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Livingston Manor Day Trip Guide: How to Spend 24 Hours in Town

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On an adventure through Sullivan County, plan a day in Livingston Manor for charming boutiques and excellent dining.

Is it just us, or is there more to do in Livingston Manor every time we visit? Not that it’s a surprise, of course. The Sullivan County town is an attractive destination for so many reasons, from its proximity to top-notch fly fishing spots and hiking trails to its ever-expanding wealth of elegant hotels and retreats.

But don’t just take our word for it! Here’s what to do the next time you take a day trip to Livingston Manor.

The Neon Croissant

The Neon Croissant. Photo by Sabrina Sucato

9 a.m. – Bite into breakfast at The Neon Croissant

With a name like The Neon Croissant, this bakery shop on Main Street is irresistible when breakfast rolls around. Sweet starters are readily available here, with everything from salted chocolate chip cookies to cronuts on the menu. Whatever you do, don’t leave without ordering one of the namesake croissants. They’re likely the largest you’ve ever seen, and the chocolate rendition will leave you dreaming about all those buttery layers for the rest of the day.

66 Main St, Livingston Manor

 

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10 a.m. – Explore your hobbies around Livingston Manor

Calling all bibliophiles! After breakfast, cross the street and venture into One Grand Books for a curated selection of page-turners by prominent artists, thinkers, and writers. Lose track of time as you browse top picks from notable names like Gabrielle Union and Lisa Ling and maybe even find the perfect gift for the book lover in your life.

Afterward, venture into the adjacent (and connected) shop to check out The Farmhouse Project’s pop-up location. Known for its beautiful, highly curated selection of local, handmade, and vintage homeware, The Farmhouse Project stocks its Livingston Manor outlet with an assortment of delightfully giftable trinkets that any aspiring interior decorator will adore.

From there, head next-door to Jitterbug Sights & Sounds, home of games galore and records aplenty. The multifaceted shop will have little ones begging for nearly everything while their grownup counterparts ogle the wonderfully varied selection of vinyl stocked in the back room.

All shops at 67 Main St, Livingston Manor

12:30 p.m. – Dig into a gourmet lunch at Little North

What happens when a James Beard Award-winning cookbook author and former editor-in-chief of Saveur opens a store in Livingston Manor? The result is Little North, owner Stacy Adimando’s food-forward take on a farm store. Prepare to be overwhelmed by the enticing scent of Little North’s herbed rotisserie chicken, which pairs beautifully with sides like shaved Brussels sprout salad and roasted Yukon potatoes with pesto drizzle. Pro tip: Don’t leave without checking the pastries on offer, which could be anything from coconut banana bread with chocolate chips to bountiful blueberry muffins.

430 Old Rte 17, Livingston Manor

Upward Brewing Company

Upward Brewing Company. Photo by Sabrina Sucato

2 p.m. – Grab a drink at Upward Brewing Company

If great brews and stellar views are what you seek, look no further than Upward Brewing Company. As the name suggests, the Livingston Manor brewery is perched on top of a hill, providing ample views of the Catskills skyline beyond. As for the beers, they lean on the easy-drinking side, with top picks including the Breadwinner IPA, which took home a bronze medal in the 2022 NYS Craft Beer Competition, and Watercolours, a tart ale that’s highly refreshing in any season.

P.S. If you’re still feeling a bit peckish after lunch, Upward has a taproom menu filled with bites that pair perfectly with its brews.

 

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3:30 p.m. – Shop in style around Livingston Manor

For a small town, Livingston Manor has an ample selection of shops, and really good ones, too. For home goods, head to Long Weekend or Nest, both of which tempt with charming wares that will warm your interior. If Catskills memorabilia is up your alley, Homestedt is the place to go. Fashion lovers will adore Concrete + Water, a boutique with on-trend apparel for women and men. And pretty much everyone will find multiple somethings to love at DROOZ and Company, a gift shop that’s nearly as fun to browse as its cheeky and thoughtful inventory is.

And there’s food shopping as well! If you love to fill your pantry with special treats, head to Main Street Farm for a substantial variety of local jams, pastas, ciders, and more. Nearby, Upstream Wine & Spirits delights with a darling selection of libations.

 

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6 p.m. – Dine in style at The DeBruce

Led by Chef Eric Leveillee, The DeBruce is more of a culinary experience than a restaurant. Head to The Club Room during the week for a streamlined menu of elegant bites, or make a reservation at The Dining Room to enjoy either the a la carte menu or the tasting menu – the choice is yours. The menu changes seasonally, so no two visits are quite the same, but diners are sure to be wowed whenever they go. On any given day, dishes could range from Welsh rarebit with sourdough and cheddar to Atlantic salmon with sorrel and fingerlings.

982 Debruce Rd, Livingston Manor

The Walk In
The Walk In. Photo by Sabrina Sucato
biscuit at the Walk In
One of The Walk In's signature biscuits. Photo by Sabrina Sucato

8 p.m. – Sip on a cocktail at The Stumble Out Bar

During the day, this spot operates as The Walk In, the sister concept to The Neon Croissant and home of extremely fluffy and perfectly crispy biscuits (seriously, get one before you leave town). At night, it transforms into The Stumble Out Bar, Livingston Manor’s go-to for craft cocktails, beer, and wine, as well as dinner from Thursday to Sunday during the week. The cocktails vary with the seasons and ingredients on hand, so keep an eye out for whatever is on the special menu.

67 Main St, Unit 2, Livingston Manor (enter on Pleasant St)

9 p.m. – Rest your head at Antrim Streamside in Livingston Manor

As its name suggests, Antrim Streamside sits along the banks of the Willowemoc, where it invites guests to unwind in peace. The property itself consists of 250 acres of woods, hiking trails, two ponds, and an apple orchard. As for the accommodations, they vary in size and are spread across six edifices. Book any of the four cabins for just one or two guests or check out The River House or The Stone Cottage for larger parties. All rooms come with heat and air conditioning, Wi-Fi, and basic phone service, not to mention a cozy aesthetic, which means they’re ideal when it’s time to get some rest after a fun-filled day in Livingston Manor.

408/416 Debruce Rd, Livingston Manor

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