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Callicoon Delights

Kathy Werner
Posted 6/18/21

Had another great weekend in Sullivan County. My sisters and I rented a VRBO (Vacation Rental by Owner) house up on River Road in Callicoon with an amazing view of the beautiful Delaware River. The …

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Had another great weekend in Sullivan County. My sisters and I rented a VRBO (Vacation Rental by Owner) house up on River Road in Callicoon with an amazing view of the beautiful Delaware River. The no-see-ums were out in force, but the sight of eagles, ducks, herons, and deer more than made up for a few bites.

On Saturday, I joined my brother and brothers-in-law in a round of golf at Tennanah Lake. The day was overcast, but the temperature was just right. And though I can’t say that I understood the exact workings of the golf format that my brother had us playing (something he called “Las Vegas”), I was happy to collect my winnings at the end of the day. I’m guessing my success was helped by the fact that I got strokes on every hole. But hey, whatever it takes.

And let’s have a moment for the incredible setting of this golf course. When you tee off on number 1 and look out across the course and over the mountains, it is breathtaking. My golf game is breathtaking, too, but in an entirely different way.

That evening we had a real treat when we visited the new Eldred Preserve. Wow. Though the old trout ponds remain, everything has been transformed. It is now a world-class showplace that must be seen to be fully appreciated. Having incorporated three Sullivan County landmarks—The Bradstan Country Inn, the Old Homestead Restaurant, and the Eldred Preserve, the new Eldred Preserve has lodging, dining, and a venue that is a real gift to our county. Our meals were wonderful, the restaurant is beautiful, and it was a perfect evening.

We had to get back up the River Road and sleep real fast because Sunday morning in Callicoon was going to be action-packed. The marvelous Farmers’ Market was in full swing with everything from trout to cherries to sprouts for sale, but we had to shop quickly so we could get a seat for the famous Callicoon Tractor Parade. We cheered as over 200 tractors drove past us. What a great showing for the Parade’s return and what a great celebration for the town.

Another epic weekend in Callicoon ended as the tractors slowly made their way from the finish line at the Delaware Youth Center back to their respective farms, causing a true country traffic jam. A house on the Delaware River, a round of golf at Tennanah Lake golf, a gourmet meal at the new Eldred Preserve, some good buys at the Callicoon Farmers’ Market, and a ringside seat for the Tractor Parade. Altogether delightful.

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