Melinda & Matilda’s Guide to the Catskills

Melinda & Matilda
Melinda & Matilda
Melinda & Matilda’s Guide to the Catskills

Food scene

The tastiest pizza we've had in a long time. Outdoor seating or pickup.
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Forage Pizza
2846 New York 42
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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 White Lake. We love the fish and chips! 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 White Lake. We love the fish and chips! The restaurant is a quick drive from Bethel Woods Center for the Arts and the original site of the 1969 Woodstock Music Festival.
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.
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.
Yulan Country Store serves up affordable breakfast, lunch and dinner (currently from a pick-up window only) and is located in Yulan. 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 in Yulan. They post their menus on their Facebook page every day. Open 7 am-7pm all days except on Sundays.
A cute farmers' market right in the center of Barryville, close to the Delaware River. Try the Grizzly Bagels! Every Sat 10am-1pm through October.
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Barryville Farmers' Market
3405 NY-97
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A cute farmers' market right in the center of Barryville, close to the Delaware River. Try the Grizzly Bagels! Every Sat 10am-1pm through October.
In Eldred, a 15-minute drive from the bungalow, 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 Eldred, a 15-minute drive from the bungalow, 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.
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 drive from the bungalow.
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Jeffersonville Bake Shop
4906 NY-52
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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 drive from the bungalow.
Casual eatery Back to Bakers is located between Yulan and Barryville. Indoor and outdoor seating (under cute string lights). We're obsessed with their Irish Nachos. On Tuesdays, they have Taco night with good deals on Mexican fare.
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Back to Bakers
184 Barryville - Yulan Rd
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Casual eatery Back to Bakers is located between Yulan and Barryville. Indoor and outdoor seating (under cute string lights). We're obsessed with their Irish Nachos. On Tuesdays, they have Taco night with good deals on Mexican fare.
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.
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.
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.

Sightseeing

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.
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).
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
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 in Pennsylvania. There's a trail down to the falls.
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Shohola Falls
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A super pretty waterfall in Pennsylvania. There's a trail down to the falls.
Raymondskill Falls is majestic - so pretty and tall (actually consisting of three tiers)! There are two observation platforms and a few different trails, so the falls are easy to access. On your way, make sure to check out cute Delaware river town Milford, PA.
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Raymondskill Falls
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Raymondskill Falls is majestic - so pretty and tall (actually consisting of three tiers)! There are two observation platforms and a few different trails, so the falls are easy to access. On your way, make sure to check out cute Delaware river town Milford, PA.
It's kind of wild that there's an internationally renowned Buddhist World Peace Temple up here. They offer meditation classes, study programs and retreats and 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 up here. They offer meditation classes, study programs and retreats and 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 to just stroll around in our little lake community with mostly log cabins from the 30s and 40s. To walk around the lake takes about 40 minutes. We also have a gorgeous waterfall and forest reserve with hiking trails (see 'Forest Reserve' under 'Swimming Spots'.) To access the hiking trails, 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 and you will find the different trails.
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Smallwood
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We love to just stroll around in our little lake community with mostly log cabins from the 30s and 40s. To walk around the lake takes about 40 minutes. We also have a gorgeous waterfall and forest reserve with hiking trails (see 'Forest Reserve' under 'Swimming Spots'.) To access the hiking trails, 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 and you will find the different trails.
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.
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.
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.

Hiking Trails

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.
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Forest Reserve At Smallwood
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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.
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.
The Neversink River has been designated as one of the 75 "Last Great Places" throughout the US, Latin America and the Pacific regions of the world by the Nature Conservancy. The 6,580-acre area features a spectacular gorge and several waterfalls, Denton Falls, Mullet Brook Falls and High Falls - a great hiking (and supposedly paddling and fishing) destination. There are three trails: - Cold Spring Road Access Trailhead provides hiking access to the Neversink River on the RED marked trail. From the parking lot the river is about 3 miles. - Katrina Falls Trailhead provides access to the Mullet Brook loop about 5 miles on the BLUE marked trail. Also accessible from this point is the trail to High Falls; about 3 miles on the BLUE marked trail. - Wolf Brook Trailhead can also be used to access the Mullet Brook Loop and High Falls Trail.
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Neversink River Unique Area
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The Neversink River has been designated as one of the 75 "Last Great Places" throughout the US, Latin America and the Pacific regions of the world by the Nature Conservancy. The 6,580-acre area features a spectacular gorge and several waterfalls, Denton Falls, Mullet Brook Falls and High Falls - a great hiking (and supposedly paddling and fishing) destination. There are three trails: - Cold Spring Road Access Trailhead provides hiking access to the Neversink River on the RED marked trail. From the parking lot the river is about 3 miles. - Katrina Falls Trailhead provides access to the Mullet Brook loop about 5 miles on the BLUE marked trail. Also accessible from this point is the trail to High Falls; about 3 miles on the BLUE marked trail. - Wolf Brook Trailhead can also be used to access the Mullet Brook Loop and High Falls Trail.
Mongaup River Trail is a little under 2 miles (ie kid-friendly) and there are many beautiful spots to stop along the river.
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Mongaup River Trail
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Mongaup River Trail is a little under 2 miles (ie kid-friendly) and there are many beautiful spots to stop along the river.
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.
There are three, kid-friendly trails in the 57-acre Minisink Battleground Park. It is located on the site of a Revolutionary War battle, the only one fought in the Upper Delaware Region.
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Minisink Battleground Park
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There are three, kid-friendly trails in the 57-acre Minisink Battleground Park. It is located on the site of a Revolutionary War battle, the only one fought in the Upper Delaware Region.
A 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
A 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.
Hickock Brook Multiple Use Area is located in 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 located in 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).
There are a few different shorter loops at this 300-acre nature preserve across the Delaware River in Pennsylvania.
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.

Winter Activities

We haven't been, but we've heard many good things about it and can't wait to go skiing, snowboarding and snowtubing here! 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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We haven't been, but we've heard many good things about it and can't wait to go skiing, snowboarding and snowtubing here! The resort opens for the season in mid-December.
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 :)
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High Point Cross Country Ski Center
1480 New Jersey 23
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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 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 offers cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, hiking and more. Very good reviews. Open daily, call 845-747-4449 for more info.
This is a quick 15-20-minute drive from the bungalow and perfect for families (our kid loved the bunny slope). It's a smaller resort that offers alpine skiing and tubing. Tel: 845-796-3161.
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Holiday Mountain Ski & Fun
99 Holiday Mountain Road
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This is a quick 15-20-minute drive from the bungalow and perfect for families (our kid loved the bunny slope). It's a smaller resort that offers alpine skiing and tubing. Tel: 845-796-3161.

Farms & Animals

We haven't been but it's on our must-try list. Our kid 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 kid 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 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 is a year-round horse boarding facility offering horse riding. We haven’t been yet but the reviews are good.