Sojourning: Narrowsburg Main Street

Narrowsburg’s Main Street is an intersection of hipster, urban vibe and the welcoming attitude of country living. It’s a gem of a town, 100 miles north of NYC, and a perfect destination for a weekend outing.

The charm of this community lies in Main Street’s compactness, says journalist Aaron Hicklin, who has opened One Grand Books (60 Main Street), a destination bookstore. “Narrowsburg has a focal point – from the bridge to the grain factory,” he says. “It’s a short strip but it’s focused.”

The Heron (40 Main Street), a restaurant known for its homemade fried chicken and buttermilk biscuits, is a popular destination and a core reason brunch in Narrowsburg has become an event. Meanwhile, the newly opened Laundrette (20 5th Street) serves gourmet pizza on decks that offer front-row seats to the beautiful Delaware River flowing past.

Artists from Mildred’s Lane display wares in The Mildred Complex(ity) (37b Main Street), a revolving space on Main Street that can be storefront, office or studio depending on the season, while the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (37 Main Street) offers gallery options for local artists and events for the greater community.

Pamela Mayer wanted to make sustainable clothes locally and opened a pop-up shop “on a whim” 20 years ago. She’s still in Narrowsburg, offering her namesake clothing and leather line MayerWasner (57 Main Street) out of Main Street, as well as online. “My partner/husband Karl Wasner (is) an architect so all things display and spatial are his doing,” she shares. Like most Main Street storefronts, a healthy combination of rustic brick blends with contemporary displays, bringing in the new while embracing the old.

Boregaard Jewelry (101 Main Street ) is a destination unto itself for fine craftsmanship, and Nest (15 Main Street), run by Anna Bern, former design director at style magazines, offers unique home goods from throughout the world.

In anticipation of its brick-and-mortar opening in spring 2018 under a shared roof, Fish & Bicycle has a local fine provision pop-up at Maison Bergogne (226 Bridge Street) that offers local maple syrup and honey, spice blend, and Tay Tea spectacular tea blends! They will also host a series of workshops featuring local artisans and expert collaborators. Topics change with the seasons and include gardening, beekeeping, botany, foraging, dyeing, preserving, hand-leather tooling and woodworking.

“There’s space in Narrowsburg, and you can really just come and make the life you want to make,” states Hicklin. “Right now, it’s in that sweet spot where it’s affordable and it hasn’t become too prissy.”

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