What We Love
- 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
- Adults Only
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
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.
How to Get There
If you're visiting Sullivan County or thinking about a weekend upstate, the Stickett Inn is an absolute MUST! The rooms are beautifully designed and well appointed, bed was super comfy, loved the spacious shower and soak tub, great bath products, and cozy sitting area (wine fridge? yes please!). The Bang Bang Bar / gift shop at the Inn offers a well curated assortment of local treats and cool products, plus good company ... we had a lot of fun hanging out there and drinking with a very eclectic mix of local folks and other guests! They serve Intelligentsia coffee (my favorite!), fabulous cocktails, Stickett Inn's very own cider (I'm normally a wine gal but I couldn't get enough of this heavenly brew), and deliciously fresh food (get the nachos, trust me). John and Roswell are such kind, funny, and gracious hosts. We didn't end up leaving the compound for the entire weekend, it was great. I suspect the Stickett Inn is even more charming in the autumn when the leaves start to change ... I cannot wait to come back!
My boyfriend and I truly loved visiting this Inn. We were able to easily walk to the River to raft and went by the cutest Farmer’s Market. Johnny at the Inn is so helpful, gracious and sweet. This place is a gem and you will love your time staying here. It is surrounded by beautiful trees and the Delaware River. Highly recommend a stay!!
Roswell and Johnny not only catered my father's memorial service, but facilitated the tent, table and chairs delivery for us. We live on LI and hosted at a weekend house in Barryville. Roswell and Johnny took care of everything for us. Their cook, Pam, is the BEST. The food was awesome, the service spectacular and an uncomfortable situation was made so much easier for us. I can't thank them enough and will be going there MORE for the burritos and tacos! They're the best!!