Hit the nineteen-mile Catskill Scenic Trail, whose hard-packed surface on top of a former rail bed is ideal for hiking and biking. Plattekill Mountain Center rents cross-country bikes for use on the trail ($30, plus $10 for pick-up/shuttle service along the trail), while hiking is self-guided. Keep in mind there are no trash bins on the trail and cell phone service is spotty at best. Horseback riding on the trail is unavailable, but you can head to nearby Stone Tavern Farm, which offers hour-long rides ($55 per person).
Get a dose of culture in the country at West Kortright Centre, housed inside a church with stained-glass windows, kerosene chandeliers, and elaborate woodwork. This active nonprofit offers a varied repertoire of performances (tickets from $10), ranging from Bach to bluegrass. Also on the schedule are obscure workshops, like Persian miniature and calligraphy (from $40), as well as free exhibits in the Roberts Room.
Find a staggering variety of rare and used books at Bibliobarn (627 Roses Brook Road, South Kortright; 607-538-1555), where 39,000 titles occupy the shelves of a renovated two-story barn. Leaf through selections from offbeat categories like “Fiction with a Dollop of Theology” or “Generally Ineffable,” and ask live-in owners Linda and H.L. to show you their nineteenth-century book bindery.