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USA/Mid-Atlantic: Roscoe and Hancock NY

Where the Rivers Flow Together

Dining and Lodging

Note: Most of the hotels and inns in the area offer dining as well, so we have combined suggestions here.  

For rustic, understated elegance, the Beaverkill Valley Inn is unique in the region. Restored by Laurence Rockefeller to serve his conservation-minded community in Lew Beach, the inn has 19 rooms and probably the most refined restaurant in the area. It has its own private stretch of river for trout fishing, a fly-fishing school on location and 40 miles of trails for hiking and cross-country skiing. The inn can handle small groups and weddings.

The West Branch Resort is a complex of 26 very comfortable and well-appointed cabins situated side by side in different locations on the property, some of them right on the banks of the Delaware River. A favorite of anglers seeking comfortable riverside accommodations, these cabins also appeal to anyone seeking rustic comfort, including family reunions and corporate retreats. The resort also has a restaurant that can accommodate groups.  

One of the original hotels in the area, the Hancock House Hotel is now a 32-room bed and breakfast with comfortably furnished rooms located right on the quiet town’s main street. Its Tap Room is a favorite with locals and country wedding goers, and its Maple Room restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. It can accommodate groups of up to 150 people. 

The Arnold House in Livingston Manor is set in the farmland with nine private rooms and a nearby lake house with two bedrooms. It has a tavern and restaurant and can accommodate up to 200 people for weddings or other events, and is quite suitable for small corporate retreats.

Owned by the same company as the Arnold House, the North Branch Inn in North Branch is built on a similar concept: take an old inn and convert it into a rustic but comfortable property with an urban edge and a menu more refined than the country dining décor would suggest. There’s a house across the street with additional rooms, all spacious and each unique. They have retained the original bowling alley from before the time of automation.  

The Stonewall Acres B&B outside of Youngsville has a comfortably furnished large two-level carriage house with kitchenette in a beautiful location far from the road. An additional room is located in the main house. Both have private baths. 

Located in a historic inn, the nearby Clair Inn Café in Youngsville has been carefully restored, with both tin walls and ceilings and an old bar that features an array of local brews. The owners take pride in their straightforward tavern fare based on local resources whenever possible, and the place has become a favorite of locals. The Clair Inn can accommodate small business events, as well as wedding parties in an area that can be tented adjacent to the inn. Several rooms upstairs and in a nearby building are under construction and will be available later in 2016. 

Bass Cabins offer some unforgettable hilltop locations near Hancock with vertiginous views and enough of a wilderness experience that you have to take precautions against bears. Some of the photos on this site were taken from here. You’ll be almost at eye level with the raptors who perch in the nearby trees about the river valley. Other cabins are located on the French Woods Golf Course. The cabins are comfortably furnished and clean, and provide a small kitchen and outdoor barbecues. 

Delaware Delicacies Smoke House has some of the only smoked eel available in the Northeast and great smoked trout, both fished right out of the Delaware River adjacent to this home-based business. The owner has been featured in national media. Depending on the season, you’ll likely spy the white heads of bald eagles in the fir trees across the river as you converse with the colorful proprietor who takes great pride in the quality and freshness of his product. The shop is located down a long dirt road and there is no website, so call ahead. The address: 420 Rhodes Rd, Hancock, NY 13783; tel. 607-637-4443.

Smith’s Colonial Motel is a small, simple but well-kept motel along the Delaware River and is popular with anglers for its location, low cost and clean and comfortable rooms.

Airbnb also has many options available in the area; search for both Roscoe and Hancock. 

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