Sims and Kirsten Harlow Foster were once among the tired, stressed-out Manhattanites they now try to lure from the city.
The husband-and-wife hoteliers recently opened The DeBruce, a two-hour drive north of New York City in the bucolic Catskills region. The inn is located on 600 acres in Livingston Manor, the town where Sims was born and raised, and where he and Kirsten now live full time with their two young children. They’re part of a clutch of enterprising artisans, chefs, and entrepreneurs who have relocated to the Catskills in recent years to revive this historic vacation spot, dubbed the Borscht Belt during its 1960s heyday, when the region was dotted with resorts catering to Jewish families.
The Fosters have opened four inns in the western Catskills, no more than 15 minutes from one another: the mountainside Arnold House; the 14-room North Branch Inn; Nine River Road, which overlooks the Delaware River; and the food-focused DeBruce. All share the same central mission: to create an easy and immersive escape for nature-starved city dwellers.
“Our goal at The DeBruce is to introduce our guests to the incredible agricultural bounty here in the Catskills,” says Sims. “The restaurant runs in stride with the harvests and seeks to highlight the amazing produce that is abundant in our area.”
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