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Melinda & Matilda’s Guide to the Catskills

Melinda & Matilda
Melinda & Matilda
Meðlimur síðan 2011
Melinda & Matilda

Melinda & Matilda’s Guide to the Catskills

Food scene
Yulan Country Store serves up affordable breakfast, lunch and dinner (currently from a pick-up window only) and is located just a few minutes' walk - or even quicker drive - down the road from us. They post their menus on their Facebook page every day. Open 7 am-7pm all days except on Sundays.
Yulan Country Store
218 Airport Road
Yulan Country Store serves up affordable breakfast, lunch and dinner (currently from a pick-up window only) and is located just a few minutes' walk - or even quicker drive - down the road from us. They post their menus on their Facebook page every day. Open 7 am-7pm all days except on Sundays.
It's a farmers' market down the street. What's not to like? Every Sat 10am-1pm through October.
Barryville Farmers' Market
3405 NY-97
It's a farmers' market down the street. What's not to like? Every Sat 10am-1pm through October.
In neighboring Eldred - a 5-minute drive from our house - you will find Shrewd Fox Brewery, a farm brewery offering crafted Ales, Lagers and dry hopped Ale-Ciders. Get some take-out food from Back to Bakers or Stickett Inn and bring it over to enjoy with your beer. After your meal, you can enjoy a game of cornhole.
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Shrewd Fox Brewery
552 State Rte 55
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In neighboring Eldred - a 5-minute drive from our house - you will find Shrewd Fox Brewery, a farm brewery offering crafted Ales, Lagers and dry hopped Ale-Ciders. Get some take-out food from Back to Bakers or Stickett Inn and bring it over to enjoy with your beer. After your meal, you can enjoy a game of cornhole.
Casual eatery Back to Bakers is located further up on Yulan-Barryville Rd, towards Barryville, just a two-minute drive or 15-minute walk from the house. Indoor and outdoor seating (under cute string lights). We're obsessed with their Irish Nachos.
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Back to Bakers
184 Barryville - Yulan Rd
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Casual eatery Back to Bakers is located further up on Yulan-Barryville Rd, towards Barryville, just a two-minute drive or 15-minute walk from the house. Indoor and outdoor seating (under cute string lights). We're obsessed with their Irish Nachos.
A small boutique hotel in Barryville with a restaurant. Outdoor seating or pick up. Their burritos are good and they make their own hard cider.
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The Stickett Inn
3380 Route 97
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A small boutique hotel in Barryville with a restaurant. Outdoor seating or pick up. Their burritos are good and they make their own hard cider.
Hip (Delaware) riverside spot for pizza and more in Narrowsburg. Delicious food. Might only offer take-out at the moment.
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The Laundrette
20 5th St
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Hip (Delaware) riverside spot for pizza and more in Narrowsburg. Delicious food. Might only offer take-out at the moment.
Popular restaurant on Narrowsburg's Main Street. Might only do take-out. Weather permitting, we recommend getting food from here and then bringing it down to the cliffs under the Narrowsburg Bridge for a riverside picnic.
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The Heron
40 Main Street
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Popular restaurant on Narrowsburg's Main Street. Might only do take-out. Weather permitting, we recommend getting food from here and then bringing it down to the cliffs under the Narrowsburg Bridge for a riverside picnic.
The tastiest pizza we've had in a long time. Outdoor seating or pickup.
Forage Pizza
2846 New York 42
The tastiest pizza we've had in a long time. Outdoor seating or pickup.
Location location location - this place has a very nice patio right on Lake Kauneonga. Check Yelp for what to order, we haven't had anything that we've been super excited about. The restaurant is a quick drive from Bethel Woods Center for the Arts and the original site of the 1969 Woodstock Music Festival.
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The Local Table and Tap
3 Horseshoe Lake Road
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Location location location - this place has a very nice patio right on Lake Kauneonga. Check Yelp for what to order, we haven't had anything that we've been super excited about. The restaurant is a quick drive from Bethel Woods Center for the Arts and the original site of the 1969 Woodstock Music Festival.
We can’t say enough good things about The Tusten Cup in Narrowsburg, a locally owned, super cute cafe. Delicious coffee, breakfast + lunch items, pastries and sweets. Many vegetarian and vegan options. Airy and modern yet cozy inside + outdoor seating with amazing views of the Delaware River.
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The Tusten Cup
25 Main St
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We can’t say enough good things about The Tusten Cup in Narrowsburg, a locally owned, super cute cafe. Delicious coffee, breakfast + lunch items, pastries and sweets. Many vegetarian and vegan options. Airy and modern yet cozy inside + outdoor seating with amazing views of the Delaware River.
A small-batch coffee roaster, tea importer and purveyor of local raw honey located in nearby Narrowsburg. Alas, we haven't made it to 2 Queens ourselves yet, but our friends swear by their organic, fair-trade coffee.
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2 Queens
104 Kirks Rd
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A small-batch coffee roaster, tea importer and purveyor of local raw honey located in nearby Narrowsburg. Alas, we haven't made it to 2 Queens ourselves yet, but our friends swear by their organic, fair-trade coffee.
We’re big fans of this place! Not only is the food delish, the decor is beyond! Their pastel booths are reason enough to visit. The pastries and bread are homebaked and the whole place smells absolutely divine. Everything we’ve had has been 👌and lunch items vary from day to day. Jeffersonville is a super cute little town that’s well worth the 30-minute drive from the cottage.
Jeffersonville Bake Shop
4906 NY-52
We’re big fans of this place! Not only is the food delish, the decor is beyond! Their pastel booths are reason enough to visit. The pastries and bread are homebaked and the whole place smells absolutely divine. Everything we’ve had has been 👌and lunch items vary from day to day. Jeffersonville is a super cute little town that’s well worth the 30-minute drive from the cottage.
Sightseeing
Pretty park right on Lake Superior. Come here to swim, picnic or rent a boat (only available during the summer).
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Lake Superior
342 Doctor Duggan Road
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Pretty park right on Lake Superior. Come here to swim, picnic or rent a boat (only available during the summer).
We didn't know much about the Woodstock Festival when we first started spending time in this area. Why was it called Woodstock for example when that town is nowhere near? The award-winning Museum at Bethel Woods - which is the original site of the 1969 festival - doesn't only tell the story of Woodstock, its 800-acre campus also includes an amphitheater, an indoor Event Gallery, and a Conservatory for arts education programming. In the fall, they also host a big Harvest Festival.
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Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
200 Hurd Road
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We didn't know much about the Woodstock Festival when we first started spending time in this area. Why was it called Woodstock for example when that town is nowhere near? The award-winning Museum at Bethel Woods - which is the original site of the 1969 festival - doesn't only tell the story of Woodstock, its 800-acre campus also includes an amphitheater, an indoor Event Gallery, and a Conservatory for arts education programming. In the fall, they also host a big Harvest Festival.
A quick 10-minute drive from the cottage, you will find the oldest existing wire suspension bridge in the US: the Roebling Bridge aka the Delaware Aqueduct. The bridge's engineer John A. Roebling, later designed the Brooklyn Bridge. There is a gorgeous path along the Delaware that starts at the base of the bridge. It's also a great place to view eagles.
Roebling Bridge
A quick 10-minute drive from the cottage, you will find the oldest existing wire suspension bridge in the US: the Roebling Bridge aka the Delaware Aqueduct. The bridge's engineer John A. Roebling, later designed the Brooklyn Bridge. There is a gorgeous path along the Delaware that starts at the base of the bridge. It's also a great place to view eagles.
A super pretty waterfall about 15 minutes from the cottage. There's a trail down to the falls.
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Shohola Falls
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A super pretty waterfall about 15 minutes from the cottage. There's a trail down to the falls.
It's a 30-minute drive to this tall waterfall with observation platforms and a trail to the top.
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Raymondskill Falls
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It's a 30-minute drive to this tall waterfall with observation platforms and a trail to the top.
It's kind of wild that there's an internationally renowned Buddhist World Peace Temple just 15 minutes from our cottage. Under normal circumstances, they offer meditation classes, study programs and retreats but due to Covid, the temple is closed. Lucklily, the beautiful 82 wooded acres are open and we recommend going there to hike the nature trails and enjoy a picnic in the outdoor seating areas. There's an outdoor café and coffee bar that might be open - check their website for updated info.
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Kadampa Meditation Center New York
47 Sweeney Road
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It's kind of wild that there's an internationally renowned Buddhist World Peace Temple just 15 minutes from our cottage. Under normal circumstances, they offer meditation classes, study programs and retreats but due to Covid, the temple is closed. Lucklily, the beautiful 82 wooded acres are open and we recommend going there to hike the nature trails and enjoy a picnic in the outdoor seating areas. There's an outdoor café and coffee bar that might be open - check their website for updated info.
City/town information
We love Narrowsburg! Maybe because it reminds us of our NYC neighborhood: there are cute shops and restaurants and it's perfect for a leisurely afternoon stroll. It's ridiculously picturesque, the town sits right on the Delaware River, and there are several spots to swim (eg right under the bridge from the cliffs). A 20-minute drive from us.
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Narrowsburg
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We love Narrowsburg! Maybe because it reminds us of our NYC neighborhood: there are cute shops and restaurants and it's perfect for a leisurely afternoon stroll. It's ridiculously picturesque, the town sits right on the Delaware River, and there are several spots to swim (eg right under the bridge from the cliffs). A 20-minute drive from us.
Barryville sits right on the Delaware River - it's gorgeous. Rent a kayak, raft or go ziplining. There are also a few eagle-viewing spots. You will also find several restaurants, a small boutique hotel and the Bang Bang Bar (NY State tasting room), ice cream shop, gourmet grocery store, farmers market, antique shops, and pottery studio. A quick walk across the bridge to Shohola, PA, you can visit a dive bar and historic bowling alley.
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Barryville
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Barryville sits right on the Delaware River - it's gorgeous. Rent a kayak, raft or go ziplining. There are also a few eagle-viewing spots. You will also find several restaurants, a small boutique hotel and the Bang Bang Bar (NY State tasting room), ice cream shop, gourmet grocery store, farmers market, antique shops, and pottery studio. A quick walk across the bridge to Shohola, PA, you can visit a dive bar and historic bowling alley.
Another incredibly cute rivertown in the foothills of the Catskills. We've mostly spent time in Callicoon Creek Park, which is a nice area to picnic, sun bathe, read a book, and more right on the Delaware. Perfect for kids. Through the end of November, the Farmers' Market sets up here every Sunday. In Callicoon, you'll also find restaurants, galleries, shops, and even a movie theater (closed now due to Covid). A 30-minute drive from us.
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Callicoon
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Another incredibly cute rivertown in the foothills of the Catskills. We've mostly spent time in Callicoon Creek Park, which is a nice area to picnic, sun bathe, read a book, and more right on the Delaware. Perfect for kids. Through the end of November, the Farmers' Market sets up here every Sunday. In Callicoon, you'll also find restaurants, galleries, shops, and even a movie theater (closed now due to Covid). A 30-minute drive from us.
We love to just stroll around in Smallwood, a mountain lake community with log cabins from the 30s. To walk around the lake takes about 40 minutes. You can park by the beach. There is also a gorgeous waterfall and forest area, a perfect picnic spot. Park by the Forest Reserve and make a right at the creek and follow it up to the waterfall. If you follow the creek in the other direction from the parking lot, you'll find a nice hike in the forest. From the parking lot, you walk through the outdoor gym area and then into the forest and across the creek, then make a right and walk along the creek.
Smallwood
We love to just stroll around in Smallwood, a mountain lake community with log cabins from the 30s. To walk around the lake takes about 40 minutes. You can park by the beach. There is also a gorgeous waterfall and forest area, a perfect picnic spot. Park by the Forest Reserve and make a right at the creek and follow it up to the waterfall. If you follow the creek in the other direction from the parking lot, you'll find a nice hike in the forest. From the parking lot, you walk through the outdoor gym area and then into the forest and across the creek, then make a right and walk along the creek.
Hiking Trails
Mongaup River Trail is a little under 2 miles (ie kid-friendly) and there are many beautiful spots to stop along the river. A 20-minute drive from the cottage.
Mongaup River Trail
Mongaup River Trail is a little under 2 miles (ie kid-friendly) and there are many beautiful spots to stop along the river. A 20-minute drive from the cottage.
Our favorite hike! A nice loop which halfway reaches the summit of Tusten Mountain. Bring coffee and sandwich or snack to enjoy on the top. You'll find the historic Stone Arch Bridge and beautiful Ten Mile River right at the start of the trail. A quick 13-minute drive from the cottage.
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Tusten Mountain Trail
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Our favorite hike! A nice loop which halfway reaches the summit of Tusten Mountain. Bring coffee and sandwich or snack to enjoy on the top. You'll find the historic Stone Arch Bridge and beautiful Ten Mile River right at the start of the trail. A quick 13-minute drive from the cottage.
These three, kid-friendly trails are only 10 minutes from the cottage. The 57-acre Minisink Battleground Park is located on the site of a Revolutionary War battle, the only one fought in the Upper Delaware Region.
Minisink Battleground Park
These three, kid-friendly trails are only 10 minutes from the cottage. The 57-acre Minisink Battleground Park is located on the site of a Revolutionary War battle, the only one fought in the Upper Delaware Region.
In Smallwood, a mountain lake community with log cabins from the 40s, there are several trails in the nearby beautiful forest. From the Forest Reserve parking lot, walk through the outdoor gym area and then into the forest and across the creek, then make a right and walk along the creek - it will take you into another forest where there are several beautiful trails. If you follow the creek in the other direction from the parking lot, you will find a really gorgeous waterfall. You can also park by the beach at Smallwood and walk around the lake, it takes about 40 minutes. Smallwood is a 20-minute drive from the cottage.
Forest Reserve At Smallwood
In Smallwood, a mountain lake community with log cabins from the 40s, there are several trails in the nearby beautiful forest. From the Forest Reserve parking lot, walk through the outdoor gym area and then into the forest and across the creek, then make a right and walk along the creek - it will take you into another forest where there are several beautiful trails. If you follow the creek in the other direction from the parking lot, you will find a really gorgeous waterfall. You can also park by the beach at Smallwood and walk around the lake, it takes about 40 minutes. Smallwood is a 20-minute drive from the cottage.
There are a few different shorter loops at this 300-acre nature preserve across the Delaware River in Pennsylvania. A 20-minute drive from the cottage.
Cornelia & Florence Bridge Nature Preserve
983 Twin Lakes Road
There are a few different shorter loops at this 300-acre nature preserve across the Delaware River in Pennsylvania. A 20-minute drive from the cottage.
It's a 20-minute drive to this 1.3 mile-long forest trail in Beach Lake, PA just across from Narrowsburg. Our kid likes to climb trees here and climb on the rocks.
Damascus Forest Trail
109 Maccubbins Rd
It's a 20-minute drive to this 1.3 mile-long forest trail in Beach Lake, PA just across from Narrowsburg. Our kid likes to climb trees here and climb on the rocks.
Cobey Pond Trail is a 2.2-mile long loop trail around a lake. Bring a picnic to enjoy on the jetty.
Cobey Pond Trail
Cobey Pond Trail is a 2.2-mile long loop trail around a lake. Bring a picnic to enjoy on the jetty.
Hickock Brook Multiple Use Area is a 10-minute drive from the cottage in neighboring Eldred. We always park at the first spot just off Barker Road and walk down to the pond and back. But there are several trails, even though they're no well maintained. There is supposedly one around the pond (1.9 miles).
Hickok Brook Multiple Use Area
Barker Road
Hickock Brook Multiple Use Area is a 10-minute drive from the cottage in neighboring Eldred. We always park at the first spot just off Barker Road and walk down to the pond and back. But there are several trails, even though they're no well maintained. There is supposedly one around the pond (1.9 miles).
Winter Activities
This will be our first winter here so we haven't been, but Masthope Mountain being so near (20-minute drive) was one reason we bought the cottage. We can't wait to go skiing, snowboarding and snowtubing! The resort opens for the season in mid-December.
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Ski Big Bear at Masthope Mountain
192 Karl Hope Boulevard
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This will be our first winter here so we haven't been, but Masthope Mountain being so near (20-minute drive) was one reason we bought the cottage. We can't wait to go skiing, snowboarding and snowtubing! The resort opens for the season in mid-December.
This will be our first winter in the Catskills, so we can't personally vouch for this place, but we have it on our own must-try list. We grew up going cross-country skiing in Sweden - it was even part of the school curriculum (as winter-time PE) -and today we learned that it's dubbed "Nordic skiing." It all makes sense now :)
High Point Cross Country Ski Center
1480 New Jersey 23
This will be our first winter in the Catskills, so we can't personally vouch for this place, but we have it on our own must-try list. We grew up going cross-country skiing in Sweden - it was even part of the school curriculum (as winter-time PE) -and today we learned that it's dubbed "Nordic skiing." It all makes sense now :)
We haven't been but this place is about 30 minutes from us and offers cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, hiking and more. Very good reviews. Open daily, call 845-747-4449 for more info.
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Walnut Mountain Park
73 Walnut Mountain Rd
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We haven't been but this place is about 30 minutes from us and offers cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, hiking and more. Very good reviews. Open daily, call 845-747-4449 for more info.
This will be our first winter in the Catskills so we haven't been but it's on our list of things to check out. The resort offers alpine skiing and tubing, about 30 minutes from the cottage. Tel: 845-796-3161.
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Holiday Mountain Ski & Fun
99 Holiday Mountain Road
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This will be our first winter in the Catskills so we haven't been but it's on our list of things to check out. The resort offers alpine skiing and tubing, about 30 minutes from the cottage. Tel: 845-796-3161.
Farms & Animals
We haven't been but it's on our must-try list. Our six-year old is upset we haven't gotten around to it.
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Buck Brook Alpacas
99 Bestenheider Rd
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We haven't been but it's on our must-try list. Our six-year old is upset we haven't gotten around to it.
We were thrilled to find out there’s a family-run organic apple orchard in Sullivan County, not too far from us. The farm also has free-roaming pigs and chicken. The apple U-pick is open from August through November.
Majestic Farm
111 Majestic Rd
We were thrilled to find out there’s a family-run organic apple orchard in Sullivan County, not too far from us. The farm also has free-roaming pigs and chicken. The apple U-pick is open from August through November.
Vanderbeek Farm in Hawley, a little under 20 minutes from us, is a year-round horse boarding facility offering horse riding. We haven’t been yet but the reviews are good.
Vanderbeek Farm
Vanderbeek Farm in Hawley, a little under 20 minutes from us, is a year-round horse boarding facility offering horse riding. We haven’t been yet but the reviews are good.