Located 2 hours north of New York City in the western Catskills, The North Branch Inn is an elegant nine-room retreat in the quaint town of North Branch. Breakfast is included with your stay and is offered in our Parlor or outside in our gardens. Our setting allows for a quiet escape from the world, and similar to our sibling property, The Arnold House, offers an experience more similar to staying with friends rather than in a traditional hotel.
Nestled next to a small creek, North Branch was officially named in 1851, and constituted not much more than 7 families, a general store, post office, and a bowling alley. Famous for its orchards and apple cider, a great variety of apples grew here and were prized all over the world. Time has stood still in this small corner of the world where this still holds true today. The décor at the Inn aims to honor this rich past while providing modern amenities such as free wireless internet, Malin and Goetz bath products, crisp cotton sheets and indulgent down duvet covers.
The North Branch Inn is owned and operated by the husband and wife team of Sims Foster and Kirsten Harlow Foster and their team. The Foster family has been in the Catskills for 5 generations dating back to the 1910s. The Fosters have been a steady presence in helping to revitalize their hometown of Livingston Manor by opening 3 different restaurants since 2002. After Sims and Kirsten were married they wanted to continue the progression of hospitality in the area and the result was The Arnold House, an 11 room inn, tavern and spa that opened in the Summer of 2014 on nearby Shandelee Mountain. The North Branch Inn was their second venture, which they are tremendously proud of and their last project, opened during the summer of 2016 was Nine River Road in the nearby town of Callicoon.
When not at The North Branch Inn, Kirsten and Sims have active careers that take them to the city and beyond. Kirsten is an economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and Sims is a hospitality executive working with some of the most noted chefs and bar personalities in the world.
Erik Kinealy-Hill serves as Executive Chef of the Bar Room & Restaurant at the North Branch Inn. After nearly a decade in New York City ingredient driven restaurants both large and small, including Hudson Clearwater and Back 40, Erik decided to bring a restaurant with the same passionate philosophy much, much closer to the farms that supported him. The Catskills were responsible for a large portion of the food he was using on a daily basis. His idea was to be local. Not 100-150 mile radius local. But 1-5 mile radius local.
Erik's farmers walk directly through the front door and he builds the menu around those ingredients daily and even hourly. The menu is fluid in the way cooking was before the industrial food movement. When what was for dinner was what was ripe in the garden or what the neighbors had just butchered or caught in the river flowing through the valley, The North Branch Inn solely uses product in this mindset, right down to the cooking oil.
Originally from a small, rural town in Maine, Erik has always reveled in the discovery of food. The first time he tried real whole milk he was blown away, not to mention heavy cream or cream line milk. He applies the exploration of dining directly into his menu writing. Guiding each person through food from an entirely different perspective.
When not curing bacon, basting dry-aged venison, or picking brussel sprouts, Erik enjoys relaxing at home with his wife Megan and his dog Chase.
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