the Park was founded in 2004 to recognize and celebrate the centennial of the creation of the Catskill Park. Since its inception, the Lark has brought together thousands of people that have participated in hundreds of events, all aimed at enjoying the recreational assets of the Catskill Mountains region and Catskill Park.

 

As events in Delaware County are announced, they will appear here. For a full list of this year’s Catskills Lark in the Park events, visit the Catskills Lark in the Park event calendar page.

Thomas the Tank Engine August 9-11 and 16-18


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For the first time in over 15 years, Day Out With Thomas™ at the Delaware & Ulster Railroad offers an opportunity for children and their families to take a 25 minute ride with Thomas the Tank Engine™ and to meet Sir Topham Hatt™, the Controller of the Railway. Day Out With Thomas has a Thomas & Friends Imagination Station with Thomas-themed activities including temporary tattoos, hands-on arts and crafts, and a Thomas storytelling and video viewing area. Also included with your ticket will be hand car rides, a Thomas bounce house, face painting and a hay bale maze. In addition, visitors can enjoy a magical act by Marty the Magician. Delaware & Ulster Railroad provides free parking for the event and will have food vendors available on site. The activities on site at Day Out With Thomas™ are for you and your children to enjoy for the duration of the event.

Please join us at the Delaware & Ulster Railroad on the weekends of August 9th through 11th and August 16th through 18th and spend the day with Thomas & Friends when a Day Out with Thomas for the Steam Team Tour!

Two Weekends Only This August! 

Friday, August 9th through Sunday, August 11th
Friday,August 16th through Sunday, August 18th

Train times: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Ticket prices are $20 plus tax for ages two and up (service charges and fees may apply). Your ticket includes a 25 minute train ride with Thomas the Tank Engine plus all of the activities at Delaware & Ulster.

 

Celebrate Roxbury


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Roxbury has a wealth of historical, cultural and recreational opportunities. From historic Kirkside Park to the Roxbury Arts and Community Center, Woodchuck Lodge to Ski Plattekill, there is a never ending list of places to see and activities for the entire family. As we spotlight each area that makes up the amazing Great Western Catskills of Delaware County, we offer you the top attractions of Roxbury as provided by VisitRoxbury.com.

 

Join Roxbury for their big summer celebration on Saturday, July 6th from 10 am to 4 pm as the the historic and business district hosts a day long summer celebration called CELEBRATE ROXBURY! 

 

While you are in town, consider visiting some of these other attractions, shops and more!

 

The Roxbury Contemporary Catskill Lodging

Great Western Catskills Roxbury Motel

The Roxbury is a “boutique motel resort” nestled amongst the picturesque Catskill Mountains in the historic village of Roxbury. Its rooms offer the discerning traveler a thematic contemporary twist on the old country lodging experience.

The Roxbury Contemporary Catskill Lodging
2258 Co Rd 41
Roxbury, NY 12474
607.326.7200

 

The Roxbury at Stratton Falls

The owners of the Roxbury, Gregory Henderson and Joseph Massa, have purchased and restored this 19th century Italianate mansion with plans to create a luxurious hotel property with seven themed guest rooms, eight stand alone cottages, as well as a cabana with swimming pool, hot tub, and sauna. This magnificent property also happens to be situated next to a stunning waterfall that pours into a pristine 50-foot-woodland gorge. This property is currently under construction. We will announce the opening when this magnificent property is ready for visitors.

The Roxbury at Stratton Falls
2258 Co Rd 41
Roxbury, NY 12474
607.326.7200

 

Plattekill Mountain

Plattekill Mountain is home to skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing fun. As part of shrinking number of privately operated mountains across the country, Plattekill has built on the reputation of offering a laid back, true, real deal authentic vibe that sets the mountain apart from the rest. The mountain offers live music events, festivals and is also a bike park and wedding venue during the warm weather season.

Plattekill Mountain
469 Plattekill Rd
Roxbury, NY 12474
607.326.3500

 

Shepard Hills Golf Course

Shephard Hills Golf Course was originally part of the estate of Helen Gould Shepard, daughter of railroad magnate Jay Gould, a Roxbury native son. The nine-hole course offers challenging terrain with spectacular mountain views and the full-service clubhouse and pro shop are located in the estate’s former guesthouse, a remarkable stone structure commissioned by the Gould family in 1911.

Shepard Hills Golf Course
185 Golf Course Road
Roxbury, NY 12474
607.326.7121

 

Jay Gould Memorial Church (Historic District)

This historic English Gothic style church, composed of rough-faced St. Lawrence marble with interior Indiana limestone and quartered oak woodwork, was built as a memorial to their father by the children of Jay Gould, a notorious Gilded Age railroad tycoon born in Roxbury, NY in 1836.

Jay Gould Memorial Church (Historic District)
53837 State Highway 30
Roxbury, NY 12474
607.326.7655

 

Kirkside Park

Kirkside Park is a 14 acre treasure formerly the estate of Helen Gould Shepard, daughter of Roxbury native son, Jay Gould. This park, built in 1905, features rustic Adirondack style bridges, paths, a meticulously crafted dry laid stream bank, native plantings and imports from the Lyndhurst Greenhouse. The park is open to the public, and also available for tent and party rentals.

Kirkside Park
Kirkside Driveway
Roxbury, NY 12474
607.326.3722

 

Roxbury Arts Group

The Roxbury Arts Group offers high-quality arts programming at their two venues, The Roxbury Arts Center in Roxbury, NY and the Old School Baptist Church in Denver-Vega Valley. The Roxbury Arts Group also administers the Decentralization Grant Program that provides funding to non-profit organizations and artists within Delaware County.

Roxbury Arts Group
5025 Vega Mountain Road
Roxbury, NY 12474
607.326.7908

 

Woodchuck Lodge

Woodchuck Lodge in Roxbury has been a National Historic Landmark since 1962. The Lodge, built in the early 1860’s, was the summer home of John Burroughs, America’s most prominent and adored naturalist-essayist. The home is open for tours the first weekend of the month, May through October.

Woodchuck Lodge
1633 Burroughs Memorial Road
Roxbury, NY 12474

 

Burroughs Homestead LLC

The Burroughs Homestead LLC, is a historic weekly and nightly accommodation that is situated on the original site of the Burroughs family homestead. The property consists of three original Burroughs family barns that were structurally restored and is nestled on 325 stunning acres that over look the Catskill Mountains.

Burroughs Homestead LLC
1067 Burroughs Memorial Road
Roxbury, NY 12474
516.922.2856

 

The Roxbury Barn

The Roxbury Barn is a boutique wedding venue located on a 167-year-old mountainside estate, and is complete with the main redesigned carriage barn, lush perennial gardens, tree lined court yard, and lily pond. The venue also has a dramatic pine grove nicknamed the Natural Cathedral, which provides an awe-inspiring setting for wedding ceremonies.

The Roxbury Barn
667 Co Rd 41
Roxbury, NY 12474
607.326.4874

 

Catskill Scenic Trail

The Catskill Scenic Trail lives up to its name as it winds through a broad farming valley and small towns in New York’s Catskill Mountains. The trail consists of over 25 miles of beautiful scenery that guides you along the path of the old Delaware and Hudson railroad. You can access the trail at the designated area on Route 30, at the base of Hardscrabble Road, just north of Roxbury.

Catskill Scenic Trail
At the base of Hardscrabble Road

Roxbury, NY 12474
845.586.2929

 

Roxbury General

The Roxbury General Store is a modern store that specializes in locally made goods, hardware, clothing, toys, jewelry and gifts and necessities for all occasions. They also offer a bike rental service for full and half day use.

Roxbury General
53587 NY-30
Roxbury, NY 12474
607.326.6118

 

Roxbury Wine & Spirits

Roxbury Wine & Spirits is your hometown hub for a wide selection of local and imported wines, spirits and ciders. Roxbury Wine and Spirits also offers numerous tastings throughout the seasons.

Roxbury Wine & Spirits
53484 NY-30
Roxbury, NY 12474
607.326.6200

 

Round Back Antiques

Round Back Antiques, showcases beautiful furniture that has been lovingly collected, refinished and restored over the past 20 years. They showcase their collection at antique shows and community days throughout the Catskill Mountain region and by appointment in Roxbury, NY.

Round Back Antiques
53698 NY-30

Roxbury, NY 12474
607.326.4439

 

Chappie’s

Chappie’s, owned by James Chapman, the owner of the boutique and historic “The Rhinecliff” hotel on the Hudson River and one of the leading caterers in the Catskills, started his restaurant on main street Roxbury in 2016.  Chapman began by serving only breakfast and lunch, and just announced that they will serving their dinner menu at Shepard Hill Golf Course.

Chappie’s
53698 NY-30

Roxbury, NY 12474
607.326.7020

 

 

The Methodist Church Clock Tower

The historic United Methodist Church is a beautiful picture-perfect structure that has been part of the Roxbury community for generations.  You can only imagine Jay Gould driving past the church and checking his watch against the time on the church’s clock tower.

The Methodist Church Clock Tower
53765 NY-30

Roxbury, NY 12474
607.326.9366

Spotlight: Delaware & Ulster Railroad


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Riding through the Catskill Mountains on a vintage train is a fun way to take in the magnificent views of Delaware County. The Delaware & Ulster Railroad (DURR) offers scenic rides that take you on a leisurely 2-hour excursion from Arkville to Roxbury and back, passing rural hamlets, farmland and world-famous trout streams on the way, framed by panoramic views of the Catskill Mountains. Summertime brings an opportunity to enjoy the ride in an open-air car, while in colder weather, passengers are comfortably seated onboard one of the lounge or observation cars. In the fall, foliage rides are a great way to enjoy the colorful splendor over the mountains.

These historic train rides offer a nostalgic glimpse into New York’s history. In the first half of the 20th century passenger trains would bring thousands of New Yorkers to the Catskills to vacation in summer camps and resorts. In the mid-1950’s many railroad lines, including the section that makes up the current Delaware & Ulster line, were discontinued due to highway development and an increase in car ownership. The Delaware & Ulster railroad was later revitalized and has served as a tourist railroad since 1983. The pride of the DURR is the Rip Van Winkle Flyer, a glamorous five-car streamline train built in 1948.

Today you can enjoy public excursions, charter services and special events such as light-hearted train robberies, live music and twilight rides. Dinner excursions allow you to dine on traditional railroad recipes from the Golden Age of Railroading. Check our events page or the Delaware & Ulster Railroad official site for a full list of all the train departures and special events they offer.

 

Delaware & Ulster Railroad
43510 State Route 28, Arkville, NY
845.586.DURR
Saturdays and Sundays
Memorial Day through the end of October

Ways to Enjoy Fall in the Great Western Catskills


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Fall is one the best seasons to get out and experience all that the Great Western Catskills has to offer.  From taking scenic drives to view the beautiful fall foliage, visiting you-pick pumpkin farms, enjoying craft beverage producer taprooms, or attending one of our fall festivals.  you’ll discover that the Great Western Catskills has everything you need to help you celebrate the fall season!

-Leaf Peeping-

The Great Western Catskills is the perfect location to observe the stunning color changes of the fall foliage. A great way to figure out the best time to explore our scenic byways this fall, is to check the I Love NY Fall Foliage Report Website. This website documents and forecasts all the fall foliage color changes that occur throughout New York State, so you can be up to date when planning your fall vacation to the Great Western Catskills.

The Catskill Scenic Route 30

The Catskill Scenic Route 30 stretches from Hancock to Grand Gorge, NY, and in totality, passes through 5 towns and many villages and hamlets that rest along the way. This stretch of road also passes through forever wild forest preserves hugs close to the famous fishing waters of East Branch of the Delaware River, as well as the shorelines of the Pepacton Reservoir.

The Upper Delaware Scenic Byway

New York State Route 97, is consistently lauded as one of the most breathtaking drives in regional and national publications. It traverses the western borders of Orange, Sullivan and Delaware Counties along a 70 mile stretch of the Delaware River with rock cut landscapes and long valley vistas along the way.

The Catskill Mountain Scenic Byway

Carved deeply through the highest peeks of the Catskill Mountains rests the stunningly beautiful Catskill Mountain Scenic Byway. This  52-mile road passes through the heart of the Catskill Park’s highest peaks, from the Ulster County town of Olive to the Delaware County town of Andes, NY. You’ll pass through many of our wonderful villages that are home to renowned restaurants, cideries, art galleries and so much more.

 

-Get Ready for Halloween-

Holley Hill Farm

Another local favorite for buying pumpkins and gourds, is Holley Hill Farm. Holley Hill Farm, located at 269 County Highway 23 in Walton, NY, is a fully operational dairy farm where they milk a Holstein cow herd, and in early autumn, operate a farm stand. The Holleys grow and sell a variety of carving pumpkins, squash, gourds, and ornamental goods like Indian corn. Columbus Day Weekend is typically the busiest time for the Holleys as locals and visitors are enjoying the peak of the change in colors of the fall foliage. The Holley Hill Farm stand is open to visitors throughout the whole month of October until October 31st.

-Enjoy the Craft Beverages of Delaware County-
Another “must do” while visiting the Great Western Catskills this Fall, is to tour one of our wonderful craft beverage producers located right here in Delaware County.
Muddy River Farm Brewery
Muddy River Farm Brewery, located on a beautiful hop farm next to the Susquehanna River, is new to the craft beverage scene in Delaware County and we are so thrilled to have them!  The Muddy River Farm Brewery uses their own locally grown hops to make a variety of fantastic beers right on site. One of the more eye catching features of the bar are the 8 taps that the crew has affixed to a piece of of Susquehanna River drift wood.  The taproom is open weekends on Friday from 5:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. , Saturday 2:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. , and Sunday 12:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
Awestruck Ciders
Awestruck Ciders, located in village of Sidney, NY, has been making their handcrafted and custom hard ciders since their founding in 2013. The cidery features a taproom with ample table and bar seating and even a lounge set up in a vintage bus! Patrons have will have no shortage of options to choose from when selecting a cider flight, or pint from the bars 17 taps! Awestruck also has a full bar food featuring a variety of sandwiches and cider infused deserts.  The cidery taproom is open Thursday through Saturday all year round, from 3:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.
Union Grove Distillery
Union Grove Distillery has been with us since their grand opening in February of 2016 in Arkville, NY. The distillery produces vodka distilled from New York State apples and wheat, a Catskill Mountain Maple spirit as well as bourbon and rye whiskey.  They have a beautiful tasting room with a copper top bar where one can come and taste their spirits and enjoy a delicious cocktail. The distillery also has a kids room where the little ones can play while you enjoy a tasting, tour, and cocktail.  Guided tours of the production room are given regularly. Visit their Facebook page to read the latest news about their products and keep up to date on the special events that they hold there.

Wayside Cider

Alex Wilson & Irene Hussey started Wayside Cider in 2014 after meeting at the Catskill Amateur Cider Making Contest at Table on Ten. Irene won the competition. Alex came second, but maintains to this day he “was robbed.” Forged in a shared love of the wild and abandoned homestead apple trees, the pair made 3,500 bottles of “methode champenoise,” unfiltered mountain cider in their first year or production.  Wayside has since built an absolutely beautiful taproom that features their handcrafted ciders, local spirits and a delicious menu that focuses on sourcing ingredients from local producers. The taproom is open Thursdays and Fridays from 5:00 p.m.- 10:00 p.m., Saturdays from 12:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. and Sundays from 11:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. Visit their website for more information.

 

-Hit the Fall Festivals & Enjoy Local Products-

The Great Western Catskills is home to several fall-themed festivals that feature the bounty of goods and products that are made here. Vendors include farmers, value-added food producers, restaurants and farm-to-fork business owners who showcase the tremendously valuable resources we are so lucky to have here in the Great Western Catskills.

-Get a Jump on Holiday Shopping now-

You’ll be pleasantly surprised by the unique shopping in the hamlets, towns and villages of the Great Western Catskills. Main Streets and off-the-beaten-path locations offer great finds to check off your holiday shopping list: antique shops, sporting goods specialty stores, beautifully curated gift shops, handmade local products, artisan goods, old-fashioned general stores, and so much more.

Axtell Antiques and the Rookery Bookery

In 1968 the House of Axtell Antiques, also known as The Rookery, was born. This lovingly restored inn now houses some of the best examples of early Americana with emphasis on scarcity, unusual form, and superlative, untouched condition of museum-quality offerings: baskets, stoneware, treenware, redware, folk art, iron hearth accessories, country furniture, textiles, art work, glassware, and early lighting devices.

 

Lucky Dog Organic Farm and Store and Cafe

The Lucky Dog Farm Store offers an exceptional variety of produce from the farm, prepared meals and baked goods from the cafe, local products from neighboring farms such as cheese, milk, vegetables, fruits and berries, beef, pork and poultry, as well as maple and honey. Shelves are lined with local gifts of soaps, pottery, yarns and woodworks. Bulk dry goods such as nuts, grains, beans and spices at affordable prices mingle with staples such as marinara and olive oil. All store products are chosen consciously and most are organic.

 

Barbara Alyn Artwear Luxury & Mercantile

Barbara Alyn’s colorful fantasy art is available as artwear (wearable art), on canvas, or in a slew of whimsical jewelry, pocketbooks, household essentials and non-essentials must haves. Fabulous fabric, textiles, beads, all odds and ends remade into original one-of-a-kind pieces that stand out in a crowd. Learn more about her wonderful store by visiting her Facebook page!

 

A full list of businesses and shops that are located in the Great Western Catskills can be found here.

Festival of Women Writers


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As a county, we feel incredibly lucky to have the Book Village here in Hobart, NY. Who would ever think that the large and rural County of Delaware would be home to a village that has embraced the written word in such a fantastic and wholehearted way?

Not only does it offer a variety of book stores, it is also the host to an incredibly unique festival celebrating women writers. For the past five years, the Book Village has been home to the much-anticipated annual event called the Festival of Women Writers. This year will be the sixth annual festival, where woman writers from all over the country once again come to Hobart for three days to share and celebrate their insights, skills and works.

The festival begins Friday September 9, 2019 at 11 a.m. and kicks off with two writing intensive sessions, followed by three workshops hosted by Margot Farrington, Ginnah Howard, and Yesenia Montilla. Friday night’s events end with a table reading and stage writing discussion from the works of Elizabeth Searle. This just scratches the surface with regards to what is on deck for the weekend, as participants continue to engage in several rounds of workshops, readings, writing intensives and discussions.

If you are interested in participating in the festival, please visit the official website for more information.

Visiting Hobart

If you are planning to attend this festival or the Book Village any other time of the year, there will be no shortage of dining options when you take a break or if you are looking for a nice place to have dinner after the festival ends for the day!

The Bull and Garland located on 760 Main Street in Hobart, is an English style pub and inn that features a delicious variety of traditional English fair, as well as wide selection of wines and cocktails from their full bar.

Looking for a more casual dining experience?  The Dinner Plate, located  at 645 Main St. in Hobart, offers a full-bar, pizza, salads, burgers, chicken wings and much more.

If you’re seeking a quick cup of coffee and a bite to eat, you can swing by the Coffee Pot, located on 581 Main Street in Hobart.  The Coffee Pot offers a traditional American breakfast and lunch menu and also features Italian and Greek specialties as well.

If you’ve packed your lunch and are just looking to explore more of the village, check out the Sheep’s Nest at 45 Main Street Hobart, Ny 13788 where you can find unique gifts, crafts and hand knit wool and alpaca clothing items. You can also find some treasures at Second Wind Furniture and Antiques located at 284 Main Street in Hobart.

Hobart is also home to the MURAL on Main art gallery. The Mount Utsayantha Regional Arts League was founded in 1983 to promote the arts in the Greater Stamford Area. Since its founding, MURAL has been dedicated to featuring, promoting, and selling the work of regional artists. The gallery is open during events or by appointment at their location at 631 Main Street in Hobart, Ny. Visit their website to find out more about their featured exhibitions and events for the rest of the year.

Need a place to stay while visiting Hobart? Please visit the Where to Stay section of the GreatWesternCatskills.com site and choose to search by town. Hobart has a variety of fantastic bed and breakfasts, country farm house accommodations, as well as a traditional English pub and inn.

The Hobart Book Village also offers five independent book stores where you can spend hours browsing through their treasures and collections. Please visit their website links to find more information.

Adam’s Antiquarian Book Shop

Blenheim Hill Books

Butter Nut Valley Books

Creative Corner Books

Liberty Rock Books, LLC

Mysteries & More

Ask a Local-Liz Callahan, Hanford Mills Museum


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Liz Callahan is the Executive Director of Hanford Mills Museum in East Meredith, New York.

The mill’s authentic and extensively documented site inspires the museum’s unique interpretation and activities. The museum believes that the operation of the mill site is a powerful experience that can be balanced with careful preservation. There are valuable lessons to be learned from agrarian communities.

Hanford Mills Museum features an authentic water- and steam-powered Sawmill with a 1926 Fitz Overshot Waterwheel, restored 19th century water turbine, steam power plant, and vintage woodworking machines. Visit their website to learn about their programming and special events.

We asked Liz to share some of her favorite locations in Delaware County.

Click here for a downloadable PDF of her recommendations or scroll down below to see them all.

 

 

Ask a Local

Liz Callahan
Hanford Mills Museum
51 Co Rd 12
East Meredith, NY 13757
607.278.5744


Not To Be Missed at Hanford Mills Museum

• Enjoy the entire Hanford Mills complex of 16 historic buildings including the water wheel turbine, steam power plant, antique fully functioning mill equipment and machinery.

• Making ice-cream at the Hanford House during their Fourth of July festivities each year.

• Experience  hands-on activities like the Ice Harvest Festival which takes place every first Saturday of February.

• Fish on the mill pond at Hanford Mills.

• Enjoy the classic annual events like the Antique Jamboree Festival and the Woodmen’s Festival.

 

Some of Liz’s Favorite Places to Visit in Delaware County

• Authentic well-preserved villages of the area.

• Historic houses and properties like Woodchuck Lodge in Roxbury, the Summertime home of naturalist and nature essayist John Burroughs.

• Hiking trails

• Lakes and rivers for swimming and kayaking.

 

Liz’s Favorite Things to Do in Delaware County

• Take in a performance at Franklin Stage Company in Franklin, New York.

• Celebrate the agricultural history of the region at the Cauliflower Festival in Margaretville, New York.

• Finding fantastic locally sourced food and goods from farms in Delaware County.

• Experience all four seasons in a beautiful setting.

 

Suggestion on Where to Stay

Harmony Hill
694 Harmony Hill Retreat Center
East Meredith, NY 13757
(607) 278-6609

Suggestions on Where to Eat & Drink

Signatures Restaurant
SUNY Delhi
Alumni Hall
454 Delhi Drive
Delhi, NY 13753
(607) 746-4351

Awestruck Ciders
8 Winkler Rd
Sidney, NY 13838


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