2nd Annual Golf Tournament to Benefit Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center

Join your family, friends, co-workers and neighbors to support our local healthcare facilities.


1860 Victorian Homestead with Barn and Sugar Shack

Relax on the generous front porch of this stately home and listen to the sounds of the rushing stream. This historic property has many original charming details (staircase, wood plank floors, gingerbread detail) and has been loving restored and updated by owner. With double parlor and a wood-burning stove, elegant dining room and a huge eat-in country kitchen, this home is perfect for entertaining. Floor plan features, four bedrooms (3 with additional large dressing areas), three and a half baths all flooded with natural light. Step outside onto the large decking and enjoy a meal or roll out your yoga mat! The property is 2 acres and has a fully functioning and super charming barn with original stone foundation, wood-burning stove, electric and drive up access to top floor. The sugar shack rounds out this picturesque country setting. 2.5 hours from the GWB, close to Belleayre ski resort, golf, hiking, antiquing and farmers market.

MLS: 94346

Address: 254 Dry Brook Road, Arkville NY

Price: $245,000

Beds: 4 Bed Baths: 3 Bath

House Size: 12448 Sq Ft

Lot Size: 2 acres

Year Built: circa 1860  Read more

Guide me a river: The art of Catskills wilderness guiding

Longtime Catskills wilderness guide Charles “Sonny” Somelofski has earned a few more gray hairs since this photo was taken — and caught countless more fish. Photo courtesy of Catskill Outdoor Adventures (

Charles “Sonny” Somelofski of Catskill Outdoor Adventures in Margaretville (, remembers when the licensing process to become an outdoor guide in New York state was a simple paper questionnaire with a $2 fee that asked whether he could swim, handle a boat, and read a map and compass.

“That was it, back then,” Somelofski says. “Bang! I was able to take people out and do it all.”

Today, being a state-licensed outdoor guide requires a bit more: taxable income disclosure forms, a physician’s statement, and certifications in first aid, CPR, and water safety. Those are the just the basics. Guides can be licensed in a number of different categories, ranging from camping and fishing to whitewater rafting and ice climbing, each with different licensing requirements.

The heart of guiding, however, has remained the same: proving to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) that you can reliably take paying customers out into the great outdoors and bring them back again in one piece.  Read more

Here comes the rain again...and wind, too

Look out, Catskills: Yet another round of thunderstorms is taking aim at the region, with the possibility of high winds, damaging hail and even the chance of a tornado. 

As of late Tuesday afternoon, a line of storms is organizing in western New York and Pennsylvania, and moving steadily eastward across the region. A severe thunderstorm watch is currently in effect across Central New York, including Delaware County in the Catskills region, until 8 p.m.

Storm trackers at the National Weather Service caution that there is a slight chance the storms could spawn a tornado or two as they swirl across Central New York. 

The eastern Catskills are not yet under severe weather watch, but thunderstorms are expected this afternoon and evening. Locals should keep an eye on the weather as the storms move eastward.   Read more

Catskills under flash flood watch, but the Fourth should be sunny

Above: Forecast detail from the National Weather Service in Albany.

The forecast for Fourth of July weekend in the Catskills looks bright and clear -- but before Friday arrives with cooler temps and sunnier skies, another round of intense thunderstorms has the region under flash flood watch. 

All five of the Catskills counties in our coverage area -- Delaware, Greene, Schoharie, Sullivan and Ulster -- are currently under flash flood watches issued by the National Weather Service offices in Binghamton and Albany. In the western Catskills, Delaware and Sullivan counties, the flash flood watch will last until 9 p.m. The eastern Catskills, which will see storms later into the evening, are under flash flood watch until midnight  Read more

A Safe and Happy July 4th

M Gerard Country Home will be closed Friday, July 4th.

2nd Annual Milky Way Tour

July 4, 2014 - 12:00pm

The Catskill Family Creameries Farms are opening their gates and creameries, and inviting the public to meet the cows and goats that produce milk and see how butter, yogurt, cheese, milk and gelato are made! Activities on each farm begin at noon and end at 5 PM on Friday, the 4th of July.  Read more


Clean Contemporary Home, Gorgeous Property, Adjacent to State Land

This immaculate contemporary home is a haven of peace. Relax in the established lush gardens on a bench by the water feature or step outside and hike trails on the hundreds of acres of State Land that is adjacent to the property. You would never know that this 4 bedroom, 2 bath house on 5.4 acres is literally minutes from Margaretville! Perfect for entertaining, the home features an open kitchen, stone fireplace and lots of decks for outside fun. Enjoy a soak in the hot tub or experience an outdoor shower. The layout of the home makes having guests a pleasure with a nice separation between the master suite and guest rooms. Property has a full studio with electric, a baby barn and a hoop house. The double garage is heated and has new washer dryer! A perfect retreat minutes from Belleayre Ski Center, world class golf, kayaking, antiquing, restaurants and local farmers market. A turn-key home it is ideal for both second home owners or full-time residents. 2.5 hours from the GWB.MLS: 94346

Address: 410 Glen Acres Road, Arkville NY
Price: $275,000
Beds: 4 Bed
Baths: 2 Bath
House Size: 2052 Sq Ft
Lot Size: 5.4 acres
Year Built: 1994  Read more

Cycling the Catskills: From steep trails to smooth sails

A cyclist takes a break for the panoramic view from Castle Point on the Shawangunk Ridge, at the southeastern edge of the Catskills. Photo courtesy of Riding the Catskills (

Climb up and over the rocky Shawangunk Ridge to a spectacular vista overlooking the Hudson Valley. Meander along hundreds of miles of carriage lanes and trails through the Mohonk Preserve. Ride through rolling pastureland on 19th- century dirt roads, lined by mossy stone walls and shaded by tunnels of overarching trees. Travel winding country roads for hours without seeing more cars than you can count on your fingers.

The Catskill Mountains were made for cycling. And if you’re not here already, they’re easier to get to than you might think. From New York City, in less than two hours by car, you can leave urban sprawl far behind and discover a cycling utopia. You don’t even need a car to get here: Bring your bike on a scenic 90-minute Metro-North train up the majestic Hudson River to Poughkeepsie, cycle across the Walkway Over the Hudson, and you’re practically in the Catskills.  Read more

New York Invasive Species Awareness Week

The mission of New York Invasive Species Awareness Week is to promote knowledge and understanding of invasive species to h elp stop their spread by engaging citizens in a wide range of activities across the state and encouraging them to take action. Please join in the fun and help out with the effort!  Activities of all kinds take place July 6th- July 12th. Check out and click on the logo for more information!

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