Directions, Address and Phone Numbers
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Address to use for GPS in Google and Waze:
Palyul Retreat Center
359 Hollow Road
McDonough, NY 13801
NOTE: Certain GPS programs have been sending people on a circuitous route at the tail end of the journey. Once you get to Route 220, drive 1.1 miles until you see the sign to "Palyul" on the left. Just take that left on to German Hollow Road (after the snowplow parking lot), drive up the road, about 1.5 miles, until you see the "Palyul Temple" road on the right.
In iPhone Maps: 359 Hollow Road (but note we are not on Skillman-Hoffman Road as shown in their map).
Directions from New York City:
359 German Hollow Road
McDonough, New York
607-656-9640 (office); 607-656-4645 (residence)
Using a map program, enter the following address:
359 German Hollow Road , 13801-3115.
From New York: Take the GW Bridge to the Palisades Parkway North. Palisades Pkwy to Rte 17 West, then to I-81 North. From 81 North, exit onto Rte 12, Chenango Bridge. Click here for the remaining directions. (214 miles)
From Boston: Take I-90 to Sturbridge, I-84. Take I-84 through Connecticut, into New York State, and exit onto Route 17 in Middletown, New York, heading towards Binghamton. In Binghamton, take I-81 North. Click here for the remaining directions. Note: Do not follow this route unless you know that all of Interstate 88 is open: In Albany, take I-88 to Bainbridge, Rte 206. (301 miles)
From Montreal: SW on Quebec. autoroute to 13. S on 13 to 20. Autorte 20 to Prov. Hwy 401. SW on 401 to 1000 Isles Br to NY. Take I-81 S to US 11. East on US 11 to Rte 206. E on 206 to Rte 12 to Rte 41. NW on Rte 41 to Smithville Flats. Click here for details from Smithville Flats. (337 miles)
From Philadelphia: W on I-676 to I-76 then NW to I-476.NE on I-476 to Rte 9. NW on 9 to I-81. N on I-81 towards Binghamton. NW on I-81 to Rte 12, NE. Click here for the remaining directions. (226 miles)
In Binghamton, from Route 12, Chenango Bridge exit off of I-81: See MapQuest map. (Note: 12A West leads to Route 12). Take Route 12 North, Chenango Bridge, towards Greene and Norwich. The drive is about 25 minutes. Past the shopping area and golf course, you will proceed through Kattelville and farmlands.
In Greene, NY, there is a traffic light with the town on the right (you'll see a gas station) and a hill on the left. Here you should take a left onto Route 206, and drive up the hill about 2 miles until you reach a flashing light (yellow on this side) for Route 2, a small country road leading to Smithville Flats.
At the yellow flashing light on Route 206, outside Greene: Take a right onto Route 2 at the yellow flashing light. You will drive past farms (and lots of deer!) about 10 minutes until you reach Smithville Flats village.
In Smithville Flats: Drive straight through the village and just past the Post Office, where the road starts to curve to the left. The road forks at this point. *Do not go up to the left* but take Route 220 to the right. Follow Route 220 past the snowplow parking lot (nearly 1 mile) until you see the large "Palyul Retreat Center" sign on the left, which is located at the foot of German Hollow Road. Drive up German Hollow Road (a dirt road) about 1 mile and look for the next retreat center sign on the left.
You can book Greyhound in advance, but if you miss the bus it can be complicated to re-book. Shortline can be a better option.
On arrival in Binghamton, you should get a taxi or Uber from the bus station to 359 German Hollow Road, McDonough, NY 13801. The ride will be 45 minutes and will cost about $80 plus tip. Uber may be cheaper.