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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.

Meredith Dairy Fest


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Delaware County is farm country and we love to celebrate our history as well as our future.

Come spend the weekend of June 11th and 12th with us in Delaware County and enjoy the Meredith Dairy Fest. Ushering in Dairy Month, the festival is hosted in Meredith each June and offers two days of live music, farm animals, vendors, historical demonstrations and displays, a lot of farm related vendors as well as great food and drink.

It’s two days of pure family-fun in a beautiful setting. Join us for a weekend of fun!

Check out the video below as well places to stay, eat, shop, and much more below. For more information on the festival, visit the event’s website.

Want to book your trip? Here are some suggestions on where to stay and what to do. These are just a few of the options immediately in the area. Please check out all our listings to find the perfect place to stay, eat, drink and enjoy while you are in Delaware County.

Places to Stay

  • Harmony Hill Lodging & Retreat Center- 694 McKee Hill Rd, E. Meredith, 607.278.6609
  • Franklin Guest House-113 Center St, Franklin, 917.428.8253
  • Catskills Escape Bed & Breakfast-109 Post Rd, Franklin 607.353.1533
  • Catskills Escape Bed & Breakfast-242 Union Church Rd, Franklin, 607.369.9030
  • The Inn at Tollgate Creek-21031 Route 28, Delhi, 607.746.7287
  • Rippling Waters Retreat-1807 Federal Hill Rd, Delhi, 607.592.7152
  • River View Bed & Breakfast-9 Delaware Ave, Delhi, 607.746.7177
  • West Branch House Bed & Breakfast-28 Franklin St, Delhi, 607.746.3378

Places to Eat & Drink

  • Natural Gardens- 304 Sutherland Rd, East Meredith, 607.746.2028
  • Blue Bee Café-114 Main St, Delhi, 607. 746.8060
  • Francesca’s-3 Main St, Delhi, 607.7825
  • Delhi Diner-95 Main St, Delhi, 607.746. 2207
  • O’Neill’s Shire Pub-123 Main St, Delhi, 607.746. 8758
  • Tuna lll-82 Main St. Delhi, 607.746.6777
  • PICCS-68 Main St, Delhi, 607.746.8777
  • Catskill Momos-191 Main St, Delhi, 607.746.2233
  • Hollow-84 Main Street, Delhi

Arts & Culture

  • West Kortright Centre- 49 W Kortright Church Rd, E. Meredith, 607.278.5454
  • Bushel Collective-106 Main St, Delhi, bushelcollective.org

Health & Wellness

  • Harmony Hill Lodging & Retreat Center- 694 McKee Hill Rd, E. Meredith, 607.278.6609

History

  • Hanford Mills Museum- 51 Co Rd 12, E. Meredith, 607.278.5744
  • Meredith Historical Society- 10044 Elk Creek Rd, E. Meredith
  • Delaware County Courthouse Square-Main St. and Court St, Delhi
  • Fitches Covered Bridge- 1456 Co Rd 18, Delhi
  • Delhi Historical Society- 47 Main St, Delhi, 607.746. 2662
  • Delaware County Historical Association-46549 NY-10, Delhi, 607. 746.3849

Farms, Farm Stand & Stores

  • Stone & Thistle Farm-1211 Kelso Rd, E. Meredith, 607.278.5800
  • Windy Knob Blueberry Farm-6715 Turnpike Rd, Meredith, 607.746.2991
  • Humdinger Farm Store-53159 NY-10, Bloomville, 607.538.1041
  • Good Cheap Food-53 Main St, Delhi, 607.746.6562
  • Burn Ayr Farm-21031 NY-28, Delhi, 607.746.7287
  • Fieldstone Farm, 4236 Co Rd 18, Delhi, 607.287.7287
  • Bear Mountain Maple, 21529 NY-28, Delhi, 607.242.4835
  • Loulou’s Farm Stand, 1304 Elk Creek Rd, Delhi, 607.386.8220
  • Maplewood Farm & Orchard-74 Meredith Ave, Delhi, 607.746.6339
  • Riverdale Farm & Forest-48018 NY-10, Delhi, 607.746.9514

Outdoor Activities

  • SUNY Delhi Outdoor Education Center- 19692 NY-28, Delhi
  • The College Golf Course at Delhi-96 Scotch Mountain Rd, Delhi, 607.746.4653
  • Bramley Mountain Trail- Glen Bernie Rd between Rt 18 and NY-28, Delhi
  • Bulldog Run Trail Head- 565 Andes Rd, Delhi
  • Smith Pond Park- 460 Andes Rd, Delhi

Shopping

  • Stewarts Department Store-85 Main St, Delhi, 607.746.2254
  • Tay Tea-159 Main St, Delhi, 607. 746.6086
  • The Stone House-92 Main St, Delhi, 917.224.6718
  • The Green Thumb-265 Main St, Delhi, 607. 746.8840
  • This & That-110 Main Street, Delhi, 347.731.7830  
  • Main Street Cards & Gifts-96 Main Street, Delhi, 607.746.7830

 

Hit the Links With Us


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“To find a man’s true character, play golf with him.” – P.G. Wodehouse

The spectacular mountain views and rolling terrain make the Great Western Catskills a top destination for golfers. Here you’ll find many premier golf facilities with pristine courses, perfect for novices and experts alike. Grab your clubs and join us for world class golfing. It’s an annual tradition for some – that weekend where you get away from it all to focus on the perfect putt on the most amazing greens. After the game, a cool drink at the clubhouse enjoying a breathtaking mountain view completes your relaxing day. It’s a golfer’s dream.

Which one of our beautiful golf courses will be your favorite?

College Golf Course at Delhi 
85 Scotch Mountain Road
Delhi, NY 13753
607-746-4653
Premier 18-hole public course in classic 1960’s design with challenging, undulating greens in a beautiful mountain setting. The course is a training ground for the students of the nationally recognized golf programs at SUNY Delhi. Features: driving range, practice green, pro shop, Bluestone Pub & Restaurant, leagues, tournaments, championships. Stay and Play package available with nearby Sherwoods Inn at Riverview.

The College Golf Course at Delhi


French Woods Golf & Country Club 
17740 E State Highway 97
Hancock, NY 13783
607-637-1800
Complete 18-hole public course with challenging fairways, water hazards and sand traps in a picturesque setting. Features: clubhouse, pro shop, private dining room, tournaments. Stay and Play with Bass Cabins or Bass’ Hancock House Hotel.

Hanah Mountain Resort & Country Club 
576 West Hubbell Hill Road
Margaretville, NY 12455
845-586-4849
19 holes on a challenging, well-groomed course at a beautiful mountain country resort. A selection of golf packages available with meals and all the resort amenities including pool, sauna, restaurant, and more.

Hardwood Hills Golf Course
11160 State Highway 8
Masonville, NY 13804
607-467-1031
Challenging 18-hole course in a gorgeous mountain setting. Tournaments, clubhouse with food and spirits.

Courtesy of Hanah Mountain Resort

Meadows Golf Center
42565 State Highway 28
Margaretville, NY 12455
845-586-4104
9-hole course in a scenic valley adjacent to Delaware River. Pro shop, practice range, practice green, and 18-hole mini golf course! They are well known for their BBQ too.

Ouleout Creek Golf 
13501 State Highway 357
North Franklin, NY 13775
607-829-2100
18-hole public course with creeks, ponds and dog legs for experts and beginners alike in a fun, relaxed atmosphere.

Shephard Hills Golf Club 
562 Shephard Hill Road
Roxbury, NY 12474
607-326-7121
9-hole public course on challenging terrain with spectacular mountain view. Clubhouse and pro shop. Rentals, lessons and tournaments.

Sidney Golf & Country Club
West Main Street
Sidney, NY 13838
607-563-8381
Leagues and tournaments. Clubhouse, restaurant.

Courtesy of Sidney Golf & Country Club

Stamford Golf Club 
Taylor Road
Stamford, NY 12167
607-652-7398
18-hole course on rolling terrain with undulating greens, appealing to both experts and high handicappers. Pro shop, clubhouse, driving range, practice putting green, private lessons. Stop by their Tavern 1897 for delicious food and drink.

Tennanah Lake Golf & Tennis Club
100 Fairway View Drive
Roscoe, NY 12776
888-561-3935
18-hole championship golf course. Beautifully maintained, challenging par 72 course with a 50-mile 180-degree panoramic view of Catskill Mountains. Golf lessons, practice greens, driving range, complete Pro Shop. 24-room inn, 40-seat restaurant and bar, 30-seat outdoor dining deck. 

Twin Village Golf Course
144 Rockland Road
Roscoe, NY 12776
(607) 498-5829
An 18-hole course with a clubhouse.

 

Get Moving in the Great Western Catskills


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Nothing says “healthy” like a lungful of the fresh mountain air of the Great Western Catskills. What better environment is there for you to get outside, get moving and getting fit? There’s no shortage of trails, paths, rivers and lakes for you to do so on your own or you can take part in one of the many healthy outdoor events taking place in our area. Below are a few such races, festivals and more taking place this year. As always, visit our Events section to see current and upcoming goings-on.

The 26th Annual Delhi Bridge Run
June 4, 2022
Hoyt Park, Delhi
The Delhi Bridge Run and Walk help to raise money for local charities and provides scholarships for local athletes. The 5K is back this year at a new location, Hoyt Park. Visit the Run’s Facebook page for more information.

Courtesy of Delhi Bridge Run

Run Wild in The Catskills
Summer 2022, date TBA
Catskill Scenic Trail
This is a half-marathon and relay race along the Catskill Scenic Trail that benefits local fire departments, school districts, the CST and local running programs. Visit their website and follow them on Facebook and Instagram for updates on the 2022 race.

Catskill Mountain Yoga Festival
July 23, 2022 (Rain Date 7/24/22)
Plattekill Mountain, Roxbury
The Catskill Mountain Yoga Festival is a family-friendly festival that incorporates yoga & meditation for anyone and everyone! Instructors from all over the country will be showing up to the mat with over 30 yoga classes and workshops. Classes will be indoors, outdoors and even on the mountaintop!

10th Annual Best Dam 5K Run/Walk and 6K Paddle
October 8, 2022
Downsville, NY
One of the best family races in the Catskills. Featuring a color 5K run/walk and canoe/kayak race. Racers can complete 1 or both events. See the website for more details and to register online. Early sign-up and family registration discounts!

Courtesy of Cross Mountain Crusher

Cross Mountain Crusher
Fall 2022, date TBA
Arkville
The Cross Mountain Crusher is an annual 55-mile Gravel Grinder biking event designed for those who wish to challenge their physical abilities to the maximum while enjoying beautiful back country roads in the Catskill Mountains. Visit their website for information and updates.

Catskills Lark in the Park
October 2022, dates TBA
Celebrate the Catskill Park and Mountains the annual Catskills Lark in the Park. From hiking to paddling to cycling, and from natural history to human culture to stewardship service the Lark offers everyone opportunities to live and learn in and about nature. Visit the website for more information.

Maple Weekend 2022 is Here!


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One of the most popular annual traditions returns to the Great Western Catskills – Maple Weekend!

Maple Weekend takes place this year on March 19-20 and March 26-27 at locations all across New York State. This is an amazing chance for the public to come to the farm to learn about New York’s maple sugarmaking processes and traditions and to provide a chance to taste pure maple syrup in its many forms – right from the source. This event is organized and sponsored by the New York State Maple Producers’ Association.


Come taste a pure and natural food product at its freshest and in its many forms, learn how maple syrup and other maple confections are made and experience the unique family traditions of making maple syrup in New York State.

During Maple weekend, you can meet the producers who annually make New York the second largest maple producing state in the U.S and share in the many ways to cook and bake with maple syrup, maple sap and other maple drinks and products.

Below is a list of participating sugarmakers in Delaware County. Be sure to visit your local producer and witness sustainable agriculture at its best. For more information, visit the New York State Maple Weekend website.

Brookside Maple
Matthew & Micah Scobie
2544 County Highway 2
DeLancey, NY 13752
607.746.6618

Catskill Mountain Maple
Tom & Jo Ann Kaufman
65 Charlie Wood Road
DeLancey, NY 13752
607.746.6215

Dar-View Maple
Brad Darling & Charlie Darling
2818 Fall Clove Road
Delancey, NY 13752
607.435.1657

Kenneth Burger Farm
Kenneth Burger
3437 Millbrook Road
Margaretville, NY 12455
845.586.4784

Maplewood Farm & Orchard
Duane & Karen LaFever
596 Miller Avenue
Bovina Center, NY 13740
607.832.4726

Off Road Maple
The Jordan Family
195 Pomeroy Road
Franklin, NY 13775
607.829.2424

Roxbury Mountain Maple
Dave and Linda Holscher
750 Roxbury Mountain Road
Hobart, NY 13788
607.538.1500

Shaver-Hill Maple Farm
David, Dwayne & Damian Hill and families
450 Shaver Road
Harpersfield, NY 13786
607.652.6792

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.

 

 

Picking Your Own in the Cooler Months


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Crisp cool air means that harvest season is here for fall fruit. Apples and pumpkins scream fall and what better way to enjoy the great outdoors than to pick your own. And with autumn being the gateway to the holiday season, Christmas tree season is quickly on its way. Below are some of our pick-your-own favorites for the cooler months.

courtesy of Sunrise Mountain Orchard

Echo Orchard & Farm
8151 Co Rd 26
Hamden, NY 13782
Stop by the Echo Orchard & Farm farm stand from 10:30 to 7pm until November 1st to find pumpkins, apples, cider, cider donuts, honey, syrup and pumpkin lattes. They will have pumpkins ready to go as well as opportunities to pick pumpkins.

Maplewood Farm & Orchard
596 Miller Avenue
Bovina Center, NY 13740
Maplewood Farm & Orchard offers pumpkin picking in the pumpkin patch! The maple sugar house and shoppe is also open, offering baked goods, pies, fresh eggs, cream, candy, many other maple products. Apple and Pumpkin picking takes place on weekends from September 18th until Columbus Day, October 11th.

Maxwell Farm
21287 NY-28
Delhi, NY 13753
Stop by this dairy farm on State Highway 28 to pick your own pumpkins. They have them in all shapes and sizes! U-pick is $10 for any size.

Maxwell Farm

Sunrise Mountain Orchard
1173 Sunrise Mountain Road
Bloomville, NY 13739
Sunrise Mountain Orchard is a boutique “pick-your-own” apple orchard with hundreds of trees in this young orchard which have reached bearing age. The orchard will be open on weekends beginning September 12, 2021 for “you-pick.”

Elderkin Christmas Tree Farm
Murphy Hill Road
Walton, NY 13856
Opening in November for cut-your-own Christmas trees on the weekends.

Robsons Christmas Trees
2425 Jim Lane Rd
Bovina Center, NY 13740
This family-run Christmas Tree farm was established in 1950’s and has been operating in its present form since 1983. Visit them and enjoy the experience of choosing and cutting your own Christmas tree. Robsons is open on Saturdays and Sundays during the holiday season.

Robsons Christmas Trees

It’s Time for The 18th Annual Catskills Lark in the Park!


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The Catskills Lark in the Park was founded 2004 to mark the 100th anniversary of the founding 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.

This year’s event offers over a wide variety of events ranging such as hikes, paddling and kayaking, bike riding and Catskills themed cultural events.

Below is a list of events taking place in Delaware County that have been posted so far. Check back often as we post this year’s Delaware County Lark in the Park offerings as they are announced. For a full list of all of this year’s Lark in the Park events, visit the Catskills Lark in the Park event website.

Photo courtesy of Catskill Mountains Lark in the Park


Hikes:

Hike Cabot Mountain – Saturday, October 2nd, 2021 @ 10 AM
This short out-and-back moderately difficult hike in the Pepacton Range leads to a nice view of Little Pond.

Trail Maintenance on Dry Brook Ridge Trail – Saturday, October 2nd, 2021 @ 10 AM
Join us on our Autumn Trail Maintenance Hike on Dry Brook Ridge.  We’ll hike Pakatakan Mountain and follow the ridge, passing by a 700 years old bog, to arrive to a beautiful lookout of the Pepacton Reservoir from almost 3500 ft. of altitude.

Hike Slide Mountain – Friday, October 8th, 2021 @ 9:30 AM
The Catskills highest summit at 4284′ is a moderately difficult hike with some great views along the route.

Photo courtesy of Catskill Mountains Lark in the Park


Paddling:

Covered Bridge Paddle – Saturday, October 2nd, 2021 @ 10 AM
Paddle the West Branch of the Delaware from Delhi to the Hamden Covered Bridge.

Paddle the Pepacton – Friday, October 8th, 2021 @ 11 AM
Join Ann Roberti of the CMC on a beautiful paddle on the scenic Pepacton Reservoir.

Paddle the Pepacton – Sunday, October 10th, 2021 @ 11 AM
Join Ann Roberti of the CMC on a beautiful paddle on the scenic Pepacton Reservoir

The tradition of highlighting the outstanding outdoor recreation available in the Catskills and the history of the Catskills region will continue. We hope you all find something that excites your interest.

Visit catskillslark.org for more information about The Lark in the Park.

 

Vintage Baseball is a Hit


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Vintage base ball (yes, it was two words in the 19th Century) is a loose term for baseball played by the rules, in the uniforms, and with the philosophy of the 1800’s.

Delaware County is home to three vintage base ball teams, all with rich and storied histories and a passion for the game. These teams make up the Delaware County Vintage Base Ball Association and include Mountain Athletic Club in Fleischmanns, the Bovina Dairymen and the Delhi Base Ball Club operating out of Hamden.

The teams of the Delaware County Vintage Base Ball Association are dedicated to producing historically-accurate and competitive nineteenth century base ball in a family friendly environment throughout Delaware County and the surrounding areas.

Ready to see a game? The season continues into October, so there still plenty of games coming up this year. You can view the schedule at the Delaware County Vintage Base Ball Association’s website. All games are free and everyone is welcome.

For more information visit delcovintagebaseball.org.

The Return of The Delaware County Fair August 15-21


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The 134th annual Delaware County Fair, the area’s biggest agricultural event, returns to Walton this year with animals, local events, shows, contests, rides, cuisine and more.

photo: Riikka Olson

The weeklong event runs from Sunday, August 15 to Saturday, August 21. Specific attractions include tractor and farm equipment displays and demonstrations, livestock contests and encounters with over 1,000 animals, great food from corn dogs to cotton candy and local favorites, carnival rides and live entertainment all day, every day.

photo: Riikka Olson

A full schedule of events can be downloaded at the event’s official website and be sure to follow the Fair on Facebook for all the latest news.

Please note that the Delaware County Fair will be following all CDC guidance as it pertains to COVID-19. There will be signed posted reminding visitors that are not vaccinated to wear masks and and requesting all guest remain socially distant from other parties. There will me multiple hand washing stations throughout the fair and an abundance of hand sanitizer offered. This has always been the policy and procedure of the fair due to the farm animal activity on the grounds.

Wishing all who attend to a safe and fun County Fair!

photo: Riikka Olson

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.

 

Farmers’ Markets


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We love our farmers! Our pride and joy here in the Great Western Catskills is the pure, local food produced by the dozens of working farms in our region. Summertime brings farmers’ markets to villages and towns around the county. Often organic, and always fresh, you’ll find fruits, vegetables, eggs and meats to purchase as well as jams, wine, cheese and baked goods. Bring a big basket and shop the stands filled with delicious options while getting to know our farmers and our culture.

Andes
Andes Farmers’ Market
Saturdays 10am-3pm
72 Main St, Andes NY
https://www.facebook.com/Andes-Farmers-Market-111807957232586

Dirty Girl Farm
Saturdays 10am-2pm
114 Delaware Avenue, Andes, NY
https://www.facebook.com/dirtygirlfarm

Bovina
Bovina Farmers’ Market
Thursdays from 4pm to 7pm
Creamery Rd, Bovina Center, NY
http://www.farmingbovinany.org/farmers-market

Delhi
Delhi Farmers’ Market
Wednesdays 9am-2pm
Court House Square, Main St, Delhi NY
https://www.facebook.com/DelhiFarmersMarket

Birdsong Farm Community Garden Farmer’s Market
Saturdays 10am-1pm
Birdsong Farm Community Garden
38480 State Hwy 10, Delhi, NY
https://www.facebook.com/birdsongfarmcommunitygarden

Catskill Smoke House Farm Market
Saturdays 12pm-4pm
Behind Quarter Moon Cafe
53 Main Street, Delhi NY
https://quartermooncafe.com/

Franklin
Franklin Farmers’ Market
Sundays 10am-2pm
25 Institute St, Franklin NY
https://www.facebook.com/FranklinNYFarmersMarket/

Halcottsville
The Pakatakan Farmers’ Market
Saturdays 9am-2pm
46676 NYS Hwy 30, Halcottsville NY
roundbarnmarket.org

Hancock
Greater Hancock Farmers Market & Craft Fair
Every Saturday, 10am – 2pm
Hancock Town Square, East Main St, Hancock NY
https://www.facebook.com/HancockFarmersMarketNY/

Hobart
The Hobart Farmers’ Market
Fridays 4pm-7pm
101 Maple Ave, Hobart NY
hobartfarmersmarket.com

Sidney
Sidney Main Street Market
Saturdays, 9am-1pm
44-46 Main St, Sidney, NY
https://www.facebook.com/mainstms

Walton
The Walton Farmers’ Market
Fridays from early July– late September, 10am-2pm
Veterans Plaza, 181 Delaware St, Walton NY.
https://www.facebook.com/WaltonFarmersMarket

Depending on the season, you can also visit local farm stands and farms stores.

Deposit Lumberjack Festival


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The Deposit Lumberjack festival returns for 2021.

The festival will kick off on Friday, July 16th and will continue on the 17th.

The festival displays Deposit at its best—the Game of Logging competition; the Jack and Jill logging competition; many other events, including rides, vendors, a craft beer tent, fireworks, Lumberjack parade, and the Rafts Races down the Delaware. Lumber and the river have always been an integral part of life in Deposit and the Lumberjack Festival celebrates that.

Deposit, located on the West Branch of the Delaware River and home to the best trout fishing in the world, was given its name because logs were “deposited” in the river to be floated downstream to market. Home to great fishing; home to our bald eagles; foothills of the Catskills, Deposit is a beautiful place with pristine waters, many lakes and great recreational opportunities.

Deposit is an amazing place to visit during the summer. Might we suggest planning a getaway to the area near the festival to enjoy all that Deposit has to offer.

Click here to find the full list of events for the Deposit Lumberjack Festival.

Margaretville Cemetery Tour Brings History to Life


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Meet 15 people from the past on a one-hour guided walk through Margaretville Cemetery.

The Historical Society of the Town of Middletown has announced the cast for its 8th Living History Cemetery Tour to be held July 10, 2021 at Margaretville Cemetery.

A total of 15 people will appear in this year’s event, which will be produced with Covid precautions, including audience distancing and mask wearing by everyone except performers.

Groups of tour goers will be led by costumed guides through the cemetery to hear the stories of ten men and women who rest there. Tours will depart every 20 minutes between 4 and 6 p.m. Tour time reservations are required; details to be announced.

This year’s cast features many players who are new to the event, as well as a couple of veterans.

John Bernhardt, who has performed in every one of the tours, will play George Gilbert alongside Alice Zigelis as his wife Sarah. The pair will recount their very public divorce, and much quieter reconciliation.

Burr Hubbell as veterinarian Reuben Smith will tell the story of his son’s heroism while Air Force pilot Thomas Kingsley Smith (Kevin Hubbell) stands silently at ease. The efforts of Hungarian immigrant Esther Dobsa to keep her family together on the farm after her husband’s early death will be shared by Darlene DeMaille.

Nineteenth-century lamplighter Leslie Dumond will be portrayed by Ward Stevenson. Marge Helenchild will appear as Delaware County’s first female attorney, Mabel Fenton.

The tour audience will hear about the scandalous fall from grace of Anti-Rent War hero Edward O’Connor, as recounted by his nephew, R. David Scott, played by Brett Barry. And Mike Riley as Irishman Sam Hunter will describe his fruitless search for a missing Civil War comrade.

Among the at-large players will be a pair of devoted sisters, Lucy and Mary Waterman (Robin Williams and Julie Ford) who converse in sign language; antebellum lady Deborah Carpenter Landon (Emily Vieyra-Haley), blacksmith Ebenezer Laidlaw (Howie Futterman) and a pair of Victorian picnickers played by John Exter and Lisbeth Furman.

Iris Mead, Jo Maender and Aurora Riley will serve as costumed tour guides. Scriptwriters are Erwin Karl, John Jacobson, Anne Saxon-Hersh, Terry Bradshaw, Mary Barile, Marilyn Kaltenborn and Diane Galusha.

The cost of admission for the tour is $20; children under 15 free. Reservations required. Call 845-586-4736 to reserve a tour time. Rain date July 11.

If you would like to help as a site volunteer, call Diane Galusha, 845-586-4973, or contact HSM at history@catskill.net.

Information about this and other Historical Society of the Town of Middletown events and programs can be found at mtownhistory.org.

A Camper’s Paradise


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Let’s be honest. The main thing that draws people to the Great Western Catskills is the area’s natural beauty. The rolling hills and mountains, the dense forests, the rivers, streams and waterfalls. What better way to experience all of the wonders of our surroundings than by immersing yourself in nature both day and night.

Whether you want to rough it with off-the-grid tenting or want to enjoy the civility of glorious glamping, our region has something for everyone. There are so many options, from lakeside family campgrounds to rustic farm stays. Let us be your guide to enjoying the Great Outdoors of our region.

When choosing a camping area for your visit, be sure to check out their website or call ahead for the latest information.

Bear Spring Mountain State Park
512 East Trout Brook Road
Downsville NY 13755
607.865.6989
dec.ny.gov/outdoor/24454.html

The Beaver Del
8560 County Road 17
East Branch, NY 13756
607.363.7443
beaverdel.com

Bellfire Farm
Meeker Hollow
Roxbury, NY 12474
bellfirefarm.com

Big Pond
549 Barkaboom Road
Andes NY 13731
dec.ny.gov/outdoor/84898.html

Crazy Acres Campground at Beaver Spring Lake
263 Beaver Spring Road
Davenport, NY 13750
607.278.5293
crazyacrescampground.com

Delaware County K.O.A.
242 Union Church Road
Franklin, NY 13775
800.562.7658
koa.com/campgrounds/unadilla

Dirt Road Camp
487 Dirt Road
Delancey, NY 13752
607.287.8148
dirtroadcamp.com

East Sidney Lake Park
4659 State Highway 357
Franklin NY 13775
607.829.6433
eastsidneylake.com

Greenane Farms
196 County Highway 10
Meridale, NY 13806
607.746.8878
greenanefarms.com

Guestward Ho Family Campgrounds
62 H Decker Road
Deposit NY, 13754
607.467.3246
guestwardho.com

Harmony Hill Lodging & Retreat Center
694 McKee Hill Rd
East Meredith, NY 13757
607.278.6609
harmonyhillretreat.com

Kingswood Campsite
1500 Hathaway Pond Road
Hancock, NY 13783
607.637.5401
kingswoodcampsite.org

Little Pond Campground & Day Use Area
549 Little Pond State Campground Road
Andes, NY 13731
845.439.5480
dec.ny.gov/outdoor/24478.html

Peaceful Valley Campsite
485 Banker Rd
Downsville, NY 13755
607.363.2211
nypeacefulvalley.com

Russell Brook Campsites
731 Russell Brook Rd
Roscoe, NY 12776
607.498.5416
russellbrook.com

Steady Slope Campsites
Delhi, NY                                                                                                                                                                                                                                https://www.tentrr.com/explore/New-York/Steady-Slope-Campsite

Stony Creek Farmstead LLC
1738 Freer Hollow Road
Walton, NY 13856
607.865.7965
stonycreekfarmstead.com

Stratton Falls Campsites
2-169 Campsite Road
Roxbury, NY 12474
607.326.4224
strattonfalls.com

Tall Pines Riverfront Campground & River Adventures
Tall Pines Ln 10 Mastrion Rd
Bainbridge, NY 13733 Andes, NY 13731
607.563.8271     (917) 497-7670
tallpinescampgroundny.com

Terry’s Shinhopple Campground
6275 State Highway 30
East Branch NY 13756
607.363.2536
terryscampground.wixsite.com/terryscampground

Wolf Hollow Campground

10 Mastrion Rd
Andes, NY 13731
917.497.7670
https://www.wolfhollowcamp.com/

 

 

Fishing Beyond the Stream in Delaware County


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While our area is famous for fly fishing in the vast network of rivers and streams, which you can read about here, there are also some amazing stillwater catches to be had in our lakes, ponds and reservoirs.

Big Pond
549 Barkaboom Road
Andes
Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, Chain Pickerel, White Sucker, Brown Bullhead, Pumpkinseed, Smallmouth Bass, Largemouth Bass, Yellow Perch
This pond receives a good amount of pressure all year long even for its location. Some very impressive catches have been recorded. Stocked annually with approximately 250-1000 brown trout 8-21″ in length (most years it receives roughly 200-250 brown Trout 8-9″ in length) and 250 rainbow trout 8-9″ in length. Ice fishing is also permitted.

Cannonsville Reservoir
Route 10
Deposit & Tomkins
The reservoir is most popular for its brown trout and smallmouth bass fishery and can be accessed via several points along Route 10. Stocked annually with approximately 6,500-7,000 brown trout 8-9″ in length. The panfishing can be decent at times. A contour fishing map of the reservoir can be downloaded here.

East Sidney Reservoir
Route 357
Sidney
The lake is mainly fished for its panfish, but some huge bass have been caught. It is also a popular destination for those seeking to catch Common Carp, White Sucker, Brown Bullhead, Rock Bass, Pumpkinseed, Smallmouth Bass, Largemouth Bass, and Yellow Perch.

Huggins Lake
Berry Brook Road
Colchester
Accessed via a trail off Berry Brook Road, the lake is fished for its large Brook Trout, as well as Golden Shiner, Satinfin Shiner, and Brown Bullhead. Ice fishing and live bait is prohibited.

Pepacton Reservoir
Various access points
Colchester, Andes
The reservoir is most popular for its brown trout and smallmouth bass fishery; both species are caught annually at trophy sizes. Channel Catfish are being caught with more consistency in recent years. The panfish population is abundant. Stocked annually with approximately 8,000-9,000 brown trout 8-9″ in length. Ive fishing is not allowed. The majority of shoreline is accessible through New York City Department of Environmental Conservation land with numerous designated boat launches. A contour fishing map of the reservoir can be downloaded here.

To utilize the reservoirs, you’ll need an additional, easy-to-obtain access permit. For all you need to know about fishing our region, please visit this page.

Other Things to do While in the Area…

Going to Big Pond? 

The Andes Hotel
110 Main St, Andes
845.676.4408

The Meadows Golf Center and All American BBQ
42565 State Highway 28, Margaretville
845.586.4104

Tompkins Fall Waterfall
Barkaboom Rd, Andes

Going to the Cannonsville Reservoir? 

Butterfields Cafe
16 Division St, Deposit
607.621.7666

French Woods Golf & Country Club
17440 NY-97, Hancock
607.637.1800

Hancock House Hotel
137 E Front St, Hancock
607.637.7100

Going to the East Sidney Reservoir?

Awestruck Ciders
8 Winkler Rd
Sidney, NY 13838

East Main Bowling Lanes & Lounge
1 E Main St, Sidney
607.563.2695

Tulip & Rose Cafe
435 Main St, Franklin
607.829.4040

Going to Huggins Lake? 

Downsville Covered Bridge
15500 NY-30, Downsville

The Old School House Inn & Restaurant
28218 NY-206, Downsville
607.363.7814

Russell Brook Campsites
731 Russell Brook Rd, Roscoe
607.498.5416

Going to Pepacton Reservoir?

The Ark Bowl and BBQ
42366 State Highway 28, Arkville
845.586.2695

Palmer Hill Trail
11 Finkle Rd, Andes

Wayside Cider
55 Redden Ln
Andes, NY 13731
845.676.6002

 

Fishing in Delaware County – Resources


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The Great Western Catskills is famous for its fishing. People come from all over the world to fish our rivers, streams, lakes and ponds. If you are gearing up for a fishing getaway, we’d love to make sure you have the resources you need for the perfect experience.

For a complete guide to freshwater fishing regulations in New York State, please visit this page at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation website:
https://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/7917.html

For Delaware County special fishing regulations, including exceptions to statewide regulations, please visit:
https://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/31440.html

Fishing licenses can be purchased online here. You can also get them onsite at Catskills Seasons LTD in Margaretville.

Some NYC Department of Environmental Protection access locations (such as some reservoir access points) require a DEP Access Permit or Guest Pass. Get yours here.

Bait, Tackle, Boat Rental Resources in Delaware County, New York

Al’s Sport Store
6964 River Road, Downsville
607.363.7740

East Branch Outfitters
1471 Peas Eddy Rd, Hancock
607.637.5451

Catskills Seasons LTD
768 Main St. Margaretville
845.586.6044

Northhill Outdoors, LLC
916 Main St, Margaretville
845.586.3006

Pepacton Bait & Tackle
43005 State Highway 28, Arkville
845.586.6211

Pepacton Cabins
348 Hood Lane, Downsville
607.363.2094

Fishing the Rivers and Streams of the Great Western Catskills


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It’s no secret that fly fishing in the rivers and streams is legendary among anglers. New York State has purchased fishing rights on miles of streams in addition to streams on public land. Look for the following access points with area for parking, which are clearly marked by roadside signs.

Please remember to use marked foot paths and walk on the banks of the public fishing areas only. Picnicking, building fires, camping, hunting, trapping and other activities on these lands is prohibited. Please observe all posted regulations and remember to carry out exactly what you carried in and leave all areas as you found them for all to enjoy.

Bloomville
West Branch Delaware River
Parking on Route 10 south of Stoker Hill Rd and by the bridge on River St.

Bovina
Little Delaware River
Parking on Route 6, east of The New Road and by the fork of Cape Horn Road and Crescent Valley Rd.

Cooks Falls
Beaver Kill
Parking on Old Route 17 by the NYS-17 overpass.

Delhi
West Branch Delaware River
Parking on Route 10 just before entering the village from the south and by the bridge on Sherwood Rd.

Little Delaware River
Parking on NYS-28 between Glenn Burnie Rd and Federal Hill Rd No. 2.

Deposit
West Branch Delaware River
Parking in two locations on Laurel Bank Rd. One is north of the NYS-17 overpass, and the other is after the big northward bend just outside of town.

Downsville
East Branch Delaware River
Parking by the intersection of Bridge St and Route 206. Also off Route 30 by the Transfer Station.

East Branch
Beaver Kill & East Branch Delaware River
Parking available on Route 30, near the entrance to NYS-17 and on NY-30, north of Old State Road.

East Branch Delaware River
Parking at the East Branch Rest Area, Westbound on NYS-17.

East Delhi
West Branch Delaware River
Parking on Route 10, north of Falls Mills Rd.

Fergusonville
Charlotte Creek
Parking by the intersection of Route 9 and Olive Branch Road.

Fishs Eddy
East Branch Delaware River
Parking on DEC land on Fish Eddy-Sullivan County Line Rd by the Route 17 intersection.

Gregorytown
East Branch Delaware River
Parking on River Road, northeast of Fuller Hill Rd intersection.

Hancock
East Branch Delaware River
Parking on Route 268 by the entrance to NYS-17 and by the intersection of E Front St and Stockport Road.

Harvard
East Branch Delaware River
Parking on Route 30, just south of Clauson Brook. There is also parking on Bump Rd.

Hobart
West Branch Delaware River
Parking on Route 10 by McMurdy Rd at McMurdy Brook and on River St by Town Brook.

Town Brook
West Branch Delaware River
Parking at the intersection of Towwnship Rd and Red Rock Rd.

fishing, hunting, guided services

Horton
Beaver Kill
Parking available on Old Route 17 by the Horton Brook Ro intersection and on the bend between Route 17 and the Sunoco station.

Peakville
Beaver Kill & Trout Brook
Parking available at two locations on Burnwood Rd by the Peakville Rd intersection.

Roscoe
Beaver Kill
Parking on Route 206 where it crosses Beaver Kill by Gavette Road.

Shinhopple
East Branch Delaware River
Parking at the intersection of Banker Rd and River Rd.

South Kortright
West Branch Delaware River
Parking on Route 10 heading northeast before the school.

For a complete guide to freshwater fishing regulations in New York State, please visit this page at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation website.

Delaware County also has its own special fishing regulations, including exceptions to statewide regulations. For more about fishing our region, please visit this page.

 

Pumpkin Patches & Halloween Delights


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Halloween is right around the corner, and you know what that means here in the Catskills — it’s pumpkin time! And our local farmers have got you covered! Stop on by to choose from the specially selected pumpkins, gourds and other seasonal treats available at farm stands or go straight to the pumpkin patch and pick your own! Come join us this October for all your jack-o-lantern needs and more Halloween festivities listed below.

The Andes Hotel
110 Main Street
Andes, NY 13731
While The Andes Hotel, which has just been purchased by new owners, is yet open for daily business in the restaurant and tavern, they have set up a pumpkin patch of their own in the front of the hotel. Stop by and purchase a variety of pumpkins and gourds. They promise they will be opening for food and drink service very soon. Stay tuned to their website and Great Western Catskills updates to find out when they are officially open for business.

Donnelly Farm Stand
5709 E River Rd
Walton, NY 13856
Fall is here, so Donnelly Farm Stand is now open seven days a week from 8am to 6pm with a wide variety of every type of pumpkin and gourd, along with winter squash, corn stalks and dried corn. On the weekends, they have vendors across the street selling everything from maple products to cider to baked goods.

While in the area, you may also want to stop by Echo Orchard Farm Stand right down the road at 8151 County Highway 26 in Hamden, open weekends until Columbus Day.

Forever Wild presents
Halloween Costume Party & Contest
Binnekill Square
746 Main St
Margaretville, NY 12455
October 31 11am – 8pm
Join the folks at Forever Wild Presents this All Hallows’ Eve at Binnekill Square as they celebrate Halloween with a Costume Party & Contest! The best 3 costumes get a prize! They will be transforming Binnekill Square Boardwalk for Halloween! Step back in time for a tintype photo or sign up for a tarot reading. Eat a hotdog and drink a beer before you dive into your candy. Bring the kids for music and pumpkins for carving.

Maplewood Farm & Orchard
74 Meredith Street
Delhi, NY 13753
Maplewood Farm & Orchard offers pumpkin picking in the pumpkin patch! The maple sugar house and shoppe is also open, offering baked goods, pies, fresh eggs, cream, candy, many other maple products.

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

We All Scream for Ice Cream!


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Known for the incredible grazing lands and dairy production, there should be no surprise that we have the most incredible ice cream in the Great Western Catskills.

From small batch ice cream being made on the farms of Delaware County to big production facilities that distribute all over the country, we are happy to have all the ice cream makers and sellers available throughout the area.

Not sure where you can find the best scoop or most delicious shake? Here are your options in Delaware County.

Blue Bee Cafe
114 Main Street
Delhi, NY 13753
607.746.8060
Step back in time in a classic turn of the century inspired cafe and coffee shop. Fresh salads, homemade soups, sandwiches, desserts and ice cream!

Bun N’ Cone
86 Bridge Street
Margaretville, NY 12455
845.586.4440
Enjoy family oriented, kid-friendly dining with a wide selection of burgers, fries, subs, wraps, pasta, pizza and ice cream.


Cetta’s Tasty Swirl
240 Delaware Ave
Walton, NY 13856
Great soft serve and amazingly fresh ice cream flavors.

The Coffee Pot
581 Main St
Hobart, NY 13788
607.538.1800
The Coffee Pot is a small country restaurant located in the small hamlet of Hobart serving up breakfast, lunch, and ice cream!

The Cow Lick
13585 NY-97
Hancock, NY 13783
607.637.3957
Serving a wide variety of Perry’s ice cream flavors, soft serve and more!

Daisy Queens Ice Cream
10 West St,
Walton, NY 13856
718.683.8224
Ice cream, shakes, sundaes, flurries, and banana splits with large number of toppings.

Goatie Whites
46 Depot St
Fleischmanns, NY 12430
845.254.3005
Serving traditional American food and barbeque, coffee and ice cream.

Honey’s Cafe & Ice Cream Shop
34 Oak Street
Deposit, NY 13754
607.298.2014
Cafe serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, milkshakes, pies and Hershey’s Ice Cream.

The Ice Cream Shop
77 Main St
Delhi, NY 13753
607.434.7876
Serving Perry’s ice cream and over 24 flavors of soft serve!

Mac-A-Doodles Restaurant & Ice Cream
Highlights info row image
33 Harper St
Stamford, NY 12167
607.214.4167
Serves ice cream, lunch, dinner, drinks and coffee for good for groups, kids, outdoor seating, walk-ins, take outs and catering!

Penguin Ice Cream & Snack Bar
11181 NY-8
Masonville, NY 13804
607.467.1119
It’s all soft serve! To begin you choose chocolate or vanilla REAL ice cream as your base, then choose from the huge selection of blend in ingredients, lastly they blend to your order EACH TIME!

Polar Bear Homemade Ice Cream & More!
5212 State Hwy 28
North Franklin, NY 13820
607.432.0901
https://www.facebook.com/pg/Polar-Bear-Homemade-Ice-Cream-More-538187663021144
A unique destination located just outside of Oneonta. Ice cream is made fresh daily using the original custard machines and recipes!

Sundae’s
36422 State Highway 23
Grand Gorge, NY USA
607.588.8808
Sundae’s specializes in steak, burgers and pizza in the Catskills. They also have 18 Hard & 36 Soft Ice Cream varieties and Car Cruise Wednesdays.

Tastee Treat
284 State Highway 7
Sidney, NY 13838
607.563.1703
One of Sidney New York’s landmark businesses with over 50 years of Family owned service to local and traveling customers.

Treats N Eats
21 Union St
Sidney, NY 13838
607.563.1022
Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the shop is a friendly and inviting place to visit for food and ice cream.

 

Sleep Under the Stars!


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The summer vacation season has arrived! As the weather gets warmer, you can have an amazing time taking in the fresh air at any one of the many campgrounds of the Great Western Catskills.

The Beaver Del
8560 County Road 17
East Branch, NY 13756
607.363.7443
beaverdel.com
The Beaver Del is currently offering tent camping, hotel stays, food and beverage take-out / delivery as they continue to follow the Health Department guidelines and practices for cleanliness and sanitation throughout the establishment.

Bellfire Farm 
Meeker Hollow
Roxbury, NY 12474
bellfirefarm.com
Enjoy glamping in your very own tipi! Sanitizer and bleach wipes are provided for guests, and they offer self check-in.

Crazy Acres Campground at Beaver Spring Lake
263 Beaver Spring Road
Davenport, NY 13750
607.278.5293
crazyacrescampground.com
Crazy acres may not have all of their facilities (playgrounds, pool, game room) available until it’s safe, but they do offer many socially distanced fun activities and special themed weekends that are sure to make your stay a blast!

Delaware County K.O.A.
242 Union Church Road
Franklin, NY 13775
800.562.7658
koa.com/campgrounds/unadilla
Open to RV’s with their own personal bathrooms. The campground’s bathrooms, rec room, playground and rental units will reopen when it is safe for guests and staff.

Camping Catskills

Photo courtesy of Dirt Road Camp

Dirt Road Camp
487 Dirt Road
Delancey, NY 13752
607.287.8148
dirtroadcamp.com
Dirt Road Camp is open and offering fully remote check-in! Guests get an acre (or three) all to themselves.

East Sidney Lake Park
4659 State Highway 357
Franklin NY 13775
607.829.6433
eastsidneylake.com
Hit the beach for camping, boating and picnicking today!

Guestward Ho Family Campgrounds
62 H Decker Road
Deposit NY, 13754
607.467.3246
guestwardho.com
Guestward Ho is open for the season, offering lakeside and lakeview campsites for all types of campers.

Harmony Hill Lodging & Retreat Center
694 McKee Hill Rd
East Meredith, NY 13757
607.278.6609
harmonyhillretreat.com
It’s easy to do social distancing while glamping in these thoroughly disinfected yurts located on 70 wooded acres. To help with the economic recovery, they currently offer discounts for folks wishing to stay a week or more.

Kingswood Campsite
1500 Hathaway Pond Road
Hancock, NY 13783
607.637.5401
kingswoodcampsite.org
Owned and operated by the New York Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church and featuring fully equipped campsites, Kingswood is opening for all campers on June 26, with special activities for social distancing.

Little Pond Campground & Day Use Area
549 Little Pond State Campground Road
Andes, NY 13731
845.439.5480
dec.ny.gov/outdoor/24478.html
Little Pond is now open for camping, hiking, swimming and more!

Peaceful Valley Campsite
485 Banker Rd
Downsville, NY 13755
607.363.2211
nypeacefulvalley.com
Peaceful Valley is open for RV camping and cabin rentals. For your safety, there is no tent camping at this time and the bath houses are closed until further notice.

Catskills Camping

Courtesy of Russel Brook Camps

Russell Brook Campsites
731 Russell Brook Rd
Roscoe, NY 12776
607.498.5416
russellbrook.com
The campsite is currently open to all campers.

Stony Creek Farmstead LLC
1738 Freer Hollow Road
Walton, NY 13856
607.865.7965
stonycreekfarmstead.com
Tent stays on a working farm.

Stratton Falls Campsites
2-169 Campsite Road
Roxbury, NY 12474
607.326.4224
strattonfalls.com
Now open with tent camping, RV sites and trailer rentals along the East Branch of the Delaware River.

Tall Pines Riverfront Campground & River Adventures
Tall Pines Ln
Bainbridge, NY 13733
607.563.8271
tallpinescampgroundny.com
Tall Pines is currently open and working hard to help keep you healthy & safe. Visit their website for all of the details on the precautionary measures they have in place. Please reserve your spot online or by phone before arrival and check in remotely on your phone using CampersAPP.

Welcome Outside


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Even during this crisis, we welcome you to get  outside and enjoy the fresh air of the Great Western Catskills. Hiking, walking, enjoying the outdoors. We just need you to do it carefully.  NYS Parks, trails, and grounds of historic sites remain open, please do your part to be mindful of current safety precautionsCheck out this handy guide to practice social distancing while getting some fresh air!

social distancing in the catskills

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/

West Kortright Centre Barn Tour


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One of the greatest ways to experience the Great Western Catskills is to get an insider glimpse of the gardens, barns and homes of Delaware County. Each year, The West Kortright Centre hosts a couple of fundraiser events that provide that perfect level of access. We are thrilled to announce that their next tour is coming up on Sunday, September 29th.

The West Kortright Centre will hold its third annual Barn Tour fundraiser from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm on that Sunday.  This year’s tour will guide visitors through spectacular landscapes in the Walton area to explore eight remarkable examples of agricultural architectural history.

West Kortirght Center Historic Barn Tour

Begin the tour at an immaculately restored three-story barn at 245 Budine Road, Walton. Travel back in time to a barn built in the early 20th century (on land settled by a Revolutionary War soldier and prisoner of war in 1808). Stop in for delicious ‘barn dance’ soup, cooked over a wood fire, at a barn raised just fifteen years ago that houses a unique collection of antique farming implements. Carry on through Walton’s bucolic hills to several ramp-style barns and one of the last working dairy farms in the region (where dozens of varieties of pumpkins and squash are for sale). Each barn on the tour has been carefully maintained by its present owner and is a testament to the skill and creativity of its builders.

All visitors must begin the tour between 11AM–1PM and end by 4PM; it will be held rain or shine.

Tickets for this event are $20 in advance or $23 at the first barn, to benefit The West Kortright Centre’s arts and community programs. For tickets and more information, call (607) 278-5454, or visit westkc.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.

Fly Fishing in the Catskills


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Fly fishing season in the Catskills opens on April 1 and continues until mid-October. Catskill Mountain waters have gained fame as the birthplace of American fly fishing, and to this day our waterways are home to some of the best fly fishing in the Northeast, visited by avid anglers from around the world. Varieties of trout and bass thrive in the peaceful environment of pristine mountains and clear, cold water. From the area’s vast reservoirs that compose the New York City Watershed, to numerous lakes, rivers, streams and ponds, there is an abundance of fly fishing hotspots around Delaware County. There’s no better destination to catch some fish!

Before you hang that “Gone Fishing” sign on your door and head out for a splendid day on the water, make sure to get a New York State fishing license and get familiar with Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) regulations. Find any gear you might need at one of our sporting goods specialty stores.

Now you’re ready to go out and find your way to one of our best and proudest fishing hot spots:

Aside from fly fishing, the stillwaters in our region yield great catches too. Try our lakes (Big Pond in Andes or Beaver Spring Pond in Davenport) or reservoirs (Cannonsville, Pepacton or East Sidney). To utilize the reservoirs, you’ll need an additional access permit.

Get an outdoor guide

If you’re not familiar with our waterways or fly fishing, or you just want the company of a seasoned angling expert on your fishing excursion, hiring a Catskills outdoor guide is a wonderful option. Get expert recommendations, personal lessons and an entirely customized experience with one of our many local guides.

More resources

NY Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife App for your smartphone
Delaware County special fishing regulations

Delaware County Fair 2019


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It’s almost that time of year for the annual Delaware County Fair in Walton, NY, the largest agricultural fair in the Great Western Catskills! Celebrating more than 133 years of history, over 80,000 people flock to enjoy the six-day spectacular every August. You won’t want to miss it — enjoy the 4-H livestock shows and public presentations including the adorable baby chicks. Enjoy the horse shows, the pony pull and the animal pavilion.

This year boats two large tents of vendors, more than 35 food vendors, Monday and Friday night demolition derbies and The Shots and The Bergin County Firefighters Pipe Band performing at 7pm on Saturday, August 17th with fireworks that evening.

Click here for the full schedule of events for this year.

 

 

Delaware County Fair
August 12-17, 2019
Fair Street
Walton, NY
www.delawarecountyfair.org

Headwaters History Days 2019


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Headwaters History Days 2019 is a weekend of events, exhibits, open houses and activities celebrating the history, culture, folklife and landscape of the Central Catskills.
 

Taking place on May 3rd, 4th and 5th, this marks the sixth year of highlighting the area’s rich history.

Visitors are invited  to explore 14 special sites across two counties.  Follow the East Branch of the Delaware River and its tributaries through the towns of Middletown and Roxbury in Delaware County.  Much of your journey will be along The Catskill Mountains Scenic Byway.

 
Museums, landmark structures and historic sites will be open to the public at no charge this weekend.  Special events include a vintage baseball game, two local history talks, guided visits to numerous historic sites, and a docent-led ride on the Delaware & Ulster Rail Road.  (Regular fares apply for the rail rides.)
 
In a talk at Skene Library, find out about the Fleischmann family’s connections to baseball, both here and in the wider world.  Learn all  about the rich local history at the Greater Fleischmanns Museum of Memories.
Joining Headwaters History Days for the first time this year, the Mountain Athletic Club will be playing baseball by the 1895 rules on the historic ball field on Wagner Avenue in Fleischmanns.
 
A special program at the Historical Society of the Town of Middletown will delve into the history of the Civilian Conservation Corps here in the Catskills.   There will be a nature walk to explore this CCC legacy immediately following the talk.
In Kelly Corners, watch a complex network of belts and pulleys power a sawmill in a 150-year-old barn at Hubbell Family Farm.  Visit the historic farm as well.  Then, visit the Pakatakan Farmers Market housed in the iconic Kelly Brothers Round Barn.
Climb the stairs of the Roxbury Methodist Church tower to see (and hear!) a venerable clock chime the hour.   Also new this year, the Old School Baptist Meeting House in the hills above Roxbury will be open for a visit. 

Headwaters History Days is a feast for those who love the Catskills and its colorful past!  History lives on the Catskill Mountains Scenic Byway!

Spotlight: Plattekill Mountain


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Spotlight: Plattekill

Ask anyone about Plattekill Mountain and certain phrases sneak into conversations. You often hear about the ski center’s easygoing, family-friendly feel and its owners who “keep it real.” Whether you’re there to snowboard in the winter, ride a mountain bike in the summer, or hang out in the 2-story lodge or outdoor patio at one of the concerts or events they host, “Plattekill just has a great vibe,” as skier Amy Beveridge of East Meredith puts it.

Annual pass holder Kim Riera of Bovina, who spends almost ever winter weekend on the mountain with her family, appreciates that she can feel comfortable letting her children ski the mountain on their own safely. “There are well-maintained trails for all levels, everything I want my children to experience. Parking is easy and everyone is friendly. It’s what keeps me coming back every year.”

“I don’t know if I want to tell everyone how fantastic Plattekill is because I don’t really want to get the word out there,” admits Jill LaFever of Bovina. “It’s a great local mountain that has short or no lift lines at all, and a welcoming small-town feel. I’ve skied it, snowtubed it, snowmobiled it and even snowshoed up it.” Snowmaking machines ensure the terrain is always right for any winter sport.

Mark Foster of Bovina appreciates that the versatile trail system offers challenges even for experienced skiers. “Plattekill has some of the best and most extreme downhill trails in the east.” An avid mountain-biker, Foster visits the mountain year-round, biking the trails and making a day of hanging out in Roxbury, a town he calls “a little gem with plenty to do.”

Plattekill hosts theme days, races, and parties throughout the year, such as the annual St. Platty’s Day and the late-winter Beach Party on the Deck, bringing food, local vendors, and live music to the mountain. They also host a free open-air summer concert series to enjoy while sitting out on a blanket or lawn chair with an option to buy dinner or take a chairlift ride. Their Columbus Day weekend event, Plattepalooza, invites the whole community to celebrate fall with great activities.

With its spectacular scenery, Plattekill has become a popular mountaintop wedding destination. Guests are escorted to the top by chair lift. Visitors are offered the chance to camp on the property in their own tents or Plattekill’s freestanding glamping site. Those who still can’t get enough of the mountain can rent the entire venue all for themselves – for a race, corporate event, summer camp, or any other event.

Visit Plattekill any time of year to see for yourself why locals and visitors have fallen in love with the mountain!

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.

Columbus Day Weekend 2018


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“The time of the falling of leaves has come again. Once more in our morning walk we tread upon carpets of gold and crimson, of brown and bronze, woven by the winds or the rains out of these delicate textures while we slept,” John Burroughs, the Falling of the Leaves.

Fall is one of our favorite seasons here in the Great Western Catskills as it is a time for us to celebrate and appreciate the bounty of all the things that make our region a magnificent place to vacation to or to call home. When planning a vacation or looking for things to do to celebrate Columbus Day Weekend this October, The Great Western Catskills will be hosting a variety of events that span from food festivals, pasture to table cooking workshops and dinners, and cider pressing demonstrations, to intimate music performances, guided fall hikes and river excursions just to name a few. The town of Roxbury, NY in particular will be hosting a variety of these events, beginning with a Pumpkin Decorating Activity with Markers, which will be held at the Roxbury General store on Saturday October 6th.  Please see below for a full list of the events that are occurring this Columbus Day Weekend in the Great Western Catskills!

 

Table to Farm Tours

Friday October 5th through Sunday October 7th, Table to Farm Tours will be hosting their popular farm tours throughout the area. Spend a day visiting local producers, taste and learn directly from the farmers; enjoy a delicious farm to table lunch or dinner and drink tour.  Table to Farm Tours will take you there departing from Roxbury General on Main Street in Roxbury.  You can book your tour here!

 

Friday, October 5th through Sunday, October 7th
Table to Farm Tours
info@tabletofarmtours.com
Roxbury, New York 12474

 

Touch a Truck

Friday October 5th from 4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m., this season’s final First Friday festivities presents: Touch a Truck on Main Street in Margaretville, NY. Bring your kids and get them a close glimpse of a variety of “Big Rigs” including apparatus from area fire departments! Call 845-586-4177

 

Friday, October 5th
Touch a Truck
4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Main Street
Margaretville, New York 12455

 

Cider Pressing at Bovina Valley Farms & Creamery

Photo by Bonnie Rockerfeller

On Saturday October 6 from 11:00a.m. to 3:oo p.m., the Livestock Foundation will be hosting a cider pressing demonstration at the Bovina Creamery located at 64 Creamery Road in Bovina Center, NY. Bring a bushel or less of apples for our wooded cider press, and you will be able to take home a couple of gallons of delicious fresh apple cider for you and your family to enjoy. Jugs will be provided and pressing is free! Keep up to date with this and all events that Livestock Foundation offers by visiting their website.

 

Saturday, October 6th
Cider Pressing at The Creamery
11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Bovina Valley Farms & Creamery
64 Creamery Road
Bovina Center, New York 13740

 

Taste of the Catskills

The Taste of the Catskills Festival is a family-friendly event that showcases the food, beer, crafts, and wine of our region on Saturday October 6 and Sunday October 7. With a variety of vendors including farmers, value-added food producers and restaurants, attendees learn how food travels from farm to fork during a fun-filled autumn weekend on the grounds of Maple Shade Farm, a family-run farm in Delhi, NY. There are lots of kids activities each day, as well as cooking, brewing and vintning workshops for adults. To learn more about the event or purchase tickets in advance, check out the Taste of the Catskills website.

 

Saturday, October 6th and Sunday, October 7th
Taste of the Catskills
10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Maple Shade Farm
2066 County Highway 18
Delhi, NY 13753

 

9th Annual Plattepalooza

Don’t miss Plattekill Mountain’s biggest event of the season: Plattepalooza Family Fall Festival, Saturday October 6th at the Plattekill Mountain Ski Center located at 469 Plattekill Road in Roxbury, NY. The 9th annual festival will feature live music, foliage chairlift rides, vendors, fall fare, beer garden, s’mores and an apple cider pressing. Kids activities include a free magic show at 1 p.m., bounce house and cornhole toss, as well as pumpkin painting, face painting and more. To view the schedule for this free event, check out their webpage.

 

Saturday, October 6th
9th Annual Plattepalooza
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Plattekill Mountain
469 Plattekill Road
Roxbury, NY 12474

 

Pasture to Plate: A Pork Butchery & Cooking Class with Eleanor Friedman

Spend the day with Eleanor Friedman of La Salumina learning pork butchery and cooking, followed by dinner at Delaware County FoodWorks+. The event will be held at Delaware County FoodWorks+ located at 27905 NY 28 in Andes, NY on Saturday October 6 from 9:00a.m.-9:30p.m. Eleanor Friedman, native New Yorker, apprenticed as a butcher and norcino (salami producer) in Siena, Italy, where she learned centuries old techniques with a focus to use high-quality, responsibly raised ingredients. Eleanor will be sharing her skills and offering an all-day workshop that includes a pork butchery demonstration, a comprehensive cooking class, and a delicious dinner featuring a wine pairing with wines from Wild Common Wine in Andes, NY. Event itinerary, dinner menu and ticket information can be found on the event website.

 

Saturday, October 6th
Pasture to Plate: A Pork Butchery & Cooking Class With Eleanor Friedman
9:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Delaware County Foodworks+
27905 New York 28
Andes, NY 13731

 

Pumpkin Decorating with Markers

Roxbury General will host Pumpkin Decorating with markers on Saturday October 6th.  Let your spooky creativity shine! Stop by the Roxbury General and decorate a pumpkin the easy way.  Learn more about Roxbury General by visiting their website.

 

Saturday, October 6th
Pumpkin Decorating with Markers
Roxbury General
53587 State Highway 30
Roxbury, NY 12474

 

Pepacton East Bike Tour

Catskills Lark in the Park Presents: “Pepacton East Bike Tour,” which will begin and end at the Shavertown Bridge Parking Lot on October 6 from 10:00a.m.-12:00p.m. Bike on the Back River Road (BWS Rts 8,9,10) along the Pepacton Reservoir from the Shavertown Bridge to the Old Stone Schoolhouse and back. Participants will meet at the eastern parking lot on the north side of the bridge. The course is a rolling blacktop road with low traffic and is suitable for road or hybrid bikes. Duration of the trip is 25 miles, or 2 hours. Participants should bring a bicycle, comfortable clothing, and their own water. Registration for this event is required, and can be done online at this webpage.

 

Saturday, October 6th
Pepacton East Bike Tour
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Shavertown Bridge
Andes, NY 13731

 

Paddle the Lower East Branch of the Delaware River

“Paddle the Lower East Branch of the Delaware River,” presented by this year’s Catskills Lark in the Park will be occurring October 6 from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., and begins at the top of the East Branch River across the street Al’s Sporting Goods store, which is located at 6964 River Road Downsville, NY 13755. Attendees of this event are welcomed to use their own kayaks or canoes or rent watercraft from Al’s Sporting Goods store. Participants will travel under the historic Downsville Covered Bridge which was built in 1854, and down river through farmland and gorgeous mountain bordered landscapes. You must register in advance for this event, and this can be done here.

 

Saturday, October 6th
Paddle the Lower East Branch of the Delaware River
9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Al’s Sporting Goods
6964 River Road
Downsville, NY 13755

 

Rock Rift Fire Tower Loop Hike

Another Catskills Lark in the Park event taking place this Columbus Day Weekend, will be the Rock Rift Fire Tower Loop Hike. Hikers will meet October 6 at 10:00 a.m. at the Rte. 268 Bridge in the town of Walton, NY for a beautiful hike up to a historic fire tower that keeps watch over the pristine Cannonsville Reservoir and wilderness below. Registration is required for this event, and can be done here. Hike leader Larry Blumberg can be contacted for any questions relating to this event by emailing him at: lblumberg@stny.rr.com.

 

Saturday, October 6th
Rock Rift Fire Tower Loop Hike
10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Rte. 268 Bridge
Walton, NY 13856

 

Inspired by the Land: Art Created by Conservation Easement Land Owners

The final Catskills Lark in the Park event that will be occurring Colmubus Day Weekend is “Inspired by the Land: Art Created by Conservation Easement Land Owners.” This gallery reception will be held on October 6 from 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. at the Erpf Gallery in the Catskill Center, located at 43355 NY-28 in Arkville, NY 12406. This exhibit will highlight the art, writing, photography and crafts which these protected lands inspired their landowners to create. Learn more about conservation easements and get inspired by the beauty of our region. No registration is required for this event, but you can check the event webpage here for more details.

 

Saturday, October 6th
Inspired by the Land: Art Created by Conservation Easement Land Owners
2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Catskill Center
43355 NY-28
Arkville, NY 12406

 

Hasbeens & Willbees Presents: Habibi

Hasbeens & Willbees presents an intimate evening of music with Habibi at our space located at 11 Delaware Ave Andes, NY 13731 on Sunday October 7, 2018 from 6:00p.m.-9:00p.m. Brooklyn based indie quartet Habibi were formed in the spring of 2011 and are best known for their collision of psych rock riffs and harmonious 60’s girl pop that has always served as an homage to the genre of Middle Eastern psych music. The New Yorker writes “Habibi blends Iranian roots with the band’s tasteful take on the Midwestern pop legacy.” You are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance which can be done by visiting the event webpage.

 

Sunday, October 7th
Hasbeens & Willbees Presents: Habibi
6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Hasbeens & Willbees
11 Delaware Ave
Andes, NY 13731

 

Mountaintop Yoga

Sunday October 7th at 9 a.m., start your day with Mountaintop Yoga, hosted at the peak of Plattekill Mountain Ski center located in Roxbury, NY. Rejuvenate your mind body and spirit as you take a beautiful ski lift ride to the mountain top where the class will be held.  Tickets are $20 per person, which includes the lift ride. For more details about this session, please visit their website.

 

Sunday, October 7th
Mountaintop Yoga
9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Plattekill Mountain
469 Plattekill Road
Roxbury, NY 12474

 

Fiddlers! 25th Anniversary

The Roxbury Arts Group presents: “Fiddlers! 25th Anniversary,” an autumn tradition in the Catskills, on Sunday October 7th from 12:00p.m.-7:00p.m. The first snap of autumn, the vibrant colors on the mountainside, and the scent of harvest means its time for fiddling, square dancing, fine homemade food, and world renowned folk musicians in Hilt & Stella Kelly Hall at the Roxbury Arts Center. This is a very special year and a wonderful way to conclude our Columbus Day Weekend celebrations as we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the beloved FIDDLERS! event. You can check out the list of performers, event schedule, and purchase tickets here.

 

Sunday, October 7th
Fiddlers! 25th Anniversary
12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
The Roxbury Arts Group
5025 Vega Mountain Rd
Roxbury, NY 12474

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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