Hurleyville, New York: One Truly Healthy & Thriving Community

100 years ago, people were sent to the hamlet of Hurleyville, NY, for their health.  Today, individuals are once again taking advantage of all that Hurleyville has to offer – farm-fresh food, clean air and water, and abundant nature, giving way to one truly healthy and thriving community.

Located in New York’s Sullivan County, Hurleyville has become a community that is alive with energy, things-to-do, places to eat, and more. With The Center for Discovery as a key partner in the hamlet’s revitalization, including the creation of exciting new opportunities for residents and their families – from educational classes at the Maker’s Lab to vocational training at the Hurleyville Market – this local town is not only fostering social experiences, but building a stronger foundation for all.

And as the summer winds down and nears an end, Hurleyville does not.  Its fully-integrated Main Street continues to thrive with residents and visitors alike, who are taking advantage of a variety of retail, service businesses, and more.

Hungry? Hurleyville has got you covered! The Pickled Owl (218 Main St.) says that “great food takes time”, and we believe it!  This local gastropub provides guests with a casual yet refined setting, offering local, seasonal, and farm-fresh ingredients in its meals. Whether you’re in the mood for a quick bite, like their famous house-made pretzel, or a larger meal like their fried chicken, the Pickled Owl will make your belly happy for lunch, dinner, and even brunch on the weekends.  And if you’re lucky, you’ll get to hear live, local music or even catch trivia night! Make sure to check them out on Facebook for all of their events, specials, and more.

There’s something to be said about a small-town café that makes you feel right at home.  Cue: Hurleyville Market (238 Main St.). Open 7 days a week, this specialty café/eatery offers high-quality local and organic products, healthy (and delicious!) grocery items, made-to-order beverages, and the most amazing artisan breads and baked goods the region has to offer. The market also supports the community by using locally grown items in some of its quick bites-to-eat, and great window views that actually make you feel like you’re in a European countryside café.  Head on over to one of our favorite spots for their famous avocado toast, while sipping on espresso, a matcha latte, or an apple cider vinegar spritzer.  We’re hooked!

While on the topic of made-to-order beverages, Tea Thyme (210 Main St.) is Main Street’s newest addition.  This herbal shop sells exquisite blends of tea – like apple ginger turmeric, berry blend, and more – with homemade sweetener options like rose and elderberry honey!  These delicious and refreshing teas are made with herbs, right from The Center for Discovery’s healing gardens. On some days, the shop will even offer fresh, lavender shortbread cookies. Open weekdays, from 12-2pm only, there is no charge for the tea itself, but the shop is donation-based and any funds donated will go directly to The Center. A great reason to stop in for some tea!

If you consider yourself a maker – whether it be an engineer, inventor, or designer – head on over to the Maker’s Lab & Innovation Incubator (202 Main St.), where you’ll find state-of-the-art equipment such as 3D printers, a CNC router, laser cutter, media arts equipment, wood and metal shops, a ceramic studio, and more!  Located right along Main Street and staffed with experienced professionals, you can sign-up for Open Studio Opportunities, or even chat with a staff member about the facility’s Design/Build services. Note that you need to complete facility orientation and safety prior to signing-up, so head on over to their website for more information.

Feeling crafty? Step into a world of color and creativity at Fiber on Main (227 Main St.), where you’ll find various fiber art workshops and classes – from knitting a pair of your own socks or sweater, to community spin-ins and more! This friendly and community-oriented studio is a space that’s open to all levels who are interested in textile and fiber arts. Sign-up for a workshop or class, drop in to buy some knitting needles or yarn, or simply stop in to say “hello”!

A maker community, indeed! Pinwheels (227 Main St.) is another store where you can show off those artistic genes. Specializing in Daiwabo Taupe and Oakshott Fabrics, this shop offers a variety of “Make and Take” classes, along with expert in-store advice on any purchase you make.  Located directly next to Fiber on Main for all of your creative inspiration!

The Hurleyville Arts Centre (219 Main St.) is by far one of our favorite places in Hurleyville. Not only does the state-of-the-art 140-seat cinema showcase new movie releases and compelling documentaries, but the centre is also home to a dance studio and performance area. Let’s just say you’ll be visiting a few times per week.  Perhaps Vinyasa yoga on Tuesday, Salsa on Friday, and a movie showing on Saturday. What more could you ask for? Visit the Arts Centre, where multi-cultural, inter-generational, and all abilities are represented through storytelling, film, dance, theater and music.  You’ll thank us for the recommendation later.

Ah, the arts! At Gallery 222 – you guessed it – 222 Main St., you’ll discover a gorgeous exhibit space that’s free of charge and open to the public. Throughout the year, stop in to see a variety of fantastic artists, photographers, and more.  One other spot that invigorates Hurleyville with even more creativity!

What’s better than a game of ball? Stop by the Hurleyville Basketball Courts, located right off of Main Street next to the Pickled Owl, for a friendly game.  In the area by yourself? Not to worry, the courts are always energetic with players of all ages waiting to shoot some hoops.  A great way to stay active all year round! In addition, there’s a new, state-of-the-art children’s playground – full of color, creativity, and life – right across from the courts.  Who doesn’t love a playground?

The great outdoors!  Back in 2012, The Center for Discovery partnered with the Open Space Institute (OSI), a conservation organization committed to protecting the land that supports the things we can’t live without – like clean water, climate protection, and healthy communities. Together, a 9.2-mile section of the abandoned Ontario & Western Railway right-of-way was purchased to create a universally accessible public rail trail that all individuals can access and enjoy. Currently, the Rail Trail is completely accessible (all 9+ miles of it), where bikers, hikers, and nature lovers alike come to explore. In the warmer months, enjoy walking, running, and biking, and in the colder months, whip those cross-country skis and snowshoes out! Fun for all – any time of year. Complimentary parking is available right at the entrance.

Extra! Extra! Read all about it! At The Hurleyville Sentinel (222 Main St.), you’ll do just that. Proudly covering Main Street and beyond, this monthly publication is “America’s newest and freshest newspaper” that was resurrected in June of 2016 (note: there’s a ton of history to this paper!). You can find Editor-in-Chief (and well-known Sullivan County Historian), John Conway, at his own storefront in the Main Street business district, where he’s busy working on news stories, columns, sports features, and more! You can pick up a local copy in the Hurleyville Market, along with other businesses throughout Sullivan County.

Main Street Barber and Beauty Shoppe recently opened in the famed Sullivan Dairy building (206 Main Street), and is home to owner and master barber, Lenard Williams, who’s been cutting hair since 1986. A bit more upscale than his previous shops, Williams offers haircuts and hot towel shaves Tuesdays through Saturdays, with an expansion (think: women’s cuts, nail services, and more), planned for the near future. In the area and looking for a fresh cut? Call (845) 640-2394.

Make sure to also check out Hurleyville’s other long-standing businesses!

Party Master, located at 194 Main Street, is home to all of our event planning needs – from weddings and meetings, to conferences and birthday parties!  At Party Master, you’ll discover of host of DJ’s, decorations, lighting options, photo booths, and more. The best source for any event planning in the Catskill Mountains.  For more information, shoot them an email at info@PartyMaster.us.

Back in the 1980’s, the Nardi Family opened Frankie & Johnny’s restaurant, known today as Nardi’s. Open 6 days a week for lunch and dinner, Nardi’s is home to abundant, mouth-watering portions made with fresh ingredients from homemade recipes, right from the family’s kitchen in Calabria, Italy! Stop in to enjoy some of their famous suggestions, including Fettuccine, escarole, and sauce with garlic and oil, mussels marinara over linguine, or a parmigiana combo!

History buff? Us too, and we’ve got just the place! The Sullivan County Museum – home of the Sullivan County Historical Society located on 265 Main Street, was built in 1912 and offers residents and visitors alike a glimpse into Sullivan County’s history.  At the museum, you’ll find historical records and documents, artifacts representative of various time periods in the county’s history, and more. Stop in for regular meetings, discussions on the County’s history, or inspirational exhibits.

Stop by for a quick bite-to-eat or a stroll along the Rail Trail.  Or, plan a day and spend your time exploring all that Main Street in Hurleyville has to offer.  We promise, you’ll be pleasantly surprised and will soon become a regular.

 

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