A Catskills Weekender: Livingston Manor, NY
I used to think mountain and country vacations were lame. I was convinced the only vacation was a beach vacation. As time went on, I kept getting invited to the Catskills for various weddings and gatherings and after a couple trips, I was hooked! There’s something pretty solid about all the open space, lush greenery, fresh mountain air, and chilly swimming holes that convinces you that not being squished on a hot beach with only one foot of space in between you and the next person is a pretty good deal.
Another great thing about current Catskills life if the increasing number of stylish renovated inns, motels and guesthouses that have been popping up over the last few years. The Arnold House in Livingston Manor began it’s life over 100 years ago and after various incarnations it’s now an updated country retreat on seven acres at the foot of Shandelee Mountain. It manages to capture the 50s and 60s heyday of Catskills fun with it’s retro lounge area and wood paneled Tavern restaurant without seeming too dated. The Tavern restaurant was great too… not too fancy, not too country and a nice mix of hotel guests (there’s only 9 rooms) and locals hanging at the bar. I think I ate all my dinners there that weekend. When I went in June, they even had a live rock and roll cover band in the barn and bonfires at night which added to the homespun charm.
When I wasn’t hanging out at The Arnold House, I made my way to downtown Livingston Manor for coffee and pastries at Brandenburg Bakery and Main Street Farm, followed by a beer tasting at the local Catskills Brewery. The brewery has a small bar area where you can try a flight of all their beers for cheap, popcorn included. After the brewery, I headed to Roscoe Beer Company, it’s another local brewery about a 15-20 minute drive away in Roscoe, NY with a cool fish tank full of trout in the bar area and a self serve tap wall! The last stop on my afternoon crawl was the impressive Prohibition Distillery in Roscoe. They make all their own spirits in the back and will give you a free tasting and a quick tour of the process.
Despite what it seems, I did not spend my whole weekend drinking and eating. On the way back to NY, I managed to squeeze in a fun and easy 4 mile round trip hike in the Basha Kill Wildlife Area in Wurtsboro, NY. The Basha Kill is a 2,000 acre protected wetland area where you can hike, kayak, fish and hunt. I hiked along the wetlands on an old rail trail, but I saw a lot of people kayaking and exploring the waterways which looked pretty awesome. There are a lot of entrances if you are walking in, but if you are driving set your GPS to the Bashakill Vineyards Winery where you’ll find public parking across the street.
All in all, there’s plenty to do in and around Livingston Manor for you to make the most out of another wonderful weekend in the Catskills!
The Arnold House
839 Shandelee Rd, Livingston Manor, NY 12758 | 845-439-5070
672 Old Rte 17 Livingston Manor, NY 12758 | 845-439-1232
10 Union St Roscoe NY 12776 | 607-498-4511
Roscoe Beer Co.
145 Rockland Rd Roscoe, NY 12776 | 607-290-5002
66 Main St Livingston Manor, NY 12758 | 845-439-0200
Main Street Farm
49 Main Street, Livingston Manor, NY 12758 | 845-439-4309
Basha Kill Wildlife Area
*Set GPS for the BashaKill Vineyards at 1131 South Road, Wurtsboro