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The Stickett Inn in Barryville, New York

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Nestled on the New York and the Pennsylvania border, Barryville is just a two hour drive from New York City in the Delaware Water Gap area. It’s a really small town, but with all the essentials for the best weekend ever within a walking distance of the hotel, including a great small gourmet grocery, a farmers market, several antique shops and one of the best dive bars ever.

To get here via public transit, you can also take New Jersey Transit to Port Jervis, NY and take a cab; you can also take a bus to Milford, PA and Monticello, NY, and catch a cab there. But if you can, rent a car–and take the incredibly scenic route that passes through Port Jervis onto Route 97: a beautiful, winding road beside the Delaware river (pictured above.)

Where to stay: Cheeky Boutique Hotel With an Outdoor Hot Tub

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We stayed at the Stickett Inn, just two hours from New York City in the heart of Barryville. The four-room inn is on the smaller side, but it’s rooms are spacious, and tastefully decorated with boob pillows, Elvis lamps, modern art, and retro-chic furniture. Each of the rooms has a special draw–a large kitchen, a wet bar, a steam shower, a soaking huge tub. There’s also an 850 square foot cottage, with two bedrooms, a full eat-in kitchen, fenced in private corral with Weber grill and full access to the main building. All rooms have access to the outdoor hot tub.

If you need any groceries or booze, walk across the street to the gourmet River Market, which is also host to a farmers market during summer weekends.

What to Do Around Barryville: Explore the Delaware Water Gap, Relive Woodstock, Explore the Delaware River Towns

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For a tiny river town, there’s lots to do here–and even more when you venture out a bit. Start your morning off with a walk down by the river, then hit the antique shops in town on the way back. Barryville Antiques Emporium is especially fun–an antique shop in an old house, which spreads out to the yard during warmer months. Also right down the road from the hotel is Reber River Trips, with tubing, white water rafting,  kayaks and canoeing. Just a bit further down the road, Kittatinny Adventure Center offers those same water sports, but also paint-balling and ziplining.

If you have a car, make sure to check out Narrowsburg, just a 15 minute drive away for brunch at The Heron and walk around town. Check out some the great shopping like Nest, a beautiful home and lifestyle boutique; Maison Bergogne, an antique shop in an old car garage; and One Grand Books, where the stacks are determined by “desert island” picks from celebrities, authors and artists.

Barryville is also 15 minutes from Bethel, the site of Woodstock. (No, Woodstock did not take place in Woodstock. In fact, Bethel and Woodstock are nearly 60 miles apart.) Park your car and wander the property at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts to see the field where the magic unfolded, along with the pond where festival-goers swam and bathed. The museum on-site is open from April to January.

Where to Eat and Drink Around Barryville: Farm Fresh Food, Dinner Above a Gas Station, and Hand-Set Bowling at a Dive Bar

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Though coffee is provided at the Stickett Inn, breakfast is not. Head over to River Market, where you can pick up some pastries, or head to The Heron in Narrowsburg for a fantastic sit-down meal. The Stickett Inn also has a juice bar, helpful for those painful hangovers.

For a memorable lunch, off the beaten path and total hidden gem in the area is the Pine Grove Inn–definitely recommend eating at the bar here because the bartender is really fun. The lodgey decor and retro wallpaper make it a destination in itself, but the food was surprisingly fresh, yummy, and a great spot for a little liquid courage on the way to our ziplining excursion.

For an easy casual dinner, try out Baker’s Tap Room just up the road. It’s nothing fancy–the menu consists of your standard pub fare, but the pizza is pretty fantastic. It was kind of perfect for our late-evening arrival into Barryville, about a ten minute drive away. The Heron, mentioned previously, is not only a great option for breakfast but also for dinner. Reservations are recommended–ask for patio seating for a seat overlooking the Delaware River. Another foodie hotspot in the area is the new location of Henning’s Local. This farm-to-table joint is in the most inconspicuous place possible: above a Mobil station. (Yes, Mobil as in the gas.) By description alone, we thought the restaurant would be small and cozy–but it’s actually quite large and loft-like. Reservations are recommended for this meat-heavy menu, but vegetarians might want to look elsewhere to dine.

As far as bars go in the area, Rohman’s is kind of the best dive bar ever with cheap beer and hand-set bowling. Located in Shohola (across the river), it’s within walking distance to the hotel. Downstairs, the bar is made out of an old bar-car of a train; the seats at the bar fold down. Upstairs, bowling alleys are first come, first serve. Bring quarters for the juke box!

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