A lot of people who live within a half hour of Claryville have never ventured up the hill to see what’s up there. Aside from the Frost Valley YMCA, which attracts tens of thousands of people to its exceptional 4,000 acre facility, there is little commerce, and after a sufficient 12 miles or so, the main road dead ends. But in many ways that’s one of the most beautiful things about the town. It’s an oasis, with miles of forest opening to a few heart-stopping views. And with the headwaters of the Neversink River appearing and disappearing as one drives, hikes, cycles, it has scenic opportunities galore, with few sounds but those generated by Mother Nature.
• Opened in May 2011, Eureka Market & Café is our sister company, located in our building in Grahamsville. There you can find a tempting array of baked goods made fresh on the premises (think strawberry rhubarb pie, blueberry muffins, cookies, brownies, quiches). They sell fresh produce from local farms, and also use it in their tasty salads. You can grab sandwiches to go, or linger over a cappuccino in our garden terrace. Groceries range from staples (regular or organic milk, fresh bread, etc), to all-natural, organic, and gluten-free items.
• Red Hill Fire Tower - great hike in Claryville of about 1.5 miles up along the trail to the clearing where the fire tower stands. Fabulous views! On Dinch Rd.
• Claryville Pottery - elegant, hand-crafted pottery made right here in Claryville. This is where you go for a tasteful memento of your visit. Located on the Claryville Rd. next to the turn-off for the Frost Valley Rd. 985-2016 for hours.
• The Blue Hill Café in Claryville sells grocery items, dining and has a deli. There is seating, and WiFi access.
• There are several antiques stores in the area: Hamilton’s (Neversink), Half Moon Antiques (Grahamsville), and all in Liberty: Town & Country, and Ferndale Antiques (just outside Liberty).
• Rolling River Café Gallery and Inn, in Parksville (25 Cooley Rd) is a winner. Their bijou restaurant features fresh fare prepared by Rob Rayevsky in a fun, friendly atmosphere that has everyone I’ve sent, returning almost immediately. Their outdoor seating, with strings of lights through the trees and charming café tables (including a private, romantic spot along the river), has a European feel, and is so alluring you’ll want to bring your fleeces and extend the season as long as possible. Call for schedule 845-747-4123.
• Peekamoose Restaurant & Tap Room: Dinner at Peekamoose is always a treat. Located in Big Indian, it’s a remarkably beautiful drive down the Frost Valley Rd to rte 28, and about 1 mile further. Owners Devin and Marybeth Mills have renovated an old farmhouse into an inspired space of wood, glass and intriguing and playful artwork. The food is simply outstanding (not surprising given their experience at Picholine and Le Bernadin), and they make an effort to use local growers and the freshest ingredients available. (845) 254-6500.
• The Catskill Harvest Market focuses on bringing local produce, cheeses, meat, poultry, baked goods, and even soap to market, all with a wonderful retail flair. You’ll also find an exciting range of gourmet coffees and teas, candy and gift items. On rte 52 between Liberty & White Sulphur Springs.
Frost Valley YMCA
The largest YMCA in the country with over 4,000 acres, the Frost Valley YMCA in Claryville offers a wide variety of activities depending on the season. Situated on the former estate owned by financier Ted Forstmann. Well worth exploring. (845) 985-2291:
•15 miles of mapped cross country skiing trails, rentals available
•Extensive hiking trails throughout the town
•Camp for children; and family weekends
Library, book sale, interactive museum
The Daniel Pierce Library in Grahamsville, NY (about 8 mins from Claryville, 15 mins from Liberty), is a wonderful asset to the area, providing internet access, a wide selection of periodicals, and the new Time and The Valleys Museum, focusing on the interesting history of the two reservoirs, The Rondout and Neversink, which provide water to New York City. They have a wonderful used book tent out front during the summer, and an honor box to pay for your selections when the library is closed.
Tennanah Lake Golf & Tennis Club - Roscoe, NY. The club features a superb 18-hole championship course, designed by Sam Snead.
Grossinger’s Golf Club - Liberty, NY
Tarry Brae Golf Course - Loch Sheldrake, NY
The closest downhill skiing is at Belleayre Mountain in Highmount, NY, which is about 45 mins away from Claryville, via the Frost Valley Rd.
View our sister company's vacation rentals business, Red Cottage Inc.
The Neversink River runs through Claryville, although it is almost exclusively privately owned. Some of the best public access trout fishing can be found nearby on the famous Willowemoc (willow-wee’-mock) and Beaverkill Rivers.
The Catskill Fly Fishing Museum in Livingston Manor pays homage to the rich history of fishing in this area (the nearby Neversink River is the birthplace of American fly fishing). In Roscoe, Catskill Flies is the go-to shop for equipment and very knowledgeable staff. I like the daily stream conditions report on their site.
I can tell you from first hand experience the Wulff School of Fly Fishing, in scenic Lew Beach, is a a great way learn the sport, or to hone your skills.
Here’s a great link describing various trails nearby:
Concerts / Woodstock Museum
Bethel Woods Center for the Arts is an outstanding new addition to Sullivan Co., located on the site of the famous 1969 concert. It is an exquisite outdoor concert venue with spectacular farmland views, and now a new museum dedicated to the concert.