Inspired rustic-chic design incorporates hand-picked local antiques, original Pop Art, reclaimed materials and spa-worthy amenities
Practically within stone-skipping distance of the Delaware River (rafting, canoeing, kayaking, tubing and swimming await)
The affable owners regularly invite guests over for drinks in their reimagined 19th-century church-cum-fantasy-home, just next door
The hotel is gay-friendly
What To Know
The owners’ cheeky sense of humor may not appeal to all guests (e.g., the inn name’s wordplay on “stick it in” or certain expletive-laced artworks)
No kids (under 18) or pets are allowed
Cell service is spotty, so you may have to rely on the (free) house phone for your calls
Parking on site
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Design-heavy digs redefine country house retreat at this intimate Catskills riverfront inn
Tucked away in the sleepy Catskills hamlet of Barryville, NY, the intimate Stickett Inn offers a sophisticated, design-centric retreat in the heart of the countryside for some grown-up R&R. Founded in 2013 by style-savvy New York City transplants Roswell Hamrick (a TV/film production designer) and Johnny Pizzolato (co-owner of NYC fashion boutique International Playground), the formerly dilapidated 1830s canal house has been gutted, renovated and passionately reinvented as sleek guest quarters that are chock-full of inspired design and spa elements.
Bed and Bath
Four airy living room/bedroom suites are named for signature features (“Eat,” “Soak,” “Drink” and “Steam”), but they share common elements such as original wide-plank wood flooring, artwork by rotating resident artists like Trey Speegle and hand-picked local antiques. Splashes of Japanese wallpaper, reproduction vintage light fixtures, and reclaimed metal, wood and stone enliven the design. Book the “Soak” suite for its cold plunge–ready galvanized trough tub, or the “Eat” for its full kitchen and private dining balcony. All suites come with memory foam beds trimmed with hand-dyed Upstate bedding, wine fridges, iPod docking stations and Malin + Goetz bath amenities.
On the second floor a shared hallway station offers guests free espresso, ice and access to a house phone (a plus, since cell reception is spotty). Out front, there's a reception/juice bar/hotel shop hybrid (open Thursdays through Sundays). Pick up fresh-pressed juices and lunch fare like burritos, fresh guacamole and salads; you can also browse hotel-branded souvenirs, assorted travel conveniences and regional wares and curiosities. Out back, a cheery common courtyard beckons guests to its eight-person hot tub, BBQ grill and firepit. Or sink into one of the pair of front porch hammocks for a lazy sway looking out at the town’s main drag, in the direction of the Delaware River. For a one-of-a-kind encounter, the inn’s imaginative owners (along with their Brussels Griffon pup) regularly invite guests for cocktails and to tour their magazine-spread-worthy hillside fantasy home, set in a repurposed 19th-century church.
In the Area
Go for a dip in the Delaware River, or head out with outfitter Reber River Trips for canoeing, kayaking, rafting and tubing adventures. (Stickett Inn guests get a 15 percent discount.) Cross the bridge to Shohola, Pennsylvania, where the stuck-in-time dive bar Rohman’s Inn (former haunt of such celebs as Bette Davis) features an unmissable antique manual bowling alley. Stock up on breakfast and lunch fare to go at the River Market grocery, across the street (also the site of a farmers market on Saturdays), or book a table at the farm-to-table eatery Henning's Local, in Eldred.
3380 Route 97
Barryville, New York 12719
How to Get There
Flights are available to Stewart International Airport (SWF) and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport (AVP) from major U.S. cities on a variety of carriers. The inn does not provide transfers to/from SWF or AVP, both about 57 miles away. If you’re coming from New York City, you can take NJ Transit to the Port Jervis station. Taxis to the inn from Port Jervis, about 19 miles away, are approximately $30, each way. If you’re renting a car for the transfer, self-parking is free.