eatPGH eats… the Catskills
This past weekend, I found myself in the Catskill Mountains of New York, about a 6 hour or so drive from Pittsburgh. If you’re looking for a quaint getaway in the mountains and are in for a long road trip, it’s a definite consideration.
I stayed at this fabulous little B&B called The North Branch Inn that also owns other B&Bs, The Arnold House and 9 River Road. I definitely recommend any of these properties, but my experience staying at The North Branch Inn was everything I wanted it to be and more. My room was located in The Library House, a 4-bedroom house with the largest rooms that slept two each and included claw foot bathtubs, an adorable seating area, porch swing, and fireplace.
The main house of the Inn has a full-service restaurant as well as a bar and a vintage two-lane bowling alley that is also home to the small kitchen. How fun?!
Food at the Inn as well as all of the cuisine that I dined on throughout the weekend was nothing short of exceptional. All ingredients are sourced locally and some of the freshest I’ve tasted. This is very reflective in the morning breakfast (that is included with your stay at the Inn). There’s a sign telling you where everything on the spread came from.
The Catskills are made up of little towns that are spread out. When you head into Livingston Manor, you’ll find a quaint downtown with a few shops, including the German bakery, Brandenburg Bakery, with a plethora of fresh pastries, breads, sandwiches, and baked good galore!
Besides hiking, kayaking, and fishing, there isn’t really must to do in the Catskills besides relax in the mountain air. If you are looking for an adventure, try a tour of some of the many breweries, wineries, and distilleries around. There’s Catskill Brewery in Livingston Manor, Roscoe Beer Co. in Roscoe producing a variety of beers, including one with coffee and their autumn special that’s made with roasted butternut squash, as well as their own root beer, and the Prohibition Distillery in Roscoe crafting, gin, vodka, and bourbon. Pro tip: grab some root beer and bourbon and create your own alcoholic root beer as you sit by the fire pit roasting smores. Good time.
On the weekend’s, there a little barbecue stand located in Roscoe Beer Co’s parking lot serving up some tasty pulled pork sandwiches and BBQ chicken. Grab some grub and head inside the brewery for a fabulous lunch.
On the way back to the PA border, you’ll find one of the Callicoon Farmer’s Market open on Sundays from 11 am – 2 pm, featuring a variety of vendors selling produce, baked goods, honey, crafts, kombucha, meats, and cheese. It’s a definite stop on you way back to PA.