Get Outta Town: New York

Discover the natural beauty and cultural heritage deep within the so-called "Borscht Belt" of New York's Catskill Mountains.
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ROUTE DESCRIPTION: For much of the 20th century, summer brought about a million Jews from New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania to vacation in the resorts of the Catskill Mountains. This loop will take you take you through Sullivan and Ulster counties, to the heart of what became known as the “Borscht Belt." While the resorts (many of which were a stone’s throw from the Neversink River) flourished until the 1960s, by the 1990s only a few remained. Some fell into ruin and were burned as insurance fraud while others were sold as ashrams or drug rehabilitation centers.

POINTS OF INTEREST:

Roadhouses
3. 209 Diner, 80 SR-209, Ellenville, New York, tel: (845) 210-1322, "You can count on the 209 to provide a tasty meal"
5. Roadside Tavern, 156 Bedford Rd. Katonah, New York, tel: (914) 232-9808, "The place to eat in Katonah"
6. Stumble in Tavern, 231 Hamburg Tpke. Bloomingdale, New Jersery, tel: (973) 838-7365, "Basic American fare accompanied with draught beer"
7. Grasshoppers Too, 26 Erie Ave. Wayne, New Jersery, tel: (973) 696-9698, "Live music and karaoke"
8. Spadifino's, 15 Commerce St. Hawthorne, New York, tel: (914) 769-3725, "Classic Italian restaurant boasts a brick oven"
9. Pete's Saloon & Restaurant, 8 W. Main St. Elmsford, New York, tel: (914) 592-9849, "Seven varieties of burger"
10. Star Bar & Grill, 472 Franklin Ave. Mt. Vernon, New York, tel: (914) 668-8540, "Slick sports bar"

Great Outdoors
3. Burger Hill Park , SR-9G, Rhinebeck, New York, tel: (845) 473-4440, "Centered around a 550-foot hill"
4. Mills-Norrie State Park, Old Post Rd. Staatsburg, New York, tel: (845) 889-4646, "Stroll the grounds of a picturesque estate"
5. Lake Superior State Park, SR-55, Bethel, New York, tel: (845) 794-3000, "Swimming, cooking out, volleyball and paddle boating"
6. Neversink Gorge State Unique Area, Off SR-209, Rock Hill, New York, tel: (845) 256-3000, "Truly great fly fishing"
7. Minnewaska State Park Preserve, US-44SR-55, New Paltz, New York, tel: (845) 255-0752 , "Cliffs and waterfalls grace this park"
8. Stony Kill State Environmental Education Center, 79 Farmstead Lane, Wappingers Falls, New York, tel: (845) 831-8780, "The barn now serves as a classroom"
9. James Baird State Park, Off SR-55, Pleasant Valley, New York, tel: (845) 452-1489, "Named after the builder of the Lincoln Memorial"
11. Highland Lakes State Park, Off SR-211, Middletown, New York, tel: (845) 786-2701, "3,000 acres of forest and lakes"
12. Storm King State Park, SR-9W, Cornwall, New York, tel: (845) 786-2701, "Pristine forest for hikers"
13. Clarence Fahnestock State Park, 1498 SR-301, Carmel, New York, tel: (845) 225-7207, "14,000 acres include a beach"
14. West End Beach, Water & Pike Sts. Port Jervis, New York, tel: (845) 858-4045, "A lifeguard-protected beach"
15. Sterling Forest State Park , 116 Old Forge Rd. Tuxedo , New York, tel: (845) 351-5910, "Home of the 1,400-acre Doris Duck Wildlife Sanctuary"
16. Rockland Lake State Park, Off SR-9W, Congers, New York, tel: (845) 268-3020, "Two Olympic-sized swimming pools"

Roadside Attractions
1. Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum, 1031 Old Rte. 17, Livingston Manor, New York, tel: (845) 439-4810, "On the banks of the Willowemoc Creek"
6. Trolley Museum, 89 E. Strand St. Roundout Landing, Kingston, New York, tel: (845) 331-3399, "Ride a trolley through historic downtown Kingston"
7. Hyde Park Railroad Station, 34 River Rd. Hyde Park, New York, tel: (845) 229-2338, "Restored to its original splendor"
8. Franklin D. Roosevelt Home National Historic Site, 4097 Albany Post Rd. Hyde Park, New York, tel: (845) 229-9115 , "Visit the presidential retreat of Springwood"
9. Innisfree Garden , Tyrrell Rd. @US-44, Millbrook, New York, tel: (845) 677-8000, "A jewel nestled in the hills of Dutchess County"
10. Wing's Castle, 717 Bangall Rd. Millbrook, New York, tel: (845) 677-9085, "One man's trash is another's treasure"
11. Harness Racing Museum, 240 Main St. Goshen, New York, tel: (845) 294-6330, "Explore the world of horse breeding and harness racing"
12. Storm King Art Center, Old Pleasant Hill Rd. Mountainville, New York, tel: (845) 534-3115, A monumental sculpture garden"
13. West Point Visitor Center, Main St. @ the Thayer Gate, Highland Falls, New York, tel: (845) 938-2638, "'‘Duty, Honor, Country'"
14. Franklin Mineral Museum, 32 Evans St. Franklin , New Jersery, tel: (973) 827-3481 , "A dazzling array of fluorescent minerals"

SUGGESTED STOP: Chug over to the Trolley Museum in Kingston, NY.

DETAILED DRIVING DIRECTIONS:
Total mileage: 256 miles

  1. Start | SR-9A
Henry Hudson Pkwy. @ W. 72nd St. New York, NY
  • North | SR-9A / Henry Hudson Pkwy. (Exit 14, Right) (4.8 miles)
  • Right on ramp | I-95 / US-1 New Jersey Tpke. (North) (Exit 69, Right) (5.1 miles)
  • Left | I-80 (West) (Exit 53, Right) (14.8 miles)
  • Right | SR-23 SR-202 Main St. CR-519 CR-15 (47.5 miles)
  • Bear Left |, US-6 Main St. (1.4 miles)
  • Right | US-209 / Kingston Ave. SR-213 US-209 / Clayton Peg Leg Bates Memorial Hwy. (29.9 miles)
  • Left | SR-52 / Canal St. Cape Rd. CR-52 Ulster Heights Rd. (8.2 miles)
  • Right | Beaver Dam Rd. SR-42 (5.2 miles)
  • Left | SR-55 (2.3 miles)
  • Right | CR-19 / Claryville Rd. (4.6 miles)
  • Left | CR-157 / Branch Rd. CR-47 (1.3 miles)
  • Bear Left | Round Pond Rd. Pole Rd. Willowemoc Rd. (5.8 miles)
  • Left | CR-84 / Hunter Rd. Parksville Rd. CR-85 / Long Ave. (7.4 miles)
  • Left | CR-176 / Main St. Old SR-17 Main St. SR-52 (4.5 miles)
  • Right | SR-55 / Lake St. Liberty Rd. CR-14 SR17B CR-13 Board Rd. CR-12 (22.5 miles)
  • Left | CR-32 / Proctor Rd. (5.1 miles)
  • Right | CR-41 / High Rd. (< 0.1 miles)
  • Left | CR-31 / Upper Mongaup Rd. (5.2 miles)
  • Left | SR-97 SR-42 US-209 US-6 / Main St. (8.0 miles)
  • Bear Right | , CR-15 SR-23 Bank St. Mill St. CR-639 US-202 US-23 (47.1 miles)
  • Left | I-80 (East) (Exit 68A, Left) (14.7 miles)
  • Left on ramp | I-95 New Jersey Tpke. (South) (Exit 1, Right) (5.1 miles)
  • Right on ramp, SR-9A / Henry Hudson Pkwy. (5.5 miles)
  • Finish | SR-9A / Henry Hudson Pkwy. @ W. 72nd St. New York, NY

  • Published: 11 Sep 2008 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
    Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication

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