OUTINGS

TRIP 1 – LOCAL FOOD HARVEST

1. Samaki smoked fish located on Jersey Avenue in Port Jervis has fresh smoked fish of all kinds. Delicious.


2. Finding Home Maple Syrup If it’s sugar season come watch it being made and pick up some buttermilk pancake mix to complete the experience.


3. Soon’s has apples of all kinds and lots of other vegetables and fruit. Free samples of apple cider and delicious cider donuts made dress daily.


4. Orange County Distillery. Come see exactly where that vodka, whiskey and gin comes from and see the fertile soil in the black dirt area of Orange County.

5. Muck Fields Vegetables Bialas Farms is close by on Celery Avenue in the black dirt fields. Get what the season offers: radishes, celery, carrots, onions, black garlic.

6. Dairy Farm in Otisville. Order ahead from
Freedom Hill Farm. Licensed to sell fresh raw milk, yogurt and kefir out of their farm store along with pickles, honey and free range eggs.

7. Farmer’s Daughter sells meat in Otisville at their main farmstand on Route 211. Pork, chicken, beef, lamb or eggs.

8. Green Valley Farms for grass fed beef, vegetables in season and a massive cutting garden during the summer.

9. Pick some watercress for dinner just under the Cottage’s waterfalls

TRIP 2 – SUMMER TIME SPLASH

1. Foundry 42 serves up the best coffee in Port Jervis along with all kinds of live music, arts and crafts for children, special echinacea masques over wine and unique souvenirs of the area. Come where the locals hang out.

2. J & J’s Deli Grab a sandwich for the day at the Polish deli with special sodas, homemade cabbage rolls and everything you need for a perfect picnic.

3. Kittatinny Canoes has seven locations for rafting, canoeing, kayaking and paintball.  

4. Zip Line Over the Delaware from Barryville on your Kittatinny trip.

5. Dinner at The Heron. Located overlooking a giant peaceful eddy on the Upper Delaware the Heron serves excellent food and drink in this beautiful setting.  Call ahead for reservations and be prepared to be impressed even if you’re traveling in from NYC.

6. Buy a Book at One Grand Books.  A quirky collection of books, each shelf holds a collection of books that a celebrity picks, from Neil Patrick Harris to Alice Waters. It is a fascinating collection filled with surprises both contemporary and classic.

7. Return to The Cottage in the Pines for a Late Night Campfire or read your books next to the gas fireplace.

TRIP 3 – RAINY DAY MILFORD AND BACK  

1. The Port Jervis Railroad Museum and Turntable. Just beyond the Rite Aid you can see the rail turntable, the Round House burned down in 1989, with some Erie Railroad Engines, Pullman and Dining cars.  Walk up Pike Street to 134 see the Tri-States Railroad Preservation Society’s railroad collection.


2. Lunch to go from Fretta’s Great sandwiches and all things Italian, Fretta’s food is delicious and authentic.


3. Grey Towers in Milford the home of Gifford Pinchot the first chief of the United States Forest Service. Don’t miss his trout casting pond and the watery dining table where supper was served on tiny boats.

4. Forest Hall was also, at one time, the Yale Forestry School. You can search the antique store that now occupies the space and find all kinds of treasures from around the world.

5. Take a detour to Peter’s Valley. This town was abandoned during a failed reclamation project on the Delaware.  The old homes are now used by artisans to teach crafts like pottery, blacksmithing, weaving and wood turning.  Artists sell their wares in the large shop.

6. Dinner at Two Rivers Grill. In the summer it is possible to sit outside on their patio with pets and eat great chili, classic burgers, sandwiches and salads.

TRIP 4– AROUND BETHEL WOODS  

Check in on the Port Jervis Outdoor Club’s activities on Facebook. They are organizing fun hikes year round and are a great way to meet outdoor enthusiasts. Or ask to see the local map they created with lots of hikes close by.


1. After leaving the Cottage in the Pines head north and pick up lunch at the Forestburg Deli
Hike the Appalachian Trail from High Point, north or south.


2. Run up to the quarry on our own property and build a fairy house of moss and twigs along the way.


3. Take the Cliff Park Trail in the Delaware Water Gap National Park to a perfect swimming hole on a hot summer day.


4. Too easy?  Take the strenuous Copper Mine Trail loop, also in the Delaware Water Gap National Park. 


5. Walking with little kids? Take the Huckleberry Ridge Trail in Port Jervis -  a great walk with rolling hills that follows a rail line and has lots of different microclimates.

TRIP 5 – FEELING LUCKY WEEKEND

1. Neversink Unique Area fly fishing. Entering the Unique area from Eden Road in nearby Forestburgh walk north parallel to the Neversink River, home of trout fishing in America.  The path eventually runs into the Neversink. How big was the one that got away?

2. Go mushrooming with a naturalist from the Outside Institute. A hike with Laura will always uncover something new, if not mushrooms, then wintergreen, or interesting tracks or just the pleasure that comes with a walk in the woods.

3. Monticello Casino has just opened. Spend some time exploring Empire Casino, watch the horses getting ready on the raceway.

TRIP 6 – HIKING TRIPS

Check in on the Port Jervis Outdoor Club’s activities on Facebook. They are organizing fun hikes year round and are a great way to meet outdoor enthusiasts.  Or ask to see the local map they created with lots of hikes close by.


1. After leaving the Cottage in the Pines head north and pick up lunch at the Forestburg Deli
Hike the Appalachian Trail from High Point, north or south


2. Run up to the quarry on our own property and build a fairy house of moss and twigs along the way.


3. Take the Cliff Park Trail in the Delaware Water Gap National Park to a perfect swimming hole on a hot summer day.


4. Too easy?  Take the strenuous Copper Mine Trail loop, also in the Delaware Water Gap National Park. 


5. Walking with little kids?  Take the Huckleberry Ridge Trail in Port Jervis -  a great walk with rolling hills that follows a rail line and has lots of different microclimates.