The day-trippers’ guide to the Catskills


For The Holidays

With over 30 shops and 20 eateries, Woodstock in Ulster County is a great option for a day of shopping, especially during the holiday season. Some popular stops include:

The Tea Shop

7 Maple Lane, Woodstock,
Wednesday–Sunday 11 a.m.–5 p.m.

Stop by The Tea Shop to grab something for the tea-lover on your list. The shop carries every type of tea you can think of along with mugs, infusers, sweeteners and more. 


16 Mill Hill Road, Woodstock,
every day 10 a.m.–7 p.m.

Candlestock offers a wide variety of candles from classic tealights to novelty shapes and detailed designs. Candlestock is also known for the infamous “Candle Mountain” that is prominently displayed in the center of the store. 

Crafts People

262 Spillway Road, West Hurley,
Saturday, Sunday 10:30 a.m.–6 p.m.

Crafts People would have been the perfect one-stop shop for everyone on your list, but with over 500 artists contributing to its stock it had to be spread across two buildings. Because everything is handmade, each piece is different from the next, making it a great place to shop for that person who has everything. 

Tinker Toys

5 Mill Hill Road, Woodstock,
Friday, Monday 11 a.m.–5 p.m.,
Saturday 11 a.m.–6 p.m.

This eccentric toy store is packed with unique gifts for children young and old. Browse classic games, new toys and unusual finds in an ever-changing collection. 

When you need a break from shopping, check out some of these Woodstock gems:

Bread Alone Bakery

Café and bakery at 22 Mill Hill Road, Woodstock, open 7 a.m.–5 p.m. daily.

Peace, Love & Cupcakes

A cupcake shop at 54 Tinker Street, Woodstock, open 11:30 a.m.–
5:30 p.m. weekends. 

Woodstock Artists Association and Museum

Art gallery at 28 Tinker Street,
Woodstock, open noon–5 p.m.

The Harana Market

A Filipino restaurant and market at 603 Wittenberg Road, Woodstock, open 11 a.m.–7 p.m.

For The Artist

While the Catskill region is filled with artistic attractions, many of them can be found throughout Sullivan County. Some spots you may consider include:


67 Main Street, Livingston Manor,
Sunday, Monday, Wednesday
11 a.m.–5 p.m.; Thursday–Saturday 11 a.m.–6 p.m.

Pick up supplies for your arts and crafts projects or some new records for your collection at Jitterbug. Along with art supplies and music, the store also carries toys and games.

Catskill Art Society

48 Main Street, Livingston Manor, Sunday 11 a.m.–3 p.m., Monday, Thursday–Saturday 11 a.m.–6 p.m.

Visit the Catskill Arts Society Arts Center to experience a diversity of art forms including musicians, dancers, visual arts and more. The arts center hosts events, exhibits and classes for the public. Find programming updates at

Liberty Museum & Arts Center

46 South Main Street, Liberty,
Wednesday–Saturday noon–4 p.m.

At this historic building you can find both arts and history programming. Along with its annual members art show, the museum has a constant rotation of exhibits featuring local artists. 

Blue Hill Catskills

1471 Denning Road, Claryville, Thursday, Friday 3 p.m.–8 p.m., Saturday noon–8 p.m., Sunday noon–6 p.m.

This restaurant, brewery and lodge is also home to the Claryville Arts Center. The center houses the works of Russian-born American contemporary artist Alexander Kaletski. Along with this permanent installation, the center rotates exhibits of local artists’ work.

While you are in the area, stop by these attractions:

Main Street Farm

A cafe and market at 36 Main Street, Livingston Manor, open 10 a.m.–
6 p.m. Monday–Saturday and
10 a.m.–6 p.m. Sunday.

Catskill Brewery 

672 Old Route 17, Livingston Manor, open 3 p.m.–7 p.m. Monday,
Wednesday, Thursday; 1 p.m.–8 p.m. Friday; noon–8 p.m. Saturday;
and noon–7 p.m. Sunday.

A La Mexicana

Mexican restaurant at
58 S Main Street, Liberty,
open 9 a.m.–9 p.m. Monday–Saturday and 10 a.m.–8 p.m. Sunday. 

Liberty Heights Trampoline
and Adventure Park 

Entertainment park in the ShopRite Plaza, 1939 State Rt. 52, Liberty, open noon–5 p.m. Friday,
1 p.m.–5 p.m. Saturday
and noon–7 p.m. Sunday.


Candy shop at 1855 State Rt. 52, Liberty, open 10 a.m.–9 p.m.
Sunday–Tuesday and Thursday,
and 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Friday. 

For The Bookworm

If you are looking for a book-lover’s paradise, look no further than Hobart in Delaware County — aptly nicknamed the “book village.” 

Creative Corner Books

607 Main Street, Hobart,
11 a.m.–5 p.m. weekends; daily from
Memorial Day to Columbus Day

This shop specializes in cooking, crafting and DIY books, but you can also find handmade gifts by local artisans. 

Adam’s Antiquarian Books

608 Main Street, Hobart,
11 a.m.–5 p.m. weekends; daily from
Memorial Day to Columbus Day

With three floors of bookshelves, this is the ultimate one-stop bookshop. The owners are always happy to offer you a cup of tea while you shop the wide array of genres.

New York Books & Ephemera

615 Main Street, Hobart,
11 a.m.–5 p.m. weekends; daily from
Memorial Day to Columbus Day

Staying true to its name, you can find a variety of books relating to New York including history, geography, biographies, local authors and more at this stop. Along with local books you can find local farm products and handmade goods. 

Liberty Rock Books

678 Main Street, Hobart, 10 a.m.–
5 p.m. weekends; daily from
Memorial Day to Columbus Day

Along with the collection of used and new books, this shop also doubles as an art and collectors gallery. Here you can find rare book finds as well as a collection of jazz records and CDs and 40,000 vintage New York postcards. 

Blenheim Hill Books

698 Main St., Hobart,
11 a.m.–5 p.m. weekends; daily from Memorial Day to Columbus Day

The collection found in this shop has been curated by the owners to reflect their individual interests including poetry and history, women’s studies, children’s and young adult books, and gardening and cooking guides. 

Lion Eyes Books

722 Main St., Hobart,
11 a.m.–5 p.m. weekends; daily from Memorial Day to Columbus Day

Find collections of art, philosophy, psychology and spiritual books at Lion Eyes Books. Discover new lesser-known writers or rediscover some classics. 

More Good Books

645 Main Street, Hobart,
11 a.m.–5 p.m. weekends; daily from Memorial Day to Columbus Day.

One of the newer shops in the book village, this store specializes in books on railroads, ships and boats, automobiles, games and sports, hobbies and pets. 

Once you stock your bookshelf in the village, explore some shops and eateries in the area:

The Sheep’s Nest 

Shop at 45 Main Street, Hobart, open Thursday–Saturday 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

The Coffee Pot 

Café and restaurant at
581 Main St., Hobart open 6 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Wednesday–Saturday
and 6 a.m.–11 a.m. Sunday.


Restaurant and ice cream shop at
33 Harper Street, Stamford, open Tuesday–Sunday 10:30 a.m.–9 p.m. and Monday 10:30 a.m.–8:30 p.m.

Harpersfield Cheese 

Cheese shop at 1677 County
Highway 29, Harpersfield,
open 11 a.m.–4 p.m. daily.

For The History Buff

Known as the “breadbasket” of the American Revolution, Schoharie County is one of the most historically significant in the Catskills region and offers a bounty of learning opportunities for the aspiring historian.

The Iroquois Museum

324 Caverns Rd., Howes Cave,
10 a.m.–5 p.m. Tuesday–Saturday and noon–5 p.m. Sunday through Oct. 31; 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Thursday–Saturday and noon – 4 p.m. Sundays in
November. Closed December to March. 

Before its role in the history of European settlement in the Americas, Schoharie was home to the Kanien’kehá’ka, or Mohawk, people. Discover the history of the Haudenosaunee, or Iroquois, and learn about life in a longhouse at this museum.

Old Stone Fort Museum

145 Fort Rd., Schoharie.
Open by appointment. Call
518-295-7192 to schedule a visit. 

This fort was built in 1772 and was originally a High Dutch Reformed Church. The building was made into a fort in 1777 and attacked by the British army in 1780. At the fort, you can see thousands of historic artifacts from the revolutionary war period. 

Palatine House Museum

102 Warner Hill Road, Schoharie, Noon–4 p.m. weekends
or by appointment.

The Palatine House is the oldest building in Schoharie County having been built in 1743 by Palatine Germans who settled the area. The house, built for Minister Peter Nicholas Sommer, is now a living history museum operated by the Schoharie Colonial Heritage Association. 

Schoharie Valley
Railroad Museum

207 Arrow Lane, Schoharie,
Noon–4 p.m. weekends.

Learn the history of local railway transportation at this museum where you can see the original 1875 station house, freight shed, weigh station and mill building along with two small whistle-stop stations and the Borden’s Creamery building. You can also see a restored 1891 passenger car from the Middleburgh and Schoharie Railroad and a 1917 wooden caboose.

New York State Historic Markers

If you keep an eye out for the blue and gold New York state historical markers, you will find that Schoharie has no shortage of historic sites. Within the county there are 52 historic markers including sites from Native American history, German settlement of the land, the American Revolution and more. Visit sites like the Old Blenheim Bridge, reported to be the longest single span wooden bridge in the world. 

While you discover the history of Schoharie County, enjoy some its present-day marvels like:

The Carrot Barn

Farm market and cafe at
5605 State Rt. 30, Schoharie,
open 9 a.m.–6 p.m. daily.

Apple Barrel 

Restaurant and country store at
115 State Rt. 30A open
11 a.m.–4 p.m. Sunday–Thursday and
11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Wayward Lane Brewing

Brewery at 255 Ward Lane, Schoharie, open 4 p.m.–9 p.m. Thursday and Friday; noon – 9 p.m. Saturday
and noon–7 p.m. Sunday.

Middle Village Pasta & Grill

Italian restaurant at
334 Main Street, Middleburgh,
open 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. weekends.


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