Guest Activities

Roxbury and Surroundings

what-to-do-in-Roxbury-and-surroundingsThe Roxbury Barn & Estate is located in the Central Catskills, where the peaks are high, and where our rural heritage is celebrated every day. We are just over a mile from Roxbury’s historic Main Street, and during the weekend of your event you and your guests are minutes from hiking, biking, peddling, shopping, arts and culture, train riding, lounging, or a group meet-up and start of the day at the famous Round Barn Farmers Market. We’ve put together a selection of the many options in and around Roxbury.

The Township of Roxbury

• Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
• 2 ½ hours from New York City.
• 1 ¼ hour from Albany.
• The township (90 square miles) consists of the village hamlets of Roxbury and Grand Gorge, and the Denver/Vega Valley.
• Population: 2,509 (28 persons per square mile).
•Roxbury is the birthplace of John Burroughs, the American naturalist and nature essayist, and Jay Gould, the 19th-century financier and railroad magnate.
• Roxbury’s community website: roxburyny.com

 

Hiking and Biking in and around Roxbury the CatskillsHiking and Biking

The Catskill Scenic Trail lies on top of the former rail bed of the Ulster & Delaware Railroad. This 19-mile Rails to Trails project offers a hard-packed surface that makes it perfect for hiking, biking, horseback riding during the warm months. Only a four hundred foot change in grade over the entire trail. The trail starts just north of Roxbury.
Full or half-day rentals of a 24-speed bike at the Roxbury General Store includes a helmet and a lock..

Or explore the Catskill Mountains on a meandering walk, Fire Tower hike, or yoga walk, with a NYS licensed hiking guide from Roxbury’s Wild Walks!

 

Roxbury-NY-Farmers-MarketFarmers’ Market

Just a couple of miles away from the Roxbury Barn & Estate, the Farmers Market at the Round Barn is held from mid May through mid October. Area farmers and artisans gather to share their creativity and bounty. The market runs Saturdays from 9am – 2pm. Local, organic and sustainable farms, crate farms, pasture raised meats, trout, cheeses, breads as well as bedding plants for your garden and patio. Make it your brunch start of the big day as there are food vendors and picnic tables. Artisans also sell jewelry, soaps, quilts, wool, wood products and more.

 

Delaware and Ulster Rail RoadScenic Rail Ride

The Delaware and Ulster Rail Road offers an excursion train that combines railroad nostalgia with scenic rides through New York’s legendary Catskill Mountains. The two hour trip goes from Arkville to Roxbury and back. A great idea for a rehearsal dinner as well!

 

Art and culture in Roxbury NYArts and Culture

The Roxbury Arts Group is a non-profit multi-arts organization, offering a wide variety of arts and entertainment, right in the heart of the village of Roxbury. Exhibitions, art and crafts shows and markets, readings, concerts, artist talks… check out their calendar to find out what’s coming up!

 

Mountain-Biking-in-the-CatskillsDownhill Mountain Biking and Freeriding

Each summer, nearby Plattekill (a 5-minute drive from the barn) turns into one of the Northeast’s premier destination for downhill mountain biking and freeriding. The technical terrain is among the best on the East Coast and has helped Plattekill earn a worldwide reputation as a mountain biking paradise. The trails at Plattekill range from fast, open runs to tight rocky single-track.

Shopping and antiquing in Roxbury NYAntiquing and Shopping

One of the prettiest stores around is Roxbury General on Main Street, offering a variety of carefully curated crafts, gifts, home wares, and clothing. A few doors down from Roxbury General is Jeff and Peter’s Roxbury Wine and Spirits. Not only do they offer wine and spirits from around the globe, but they also have a really great selection of NY State finds. Further down Main Street you’ll find Round Back Antiques, and Locust Grove Soap Company. Just a mile down the road on Route 30 is Rick’s Barn, for some serious antiquing. To all book lovers: don’t miss Hobart book village! And don’t miss Kabinett & Kammer, in Andes: a contemporary curiosity shop of antiques, natural wonders and art.

 

Golfing in the CatskillsGolfing

Roxbury is home to beautiful Shephard Hills: a 9-hole course with gorgeous views of the Catskills, built by the railroad magnate Gould family in the early 1900’s. Six miles away from our estate is Hanah’s Golf Course and Country Club: an 18-hole championship golf course with a 3-star Golf Digest rating.

 

Kayaking and canoeing in the western CatskillsKayaking and Canoeing

Susan’s Pleasant Pheasant Farm in Halcottsville (3 miles away from our estate) offers rentals of single or double crafts. Peddle away on Lake Wawaka. There’s high quality life vests, paddles and whistles too. Bring a camera, a picnic, or a fishing pole and spend the day on the water. They also have crafts available for use on the Pepacton Reservoir.

 

restaurants-in-Roxbury-NYEating and Drinking

Roxbury’s own gourmet food truck, Ate-O-Ate, regularly parks the truck right in town – don’t miss their culinary treats (we’re in love with their Reuben Fritters!). Public Restaurant offers a solid dinner menu, and late night cocktails! Main Street’s Cassie’s Cafe is open for breakfast and lunch.

A short ride away you’ll find Pine Hill’s Zephyr Restaurant for delicious food from the freshest local sustainable farms, and the highly praised Peekamoose Restaurant in Big Indian. Also very much worth the drive are Brushland Eating House in Bovina, Table on Ten in Bloomville, and The Andes Hotel in, you guessed it, Andes.

Or check out the newest distillery in our area for a tour or tasting: Union Grove Distillery in nearby Arkville.

 

 

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