Discover the Sullivan Catskills

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Curator’s statement

When most people talk about Upstate New York, they are speaking of the towns along the Hudson. But the Sullivan Catskills, located along the Delaware River, are way less touristy and just as beautiful. Since the turn of the century, vacationers have been coming here to relax and unwind. In 1969, the historic Woodstock music festival was held on Yasgar’s Farm in Bethel, NY. (No, it was not held in and had nothing to do with Woodstock, NY). Only 90 minutes from New York City, this area offers charming towns, natural beauty, excellent restaurants and farmers markets and great live music that make this area a truly special destination.

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Where to stay in Sullivan Catskills

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The Stickett Inn

A charming and rustic boutique inn situated in the center of Barryville, offering a cozy retreat amidst natural beauty.

The Blue Fox

Retro renovation of a classic 50's-style motel with a fabulous pool area and easy river access. The restaurant is a local favorite.

The Bradstan Boutique Hotel at The Eldred Preserve

A charming retreat nestled within the tranquil Eldred Preserve, offering a blend of rustic elegance and modern comfort for an unforgettable getaway.

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Things to do in Sullivan Catskills

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Narrowsburg captivates with its artistic spirit and riverside charm. Don't miss an afternoon of tubing at Skinner's Falls.

Callicoon is a nearby town known for its farmers markets, boutique shops and friendly atmosphere.

Enjoy water activities and relaxation by the shores of White Lake.

Delve into the history of the 1969 Woodstock Festival at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts. There are a variety of concerts held on the gorgeous grounds throughout the year. Big name acts are on the main stage and more intimate performances take place in the pavilion. The museum, featuring artifacts and the history of the '60s, is not to be missed.

Head to the Forestburgh Playhouse, the oldest operating summer theater in New York, for a captivating live theater performances in the heart of the Catskills.

Find inner peace through meditation and mindfulness at the Kadampa Meditation Center. They have a fantastic gift shop and cafe.

Fish, hike or simply unwind by the scenic 10 Mile River. It's the perfect spot to relax with a good book.

Barryville and Callicoon are known for their excellent farmer's markets. Stock up on local produce, artisanal crafts and more at these vibrant markets.

Learn about the iconic Western author, Zane Gray, at this museum dedicated to his life and work.

Feel the thrill of whitewater rafting on the Delaware River.

If you like to hike, the Watershed Trails in Port Jervis, offer a wealth of options. There are also hiking trails throughout the Delaware Water Gap, at Hacker's Falls, at the Minisink Battleground and along the Mongaup river.

The area is a biker's dream. Whether you are on a bicycle or a motorcycle, the Hawk's Nest is one of the most photographed and picturesque roads in America. Overall, the entire area is a paradise for two wheels.

Places to eat & drink in Sullivan Catskills

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Forage Pizza

Delight in a perfectly cooked pizza with inventive ingredients in Forestburg. BYOB.

The Laundrette

Savor farm-to-table cuisine and craft cocktails in a fun setting overlooking the river.

Henning’s Local

Experience gourmet cuisine in a charming setting. The popovers are amazing and try the trout!

The Heron

Specializing in dishes featuring local farm and artisanal producers in the Upper Delaware.   

The Tusten Cup

Stop in for breakfast or lunch with a delightful view of the river.

The Oasis

Discover Mexican flavors, a delightful bar scene and occasional karaoke.

Need to Know

For more travel tips, check out my guide, The Insider's Guide to Bologna.

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