Both the hamlets of Freehold and Greenville have an airport, which, according to the owner of the one in Greenville (located at the Rainbow Golf Course), isn’t surprising. He's a fourth-generation owner of the property, and says that back in the day, lots of people interested in getting away opened airports to land their small planes. The Rainbow airport has a grass landing field, so it’s not open in very wet conditions. The Freehold airport, though it does have a tarmac landing strip, is run by Nutmeg Soaring, a company dedicated to flying sailplanes… which land on grass. Confused? It’s a little confusing! Luckily for Upstate aviators both businesses are happy to answer everyone's questions.
Other Freehold NY amenities include the country store, pub, Tony’s Pizza & Ice Cream and a nursery. There’s the Freehold Ladies Auxiliary if you're looking to volunteer, or you might get involved with the fire company.
The Catskill Creek runs through Freehold and its particular stretch is known for perfect trout fishing conditions, swimming spots and occasional kayak sightings. Right on the creek is one of Freehold’s treasures, Ruby’s Hotel, which offers creative dining, quite a good gallery, charming rooms and, from time to time, live music. "Ruby"—that is, Ana—does the cooking (an ever-changing menu depending on what’s fresh and local) and Frank makes the ceramics, including the Nigerian-style udu drums that have been used by Paul Simon and other notables and tiles for some of NYC's subway stations. Between Ana and Frank, Ruby’s has built a wonderful business with a steady clientele that has sustained them over the last 15+ years.
Just up the road is Gypsy’s Closet, a performance and event venue with pop-ups of varying kinds, like a yoga, sewing or mandala class; clothing and jewelry boutique, or a psychic fair. Next door is a combination seamstress and consignment/bridal shop, MaryLyn’s. Sound quirky, fun, and interesting? That's the Freehold vibe.