North Branch Inn
What We Love
- The two-lane wooden bowling alley, which dates back to the early 1900s
- Cozying up with a book by the crackling fire at the onsite library
- Four breweries (open to the public), all within 10-15 minutes from the inn
What To Know
- Sister property Arnold House, in nearby Livingston, has a spa that’s open to guests of the inn
- Breakfast, served on the porch (when weather permits), is included in your rate
- The staff is especially knowledgeable about the area’s attractions, quick to suggest an off-the-beaten-path swimming hole or restaurant
Pairing a cabin’s provincial charm with the luxurious conveniences of a hotel is no easy feat. But husband-and-wife team Sims and Kirsten Harlow Foster achieved the seemingly impossible when they creatively reimagined this 19th-century property. Sure, there’s a wood-burning stove, taxidermy on the walls, and a carved wooden bar (rumored to be a souvenir from the 1939 World’s Fair), but all that rusticity is offset by decidedly modern touches like chic subway tiling and complimentary WiFi. The tasteful retreat has received no shortage of media attention since opening doors, singled out, in part, for its relatively easy access to Manhattan. A highly anticipated expansion—three rooms in a Victorian-style post office—is scheduled for late 2016.
Nine spacious guest rooms span the property’s two buildings, the Main Inn House and the newer Library House. Large windows let in both copious light and crisp country breezes, though it’s the bathrooms here that really shine, thanks to over-the-top amenities including claw foot tubs, Malin + Goetz toiletries, and fluffy Sferra robes and towels.
Based on what’s in season, the inn’s 35-seat Bar Room restaurant offers a delicious array of blue-plate specials that prioritize the area’s purveyors: the black walnuts in the wheat-berry and fennel salad are sourced from a neighbor’s tree while the house chili features local venison. It’s all the vision of Chef Erik Hill, an alumnus of some of New York City’s best farm-to-table establishments including ABC Kitchen and Hudson Clearwater.
North Branch, which consisted of just seven families, a general store, a bowling alley, and a post office when it was first constituted in 1851, is still a sleepy hamlet. Fortunately, that’s not the case for nearby river towns like Callicoon, Narrowsburg, and Livingston, now stocked with thrift shops, home boutiques, and numerous fishing spots.
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Really awesome 7 course meal. Service was excellent. Dishes were outstanding. Great attention to detail from start to finish. Definitely a new favorite. We will return soon and are happy to recommend this place to friends.
The restaurant is good, and for the nearby area better than good. The ambiance is fantastic. Not too impressed by wine selection, but the food is certainly good across the appetiser, main and dessert. Would love to return to explore food and cocktail menu a bit more.
We just went for the bar and dinner! Although, I'd love to stay there. Amazing farm to table food. Still thinking about the Venison steak with cinnamon gnocchi - so much melt in your mouth flavor. Super Friendly and fun staff. You can bowl in between meals too! After dinner we enjoyed some free hot cider warmed on a stove in the sitting room and mingled with some guests staying there. Super fun night for us city birds staying at an airbnb nearby!
Attended a cocktail reception here for a wedding the following day in the area. We stayed in Liberty & it was a bit of a drive & challenge finding the place.It was well worth it ! Super charming Inn, loved the antique bar, porches with tables & seating, the back garden area & the 2 lane bowling alley.What really set this place apart was the food & the service. 5 stars !
We attended a wedding at the inn. It is a very beautiful setting with lush gardens and relaxing creeks. It is super charming with bonfires and smores kits and continental simple breakfast in the morning offered. We highly enjoyed our stay as it was lovely. Rustic, country. Hipster charm. Simple. Great place to unplug. Go to Callicoon Farmers Market in town nearby.
Tip: No stores in town, bring cheese/crackers/waters/wine/beer as needed you are in the country nothing near.
Drawback: no blow dryers in room, no irons in room, no fridges in room may need cooler