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
A refurbished townhouse channeling its past life as a 19th-century bed-and-breakfast, two hours north of New York City
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.