Until the 1980s, the Catskills was a real boon for New Yorkers with “Dirty Dancing”-style resorts and summer camps. The area has revived over the last decade, primarily along its eastern edge near easy access routes — I-87 and Metro-North — that hug the Hudson River.

And now, change is afoot throughout the western flank in Sullivan County, where Route 97, an often overlooked route through the Catskills, runs along the Delaware River. Entrepreneurs are tapping into the rural escape, opening chic inns and restaurants in a string of hamlets, such as Barryville, Narrowsburg and Callicoon, that make for charming pit stops.

Waterfront fun

Sullivan County draws pro fishermen and amateurs alike
Sullivan County draws pro fishermen and amateurs alike to its waterways for fly-fishing. Local experts offer equipment and training, chief among them Trout Town Adventure and Guide Services (845-665-9521, trouttownadventuresandguideservice.com). For more water adventures, outfitters like Lander's River Trips (multiple locations; 800-252-3925, landersrivertrips.com) offer trips and rentals for canoeing, rafting and more. (Credit: Sullivan County Visitors Association)

Best boutiques

A number of established New Yorkers operate trendy
A number of established New Yorkers operate trendy shops throughout the county. In Narrowsburg alone, the hamlet's main street, overlooking the Delaware River, is chockablock with boutiques. At Nest (15 Main St., 845-252-3424, nest-store.com), a former art and design director of W and Vogue stocks mid-century furniture and other eccentric items. Down the street, MayerWasner (55 Main St., 845-252-3828, mayerwasner.com) sells handmade women's clothing designed by a Pratt Institute grad. A few doors down, One Grand (60 Main St., 718-812-8039, onegrandbooks.com) is a tidy bookstore owned by the editor-in-chief of Out magazine where a rotating roster of thought leaders -- from artists to writers -- curate 10 books they would bring if they were stranded on a desert island. (Credit: Jon Buono)

Eating local

Sullivan County restaurants take advantage of their proximity
Sullivan County restaurants take advantage of their proximity to farms. Northern Farmhouse Pasta (65 Rockland Road, Roscoe, 607-290-4064, northernfarmhousepasta.com) crafts ravioli, fettuccine and more using mainly ingredients sourced from the Catskills. Henning's Local (6 Old County Road, Cochecton Center, 845-252-3008, henningslocal.com) highlights local produce from rainbow carrots to rainbow chard. At The Heron (40 Main St., Narrowsburg, 845-252-3333, theheronrestaurant.com), familiar dishes like baked mac and cheese are elevated with local sweet corn and mushrooms. And the Bar Room & Restaurant at North Branch Inn (869 N. Branch Road, North Branch, 845-482-2339, northbranchinn.com) is a handsome spot that serves dishes made using New York state ingredients. (Credit: The Heron)

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Where to stay

A string of new inns with low-key yet
A string of new inns with low-key yet high-style vibes are reviving the experience for weekenders. Stickett Inn (3380 Route 97, Barryville, 845-557-0913, stickettinn.com), which is located across from the Delaware River, offers four luxe rooms and one campy cottage (think Elvis lamps, tiki cups and other Americana). At North Branch Inn (869 North Branch Road, North Branch, 845-482-2339, northbranchinn.com), a renovated 19th-century inn is now updated with cozy-chic guest rooms, and a century-old two-lane bowling alley uncovered on the main floor is now fully operational. Nearby, the same owners recently opened Nine River Road (9 River Road, Callicoon, 845-887-0042, nineriverroad.com), a rustic, stylish inn overlooking the Delaware River. (Credit: North Branch Inn)