Things to do in Narrowsburg, NY

Matthew Bradford

It’s no secret that upstate New York is full of charming little towns that are packed with great restaurants, unique general stores, and other wonderful country experiences. While you’re probably familiar with the Hudson Valley, this spring the perfect small-town getaway awaits farther west in Sullivan County.

Nestled along the Delaware River and on the New York-Pennsylvania border, Sullivan County is home to many charming riverside hamlets. One that stands out in particular: Narrowsburg, New York. With a population of just 269 and a main street that stretches just 528 feet, this tiny town in the western Catskills offers the perfect base from which to explore the leafy surroundings. (In a past life, Narrowsburg was the favorite resting place for lumberjacks as they hauled lumber from upstate to larger markets in New Jersey and Philadelphia; today it’s the focal point from the Route 97 Scenic Byway, which meanders along the water.)

When you’re not exploring nature, entertainment in town includes unique home décor shops run by alumni vogue staff members and the wife of a certain favorite 13 Ongoing 30 movie star, as well as gourmet pizzas, snacks and breakfast sandwiches. And if you’re visiting for more than a few days, there’s also fun to be had in nearby Cochecton and Callicoon, as well as across the water in Honesdale, PA.

So if you’re looking for the perfect spring getaway in a small town in the Catskills, know that you can end your search here. We’ve rounded up the best restaurants, shops, and things to do in Narrowsburg, New York, and even included some truly delicious accommodations so you can extend your stay or keep coming back!

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Take a cup

Open seven days a week, Tusten Cup is a staple for strong coffee and hearty egg sandwiches. Prepare your order—the Balsamic Truffle Shuffle is particularly mouth-watering—and enjoy morning views of the Delaware River (pictured above).


Get lost in literature

AT One Grand, Bookseller Aaron Hicklin calls on authors, actors, and other types of daring creators to share the ten titles they’d want if stranded on a desert island, then stock the shelves accordingly. (Who knew Tom Hanks loved A gentleman in Moscow?)


Decorate your home

Main and Bridge streets are full of one-of-a-kind interior design boutiques. Chez Juliette Hermant’s 10,000 square feet House Bergogne (Photo), you’ll find an ever-changing selection of antiques and curios artfully displayed in a former bus garage, while at Sunny’s Pop, Sunrise Ruffalo offers sustainably sourced curiosities such as handmade beech dust brooms. The lifestyle and decoration shop Nest is led by the former vogue Anna Bern, design director, and, in nearby Callicoon, Spruce Homeware has all the tabletop and pantry essentials needed to create a cozy country meal.


Take the long way to lunch

Twenty minutes north to Callicoon, Ba & Me Owner Nhi Mundy (pictured) serves Vietnamese tacos and bowls of noodles from a seasonal takeout window.


buzz about

The care and keeping of bees is an important part of Sullivan County culture. Though you’ll have to wait until fall for the Narrowsburg Annual Meeting bee festival, you can get a bottle of Pollinator vodka made on site at Catskill Provisions at Callicoon. The spirit is distilled with wildflower honey and proofed with Catskill spring water.


Wade on in

Once the weather warms up, adventurers can rent kayaks from Lander River Travels, while those looking for a quieter way to enjoy the water can float all day in air chambers of Lou’s hits at Skinners Falls.


Make a four-legged friend

AT Buck Brook Alpacas in Roscoe, public and private tours of the family farm give you plenty of time to feed and hang with more than 100 alpacas. There is also a 3 bedroom apartment on site if you wish to spend the night!


Enjoy happy hour outside

Before dinner at The Heron, detour to Cochecton pump lodge (Photo). Locals Jin Zhang and Dave Lieber recently repurposed the derelict brick structure into an outdoor gathering spot for live music and craft beer.


Relax and Rejuvenate

At 22 rooms Kenoza room (Photo), overnight guests can canoe on the lake or indulge in a barrel sauna steam at the Hemlock Spa. closer to town, Lunar River Inn pet-friendly and offers four charming en-suite bedrooms, while just across the bridge the new Hotel Darby has retro-inspired rooms and an excellent bar offering canned and bottled cocktails. Looking for a larger house rental? The 103 year old man empty farm has a modern and rustic style in spades.


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