Exploring the Charms of Livingston Manor

A weekend visitor guide


Tucked away in Sullivan County is the charming hamlet of Livingston Manor. While the hamlet itself may be small in size, it features enough unique breweries, restaurants, shops, and recreational activities to fill an entire weekend - and then some.


Where you start and end your days away can make or break a trip. Luckily, Livingston Manor offers a variety of different lodging locations from inn-style options to “glamping” to highlight whichever features of the hamlet speak to you most.

• The Arnold House, 839 Shandelee Road. The Arnold House offers 16 guest rooms across four buildings on the property; the main building, the garden house, Shandelee post, and Bobbie’s farmhouse. All rooms feature natural cork or original wood floors, antique furniture, and vintage fixtures, and include complimentary breakfast, daily snack bar, full service tavern and bar, WiFi, multiple common guest areas, and private hiking trails. 845-439-5070, thearnoldhouse.com

• Antrim Streamside, 408 DeBruce Road. The Antrim Streamside offers upscale cottages and cabins settled on a property with two ponds, an apple orchard, and 250 acres of woods filled with wildlife and hiking trails to explore. Each cabin or cottage comes with private entrances, kitchens or kitchenettes, heat, air conditioning, WiFi, device charging stations, complimentary continental breakfast, and more. To book: 845-747-0704, antrimstreamside.com

• Boheme Retreats, vintage RV camping at 68 Conklin Hill Road. From May 3 to Oct. 30, Boheme Retreats offers six vintage campers circa 1963 to 1978. The vintage campers range in size to hold one to four people, and include amenities such as wetbaths, toilets, sinks, and either outdoor or indoor showers. River access is available on site for fishing or tubing, and the campsite features an on-site waterfall accessible by hiking trails. 347-415-9890, bohemeretreats.com

Dining and drinks

Livingston Manor is home to an abundance of eateries, restuarants and cafes that range from easy grab-and-go options to a more upscale, sit-down dining experience. If you’re looking for craft brews or specialty cocktails to pair with your dinners, you’ve come to the right place.

• Main Street Farm Market Cafe, 36 Main Street. Main Street Farm is more than just a market filled with a variety of local seasonal vegetables, farm-bottled milk, fresh eggs, cheese, house-baked goods, meats, smoked native trout, and much more. The market is open 7 days a week from 8 a.m. - 8 p.m., but from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. the cafe kitchen is open to serve breakfast and lunch made from their market-fresh ingredients. With raw, vegetarian, and vegan options, Main Street Farm Market Cafe offers breakfast sandwiches, old-school style breakfast plates, yogurt bowls, soups, sandwiches, melts, salads, coffee, tea, and steamer drinks, as well as draft kombucha. 845-439-4309, mainstreetfarm.com

• Van Smokey Meat Shop Restaurant and Bar, 87 DeBruce Road. Van Smokey Restaurant and Bar offers a causal dining experience with hearty sandwiches, tacos, and wings on the menu and made-to-order. For those who don’t eat meat, don’t worry - Van Smokey offers a variety of vegetarian sandwich, taco, and side options. To pair with your meal, Van Smokey offers a full list of house and classic cocktails, beer, wine, and more. Van Smokey Meat Shop Restaurant and Bar is open Wednesday and Thursdays 12 - 9 p.m., Fridays 12 p.m. - 12 a.m., Saturdays 12 - 10 p.m., and Sundays 12 - 8 p.m. 845-439-1432.

• The Walk In, 67 Main Street. The Walk In is the perfect place to find comfort breakfast and lunch foods, including breakfast sandwiches, buttermilk biscuits, salads, lunch sandwiches, vintage sodas, coffee and espresso drinks, and boozy brunch cocktails. The Walk In is open Thursdays - Sundays 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. 845-439-1018, thewalk.in

Things to do

Whether you hope to connect with nature through the many outdoor recreational activities available in Livingston Manor, or shop its unique stores and boutiques, the hamlet is full of spring and summer activities sure to keep visitors busy.

• Nest, 34 Main Street. Owned and operated by former W Magazine Art Director and Vogue Design Director Anna Bern, Nest is a furniture and clothing boutique full of unique, high-end furniture, art, lighting, rugs, clothing, outdoor furniture, and jewelery curated by Bern. Nest is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Friday, and 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 845-588-5316; nestcatskills.com

• Livingston Manor Farmers Market, 62 Main Street, Every Sunday May 29 to Oct. 9, the market features farm goods, hanging baskets, veggie and flower starters, pork, beef, chicken, smoked cheese and trout, jams and jellies, seasonal fruits and vegetables, pickles, flowers, and more. The market is open from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

• Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum, 1031 Old Route 17. Recognized as the birthplace of fly fishing, Livingston Manor houses the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum on a 53-acre campus. With many features like the welcome center and gift shop, fly fishing hall of fame, Wulff Gallery and Heritage Craft Center. The Heritage Craft Center includes a fully operational bamboo rod making shop including historical rod making equipment and artifacts from the Garrison-Carmichael rod shop, and the Wulff Gallery, dedicated to both temporary and permanent exhibits of Lee and Joan Wulff. serves as a multi-purpose event space used for seminars, film festivals, and more. The campus also offers access to Willoemoc Creek, a covered pavilion, casting fields, and a trail system to explore. Grounds are open daily to the public, without admission, from sunrise to sunset. Open Friday to Monday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. 845-439-4810, cffcm.com

• Catskill Art Space, 48 Main Street. Catskill Art Space aims to explore contemporary art practices while fostering a creative community through rotating and ongoing galleries, artist-talk events, classes, and more. Catskill Art Space is open Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sundays 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. catskillartspace.org