Weekending in Narrowsburg


NARROWSBURG - One weekend spent in Narrowsburg, a historic hamlet in the town of Tusten, in Sullivan County may not feel like enough time to fully explore the area nestled next to the Delaware River between the Pocono and Catskill Mountains. Using this guide of carefully curated local picks, you can hit as many hot spots and hidden gems in 48 hours as you can handle.

Day One

• Begin your weekend with a warm breakfast at Tusten Cup, 8 Main Street, Narrowsburg. Tusten Cup staff believe coffee is a daily ritual, It’s open seven days a week. Pair your drink with an anytime breakfast item, or a salad, sandwich, or sweet. Orders can be placed online for pickup ahead of time at their website: www.tustencup.com

• After breakfast visit a playground for personal growth, healing, and community connection at The Chi Hive Gym and Wellness Space, 22 Main Street. Purchase a drop-in pass and participate in a studio, fitness, or Pilates class with Chi Hive instructors, or lead your own way with a workout in the gym space using top of the line treadmills, ellipticals, bikes, free weights, squat racks, and more. www.thechihive.com

• If a gym isn’t your thing, but you still want to get exercise, visit three unique walking trails totaling 2.5 miles. Start with the De Mauro Trail and let it lead you to the Historic Main Street Trail which connects to the River Flats Trail. The River Flats Trail ends back at Main Street where many businesses open their doors for lunch, including The Laundrette at 20 5th Street. The lunch and dinner menu features a variety of wood-fired, specialty pizzas, appetizers, salads, soups and more, with vegan and gluten-friendly options. The Laundrette also offers a uniquely crafted cocktail menu, wine, and on-tap beer and cider. www.thelaundrette.xyz

• After lunch, spend the afternoon at Buck Brook Alpacas, a family-run Alpaca farm located on one of the tallest peaks in Sullivan County. Visitors can interact with and experience the joy of alpacas by feeding them or taking them out on a walking trek.

Buck Brook Alpacas offers farm tours, walks, workshops, yoga classes, gem mining, and other activities.

Before leaving, stop in at the farm store to browse their alpaca-wool accessories and blanket collections, all made from alpaca-wool taken right from the farm. buckbrookalpacas.com

• Finally, end your night at The Creek House Grill, 19 Lower Main Street, Callicoon, just down the road from Narrowsburg, for traditional pub fares and a new American-style cuisine. With a full bar, dining room, and outdoor seating in spring, summer, and fall, a visit to The Creek House Grill is more than just dinner. Start a dinner debrief with a drink from the bar, paired with a Creek House Grill starter from their dinner menu. Take some time to enjoy the appetizer, drinks, and conversation before ordering one of their select entrée or sandwich options, and finishing off the meal with a house-made dessert.  www.thecreekhousegrill.com

Day Two

• To start your second day - after waking up in one of many local rentals - treat yourself to toasty baked goods from Bridge Street Bakehouse, 127 Bridge Street. The bakehouse offers special seasonal baked goods as well as staples like cheese rolls, cakes, muffins, breads, and other selections, that fill the cases. www.bridgestreetbakehouse.com

• After eating, head over to the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance buildings and spend the rest of your morning with your eyes on visual, performing, literary, and media art programs on display at their three locations at Elaine Giguere Arts Center, 37 Main Street, Tusten Theatre, 210 Bridge Street, and Shop DVAA, 41 Main Street. A community calendar of art events can be found at the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance’s website delawarevalleyartsalliance.org/community-calendar

• A must-see before leaving Narrowsburg is the Fort Delaware Museum of Colonial History, located at 6615 state Route 97, Narrowsburg. Fort Delaware Museum of Colonial History was founded by former Sullivan County Historian James W. Burbank, and opened in 1957. Fort Delaware is an authentic depiction of the life of the Delaware Company Pioneers who settled in the Upper Delaware Valley in 1754. At Fort Delaware, the daily life of the wilderness settler is explored through exhibits, crafts, demonstrations and tours. The Fort is a reconstruction of the original frontier Cushetunk settlement on the Delaware River, with its stockades and stout log homes, which offered the only protection from hostile Native Americans, and later English troops. thedelawarecompany.org

• Finish off the weekend at Estelita’s Restaurante, a restaurant that serves the colorful, fresh flavors of Central America in their Latin-inspired dishes. Sit down with a fresh starter, like shrimp ceviche or a classic order of chips and salsa, paired with a cocktail or margarita. Choose your main dish with options like a fiesta burger, signature tacos, fajitas, and skirt steak. www.estelitasrestaurant.com/menu