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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I had my wedding at the North Branch Inn last weekend (August 2019). The North Branch Inn team made it a perfect wedding weekend.
We have stayed at North Branch Inn and sister properties a couple of times before, and this was the only wedding venue we considered.
It was easy to work with everyone leading up to the wedding weekend, and we got a lot of attention once we were onsite. Nina went above and beyond to make sure that everyone at the inn was taken care of, Justine made sure that our events ran smoothly, and Chef JP provided delicious menus all weekend long.
The gardens were gorgeous, thanks to Scott, the North Branch Inn's Director of Gardens. They were the perfect backdrop to our weekend festivities.
The rest of the hotel & restaurant staff were all fantastic and attentive as well, and our guests all seemed to enjoy the North Branch Inn as much as we do.
My wife and I stopped by for brunch. Melissa our server made fantastic Bloody-Marys. Her service was warm and very attentive. The chef prepared top rated food. The quail appetizer is a must and you will not be disappointed in his biscuit egg sandwich.
I recommend this establishment.....wholeheartedly!
My boyfriend and I had a wonderful one night stay at North Branch Inn and would have loved to have stayed longer! We stayed in a second floor Queen Room in the main inn which was fairly small but well equipped and stylish with a good sized bathroom and lovely touches, such as a nap timer and luxurious toiletries. Unfortunately, the restaurant was closed for a private event so we weren't able to have dinner - although we were kindly provided with a voucher for drinks and starters at North Branch Inn's nearby sister hotel, Arnold House, as compensation - but we did have breakfast and lunch in the restaurant which were both completely delicious. All the staff were incredibly helpful and friendly and went out of their way to help and give recommendations, including the fascinating Callicoon Theater just down the road. Across the three properties are various cosy communal areas to relax and read in - and there are freshly baked cookies every day! Would absolutely stay again and make the most of the bowling alley and the bar - such a wonderful, chilled vibe and excellent service. The perfect place to relax and unwind -Thank you!