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Foliage And Hicksters: A Trip To Western Sullivan County

The view from the Heron
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The view from the Heron Van V./Foursquare

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I should have been distracted by the utterly stunning view of the Delaware River from the deck at The Heron in Narrowsburg, but I was too busy people watching. At the table next to me were twenty-something’s who looked as if they were plucked off the set of Girls. The restaurant was filled with varying Brooklyn-types, but this wasn’t surprising since the area is home to a community of second homeowners.

Despite the influx of tote bag carrying weekenders and “hicksters,” this part of western Sullivan County, bordering the picturesque Pennsylvania’s Pocono mountain region and just a little over two hours from the city, is a hybrid of culture and country, which is often only found in areas most people can’t afford to spend a night.

WHAT TO DO Autumnal leaf changing makes the drive up Rt. 97 also known as Upper Delaware Scenic Byway along the river even more spectacular. You can still enjoy the last bits of warm weather and take advantage of the many outdoor activities on the river and through hiking trails.

Spend an afternoon canoeing or rafting on the Delaware through Landers River Trips in Narrowsburg. For those who aren’t afraid of heights, see the colorful leaves while zip ling at Kittatinny in Barryville. For a scenic hike, off Rt .97 about five miles from Narrowsburg is the Tutsen Mountain Trail.

If you’re looking for a less active weekend, Bethel Woods Center has a museum and many events slated for the fall, and just a short drive away. The area is also home to many shops, galleries and theaters. Delaware Valley Arts Alliance is a great resources for local arts and events, including the Big Eddy Film festival from September 19-21st at the Tutsen Theater.

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A drink at The Heron (Valerie J./Foursquare)

Nights are quiet in this area, you can see "The Masque of the Red Death” an original music-drama based on a Edgar Allen Poe story from Nov 7-9th at the Tutsen Theater or head to Callicoon to see a flick at their old school movie theater.

WHERE TO EAT: It’s quality not quantity in this region. While you won’t be saturated with dining options, but with restaurants like The Heron serving up brunch and dinner with local farm fresh products, you’ll fall in love with the American fare on the menu. Weather permitting sit on the deck and take in the views while sipping iced coffee from a mason jar. Despite the thirty-minute bake time, order a side of mac n cheese.

In Eldred, indulge in a dinner at Hennings Local the varying menu of all fresh food and local ingredients will satisfy any foodie palate. If you want sandwiches to take on a hike or some muffins for breakfast, stop by The River Market in Barryville for a selection of take out food.


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Stickett Inn
WHERE TO STAY:The Stickett Inn

on Rt. 97 across the street from the River Market in Barryville has four two room suites. Prices start at $125 a night. Airbnb has everything from cabins to homes in Narrowsburg and the surrounding area. Or head to the Ledges Hotel, a former factory turned boutique hotel in Hawley, PA for a bit of luxury and fantastic views.

Alison Lowenstein, Gothamist Getaways editor, is the author of NYC guidebooks, and travel articles for National Geographic Traveler, Newsday, NY Daily News, Travelandleisure.com, etc. When she isn’t planning trips, she enjoys jogging around the streets of NYC. Despite her athletic pursuits, her favorite food is the donut. You can find her on Twitter at @cityweekendsnyc

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