CATSKILLS TRIP: DAY
Now that you've seen the area by car and foot, take a ride on the Delaware and Ulster Railroad. First in service in 1900, trains through the Catskill Mountains between Kingston and Oneonta brought passengers in and rushed dairy towards New York City. This two-hour round trip from Arkville to Roxbury and back is part of an ongoing preservation effort with departures at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays through the summer season. The Catskill Mountain Railroad runs scenic train rides on other sections of the old track, from Phoenicia to Boiceville, with plans to refurbish links to Kingston.
The interior of the Chateau Belleview
If you are a golfer, now is your chance to get in a round. Located just down the road from Arkville, Hanah Mountain Golf and Country Club in Margaretville boasts 3 ½ stars from Golf Digest and tee distances for all skill levels. Another championship quality choice is the Windham Country Club, a public golf course right next to Windham Mountain, designed in 1928 and remodeled in 1964. When you're finished on the fairways, Hanah's restaurant offers a basic variety of sandwiches.
In order to beat the Sunday back-to-the-city afternoon traffic, we suggest that you stay in the area for antique browsing and dinner until after rush hour. While you will likely find small antique shops sprinkled throughout the region, downtown Phoenicia has a good number of stores, and Acorn Antique's/Craftsman's Gallery is a good place to start.
If you're starting to feel like dinner, we suggest the Chateau Belleview, which is housed in a 100-year-old chateau in Tannersville. Parisian chef Gerard Uhrik cooks up classic French fare like roast duck aux framboises and filet mignon with bercy sauce. And before hitting the road, indulge in mousse au chocolat, a sweet way to end three days in the Catskills.
For more information, visit the Sullivan County Visitors Association at www.scva.net