How To Spend A Long Weekend In Quaint Margaretville, NY in Travel Awaits

by Barbara Winard

As you enter Margaretville via a small bridge over the Delaware River in the western Catskills, you’ll encounter a kind of Brigadoon, a charming town with an eclectic mixture of old and new: shops, restaurants, antique stores, art galleries, markets, and a growing art community.

There’s more than enough in Margaretville, New York, to entertain day-trippers, weekenders, or those looking for longer stays. And while some would say that, with a population below 600 and a length of about .7 of a mile, Margaretville would not exactly qualify as a hub, it is actually the largest village in the heart of the Catskill Mountains Scenic Byway, a 52-mile path that includes such towns as Phoenicia, Pine Hill, Shandaken, Middletown, and Andes, as well as the villages of Fleischmanns and Margaretville.

Margaretville is about 140 miles from New York City, which should take a little less than three hours by car. The fastest route is I-87 north to Kingston and then Route 28 west to Margaretville. The best bus route is via Trailways and takes about 4 and a half hours, with a change in Kingston, New York.

You can successfully navigate Margaretville without a car. There are inns, restaurants, and shops within walking distance from the Trailways bus stop. However, if you do want to explore some other charming towns and areas of natural beauty, Sensible Car Rental is steps away from the Trailways bus stop.

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