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A new cast in Callicoon

The new inn Nine River Road pays homage to its former life: a furniture store. The eight-bedroom inn sits on the Delaware River and is a walkable distance to Callicoon’s Main Street, which has seen a flurry of new business activity over the past year.
Photo by Peter Crosby

By Isabel Braverman
September 14, 2016

CALLICOON, NY — The ebb and flow of prosperity has been a feature of small towns since their beginnings. They go through stages of economic boom and bust, popularity and abandonment, flourishing and faltering. Every town has its day. The spotlight now is on the hamlet of Callicoon, which is experiencing a renaissance as new businesses come in and mainstays switch locations.

The popular river hamlet is lively with restaurants, bars (five, to be exact), stores of all kinds from antiques to clothing, and town institutions such as the library, the youth center and the movie theater. As has been reported in this paper, recently the town has seen major changes. The historic Western Hotel re-opened under the new ownership of Irene Nickolai. The inn and restaurant has seen success as customers new and old stop by to try the new menu of gourmet local food and creative cocktails. The rooms are open, bringing back a time when visitors flocked from the city by train.

Lodging in the region is scarce, as the heyday of the Borscht Belt resorts is long past. However, the Western is just one of the hotels springing up; the people who brought us The North Branch Inn and The Arnold House have just opened a new inn in Callicoon, called Nine River Road (located next to the post office on River Road). Sims Foster and Kirsten Harlow Foster bring their impeccable eye for style to their new digs, creating an eight-room retreat nestled on the Delaware River.

The décor features a color palette of blues and creams, and the furniture pays homage to the historic building’s original use: a furniture store. There are two common rooms and a kitchen, and Kirsten explained that all of their inns give nods to their former lives. The backyard has access to the river, where guests can put in boats, or go “next door” to rent from Lander’s River Trips.

“We’ve always wanted to be in Callicoon,” Kirsten said. “It was a great opportunity to be a part of Main Street, but still feel like you’re getting away.”

Indeed, the location is within walking distance to Main Street, where you can pick up a cup of coffee and a bite to eat at the new Café Adella Dori. The coffee spot opened in May and has enjoyed a busy summer season serving craft coffee and teas, and a constantly changing menu of quiche, salads, soups and more, all using local ingredients. Chef and owner Eva Barnett had a long career as a farmer and is now turning her passion for local food into her own business.