Andes Rail Trail / Bullet Hole Spur and the Shavertown Trail in Kaatskill Life in Andes, NY

Andes Rail Trail / Bullet Hole Spur and the Shavertown Trail in Kaatskill Life

The article states: “All in all, this is one of the nicest trails in the area, interesting in its variety, and a comfortable trail for those who like to wander in the woods. It is short enough to walk in a couple of hours, and interesting enough for repeated visits. The Catskill Mountain Club did a superb job with this trail. Congratulations!”

We couldn’t agree more! Click here to read the whole article.
Click here to get more information on the Andes Rail Trail/Bullet Hole Spur and here for Shavertown Trail. Not mentioned is our beautiful Palmer Hill trail too. Click here to find out about that trail.

See what the NY Times has to say about the Andes Hotel!

Carved out of the wild heart of upstate New York, Route 28 is shaped like a kindergartner’s C — wiggly, squiggly and questionably curved — looping north to south, from the Adirondacks all the way down to the Catskills. Quick it ain’t: a two-hour highway drive from Warrensburg to Kingston can take three times that long on Route 28.

But its pleasures are worth it. In the north, Route 28 meanders near lakes like George past ski joints like Gore. Its Adirondack portion crosses the churning headwaters of the Hudson River. Farther south, it passes by splotches of fresh water, tiny towns with names that tell you who lived there before (Indian Lake) and why (Old Forge), and skirts classic-sounding outposts like Utica and Rome. Then it drops down to Cooperstown, home of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, where legends like Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays and George Herman Ruth, aka The Babe, have their plaques hung for all posterity.

From there, the route goes by red barns, green pastures, white steeples, the occasional overgrown silo or collapsed farmhouse, the crashing waters at Colliers Dam. After crossing Interstate 88, Route 28 becomes a drive made for drivers: rolling and pitching as mountains and valleys vie for the road. Part of the pleasure is not knowing what’s around the next bend. One surprise is the Andes Hotel, which was founded in 1850 and still offers lodging and liquor, with modern-day drinkers happily occupying the hotel’s spacious front porch. Read More


The Andes Hotel, The Watershed Post and the Tractor Supply store in Delhi will receive the top honors from the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce.

The businesses will be recognized at the chamber’s 2011 Annual Awards Dinner on Oct. 20. The awards were announced last week.

Delhi’s Tractor Supply, which offers a wide range of household, farm, and commercial equipment, was named Business of the Year.

“In a very hard time, Tractor Supply opened its second store in Delaware County. With the creation of jobs, meeting the needs of the communities and with the generation of sales tax, this new store has truly helped the economy for Delaware County,” Mary Beth Silano, executive director of the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce, said in a media release.

The New Business of the Year award will be given to Watershed Post, an online community newspaper serving the Catskills region.

“The Watershed Post has shown the importance of the need for being connected to the Internet,” Silano said. “As a small business, owner Lissa Harris shows that hard work equals success, and we appreciate her commitment to Delaware County.”

Harris said the groundwork for Watershed Post began about two years ago, and the online-only publication went live in January.

“It’s been a wild ride. It’s been really rewarding,” she said by telephone Monday.

The geography of the Catskill Mountains makes it a tough place to deliver news to residents, Harris said. But the Internet is a way to overcome poor radio reception and long. Read More

Why Andes is worth a peek by the NY Post

My most vivid memories of being a camp counselor in the late 1970s are about nights out at the Andes Hotel in upstate Delaware County. The scene was a mix of tattooed, bearded bikers shooting pool in the bar and blue-haired ladies and gents square dancing in the cavernous dining room. We counselors used to order pizza and beer from the bar.

Nights at the 1850s two-story Colonial hotel, with its gracious rocking-chair porch, were exotic for a city kid, as was the night I spent in one of the hotel rooms out back. (Don’t tell my parents.)

On a recent steaming hot July Sunday, I’m sitting on that same porch, eating smoked salmon benedict prepared with “crisp roesti potatoes, poached eggs and an herb Hollandaise.” The meal has been prepared by Ed O’Neill, a Culinary Institute of America-trained chef who owns the hotel with his wife, Sally.

The Andes Hotel is not the honky-tonk I remember. Neither is the sleepy village of Andes, situated halfway between Woodstock and Cooperstown, about three hours from New York City.

With its fresh, locally grown menu items, an array of music and theater, the annual Harvest Moon Ball, updated rooms and Cans & Clams nights in its summer shack, the Andes is as hip as any NYC boutique hotel. It draws locals, second-home owners and tourists.

Kelsey Grammer, who owns a 1900s farmhouse in Andes, stops in frequently — it’s like an upstate “Cheers.” Ben Stiller recently dropped by. Main Street, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, lures sophisticates with its art galleries, antiques and gift shops, a farmers market and the Tay Tea shop and restaurant. Read More

Andes, New York & Kabinett & Kammer Written Up In Shopping Confidential By Yale Breslin

“I love going upstate to Bovina, where my friend Christine’s parents have a place, and a trip there is never complete without a little shopping excursion in the town of Andes. It’s amazing how small the ‘downtown’ is, and the shopping center is pretty much on one teeny tiny little strip of Main Street. But even so, you can pretty much find all you need to make the best weekend trip ever: food, vintage clothing, and antiques. In fact, every time I come back to the city, there is one store in particular, called Kabinett and Kammer, that I’m always thinking about. You know, planning the next trip to see what new treasures they’ll put out and clearing space in my apartment for some of those new things, etc. Unfortunately, Bovina is about 3 hours away, and because of our busy schedules, we don’t really get there as often as we’d like, so you can imagine how I felt when they recently opened a space in the East Village, just a few blocks away from John Derian.”

“It’s the most amazing antique shop filled to the brim with curiosities like sea fans, bell jars, taxidermy, and anatomical prints. I know we’ve seen these before, but they somehow manage to choose the cream of the crop, and arrange them in ways that make you feel like you’ve really stumbled onto something. Their furniture is exceptional and everything is reasonably priced for what it is. Walking into the store gives me so much visual inspiration, and though it’s filled with so many things, it never seems cluttered like a lot of antique shops do. I won’t stop thinking about the store in Andes, but at least I can have my quick fix closer to home if I’m craving some amazing retail therapy! Read More

Andes, NY and Clementine Vintage Clothing Store mentioned on Martha Stewart’s Blog

One week ago Sunday, I took a drive through the Catskill Mountains with my friend, Kathy Sloane.  Kathy and her husband, Dr. Harvey Sloane, have a weekend house there and they wanted me to see the renovations they recently have made.  We were also invited to a luncheon at Beaverkill Valley Inn by Kathy’s good friend, Larry Rockefeller and his wife, Wendy.  Larry has been very involved with restoring the inn and preserving the entire Beaver Kill area from any future otis10.local:5757.

Built in 1893, this lovely inn was a lodge for anglers coming to fly fish for trout in the nearby, pristine Beaver Kill River, a tributary of the East Branch of the Delaware River.  This area has a unique and important history because in the early 1900’s, area resident Theodore Gordon and other local anglers invented the American technique of dry-fly fishing.  They perfected the art of fly tying and the craft of making fly rods from split bamboo.  After a very pleasant lunch and a visit with Larry and Wendy, Kathy gave me a little tour of the charming nearby town of Andes. Read More

NY Post Lists Andes NY As One Of Their Favorite Towns To Visit In The Catskills

TOPPING off at just 4,180 feet (Slide Mountain, if you’re in the mood for a hike) and appearing more like gentle green hills when forced to stand up to those showy, snow-capped peaks out West, New York’s Catskill Mountains are a modest bunch.

Simple — and yet, simply gorgeous — this natural playground just a short drive from the concrete canyons of Manhattan offers more than great outdoors. Spread across four very different counties — Ulster, Greene, Sullivan and Delaware — there’s no place quite like it. Anywhere. At the beginning of summer, we take some time out to celebrate — from A to Z — the best of one of the best summer weekend destinations around.

A is for Andes, the Delaware County village that’s one of our favorites in the region right now; check into the Andes Hotel (their tavern is a must) and spend a day or two exploring the antique shops, galleries and area back roads. Admire the town’s wide selection of old Victorian homes, many of them long due for a fix-up ( Read More

New York Times Great Homes and Destinations – Clementine Vintage Clothing

AS Misha Mayers was preparing to return to work in August 2008 after maternity leave, she received some unwelcome news: Her job at Ralph Lauren as director of merchandising for Japan had been eliminated.

Ms. Mayers, 39, and her husband, Dan Mayers, 47, a freelance photographer who specializes in interiors, worried over how they would manage without her income. The new parents of twins, they owned an apartment in Chelsea and a Greek Revival farmhouse on 13 acres here, a small town in the western Catskill Mountains. They also rented a second-floor space for the vintage clothing store Ms. Mayers ran on weekends in the town’s business district.

She had been on the verge of closing the shop. “The twins were just a few months old, and I couldn’t fathom how I was going to go back to work and keep the store going,” she said. “After I found out that I was laid off, I just went into the store, and thought, we’d better keep this open.”

The business, named Clementine for the vivid orange of the store’s décor, has since moved into a street-level storefront and developed an online shopping site ( “Expanding the business in our eyes is a creative way to maintain a second home when we shouldn’t have one,” she said. Read More

An Artful Clutter-Kabinett & Kammer New York Times Article

SITTING in the turquoise-colored living room of his 19th-century Catskill farmhouse, Sean Scherer, 41, gives a guided tour of his tattooed arms, which provide a concise visual lexicon of his obsessions. Orchids cascade down his left shoulder and forearm, mirroring those he tends in the corner of his lemon-yellow back room. On his right wrist is a bold red five — his May 5-born boyfriend’s favorite number — as well as a nautilus shell from an 18th-century hand-colored print that was one of his first natural history purchases. Surrounded by botanical, zoological and anatomical artifacts, Mr. Scherer seems to blend into his artfully staged surroundings, the result of years of patient and passionate collecting.

Seven years ago, when he moved to this small farming community, Mr. Scherer was known as a painter who worked in a style inspired by Russian Suprematism and American Minimalism. Then 9/11 happened, and he reconsidered everything.

“I thought 9/11 was going to change the art world,” he said. “But the exact opposite happened. Instead of getting more serious, art got stupider and stupider.”

Traumatized by witnessing the events up close from his South Street Seaport apartment, he sought refuge upstate with his partner, Marc Mayer, who was then deputy director of the Brooklyn Museum. They eventually found an 1840s Cape-style farmhouse on 90 acres of rolling fields and woodland. Mr. Scherer, who decided he wanted to live in Walton year-round, bought the house in 2002, for $212,000; Mr. Mayer, 53, who is now the director of the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, spends weekends and holidays there. Read More