February 28, 2011

A Drive to Beaverkill Valley Inn

One week ago Sunday, I took a drive through the Catskill Mountains with my friend, Kathy Sloane.  Kathy and her husband, Dr. Harvey Sloane, have a weekend house there and they wanted me to see the renovations they recently have made.  We were also invited to a luncheon at Beaverkill Valley Inn by Kathy’s good friend, Larry Rockefeller and his wife, Wendy.  Larry has been very involved with restoring the inn and preserving the entire Beaver Kill area from any future development.  Built in 1893, this lovely inn was a lodge for anglers coming to fly fish for trout in the nearby, pristine Beaver Kill River, a tributary of the East Branch of the Delaware River.  This area has a unique and important history because in the early 1900’s, area resident Theodore Gordon and other local anglers invented the American technique of dry-fly fishing.  They perfected the art of fly tying and the craft of making fly rods from split bamboo.  After a very pleasant lunch and a visit with Larry and Wendy, Kathy gave me a little tour of the charming nearby town of Andes.