In 2010, Jon Westergreen, former head of the county’s chamber of commerce, opened Main Street Farm, a gourmet cafe selling local produce. In July, he debuted an outdoor pizza joint with picnic-bench seating. The outdoor wood-fired oven turns out Catskill-inspired pies (broccoli shoots and local chèvre) and above the kitchen, there’s a bar designed by Westergreen’s partner, Christopher Tierney, of the Manhattan speakeasy Apotheke.
Callicoon Farmers’ Market
Callicoon hosts one of the best weekly farmers’ markets in Sullivan County: Look for mozzarella with Sicilian sea salt and freshly bottled cow’s milk from Tonjes Dairy; wood-smoked trout from Heller’s Farm; and crisp alcoholic cider from Aaron Burr Cidery.
Catskill Fly-Fishing Center and Museum
You’ll find plenty of evidence of Sullivan County’s long fly-fishing history at these country-style houses dedicated to the sport and its key figures. America’s last bamboo rod-making community workshop is also held here, and a few times a year you can learn how to make an old-fashioned rod from scratch.
The Emerald Ballroom
The Heron, a popular riverside bistro in Narrowsburg, was the first great restaurant to open in the area in 2012. Maintaining a rigorously local farm-to-table ethos, it serves unpretentious dishes like house-made liver pâtés and crispy fried buttermilk chicken. Now its basement space hosts a new live music venue, with an original tin ceiling, inventive cocktails (Fernet and Coke) and homegrown rock band performances.
Sunny’s Callicoon Pop
Sunrise Ruffalo and her husband, the actor Mark Ruffalo, left L.A. in the ’90s to live in the county part-time. This summer, she opened an eclectic shop in the village with clothing and home goods from near and far, like soap from the local Buck Brook Alpacas farm and New Orleans artist Chris Roberts-Antieaus’s framed tapestries. 21 Lower Main Street, Callicoon, N.Y., 12723, (845) 887-3175.
Pamela Mayer’s understated shop, founded in 2006, was one of the pioneering boutiques in Narrowsburg. A former clothing designer in New York City, Mayer has assembled a bohemian selection including tie-dye dresses from Raquel Allegra, straw hats from Tuscany and organic skin-care lines, including those from Witchey Handmade, owned by Callicoon local Hollie Witchey, a model, herbalist and homeopath.
Created by a former W and Vogue editor who moved to Narrowsburg in 2006, the boutique, which now has a sister shop in Livingston Manor, offers hints of mountain charm, like antique snowshoes and Native American blankets. There’s also batik bedding from India, colorful saris and leather and woven cotton satchels that resemble a traditional creel — a portable wicker basket fly-fisherman once used to store their catch.
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