It’s okay to wave and smile at strangers upstate, especially when you’re driving.
We don’t honk up here. Ever.
Wear sensible shoes. Unless you’re going to a wedding, high heels have no place in the Catskills.
Don’t litter. You’re an asshole if you do.
Be patient at restaurants. We move a little slower in the country. Order a drink and relax.
Locals can be chatty because we’re socially deprived. If we chat you up, you’re in it for a good 5-10 minutes. Get used to it.
Don’t be a fashion victim.
Respect the wildlife. When you see a deer on the road, there’s usually two or more. Be careful and slow down.
Bring a book. Go on a hike. Swing on a hammock. Feast. That’s as crazy as it gets up here.
Love thy neighbor. When the shit hits the fan, he’s all you got.
Nobody cares if you’re like a big f- deal. Check your ego at the door.
Don’t call locals hillbillies, red necks, or anything like that. You’re on their beautiful land that they’ve owned for generations. Just be cool and respect.