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Things to do in Roscoe, NY

You must be tired of seeing me talking about how much I enjoy exploring the NY State, right? Lol. Here on the blog, I have several posts about things to do in different areas, like the Hudson Valley and Long Island. Last weekend, it was time to explore the area of Roscoe, a village in Sullivan County. The population was 541 in the 2010 census; can you believe it? We stayed in a super cozy Airbnb, did some activities in the region and, on this post, I’ll share more about our days there!

  • This post was originally written in August 2021 and updated in November 2022 when I got back to the area.

Airbnb

We stayed in this house, The Ipê House – whose hosts are Brazilian. The house has been completely renovated recently and has everything you need to spend a few days relaxing. There are two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a full kitchen, a cozy living room, and a movie area with a projector to watch movies and TV series. There is also a deck with a grill and is very close to Lake Muskoday – the house provides a standing paddle and kayak and has access to the lake with a small beach and a playground. We loved the experience! The area is beautiful, of unparalleled tranquility – and the center of Roscoe is a 12-minute drive from the property.

 

Transportation

  • Rent a car.
  • Rent a car.
  • Rent a car.

When we are talking about exploring Upstate NY, renting a car is the best option! You will have more freedom, flexibility, and possibilities. The roads are great – and no traffic overall!

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts

Did you know that there is a place dedicated to the Woodstock Festival? The Bethel Woods Center for the Arts is located in Bethel, the city where the festival took place, and there you can not only immerse yourself in the history of the event but also visit the original grounds where it all happened. The museum is full of videos, objects, clothes, photographs and lots of interesting information, which makes you learn a lot more about the context of the period and the highlights of the festival. It was a pleasant surprise! In addition, the site promotes concerts and festivals, it’s worth taking a look at the events calendar on the website! Tickets cost $18 and can also be purchased online.

Northern Farmhouse Pasta

This restaurant has been on my list since we visited Livingston Manor, in April. This time, I made a reservation to guarantee a dinner there, as the place is famous in the area and is only open from Thursday to Sunday. It is New York’s First Pasta Shop to use 100% NY grown Wheat. As a family-owned and operated shop, they create fresh pasta and ravioli using local farm products. The ravioli fillings are based on the season and what is available – and it is one of the menu highlights. Main courses range from $18 to $26. Reservations can be made via phone at 607-290-4064 or email northernfarmhousepasta@gmail.com

Tubbing

One of the things I was most excited to do was Tubbing! River tubing is an outdoor sport in which people ride innertubes or inflated disks down a river, a very popular activity in Upstate NY over the summer. You can reserve your spot through different companies in different locations and we booked with Lander’s River Trips – it is about 45 minutes from where we were staying. It costs $30 per person and includes the tube and life jacket. You drive to Lander’s River Trips base in Narrowsburg, check-in and they take you to Skinner’s Falls, where you start the tour. It’s about 5 miles! The “tour” runs for up to five hours (depending on height of the river). It took us just under 4 hours to complete. Here are some tips…

  • Arrive at least one hour in advance of the time you want to start your tour. Let’s say you want to start at 2 pm, get there around 1 pm as you need to sign waivers, pick up transportation, put on vests, etc.
  • If you’re in a group, bring some rope to tie the tubes together, it is so nice!
  • You can bring drinks and beers, consider buying a floating cooler on Amazon.
  • Don’t forget to apply sunscreen and bring your sunglasses.
  • The river is “lazy” – and there are about 3 or 4 areas with light rapids.
  • Besides tubing, you can do kayak, rafting, canoeing. More information on the website!

Cochecton Pump House

This was a tip from a follower and it’s a good place to eat before or after your tubing tour, as it’s 10 minutes from Lander’s River Trips – and 30 minutes from the house. These are the ruins of the Standard Oil Company, which was deactivated in the 1920s. What was left of the construction became a kind of postcard of the region and, recently, it became a space for gatherings. Two containers were transformed into food trucks and you can buy drinks and beers, as well as some food options. It’s pet-friendly. But, as this is an entirely open place, only go if it’s not raining. The space is super cool and also has live music – follow them on Instagram for updates.

Seminary Hill

Home to a Catskills hotel, restaurant, and event space, this place is the first Passive House-certified, orchard-driven cidery in Callicoon, New York. I wish we were luckier with the weather when we were there – it was raining – cause the property is so beautiful! They have indoor and outdoor dining with views and a menu with local wines and their own cider, of course, plus yummy food options. Everything we had was so fresh and delicious! They take reservations – and you should definitely check the availability as they close for events sometimes. Check more details!

The Kaatskeler

This pizza spot is located in Livingston Manor – 20 min from Roscoe – and it’s one of the most famous restaurants in the area. They have a lovely outdoor area that it’s a delight for warm days plus a cozy indoor area perfect for cold days and a menu with delicious pizzas plus cocktails, wines, and beers. The pizza is delicious! A must-go if you are in the area.

Shops

If you visit Livingston Manor, make sure to explore the local shops – I love to visit them when in Upstate NY, cause they select so many great brands in terms of gifts, you know? We loved these stores: Homestedt, DROOZ and Company, for gifts,  and Concrete + Water, for fashion.

The Local Table and Tap

We stopped at this restaurant for lunch before heading home and we loved it! It is located in Kauneonga Lake, on the edge of the lake, and it is a delight to sit outside if the weather is nice, the view is beautiful! The menu has a bit of everything: from burgers to bowls, from salads to tacos. All extremely well served and tasty! I loved the food!
And that’s a wrap! On the map below, you can check not only the spots mentioned in the post but also other places that I saved but we didn’t end up going, such as breweries, waterfalls, and other restaurants.

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