FOOD SHOPPING, WINE AND LIQUOR
We highly recommend that you bring your provisions with you. It's a 25-minute drive each way to the nearest grocery and liquor stores and you will be happy not to have to make that trip after you're settled in. For those of who can't wait to get out of town, there are some great shops in Kingston and on your way up Rt. 28 that you can visit on your way to the cottage. Here are some of our recommendations:
In Kingston (Exit 19 off I-87 NYS Thruway)
Adams Fairacre Farm on Rt 9 in Kingston. The best groceries in the area. Great meat, cheese, fish, vegetables and all of the basics. Open until 9pm during the summer. Very popular with weekenders coming off the thruway. (And yes, that was Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz Kim spotted shopping there over the summer.)
Hannaford on Ulster Ave (Rt 9 – Open 24 hours) or in the Kingston Valley Mall (right next to the bus station, open until midnight) in Kingston. New England chain of large, clean, modern supermarkets. Also sells beer.
JK's Wine and Liquor. A large, well-stocked wine and liquor store close to the Hannaford in the Kingston Valley Mall. Also useful, there is a Chase bank next door to JK's with 24 hr-accessible cash machines.
On Route 28
Cheese Loiuse on Rt. 28. Located in the small strip mall opposite the Harley Davidson dealership.
The Wine Hutch – you can find this friendly, well-stocked wine and liquor store next door to Cheese Louise. It's our weekly stop-off to replenish the wine cellar and liquor cabinet and it's open till 10 pm on Friday nights.
Hurley Ridge Market - on Rt 375. Turn right at the the Woodstock Turn off from Rt 28 (you can't miss it) and it's about a quarter of a mile from the turning on the right-side of the road.
Bread Alone Bakery – Rt 28 in Boiceville. Open until 6 pm on Friday - Sunday.
Boiceville Market – Rt 28 in Boiceville. Another local market that has the basics (and beer!).
Migliorelli Farm Stand in Mt. Tremper on Rt. 28.
Food Town in Margaretville (this is further west on 28 – not something you will pass on your way from Kingston to the cottage, but useful if you ski at Belleayre, which is also further west).
Close to the Cottage
Local Farmers Market. In the summer there is a farmers market at the municipal building in Lexington (On Rt 42 between West Kill and Lexington, about 10 minutes from the cottage) every other Saturday from 10 am – 12 pm. This is a local market with seasonal produce, eggs, local beef, chicken, cheese, flowers, soap and a few other things. Get there early because they often sell out of eggs and meat. The market will be held on the following Saturdays: August 12 & 26; September 9 & 23; October 7 & 12.
Newton Farm Stand. At the beginning of Spruceton Road, just past West Kill on the right, Newton Farm has a small farm stand where they sell organic vegetables and eggs.
West Kill Brewing. About 1.5 miles past the cottage, take the drive on the left at the West Kill sign, then take the left up the hill. The tasting room is open for tastings and fill crowlers at the brewery on Friday, Saturday & Sunday. Their hours vary, so check their website for details.
There is limited grocery shopping available in the immediate area; however, you can find the basics at Jim’s Great American in Prattsville (about 13 miles away), or Tops market in Tannersville (about 18 miles away)
Restaurants, Diners, Taverns and Bars
With the exception of the Spruceton Inn, eating establishments are generally a 20 – 40 minute drive away. Here are a few of our favorites, or places that we’ve heard good things about.
Jägerberg Beer Hall & Alpine Tavern - We are biased (since we’re the owners!) but you can find some of the best German food and beer in the area at Jägerberg. Located 25 minutes from the cottage in the Village of Hunter, just past the entrance to Hunter Mountain Ski area. Open Thursday - Saturday 3pm - 10pm and Sunday 11am - 10pm.
Boitson’s - Kingston
Brushland Eating House - Bovina
Table on Ten - Bloomville
The Deer Mountain Inn - Tannersville
The Peekamoose – Big Indian
Zephyr – Pine Hill
Brios – Phoenicia
Tavern 214 - Phoenicia
The Phoenicia Diner - Phoenicia
The Catskill Seasons Inn – Shandaken
Last Chance Cheese – Tannersville
Mama’s Boy Burgers - Tannersville
Mama's Boy Pizza - Tannersville
Occasionally there may be a local pancake breakfast in the West Kill community hall. If we hear that there is going to be one when you are staying, we will let you know.
HANGING OUT AND MAKING NEW FRIENDS
Find the woods a little too quiet at night for your taste? Feeling nostalgia for the city already? Well, our good friends and recent Brooklyn transplants, Casey and Steven, recently opened the extensively-reviewed-in-the-right-press Spruceton Inn, “a Catskills bed and bar." It's about half a mile up the road and has a small bar that is open on the weekends. Take a moonlit walk along the creek for a cocktail and some company or meander over for an early-evening aperitif. While they don’t serve food, it is the local watering hole and is set in a beautiful location with stunning views of the valley's upper reaches. So stop by, have a drink and say hello.