Things to do
Things to do in the Catskills
FOOD & DRINK
Delicious diner food and hip scene. Great place to stop for brunch on the way out of town. Hwy 28.
Delicious food in a quirky but upscale environment. Good for group dinners but make reservations in advance. Roast s’mores over the outdoor fire pit and seating in the summer months. Closed Tues and Weds and located on Hwy 28.
Table on Ten
Incredible pizza in an old house with outdoor tables for groups located a scenic 30 minutes away in Bloomville, NY.
Brushland Eating House
A newish and lovely farm-to-table restaurant in Bovina (one of the best pork chops I’ve ever had!). Make reservations before visiting.
Wayside Cider Taproom
Great place to spend a summer afternoon with groups enjoying their homegrown cider, a nice beer selection, cocktails, and yummy snacks.
Lazy Crazy Acres
This farm and CSA hosts outdoor pizza nights on Saturdays in summer and fall. Also hayrides and special events around Halloween.
Union Grove Distillery in Arkville
This is a brand spankin’ new distillery with a taproom near the Shell House. They offer tours and tastings in the summer.
The Bull and Garland
Charming and delicious British fare in an equally lovely old house.
Local homecooked greasy spoon. Great for hangovers but not great for large groups.
Cooperstown is about an hour and a half away but they often have great summer events and festivals that would be worth the drive.
Yellow Deli, Oneonta
If you ever wanted to have a sandwich made by some actual cult members (specifically the Twelve Tribes) this is your chance. Oneonta is a cute town about an hour away.
Just 10 minutes away! Skiing, outdoor activities, some of the best mountain biking trails in NY state, and special events.
Skiing, outdoor activities, lake beach, and a music festival every weekend during the summer.
Swimming hole and kayaking
Susan’s Pleasant Pheasant Farm in neighboring Halcottsville has kayaking rentals and they will happily point you towards the free private swimming hole they maintain. Please be respectful!
Catskill Mountain Club Hiking
20 suggested hikes from the Catskill Mountain Club ranging from easy to difficult. Balsam Lake Mountain Fire Tower is a 7 mi hike with great views about 30 minutes away.
Hiking in Big Indian
We recommend the giant ledge trail if you are looking for something moderate and under four hours with a nice view. But there are a ton of trails that branch off from this point. It’s about 25 minutes away near Phoenicia.
Mine Kill State Park
Disc golf, waterfall, boating on the dam, and pleasant short and moderate hikes.
Join Catskill Fungi on local walks exploring edible mushrooms and learn how to safely pick and cultivate your own mushrooms.
Tubing in Phoenicia, Esopus Creek
I’ve heard it’s kinda gnarly if you aren’t prepared for a challenge and the water level is low. But definitely sounds fun.
Catskills scenic mountain bike trail
26 miles from Roxbury to Bloomville.
SHOPPING & NEARBY
Delaware Scenic Railroad
Take an old timey train ride around the Catskills. Especially popular in the fall and they also have special events like a Train Robbery re-enactment (!) and ‘Twilight on the Rails’ blues and R&B party on labor day weekend. From the Shell House we can hear the train whistle periodically through the mountains.
Roxbury Arts Group
Performances, concerts, workshops, exhibits, and grants.
Rick’s Barn Antiques
Nearby on hwy 30. Some good finds (like the NY state map we have in the middle room!).
Organization doing important work to protect the Catskills environment and foster cultural and economic well-being. They host events and art shows at their space in Arkville.
A nice shop to stop in, look around, and have a good coffee. Hwy 28.
Honestly I have no idea. But you can’t miss it. Hwy 28.
Kabinett & Kammer
‘A contemporary curiosity shop of antiques, natural wonders and art. A medical, botanical and zoological design resource.’ Located in Andes across from Wayside Cider.
All the cabin aesthetic you’ve ever dreamed of. Hwy 28.
Funky hotel inspired by the Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo, California. Ask for a tour!
Bottle King on Hwy 17
Great stop to stock up on booze and snacks. They have an amazing selection of beer, wine, and liquor. Ramsey, NJ.
Seriously incredible meats and produce. Try the delicious tiramisu to-go. On the way up from NYC on hwy 28.
Local and delicious cheeses and delicacies on hwy 28
Foodtown of Margaretville
This is the closest grocery store and it’s pretty decent. It’s also next to a CVS and BUN ‘N CONE.
Pakatakan Farmer’s Market
Only open until 2pm on Saturdays. Lots of local sellers including Wayside Ciders. Hwy 28.
Roxbury wine & spirits
Super nice people and great selection of wine and liquor.