It’s not like there’s nothing to do. One lives one’s life and finds distractions. There is one place, not right in Earlton but a couple of miles north, where you might get together for a relaxing afternoon: that’s at Honey Hollow Brewing Co. They grow their own hops and invite you to hang out on their farm and try their food, listen to some music, check out the artisanal goods and mostly drink their beer; vanilla milkshake porter and oatmeal stout sound yummy! If you prefer, they also have wine and cider.
Down the hill from Honey Hollow is the Earlton Hill Campground and RV Park, which you’ll identify by the roadside Earlton Country Store. The main thing you want to know about the country store is they’re not only open to the campers; they’re a year-round deli, pizzeria (“hand-rolled pizza”) and mini-grocery for the whole community with daily specials posted on the Facebook page. Earlton Country Store is where you get your bags of ice, your Friday fish fry and Sunday Stromboli, your newspapers and dairy products when you don’t feel like rolling down the hill to Coxsackie.
Doubtless you will want/need to go to Coxsackie on a regular basis, because all the necessities are there and even resources you don’t need but may want to check out, such as Four Mile Point Preserve, a Hudson River-front park featuring the Vosburgh Swamp, home to an abundance of birds and amphibians, and grand views of the river. Bring your fishing poles and kayaks… and your dogs--leashed, of course.
Every Wednesday afternoon there’s a great opportunity to get fresh and local products at the Coxsackie Farmers’ Market. Some of the vendors are Olde York Farm, Potters Table, Greater Things Roasters, Good Day Honey and Catskill Mountain Woodworking.
Last but not by any means least, in Coxsackie is the Greene County Historical Society and Bronck Farmstead. I can’t do better than quote from the GCHS website: “The last family owner, Leonard Bronk Lampman, willed the Bronck farm to the GCHS in 1939, and the site has been open to the public as a museum ever since. Thanks to the stewardship of the Bronck family and the GCHS, we’re able to enter Pieter’s door and walk Pieter‘s floor over 350 years after he built them.” The complex comprises the 1663 and 1738 dwellings, a kitchen dependency, a Northern European side-aisle barn, a remarkable and beautiful 13-sided hay barn and several Victorian-era buildings. It’s a really lovely property, not to miss.