Misty sunrise over the Delaware River near Narrowsburg, NY. All photos by Escape Brooklyn.

Located 2.5 hours from NYC, the hamlet of Narrowsburg sits on the Delaware River between the Catskill Mountains and the Pocono Mountains. Thanks to an influx of new shops, restaurants, and entertainment options, Narrowsburg is known by locals as the pioneer “hotspot” in Sullivan County — and it’s long held its own for years now as one of the coolest getaways from NYC.

From the moment you hit the road, the fun begins because the drive is part of the magic of a visit to Narrowsburg. Expect lots of peace signs and doves painted on the sides of barns — not far away is the original site of the 1969 Woodstock Festival at Bethel Woods. On the journey home, make sure to route your drive to Route 97 through Barryville and along the Delaware River; a portion of this drive is called The Hawk’s Nest and it’s considered one of the most scenic drives in New York State. From there, the road dumps you into Port Jervis, where you stop to shop and eat, then can catch Route 23 though New Jersey all the way home on back roads though High Point State Park.

What to Do in Narrowsburg, NY: Hiking, Tubing, and Antiquing Along the Delaware River

Find a treasure to take home at Maison Bergogne, one of the many antique shops in Narrowsburg, NY.

Whether you’re looking for a super active getaway, or a low-key weekend of shopping, or even a bit of both — you’re in luck here. Narrowsburg was one of the first of many towns in Sullivan County to see a recent spike in business openings and a lively full-time community keeping things interesting with arty events.

Those looking for a not-too-challenging hike with big rewards should head to the Tusten Mountain Trail, where a 1.5ish mile loop trail offers some awesome views of the Delaware River. And speaking of the river, a kayak, tube, raft or canoe down the Delaware River is a must– check out Landers River Trips for rentals, or take its the views during the summer with Lou’s Tubes for an unbeatable $6 per day. For a swim, hop in the Delaware right in town, or head to Skinners Falls for an epic swimming hole experience. Those looking for a more mellow, but active experiences can sign up for yoga, pilates, meditation, or just use the gym at the nearby Chi Hive.

Bad weather? No problem. Hit Main Street and go shopping, perusing the many antique and boutique shops. Next door to Moonriver Inn, the beautiful Maison Bergogne walks the line of showroom/museum/shop, with its lovely collection of antiques and oddities. Also check out fun stuff for home and closet at Velvet Maple; eco-conscious clothier Mayer Wasner, and One Grand Books — not to mention, all the antique shops.

Last, though it’s nice to relax and unwind, if something is going on in town – and it will almost certainly be arty — be sure to check it out! In September, Narrowsburg hosts the Big Eddy Film Fest, showcasing indie films from around the world. Another place to check for events is Mildred’s Lane, an art community that frequently hosts open houses, art shows and epic bonfires. Last, check the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance website for event listings at the Tusten Theatre in town including the film festival, jazz nights, plays and more — or the all-encompassing community calendar.

Where to Eat & Drink: The Best Restaurants in Narrowsburg, NY:

The Heron in Narrowsburg, NY. Grab a seat at the bar, or on the back patio overlooking the river.

Begin your day at the Tusten Cup for breakfast staples, including their delicious breakfast burrito. For brunch, lunch or dinner, check out The Heron  one of our favorite restaurants in the entire region, with some really amazing farm-to-table fare. The menu is very southern-inspired, with comfort food favorites like buttermilk biscuits and fried chicken. Weather permitting, grab a seat on the outdoor terrace overlooking the big eddy, the deepest part of the river—otherwise, soak in the atmosphere of the beautiful and intimate dining room. Also great for dinner is new pizza joint The Laundrette, serving up wood-fired sour-dough pizza. It’s also right on the river, with a large patio overlooking the Delaware River and the Narrowsburg bridge.
Fifteen minutes from town, we also love the Cochecton Fire Station, whose menu was also created by the same chef, Henning Nordanger. The Fire Station has more of a day-drinking/lunch vibe though, serving up craft cocktails alongside a completely wood-fired food menu, inside an old fire station. This menu is separated between $5 items, and not $5 items. Year-round, it’s the perfect place to hang out and kill a few hours: in summer, the fire station doors open up to let in the fresh air; in winter, guests can curl up by a wood stove.

Where To Stay in Narrowsburg: Our Favorite Hotels & Airbnbs

There’s no shortage of vacation rentals, boutique hotels and even motels in the Roscoe, NY area. Below, we’re sharing some of our favorites.

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Little River

The beautiful cabin and property known as Little River boasts vintage charm, modern amenities and outdoor delights – including a riverfront sauna, creekside dining, outdoor shower and fire pit. Its gorgeous setting is incredibly photogenic, landing it in GQ, Cabin Porn, and even Airbnb’s Top Ten.

Rates begin ~$375/night, plus cleaning.

Rowley House

If you’re looking for a modern take on a cabin, Rowley House is your spot. Following a recent renovation, the three bedroom home is filled with treasures from local makers and the coziest bedding. We love the elevated deck, surrounded by forest – plus the indoor sauna and home gym, for that extra level of self-care during vacation.

See the full EB feature on Rowley House to take a closer look. Rates begin ~$375/night, plus cleaning.

Beaver Brook

This iconic property with a main bunkhouse and multiple cabins on 52 is straight from the pages of Cabin Porn – actually, it’s the front cover. Welcome to Beaver Brook.

Nestled in an old growth pine forest, the 4-bedroom Bunkhouse (for guests) is an intriguing home built from a reclaimed Vermont barn. While on property, have a drink on the deck of the cabin that reignited America’s love affair with cabins.

~$950/night, plus cleaning.

Moonriver Inn

Moonriver Inn is nestled in the heart of Narrowsburg, steps away from the Delaware River, plus all the shopping and restaurants on Main Street. The Inn offers four total hotel rooms; we love the Sunrise Room with its beautiful clawfoot soaking tub.

Beautiful landscaping graces the outside, with a stone patio that overlooks the river. Keep an eye out for wildlife here: it’s not uncommon to spot a soaring bald eagle, grazing deer, or a heron meandering on the river shore. Of note: the inn has a very-friendly pet policy.

Cabin on the River

This mid-century log cabin retreat situated on the Ten Mile River, Cabin on the River, features cozy, stylish interiors, plus an autumnal outdoor playground — with a riverside cedar hot tub, outdoor shower, six person hammock, riverside dining and multiple decks to take it all in.

Three bedrooms sleeps up to six guests, family and pet friendly. See Cabin on the River’s full Escape Brooklyn feature with more intel. ~$375/night, plus fees.

Hidden Sanctuary

The three bedroom Hidden Sanctuary is literally perched on a cliff, with sweeping views of the Delaware River and beyond. Alfresco dining is a must to make the most of those vistas, with after-dinner drinks around the fire pit the perfect end to an evening. When it’s time to tear yourself away from the house, it’s just ten minutes into town.

Sleeps up to six guests. ~$550/night, including all fees.

Planning a trip? Check out our guides for nearby towns of Callicoon and Livingston Manor.