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.
- 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!
- Rent a car.
- If you want an easy way to rent a car, I highly recommend trying Getaround. It’s an app that lets you rent and unlock cool cars nearby, directly from your phone. No membership fees, no paperwork, no hassles. I have a special link for you to sign-up with that offers $20 free credit.
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 email@example.com
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
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!
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.
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.
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