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Bethel is called the "Jewel of the Catskills," located in the middle of Sullivan County, about 90 miles northwest of New York City and only 20 miles from the Delaware River. This little town has a permanent population of about 4,300, but that number swells to around 10,000 during the summer tourist season. In 1969, Bethel drew worldwide attention when over 600,000 people descended on this quiet town for the infamous Woodstock Music Festival. After hosting the festival, things in Bethel went back to normal, and today the historic field where the concert took place is the site of the Day in the Garden concerts and the location of the Bethel Performing Arts Center. Another big attraction in town is the Fall Garden Harvest Market, which draws up to 3,500 visitors on autumn weekends. Being just an hour and a half from New York City, Bethel and Sullivan County (which has been called "the forgotten frontier,") have become popular with city dwellers looking for peace and quiet in a beautiful, natural setting. Dozens of recreational activities are available in the area, including golf, boating and fishing, swimming, hiking, biking, birding and wildlife watching and wintertime snowmobiling, skiing, skating and ice fishing. Bethel is home to Lake Superior State Park, open dawn to dusk year round and featuring swimming, boat rentals, fishing, picnic facilities, volleyball and a food concession.

Surrounding areas: Monticello, New York (9.6 mi), Liberty, New York (10.4 mi), Eldred, New York (10.8 mi), Narrowsburg, New York (11.1 mi), Callicoon, New York (11.2 mi), Barryville, New York (13.5 mi), Livingston Manor, New York (14.9 mi)

Bethel Vacation Rentals

Bethel Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Swan Lake Golf & Tennis ResortSwan Lake, NY6.7 mi.(845) 292-0783
Twin Swan Lake MotelSwan Lake, NY6.7 mi.(845) 292-5323
Best Western Monticello21 Raceway RD& Rt 17BMonticello, NY9.6 mi.(845) 796-4000
Liberty Motel204 S Main StLiberty, NY10.3 mi.(845) 292-7272
Days Inn Of LibertyRt 17Liberty, NY10.4 mi.(845) 292-7600
Howard MTN Motor Lodge106 Rock HL DrRock Hill, NY14.7 mi.(845) 796-3000
Tennanah Lake Golf And Tennis ClubRoscoe Hankins RdRoscoe, NY17.4 mi.(607) 498-4588
Tanglewood Motel21 Perran DrWurtsboro, NY21.2 mi.(845) 888-2415
Fife & Drum Motor Inn100 Ter StHonesdale, PA21.3 mi.(570) 253-1392
Gresham's Lakeview MotelHC 6Hawley, PA21.5 mi.(570) 226-4621
Settlers Inn LTDFour Main AveHawley, PA21.5 mi.(570) 226-2993
Silver BirchesHC 6 Box 6275Hawley, PA21.5 mi.(570) 226-4388
The Eagle's Nest58 Eagle's Nest RdBloomingburg, NY22.6 mi.(845) 733-4561
Best Western Inn At Hunts Landing120 Routes 6 & 209Matamoras, PA23.5 mi.(570) 491-2400
Nevele Hotel1 Nevele RdEllenville, NY24.0 mi.(845) 647-6000
Frost Valley Ymca2000 Frost Valley RdClaryville, NY24.3 mi.(845) 985-2291
Comfort Inn-port Jervis40 Greenville TpkePort Jervis, NY24.9 mi.(845) 856-6611
Cliff Park InnCLF Park RdMilford, PA25.2 mi.(570) 296-6491
Hilltop MotelRt 6Milford, PA25.2 mi.(570) 296-9444
Jeronimo Resort And Conference CenterWalker Valley, NY25.7 mi.(914) 733-5652
Smith's Colonial Motel23085 St Hwy 97Hancock, NY28.2 mi.(607) 637-2989
Heritage MotelRt 17 Rd #8Middletown, NY28.4 mi.(845) 361-1211
Howard Johnson511 Rt 211 EMiddletown, NY28.4 mi.(845) 342-5822
Harvest Inn Motel95 Boniface DrPine Bush, NY29.9 mi.(845) 744-5700
Bed & Breakfast
Lanza's A Country Inn839 Shandelee RdLivingston Manor, NY13.5 mi.(845) 439-5070

Bethel Weather & Climate

The Catskill Mountains  has a climate with many variations depending on the elevation. There is a totally different winter in the mountains and the higher plateaus over 1,000 feet. There, the grip of winter is strong and steady, and above freezing temperatures are less common. Average January temperatures are three to four degrees colder at elevations from one to two thousand feet and over seven degrees colder at elevations above two thousand feet. Snowfall is fairly uniform during the month of January in the Catskills. The third week of July is generally the hottest time of the year in the Catskills, and rainfall during the warm months is usually confined to a few days rather than spread throughout the month. September has warm days, cool nights and fog at dawn over the Hudson valley. By October the hills are a kaleidoscope of color, and the first hard freeze is usually at the end of October.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 30°F 11°F 3.77 in. -
February 33°F 13°F 2.87 in. -
March 42°F 21°F 3.77 in. -
April 54°F 32°F 4.30 in. -
May 66°F 42°F 4.87 in. -
June 74°F 51°F 4.84 in. -
July 79°F 56°F 4.67 in. -
August 77°F 54°F 4.29 in. -
September 69°F 46°F 4.48 in. -
October 58°F 35°F 4.00 in. -
November 46°F 28°F 4.21 in. -
December 34°F 17°F 3.86 in. -

Bethel Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Stewart International airport (SWF) located about 41 miles southeast of Bethel in Newburgh, New York, the Wilkes Barre Scranton International airport (AVP) located approximately 50 miles west of Bethel in Wilkes - Barre / Scranton, Pennsylvania, Greater Binghamton Edwin A Link Field (BGM) located roughly 67 miles northwest of Bethel in Binghamton, New York, and finally the Teterboro airport (TEB) located around 71 miles southeast of Bethel in Teterboro, New Jersey.

Bethel Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Pocono Play ParkBartonsvillePA51.1 mi.
Land Of Make BelieveHopeNJ53.6 mi.
JeepersWest NyackNY60.5 mi.
Bushkill ParkEastonPA71.1 mi.
Bowcraft Amusement ParkScotch PlainsNJ75.3 mi.
Glen Island ParkNew RochelleNY77.7 mi.
Playland ParkRyeNY78.5 mi.
Dorney ParkAllentownPA81.0 mi.
AstrolandBrooklynNY85.6 mi.
Coney Island BoardwalkBrooklynNY85.6 mi.
Coney Island - Kenny KaufmanBrooklynNY85.6 mi.
Deno's Wonder Wheel Amusement ParkBrooklynNY85.6 mi.
Nellie Bly ParkBrooklynNY85.6 mi.
Bayville AmusementsBayvilleNY86.4 mi.
JeepersAlbanyNY88.0 mi.
Water Parks
Carousel Water & Fun ParkBeach LakePA15.4 mi.
Alpine Slide at CamelbackTannersvillePA49.8 mi.
Splash Down ParkFishkillNY51.3 mi.
Zoom Flume Water ParkDurhamNY61.1 mi.
Dorney Park & Whitewater KingdomAllentownPA81.0 mi.
Song Mountain Alpine SlideTullyNY99.7 mi.
Sesame PlaceLanghornePA104.3 mi.
Water WorldPhoenixvillePA112.5 mi.
Golf Courses
Island Glen Country ClubBethelNY 
Swan Lake Golf & Country ClubSwan LakeNY7.0 mi.
Sullivan County Golf & Country ClubLibertyNY10.5 mi.
Tarry Brae Golf CourseSouth FallsburgNY12.7 mi.
Lochmor Golf CourseLoch SheldrakeNY12.9 mi.
Tennanah Lake Golf & Tennis ClubRoscoeNY17.6 mi.
Twin Village Golf ClubRoscoeNY17.6 mi.
Cricket Hill Golf ClubHawleyPA21.7 mi.
Shawangunk Country ClubEllenvilleNY25.0 mi.
Walker Valley Golf ClubWalker ValleyNY26.2 mi.
Highpoint Country ClubMontagueNJ26.8 mi.
Rock View Public Golf ClubMontagueNJ26.8 mi.
Hancock Golf & Country ClubHancockNY28.3 mi.
Wallkill Golf ClubMiddletownNY28.8 mi.
Green Ridge Golf ClubJohnsonNY29.5 mi.
Lake Lorain Golf ClubPoyntellePA29.8 mi.
Tamaqua Golf CourseWesttownNY29.8 mi.
Ski Areas
Holiday MountainMonticelloNY9.6 mi.
TanglewoodTaftonPA25.1 mi.
Mount ToneLake ComoPA26.6 mi.
Elk MountainUnion DalePA32.1 mi.
Shawnee MountainDelawarePA36.2 mi.
Belleayre MoutainHighmountNY37.4 mi.
Mount PeterWarwickNY39.6 mi.
Ski PlattekillRoxburyNY44.4 mi.
Alpine MountainAnalominkPA47.3 mi.
CraigmeurNewfoundlandNJ49.5 mi.
Hunter MountainHunterNY49.7 mi.
CamelbackTannersvillePA49.8 mi.
Scotch ValleyStamfordNY51.7 mi.
Ski WindhamWindhamNY53.6 mi.
Big BirchPattersonNY66.4 mi.
Thunder RidgePattersonNY66.4 mi.
CatamountHillsdaleNY77.2 mi.
Mohawk MountainCornwallCT80.2 mi.
Butternut Ski AreaGreat BarringtonMA85.3 mi.
WoodburyWoodburyCT86.4 mi.
State Parks
Prompton State ParkPA24.4 mi. 
High Point State ParkNJ28.8 mi. 
Promised Land State ParkPA30.6 mi. 
George W Childs State ParkPA31.4 mi. 
Catskill State ParkNY34.5 mi. 
Archbald Pothole State ParkPA37.3 mi. 
Pocono Indian MuseumBushkillPA41.3 mi.(History)
Bruderhof MuseumRiftonNY44.3 mi.(History)
Houdini MuseumScrantonPA45.1 mi.(History)
Gomez Mill HouseMarlboroNY46.8 mi.(History)
Klyne Esopus Historical Society MuseumUlster ParkNY47.6 mi.(History)
Hanford Mills MuseumEast MeredithNY51.0 mi.(History)
Constitution Island - The Warner HouseWest PointNY51.5 mi.(History)
West Point MuseumWest PointNY51.5 mi.(History)
Lake Hopatcong Historical MuseumLake HopatcongNJ52.5 mi.(History)
Peekskill MuseumPeekskillNY56.2 mi.(History)
Hofstra MuseumHempsteadNY57.0 mi.(Art)
Hopper-Goetschius House MuseumUpper Saddle RiverNJ58.9 mi.(History)
Zoos and Aquariums
Ross Park ZooBinghamtonNY61.0 mi.
Trevor ZooMillbrookNY61.1 mi.
Bergen County Zoological ParkParamusNJ65.7 mi.
Bronx Zoo/Wildlife Conservation ParkBronxNY77.7 mi.
Central Park Wildlife CenterNew YorkNY80.7 mi.
Queens Wildlife CenterFlushingNY83.8 mi.
New York AquariumBrooklynNY85.6 mi.
Prospect Park Wildlife CenterBrooklynNY85.6 mi.
Staten Island ZooStaten IslandNY86.3 mi.
Beardsley Zoological GardensBridgeportCT93.4 mi.
Utica ZooUticaNY99.7 mi.
Clyde Peeling's Reptiland Ltd.AllenwoodPA112.3 mi.
Burnet Park ZooSyracuseNY114.6 mi.

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