About Sullivan County
The mention of Sullivan County to the average person brings visions of hills, brooks, lakes with summer visitors completing the landscape. It is all that the mind can picture and more. The hills are relations of the Catskills, geologically, even if a visible connection is not apparent.
The mean altitude of the county is about 1,500 feet, and several ranges of hills with wide intervales make up its surface. Some of the separate elevations approach 2,000 feet. The Delaware River separates the county from Pennsylvania, while the Shawangunk River marks the southeastern boundary. The Neversink, rising in Ulster County, passes through a large part of Sullivan before it enters Orange County, and there are a half dozen smaller streams, affluents of the Delaware. The lakes are too numerous to even list.
From our earliest visitors and historic settlers to our newest investors and residents, Sullivan County was, and continues to be, recognized as a perfect place to live, work, play and raise a family. With a desirable location, highly educated work force, nationally recognized schools and pro-business environment, Sullivan County has it all.
Whether you’re coming to chill and be still, or need a home base where you can plan your next day’s activities, there are plenty of places to bed down. The type of Sullivan accommodations you choose depends only on your style.
Some notable locations are:
- Town of Bethel
- Village of Bloomingburg
- Village of Monticello
- Town of Fallsburg
- Town of Rockland
- Village of Wurtsboro
- And Many More!
The schools in Sullivan are some of New York State’s best and some are nationally recognized for their achievement. Often taking advantage of the natural resources and the rich history of the area, curriculum includes an emphasis on science, technology and reading. An overall warm and friendly place to live and visit, Sullivan County is a diamond in the rough.
For local colleges, one of the best known in the county is SUNY Sullivan, which offers an affordable educational option that’s conveniently located less than two hours from New York City and Albany.
Dining and Shopping
Many of the restaurateurs of the Sullivan source their food locally so you get the most scrumptious fresh food. Choose the atmosphere that suits you best. Five-star, four course, candlelight and tablecloths. BBQ on a picnic table. Fresh fish, lakeside. Mmmm-good.
The Catskills are one of the top culinary escapes in the nation. While the region has always had a legacy of excellent cuisine, the recent surge of new farms and farmers markets alongside a yearning to understand where food sources originate have prompted local restaurateurs to incorporate locally sourced products into their menus in unexpected ways.
Whether you want to take a challenge or head out on the town, we have both world-class music and mountains. Singles, couples, and families all find that fun comes in many varieties in the Sullivan Catskills.
One such attraction is the Monticello Casino & Raceway: a 40,000 square foot casino and entertainment complex boasts the Lava Lounge and HYPE! Featuring live entertainment. Enjoy their Bistro menu at The Terrace and for a quick snack, try the Food Court specializing in pastries, pizza, ice cream and NY deli delights.
Or for a change of pace, there’s Bethel Woods Center for the Arts: the site of the original Woodstock concert. Their mission is to inspire, educate, and empower individuals through the arts and humanities by presenting a diverse selection of culturally-rich performances, popular artists, and community and educational programming.
Parks and Recreation
Thanks to the Catskills’ varied landscape, you’ll discover a bounty of cascading waterfalls large and small across the region. Traveling down from the great heights of the Catskill Mountains, the region’s waterfalls come in varieties that are both easily accessible, or a sweet reward at the end of the best hikes in the Catskills. The Catskills are known for their incredible landscapes: towering mountains lush with greenery as far as the eye can see, cascading waterfalls plunging from above, and recreational trails that pass through peaceful forests and rural farmlands. With its majestic peaks and valleys, wildlife, rivers, and forests, the Catskill Region makes for an ideal camping destination to escape and disconnect.
The Catskills bring friends and family together through live music, art, food, and good times. Microbreweries and other craft beverage makers are on the rise in the Catskills. Growing in harmony with the region’s rural legacy and modern farming resurgence, as well as a growing slow food movement,
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