Saturday, October 30, 2010

A Slice of Life in Catskill

If you are in Catskill, go here.  Tell Nick we sent you.
I mentioned yesterday how neat this little marina is - but I didn't get to mention how great this little town is. Catskill, NY will always have a warm and fuzzy place in my heart.  Perhaps it's because it was here we converged with other cruisers, perhaps because it was here that our boat became a SAIL boat again....or maybe it's the warm showers or is it the bar?...whatever it is, I like this place.

Yesterday Scott and I had breakfast at this little diner in the heart of town on the suggestion of one of the guys that work here.  We went, and in the matter of one excellent cup of coffee and a toasted bagel with butter - I was in love with small town life.

This little diner only had a breakfast bar - and bellied up were some fantastic characters.  Everyone walked in and nodded "hello" to everyone with a warm smile, everyone knew everyone else and was asking after so-and-so's brother, and how's your daughter and what's happening with the physical therapy? (there was even mention of a colonoscopy, these townsfolk are that familiar) - my kind of people.  There was just one conversation going on - and we were all a part of it.  Pretty neat.

The best guy by far was Nick from New Jersey.  He owned the joint.  He had slicked back silver hair, a thick New York Italian accent, the kindest, biggest blue eyes you've ever seen - and man alive was he fast on that griddle!  He had just retired and decided to buy the diner in July, and it's been thriving every since.  I could immediately see why.  It was like Cheers, but instead of beers you got coffee and breakfast sandwiches.  It just felt like the kind of place where everyone knew your name.  I loved it.

Anyway, here are a few shots from around the town of Catskill.

Sometimes you wanna go where everybody knows your name...

Brittany (& Scott)


Dianne said...


I've enjoyed following you guys as you make your way down. You are doing great. We have our boat in Kingston, just down the river from Catskill. If you stop in Kingston on your way and need a ride to the store or anything (such as best bar recommendations), feel free to give us a call. We will actually be at our marina tomorrow taking the sails off for the season - a sad day. Wish we could follow you guys down south. (You can contact us through our website.)

Anonymous said...

once you go "small town" you can never go back!

en3chix said...

Hey Brit and Scott,

Is that building with the "2"on a fire house? Nothing says small town like a fire house on "Main Street"


Mid-Life Cruising! said...

Sounds like Mayberry with a bar! =)

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