Made famous by both the Robber Barons of the Gilded Age and the flower children of the 1960s, the Catskills has long been a much beloved travel destination. Many communities dot the picturesque region, including the hamlet of Livingston Manor.
Located just 30 minutes from the original Woodstock site, this serendipitous bastille of small town charisma is well worth a visit.
What follows are suggestions on where to go, dine and spend the night while there.
Stroll Livingston Manor
Cheery gardens and American Flags seeming wave welcome to travelers who choose to stroll Livingston Manor’s thoroughfares.
Along the way visitors will happen upon inviting places like the Catskill Art Society Arts Center which is open year round with varying hours. It offers a variety of art exhibits and special events throughout the year. Though there is no admission fee to access the art gallery, donations are always welcome.
Catskill Art Society
Outdoor Recreation in Livingston Manor
Those that love the outdoors will find no shortage of activities thanks to places such as the Catskill Forest Preserve, Mongaup Pond State Park and the Catskill Fly Fishing Center.
Accessible from the Willowemoc Covered Bridge, the 500 acre Catskill Forest Preserve is a hodgepodge of natural and manmade delights such as cascading cataracts, forlorn farmhouses and an abundance of hiking trails. The area is open year round and there is no admission fee.
While at Mongaup Pond State Park visitors will find other opportunities for swimming, boating and fishing along the park’s 120 acre lake. Open May through Columbus Day from 8:00 am until 9:00 pm; the park does charge an $8 day use and a $22 camping fee.
Open year round, with varying hours; the Catskill Fly Fishing Center contains a museum devoted to fly fishing history as well as a hatchery that stocks the region’s waterways with brown trout annually. Guided tours are available.
Mongaup Pond State Park
Catskill Fly Fishing Center
Dining in Livingston Manor
It is only fitting that in a region with deep roots to the Peace and Love Revolution there would be a Flour Power Bakery and Café.
Once travelers get past the perfunctory Peace Sign sugar cookies, the menu has a full repertoire of artisan breads, savories and other flaky, pastry delights to indulge in.
Those whose idea of nirvana is a slice of warm, delectable, pumpernickel bread replete with raisins and topped with a smattering of cinnamon raisin cream cheese would be remiss to pass this pastry palace by.
Travelers may expect to pay around $6 for a loaf of fresh baked nirvana.
As of 2011 the Flour Power Bakery and Café is open on the weekends, year round, from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm.
Other suitable dining options in Livingston Manor include the Lazy Beagle which offers an out-of-this world Curried Sweet Potato and Coconut soup for $6.
Flour Power Bakery and Café
The Lazy Beagle
Lodging in Livingston Manor
Many businesses promise the world, but few deliver like the owners of the Guest House . Each of the bed and breakfast’s cottages is designed to represent far flung destinations like India, Africa, China, Russia and Britannia.
Interspersed with the ethnic décor are welcome amenities like stocked refrigerators, in-room massages, romantic fireplaces, Jacuzzis, hot tubs, flat screen televisions, barbecue grills, kitchen appliances and covered porches with soul soothing vistas of the surrounding apple orchard, pond and Willowemoc River.
Travelers will find that the nightly rates associated with all this exotic luxury costs far less than a whirlwind world tour. Rates per cottage range from $196 to $400 per night with each cottage accommodating up to six people.
Advance reservations are strongly recommended and may be made by contacting the Guest House staff direct.
The Guest House Bed and Breakfast
Additional information about Livingston Manor may be found on the Catskill Region’s website.
Catskill Park, “The Catskill Park” catskillpark.com
NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation, “Mongaup Pond”dec.ny.gov
Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum, “Home” cffcm.net
Flour Power Bakery and Café, “Home” flourpowerbakery.net
The Lazy Beagle, “Home” lazybeaglepub.com
The Guest House Bed and Breakfast, “Home” theguesthouse.com