Why you'd want to live in Sullivan County
Sullivan County, just south of Delaware and west of Ulster and Orange Counties, is perhaps the essential Catskills experience. Once it was the thriving home to many now long-gone Borscht Belt resorts. Sullivan County lost the resorts, but still offers visitors and residents plenty of activities, including river kayaking, hiking and enjoying the great outdoors, or soaking up some culture at Woodstock, the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, and at the many local festivals, concerts and wineries. Most important to nature lovers are the abundance of lakes here. The region’s biggest — and arguably, best lake — is the Swinging Bridge Reservoir. At nearly 900 acres and with 17 miles of shoreline, there’s plenty of swimming, boating, and fishing for walleye, trout and bass. Although getting around in Sullivan County is undoubtedly best by car, public transportation is available, if limited. Amtrak and Metro North lines service nearby Poughkeepsie, with transfers available via bus, taxi and Uber. Several bus lines, including the Trailways bus service connect from the Port Authority Bus Terminal to several Catskills locations like Kingston and Saugerties. Best places to live in Sullivan County include Livingston Manor, which has the reputation as the most sought-after town in the county thanks to an expanding business district and even a second brewery. Narrowsburg is now home to unique small businesses, with dedicated shop-keepers and a few anchor restaurants like the Heron, the Laundrette, and the Narrowsburg Inn. Callicoon is lined with several restaurants, with special distinction to Matthew’s on Main, the Western Hotel and Callicoon Brewery. Situated right on the Delaware River, Callicoon makes an ideal base for water sports enthusiasts and fly fishing. Just like neighborhoods in New York City or the Bronx, some areas in Sullivan County are a bit run down, while others are ideal for vacations or a second-home. Visitors should always do their homework before jumping in.