24 Hours in Upstate NY

Upstate New York, or New York City’s much better-looking sister, is vast and full of twists and turns. But if you know in which little nooks you should look, there are some real treasures to be found.

We know you only have a mere 24 hours, but if you do it right, you can fit a lot of magic in there. So for every hour of that day, if you ever find yourself without something to do, we’ve got you covered. Here’s a little something special for every hour, on the hour, plus a map to help you get there.

6AM: Sign Me Up

You’ll have much to brag about after learning how to fly fish with The Beaverkill Angler. Go on, spend the day on the river!

7AM: Banana Pancakes

Make any and every excuse to have as many of the mouth-watering banana pancakes at Maggie’s Krooked Cafe on Main St in Tannersville.

8AM: Chasing Waterfalls

We always encourage chasing waterfalls, especially when the views are as spectacular as the ones at Kaaterskill Falls.

Kaaterskill Falls
Kaaterskill Falls

9AM: In Good Company

You’re never alone at Bread Alone Bakery. Here, you’re always surrounded by a bevy of freshly baked treats and piping hot coffee.

10AM: Brunch Bunch

Brunch at The Garden Cafe consists of whole grain french toast, black bean quesadillas, ridiculously delicious juices and all of your favorite vegan fixings.

11AM: Back to School

It’s time for a cultural field trip to The School, a 30,000 sq ft exhibition space at the Jack Shainman Gallery only open on Saturdays.

12PM: No Finer Diner

A trip to the Catskills would be incomplete without a stop at Instagram’s favorite Upstate brunch, the fabulous Phoenicia Diner.

1PM: Stock Up

Loving the local fare? Stock up and bring some home with you. The Callicoon Farmer’s Market is year-round and a must see on Sundays.

Callicoon Farmers Market
Photo via @callicoonfarmersmarket

2PM: The Nest Big Thing

Don’t miss Nest, a boutique homeware store with quintessential Upstate styles, founded by former Vogue design director, Anna Bern.

3PM: Farm Life

Get your fix of life on the farm with apple picking at Stone Ridge Orchard or llama lovin’ at Buck Brook Alpacas.

4PM: Scope It Out

Because why wouldn’t you want to go to the world’s largest kaleidoscope? Yes, it’s a real thing, and it’s called Emerson Kaleidoscope.

5PM: Oh Ship!

Be the captain of your adventure and take your friends on a champagne sunset sail through the Hudson River with Tivoli Sailing Company.

6PM: B I N G O!

If you’re feeling lucky, Wednesday night bingo at The Catskill Pines is always an over-the-top time.

7PM: I Dig Shindig

There’s no way you won’t dig the veggie melt with zucchini, squash, roasted peppers, arugula, goat cheese, and pesto at Shindig.

8PM: Hey Hattie

Say hello to Hattie’s restaurant, where fried chicken is dished out in a 1938 shack with a courtyard and late-night lounge.

9PM: Drive-In

Kick it old school at the Hi-Way Drive-In, a throwback theater with a killer concession stand and classic lineup of budget movies.

Hi-Way Drive-In Theatre
Photo by @hillpix

10PM: Brunette Does It Better

Red, white, rosé, orange, and everywhere in between, wine always tastes better at the locally loved Brunette Wine Bar.

11PM: Right Now

Thought CDs were a thing of the past? Think again! They’re aplenty in the jukebox at Tavern. Play some skeeball with your favorite hits!

12AM: Ör This

Let a spontaneous night take you to the dancefloor at Ör Gallery & Tavern, an industrial-style cafe in a former garage with cocktails.

1AM: By The Bar

The night is young and a seasonal sangria is calling your name from Station Bar & Curio in Woodstock, open until 2am every night.

2AM: Starstruck

If you find yourself up late and seeking some inspiration, just look up! The Catskills are famous for fabulous stargazing.

3AM: Got Your Back

If you’re fiending for one more drink, find it in the form of a Hill Farmstead pint at BackBar, they’ve got your back ’till 4am Weds-Sat.

4AM: Come On, Fellas

Nothing like a good old dive bar, go for some mozzarella sticks and beer at The Spinning Room, it’s open until 4AM on Fridays.

5AM: All The Trails

Not sure where to take a hike? Guess what, there’s an app for that! Download alltrails and be on your way.

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