Thirsty for more music? Just up the road apiece is Shrewd Fox Brewery in Eldred, where on any given afternoon folks hang out under the trees to hear blues, rock or country tunes while enjoying the Edinburgh Hard Apple Cider. (The Scottish legacy hangs on, including Loch Ada amber ale, named for a local lake, though they have Belgian and English hard cider, as well!) Music days fill up fast, so bring your chairs and blankets!
When you’re in Glen Spey it feels like the middle of vacation-land, but in reality it’s only 12 miles from Port Jervis, where the milk stout and black ale go down easy at another great brewery, the Fox N Hare. Just north of Port Jervis jump on heavenly Route 97 and wind along the Delaware River for one of the loveliest rides anywhere. Follow the road to quaint/hip Narrowsburg and Callicoon for the farmers markets, stopping along the way to watch the eagles fishing the river. Pitch a tent at one of the many campgrounds on the riverbanks, or rent a canoe or kayak or tube and take a leisurely and relaxing float on the Delaware... though there are some eddies, don’t think there aren’t!
Eight of the 1,000+-acres at Hickok Brook & Pond, in between Eldred and Barryville, are designated hiking trails and roads, all quite short. Rio Reservoir, in Forestburgh, is 422 acres of fishing for trout or bass or watching bald eagles fish for them with you! Not much further north are the spectacular waterfalls and gorge at Neversink. And then there’s Monticello, home of the Raceway, the Kartrite’s indoor water park and Holiday Mountain, for summer and winter recreation.
While at first glance Glen Spey seems a quiet hamlet in the wilderness where not much happens, don’t be fooled: It’s the home of Fourth of July parades, town-wide yard sales, holiday community gatherings and all the beloved hometown celebrations and occupations that make you realize some things never change, and people will be people wherever they gather.