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A Weekend in the Woods: Escape Brooklyn x Livingston Manor Fly Fishing Club


If you’re a close follower of Escape Brooklyn, no doubt you’ve scoped one of our most frequent locations this summer: Livingston Manor Fly Fishing Club. If you somehow missed it, allow me to set the stage: epic outdoor dinner parties, a creekside sauna, a moonlit tipi, canoe trips, swimming holes, nightly bonfires, spontaneous dance parties, and of course, fly fishing.

For decades, fly fishing has been an escape for many—both for sport, and the total immersion into nature. Mastering the sport requires a deep understanding and appreciation of the natural environment, the seasons, the river, and all it’s inhabitants. The Livingston Manor Fly Fishing Club is built on this very idea. But rather than limiting themselves to just fly fishing, LMFFC aims to introduce guests to a slower pace of life, where they become more connected to nature, and one another… regardless of fishing. (Hence, all that other stuff we listed above.)

Opening officially in 2018, Livingston Manor Fly Fishing Club and Escape Brooklyn are teaming up to host a weekend at the private estate, 115 miles from NYC. Guests can expect all of the activities listed above, plus meals, drinks, and lodging. From September 15 through September 17, each day will have scheduled activities, though also open times where guests are encouraged to explore on their own. Here’s a loose schedule for all you planners:

  • Friday, September 15: Guests are welcome to arrive as early as 4 p.m. At 7, a welcome cocktail will be served and there will be drinks until around 8 in the Clubhouse. At 8, the group departs for a group welcome dinner at nearby pizza joint The Kaatskeller. One flight up from the restaurant, you’ll find a quaint cocktail bar that’s open as long as the conversations are still going.
  • Saturday, September 16: Wake up whenever you’re ready, but breakfast is served around 9 a.m. Spend the morning doing whatever you want: hiking, canoeing, walk into town, or learning to fly fish from Tom, one of LMFFC’s owners. At 12:30 p.m., the group departs for Beaverkill Trout Hatchery for a tour, to learn about the region and its fish. On the way, we’ll stop for lunch at Turnwood General Store, where $4.50 will get you a burger made from cows raised on adjacent pasture. After the tour, we’ll head back to LMFFC. While the hosts are busy cooking, guests can socialize and help themselves to tap beer from the local brewery, or wine. An outdoor dinner will be served streamside around 6:30, and after, we’ll float back and forth from the bonfire to the tipi, which is known for its impromptu dance parties.
  • Sunday, September 17: Again, breakfast is served around 9 a.m. Feel free to spend the morning as you wish—we’d recommend the wood fired sauna, especially for those feeling the effects of the night before. Just plan on checking out before 4 p.m.

Reservations can be made at the Livingston Manor Fly Fishing Club events page by entering the password “escape”; only ten spots total are available. Any/all questions can be directed toward Escape Brooklyn or Livingston Manor Fly Fishing Club (or both.) Need a ride? Check out the Coach USA/Short Line Bus, who drops off right down the street from LMFFC. Arrangements can also be made from Monticello.

Special thanks to Peter Crosby for the supporting photography, who can regularly be seen around the Livingston Manor Fly Fishing Club with a growler of beer in one hand, and an SLR in the other.

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