If you've driven along Shandelee Road towards Livingston Manor this summer, you probably noiced that the venerable but long in the tootl Lanza's Country Inn has been rechristened "The Arnold House". It was bought by Kims and Kirsten Foster, former proprietors of the popular Lazy Beagle restaurant in Livingston Manor (which burned down last year), and transformed into a hip 9 room getaway with a restaurant/tavern serving locally sourced food, craft beer, cool cocktails and live music and even a small spa. It's also dog friendly, something difficult to find here. Overall, it's a cocktail that Sullivan County has been waiting for. We have some great B&B's here, like Ecce nar Barryville with it's million dollar views, and the Olde North Branch Inn with it's dining and music events, but nothing cool with a full time restaurant and bar. The Arnold got a great write up this month in Travel and Leisure, and is getting mentions in travel blogs.
The Arnold House is following in the tradition of taking an old motel or inn and giving it an "appeal to the Brooklyn crowd" makeover, like the Dylan near Woodstock and the Roxbury Motel in Roxbury. Add in the Ledges in Hawley, Pennsylvania, and there's a fun week long trip to the Catskills (and Poconos) to be made, with an overnight or two at each.