Home — Driving Itineraries: Wineries of New Paltz
The Wineries & Vineyards
of New Paltz
Driving Itinerary

A splendid day in the country, sipping excellent wines
& enjoying extraordinary scenery.
What You’ll See and Experience — #1
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The Hudson Valley is the oldest wine-making region in America. It traces its roots back to the first Dutch settlers, continuing through Prohibition to today. Both America’s oldest vineyard (Benmarl) and winery (Brotherhood) are located in the Hudson Valley.

The eastern slopes of the Shawangunk Ridge have become the center of wine making in the Valley today. The combination of soils, east facing slopes, rainfall and climate created by the river and the valley combine to create ideal conditions for growing varietal vines. Micro-climates of hilltops, slopes and soils are a viticulturist’s delight.

Starting just a 60 minute drive north of New York City, this Day Trip Driving Itinerary takes you through the agricultural heart of the Hudson Valley, a fertile basin brimming with orchards, vineyards and farms. Agriculture remains the top income producing industry in the Hudson Valley today.

On your trip you’ll pass many family run farm stands and markets filled with the freshest and most succulent items. Take the time to stop and browse the tables and stalls. Many of the Valley’s best gourmet food producers can only be found at these small roadside establishments. And don’t miss the baked goods! Ranging from breads to pies, most are made with ingredients straight out of the orchards.

You should expect a drive time from the George Washington Bridge of 60 minutes to the starting point of the itinerary. Then, depending on how engaged in conversation you get into with the winemakers, you should expect to spend 30 to 45 minutes at each wineries. Start to finish, this trip should take between 6 and 7 hours.

Enjoy your day wandering through the low hills of wine country, sampling the bounty of the Hudson Valley wines amidst spectacular scenery. Enjoy your excursion, and “salut!”

Using this Itinerary [Printer Friendly Version]
All of HV/Net’s Driving Itineraries are broken into five distinct sections. Each has a purpose and each supports the other.

The first, this section, gives you a quick look at what you will be seeing and experiencing. We give you a quick overview and approximate time for the trip.

We then provide you with a map showing the locations of the sites we are directing you to visit and the major roads you will be traveling on.

The third section introduces you to each of the sites you will be visiting. We provide you with information on what you will be experiencing, seeing and enjoying. We let you know of the hours of operation, entrance fees and other amenities and restrictions you will encounter.

The fourth section is a detailed set of driving instructions. These are very detailed so that you won’t get lost as you wend your way thru the Valley.

The last section is where we provide you with alternatives, suggested stops for food and shopping and alternative “Detours” that highlight points of interest. Depending on your driving speed, traffic and so on, these detours could be incorporated into your day trip, or can be the centerpiece for a return trip into the Hudson Valley.

Driving Map — #2
Places You’ll Visit On Your Trip — #3
Adair Vineyards
55 Allhusen Road
845-255-1377
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Where to Go, Play, Stay & Eat Nearby!
Adair’s been making estate-grown wines since 1987. In that short time thousands of people have visited their nationally registered landmark winery and tasted their wines. Here are comments from a few of their visitors: "That label says it all - pure quality."

"They make wine tasting understandable and enjoyable. And it’s difficult not to find a winner from their extensive wine list."

"Your prices are right." "This old barn’s tasting room is beautiful - I wish I could live here."

"We sat outdoors down by the stream and enjoyed our wine and the country sights and sounds."

"It was fun just to roam around the vineyard and winery and watch a winery at work."

Open: May; Fri - Sun 11 - 5, June thru Oct; Daily 11 - 6 Nov thru Dec; Fri - Sun 11 - 5

Baldwin Vineyards
176 Hardenburgh Road
845-744-2226
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Where to Go, Play, Stay & Eat Nearby!
"An Outstanding Achievement..." The Wine Spectator.

Taste fifteen different wines including Gold Medal Awarded: Chardonnay, Riesling, Vignoles, Claret & Strawberry wine, plus Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Brut Sparkling wine and Raspberry wine.

The Strawberry wine is made from only the freshest strawberries (no other fruit or liquid is added to dilute the intense flavor). Because of its intensity, it synergizes with your favorite dessert, especially cheesecake, ice cream or chocolate desserts, or it tastes great all alone.

Baldwin Vineyards Strawberry Wine is available directly from the winery, via UPS and in fine wine shops thoughout the area.

Here’s what the experts say:

  • "...it tastes like the concentrated essence of strawberry..." Wine Tidings
  • "The nose leaps and dances...Great Value. Extraordinary (rated 89 of 100)" Wine Access
  • "...the most outstanding of the lot...grab it." The Spectator.

Try it for free at the winery. Also availabe anywhere in NY State via UPS.

The winery is open: July thru October, daily 11:30 to 5:30, April & May and November & December; Friday to Monday 11:30 to 5, January thru March; Saturday & Sunday 11:30-4:30.

Brimstone Hill Vineyards
61 Brimstone Hill Road
845-744-2231
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Where to Go, Play, Stay & Eat Nearby!
Brimstone Hill Vineyard is a family operated winery where you can talk to the winemaker. Their dedication to high quality wines in the French tradition has prompted their motto, "the local wines with the French touch."

The vineyard was started in 1969 with an experimental planting of several French hybrid varieties that have been supplemented with vinifera vines (especially Chardonnay) more recently. The primary goal at Brimestone Hill is to vinify wines that resemble those of Burgundy, the upper Loire Valley and neighboring Switzerland.

Present production includes five dry wines and two sweet varietals: Cayuga White and Rielsing. The dry white wines consist of Vin Blanc (a blend - good with chicken and fish), Seyval Blanc and Chardonnay (oak aged). The two reds are Cabernet Franc (good with steak) and Vin Rouge (a blend - goes well with Italian cuisine). In 1991, their first sparkling wine was released. Their wines have been served by both Governor Cuomo and President Reagan.

Open: July thru October; daily 11:30 to 5:30, May & June and November & December; Friday to Monday 11:30-5:30, January thru April; Saturday & Sunday 11:30 to 5:30.

Rivendell Winery
714 Albany Post Road
845-255-2494
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Where to Go, Play, Stay & Eat Nearby!
Originally opened in 1987, over the years it has become one of New York's most awarded labels, receiving considerable national attention for its wine quality.

With a wine growing philosophy that uses only the finest grapes and an emphasis on high quality wines made in unique and proprietary styles, Rivendell has grown to a dominant position in its immediate market. It has won many regional polls for "Best Winery", medals from regional, national and international competitions, and a number of marketing "firsts" for the New York industry.

In 1998, the winery tasting room was redesigned to offer wines from other quality New York wineries under the name Vintage New York™. Currently there are over 75 wines available for tasting from more than a dozen New York wineries, ranging from Finger Lakes Chardonnay to Long Island Merlot to handcrafted Grappa and Brandy.

Their relationships with the land, the growers and the grapes to give their winemakers the best ingredients available, ant ply their customers with the finest wines.

The Rivendell brand has helped in altering the public's dated concept of New York wines, becoming one of the state's most honored brands.

Currently in release are a wide range of wines across many styles - some of them familiar to Rivendell aficionados and some of them real surprises. All the wines are available directly from the winery, as well as the Vintage New York Stores in New York City. Since some of the wines are made in limited quantities, please call the winery for availability.

Open Year Round Daily 10-6

Whitecliff Vineyard & Winery
331 McKinstry Road
845-255-4613
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Visit Whitecliff, the newest vineyard in America's oldest wine producing region. Our spectacular views of the Shawangunk Cliffs provide a panoramic backdrop for a memorable wine tasting experience.

At Whitecliff, our commitment to quality begins with the grapes grown on site at our seventy acre farm - Chardonnay, Gamay, Merlot Cabernet Franc and Pinot Noir, among others. French settlers brought winemaking to this scenic river valley over three centuries ago and today we're using the latest techniques in vineyard management to bring the best in European winegrape varieties back to this historic region.

Visit us. Picnic or stroll the grounds. Share in our enthusiasm for the grape. Learn about viticulture - the vineyard work that allows winemakers to turn sunlight into wine - and join in the excitment of our first years of operation.

From grape to glass ... we are dedicated to bringing you the very best in fine, handcrafted wines to celebrate life and complement your meal.

Memorial Day thru October: Thurs, Fri and Sunday 12PM - 5PM, Saturday 11:30AM - 6PM, May, November & December: Open Weekends Only

Detailed Driving Instructions — #4
This Day Trip Driving Itinerary of the Wineries & Vineyards of New Paltz takes you up Route 32 from Harriman thru some of the most historic Revolutionary War areas of Orange County. From there, you drive around the western side of Newburgh and plunge into the agricultural heartland of Ulster County.

You will be driving through miles of apple orchards, past farm stands brimming with succulent fruits and vegetables, and along the ridges of the low hills on the eastern edge of the Wallkill Valley.

Out of NYC travel north up the New York State Thruway, Interstate 87, to the Harriman Exit, #16. Follow the signs to Route 17 and you will come up and over the Thruway on an overpass to a small set of toll gates. Pay your toll and then move IMMEDIATELY toward the right hand side of the roadway as you want to get off Route 17 at the first exit, just yards past the toll gates.. The sign for this exit is very complex as a lot of roads are coming together right here, but just follow the signs for Route 32 and Woodbury Common Boulevard. Stay to the right, but don't follow Woodbury Common Boulevard, go ahead to the traffic light.

Turn right at the traffic light, you have just junctioned onto Route 32 North, Mile 0.0.

Mile 0.2 - Woodbury Common is on your right.

Immediately following Woodbury Common Route 32 narrows to a two lane highway.

Mile 4.5 - Route 32 passes under the NYS Thruway. Just after you go under the Thruway, start looking up and to your left. All the land you see on the mountain is contained within the Mountainville Conservancy*.

Mile 5.7 - Enter the Village of Mountainville. The area visible from the roadway, up the side of the mountain to the right is Black Rock Forest*.

Mile 7.7 - Route 32 makes a bend to the left, then to the right and the Moodna Creek appears on the left of the road. The Moodna Creek is an exceptional fishing stream renowned for the sport.

Mile 9.6 - You have come to a traffic light at the junction of Route 32 and County Route 107, to the right. Cornwall-on-Hudson is up County Route 107.

Mile 9.85 - Just after the traffic light, immediately ahead of you, is a green steel bridge. Mid-span is a left turn lane for Orrs Mills Road. Located on Orrs Mills Road, just a few hundred yards along, is Storm King Art Center.

Mile 11 - Enter Vails Gate.

The route gets a little tricky for the next several miles as we really don't want to go into Newburgh. Instead, we are going to skirt around the center of the city on the west, following Route 300 as it departs from Route 32 in Vails Gate, travels up the western edge of Newburgh and then rejoins Route 32 north of Newburgh.

Vails Gate has become known, in the last few years, as the five corners. You will be coming to an intersection where five roads all come together from various directions. Route 94 from two directions, Route 32 from two directions, and Route 300. As you approach the intersection, stay in the middle lane. At the traffic light, you will bear to the left and follow the signs for Route 300, Stewart Airport and New Windsor Cantonment. A hard left will put you onto Route 94 south, a hard right will put you onto Route 94 north, a bear to the right will keep you on Route 32 as it heads directly into Newburgh. BEAR LEFT onto Route 300

It should be noted here that surrounding this major intersection are fast food and gas establishments of every description. This has become a major shopping area for the region with stores located on both sides of each of the five roads.

Mile 12.5 - On your right is the entrance to the New Windsor Cantonment State Historic Site.

Mile 12.7 - On your left is the entrance for the Last Encampment of the Continental Army Historic Site.

Mile 13 - You have just crested a rise and immediately before you are some large dark buildings looming up in the distance. This is Stewart Airport.

Mile 14.1 - Route 300 turns to the right at a traffic light. TURN RIGHT. If you go straight thru the traffic light on Route 207 you will come to Stewart Airport in about a mile and a half.

Mile 15.5 - You have just entered the Town of Newburgh. As we pass up the western side of Newburgh there will be lots of opportunities for shopping, gas, food and other necessities.

Mile 19.1 - Route 32 junctions with Route 300 at a traffic light, from the right. However, Route 32 continues north straight thru the traffic light and Route 300 makes a 90 degree left turn. You want to go straight ahead and transition back onto Route 32 North.

Mile 22.2 - Route 32 crests a hill and bends to the left, ahead of you above the trees is your first view of the Shawangunk Ridge.

Mile 22.8 - Enter Ulster County.

Mile 25.6 - Route 32 makes a bend to the right and immediately before you is the Shawangunk Ridge in the near background. Behind it are the Catskill Mountains in the distance.

Mile 28.4 - You have just come to the junction of Route 32 with Routes 44/55 at a traffic light.

Mile 29.6 - Allhusen Road is on your right, TURN RIGHT. Adair Vineyards is down to the right one half mile.

Mile 30.7 - After leaving Adair, retrace your route back to stop sign at Route 32

Mile 31.7 - Route 32 makes a strong "S" curve to the left then right. In the middle of this curve, on your right immediately adjacent to the road, is Locust Lawn and Terwilliger House*.

Mile 33.8 - Enter the Village of New Paltz. For about the next mile you will have some very lovely vistas across the apple groves* to the Shawangunk Ridge to your left and ahead to the Catskills.

Mile 34.8 - SUNY New Paltz Campus begins on your left.

Mile 35.5 - You have reached a traffic light marking the junction of Route 32 and Route 299, Main Street in the Village of New Paltz. Turn left.

You have now entered the heart of the Village of New Paltz. New Paltz is a vibrant college town, full of unique shops, great bistros, book stores, unusual clothing shops and stores catering to all manner of outdoor activities. Right on Main Street you will find most of the commercial activity of New Paltz.

Spend a little time and walk the sidewalks, window shopping. While in New Paltz, have your lunch or pick up some Mexican, Indian or Greek take-out, some fresh fruit and juice and have a prepare for a delightful picnic lunch at your next stop, Rivendell Winery.

As you head west on Main Street, look up and you can’t miss the Shawangunk’s looming above you. Perched atop one, directly in front of you, is Sky Top Tower, located on the grounds of the Mohonk Mountain House. Below it and marching to the north and south, are the cliffs of the “Gunks.” Between Mohonk* and Minnewaska*, located to the south of Mohonk along the ridge, and other conservation areas are tens of thousands of acres of exceptional hiking, strolling and walking.

Huguenot Street*, a National Historic Landmark, was created to preserve the oldest continuously inhabited street in America with its original houses, is located just north of Main Street along the western edge of the Village.

At the western end of Main Street, just as you are about to leave the Village by going over the Wallkill River, is Water Street Market, a collection of unique shops specializing in crafts and unique gift items. Across the street is the Gilded Otter, one of the exceptional micro-breweries of the Hudson Valley.

Mile 36.3 - You are crossing over the Wallkill River on a green steel arch bridge, leaving the Village of New Paltz.

Mile 37.0 - On your left is one of the best farm markets in the area, the Wallkill Valley View Market.

Mile 37.1 - Fork to the left, following the signs for the Ulster County Fairgrounds onto Libertyville Road.

Mile 41.4 - Entrance to Rivendell Winery is on your right, marked by a large sign.

Mile 41.8 - Retrace your route back out of Rivendell to Libertyville Road, turn right, (south).

Mile 42.5 - Bear right at fork onto Bruyneswick Road, County Route 7. Albany Post Road forks to the left.

Mile 43.8 - At the stop sign you have reached the intersection with Routes 44 & 55. Continue straight across through the intersection.

After going through the intersection, in about 1/4 mile, the landscape opens up from forest to fields. On your right is a magnificent view of the Shawangunks, or “Gunks” as they are called by the locals. The section of cliffs you are seeing is Millbrook Mountain, with Gertrude’s Nose jutting out at the southern end. Atop the cliffs is Minnewaska State Park Preserve., to the north, behind you, are the world famous Trapps, a line of cliffs that draws x-sport climbers.

Mile 45.7 - Turn left onto McKinstry Road.

Mile 46.6 - Turn right at “Whitecliff Winery” sign, drive up the road through the vineyards to the winery.

Mile 47.0 - Retracing your steps out of the winery, you are back at the gate to the vineyards, turn left onto McKinstry Road.

Mile 47.8 - Retracing your steps back down McKinstry Road, you are at a stop sign at Bruyneswick Road, turn left.

Mile 49.6 - For the next mile the road twists and turns a little, so carefully follow the main road. At this mileage you will be making a sharp right curve onto New Prospect Road.

Mile 51.6 - New Prospect Road makes a sharp curve to the right.

Mile 51.8 - New Prospect Road makes a sharp curve/turn to the left.

Mile 53.2 - Turn left onto Bruyn Turnpike.

Mile 53.9 - Turn right onto Hardenburg Road

Mile 55.0 - Turn left into Baldwin Winery at sign on your left.

Mile 55.1 - Retrace your route from the Winery back to Hardenburg Road. Turn right.

Mile 55.7 - Turn left on Cooper Road

Mile 55.9 - You are at a stop sign at the junction of Cooper Road and New Prospect Road. Turn left

Mile 56.7 - On your left is a large sign announcing Brimstone Hill Winery, turn right onto Brimstone Hill Road.

Mile 56.9 - Brimstone Hill Winery is on your left.

Mile 57.2 - You have retraced your route from Brimstone Hill Winery back to the stop sign at New Prospect Road. Turn right.

Mile 57.8 - You have reached the traffic light for the junction of New Prospect Road and State Route 52. Turn left.

Follow Route 52 as it travels east and southerly across Ulster County and then Orange County. You will go through charming little towns. When Route 52 reaches Route 300, turn right. You are back onto Route 300 heading south, (having been on this very section of road earlier heading north.) As you pass the junction with Interstate 84, get in the far right lane, which will take you onto the New York State Thruway. Head south, assuming you are traveling back to New York City or surrounding areas.

If you drove directly to New Paltz up the New York State Thruway, and so missed the first winery, Adair, continue east on Route 52 to the Village of Walden. From there, turn left onto Route 208. When you reach the junction of Routes 44 & 55, turn right. Follow east until you reach Route 32, turn left. 1.2 miles north on Route 32 you will come to Allhusen Road, turn right, Adair Vineyards is 1/2 mile down the road on the right.

If it’s still early in the day and you want to find something else to do before you head back into the City, we would first suggest you retrace your tracks back to the New Windsor Cantonnemt.

Or go back into New Paltz by turning left off of Route 52 onto Albany Post Road, (Cty Rte 14), about midway between Pine Bush & Walden. Just before you reach routes 44 & 55, watch for signs to the Tuthilltown Grist Mill on the left, a great country shopping experience. Back in New Paltz you can visit 300 year old Huguenot Street, sit with a late afternoon cafe’ latte at Starbucks, get a tattoo on Main Street, browse the shelves at Arial Booksellers or shop at Water Street Market. Go across the Wallkill River out to the Valley View Farm Market and pick up some fresh fruits & veggies, gourmet delicacies and baked goods to take back to the city with you.

Alternate Destinations — #5
Mountainville Conservancy
All the land you see on the mountain on your left as you drive on Route 32 north of Central Valley is contained within the Mountainville Conservancy. The Conservancy is a large tract of land established to protect the Schunemunk Mountain from Highland Mills north to the hamlet of Mountainville. It, and Black Rock Forest located on the right of Route 32, comprise an excellent location if you are an avid hiker or someone looking for a quiet and peaceful place to enjoy nature. Although immediately adjacent to the New York Metropolitan complex, they are not heavily used, unlike Bear Mountain State Park and Harriman State Park, because they are not "developed" with major access points and amenities. In fact, unless you know how and where, accessing them can be impossible. We recommend you contact the NY/NJ Trail Conference for information. They publish guide books to the whole area, including Mountainville Conservancy and Black Rock Forest. In fact, these two parcels are extensively covered in their trail maps, as the "Hudson Trails West". The NY/NJ Trail Conference maps are the best available!

The Mountainville Conservancy includes the northern part of Schunemunk Mountain with over 20 miles of marked hiking trails. Containing approximately 2,300 acres, the land was donated to the Conservancy by the Star Expansion Industries of Mountainville in 1985. You should note that hunting, open fires and motorized vehicles of all kinds are not allowed on the Conservancy at any time. The ridge of Schunemunk Mountain is nearly 1,700 feet in elevation and the trails along the mountain provide excellent views of the Hudson River and the Valley.

Black Rock Forest

Black Rock Forest is a preserve of special interest to hikers and nature lovers. Throughout the Forest are many reservoirs supplying local communities with water and the hiker with refreshing vistas. Black Rock Forest includes roughly 4,000 acres of a high, rugged granite plateau with dozens of summits over 1,400 feet in elevation. The Forest is named for Black Rock, a prominent pitch-pine-clad summit south of Cornwall, which is one of the most conspicuous in the area, offering grand views to the north, east and west. The highest summit in Black Rock Forest is Spy Rock at 1,464', and gives an exceptional view. From this summit, sentinels from Washington's army at Newburgh watched British vessels sailing up the Hudson to Haverstraw Bay.

You should note that access to Black Rock Forest is restricted, it is private property and can, at times, be completely closed down. This is, however, very infrequent and usually only during times of extreme fire hazard. However, access to Black Rock Forest is a privilege granted by the Preserve and is limited exclusively to hiking and walking the marked trails and roadways. All motorized vehicles are completely forbidden, as well as camping & outdoor fires. Hunting and fishing privileges are exclusively restricted to members of the Black Rock Forest Fish and Game Club.

Storm King Art Center

Storm King Art Center is the largest sculpture park in the US with over 120 masterworks of contemporary sculpture displayed on over 400 acres of magnificent rolling hills, meadows and woodlands. If you've never been to Storm King Art Center and you are fascinated by art, plan a day for this excellent location. You will be both inspired and awed by the place.

New Windsor Cantonment State Historic Site

A year after the American victory over the British in Yorktown, in October 1781, General Washington moved his army to New Windsor, above West Point, to establish his final winter quarters. The 7,000 troops, accompanied by some 500 women and children, transformed the 1,600 acres of forests and meadows into a substantial military enclave, or "cantonment", including nearly 600 log huts. Today the New Windsor Cantonment State Historic Site is a public park providing interpretive displays and information on the site and the end of the American Revolution. The park is open all year, but during the warmer months there is a schedule of military drills, demonstrations and other activities.

Last Encampment of the Continental Army

With the British Army still in New York City, General Washington wanted his Northern Army close by in the event that hostilities erupted again. New Windsor was chosen due to its proximity. Here the Continental Army would build its fourth, and final, winter encampment. North of Vails Gate and 2/10th of a mile north of the New Windsor Encampment Historic Site entrance, this section of the actual campground has been preserved along with two enlisted men's huts. A visitor's center is available and you are free to walk the grounds and see the huts of the Massachusetts Regiments, explore the Freedom Appreciation Trail and take self guided walks along the Nature Trail.

Locust Lawn and Terwilliger House

Locust Lawn is a Federal Style mansion, built by Colonel Josiah Hasbrouck in 1814, a lieutenant in the Revolutionary War, member of the House of Representatives during the terms of Adams and Jefferson, and one of the major landholders in Ulster County. Next door, just to the east and closer to the highway is the Terwilliger House, build in 1738 by Evert Terwilliger and his wife Sarah Freer. The Terwilliger house is an excellent example of vernacular architecture combining elements found in Hudson Valley, French Huguenot and Dutch dwellings. The Terwilligers, along with their slaves, are buried in the small cemetery on the crest of the hill east of the house. Locust Lawn and Terwilliger House are open to the public and guided tours are available May thru September.

Mohonk Preserve

In the 1960s the Smiley family created the Mohonk Preserve out of the majority of their land holdings to insure its continuing preservation and place the stewardship into the hands of like minded environmentalists. The Mohonk Preserve consists of over 4,000 acres of land and encompasses some of the most environmentally fragile and important parcels in lower New York. Unique ecosystems flourish atop the Shawangunk Ridge protected by the Preserve.

In addition to conservation, the second and equally important purpose of the Preserve is to provide access to the public, to allow visitation and heighten the appreciation of this unique and special place. Because of the earlier development of the landscape as a resort, access to the Mohonk Preserve is especially easy. All of the many miles of carriageways and trails remain in place providing easy strolling and challenging scrambles. Visitors to Mohonk Preserve can select from a wide range of experience and skill levels. Walk the carriageways as they wind up to the summits of the mountains, hike the trails through dense forests and open meadows or scramble up the rock falls and find yourself perched atop a boulder with the Hudson Valley stretching away before you as far as the eye can see.

Minnewaska State Park Preserve

Minnewaska State Park Preserve is the "public" portion of the collection of preserves and conservancies atop the Shawangunk Ridge. On its northern borders is the Mohonk Preserve and on its souther borders is Ice Caves Mountain Preserve, administered by the Nature Conservancy. Minnewaska State Park Preserve, now encompassing approximately 12,000 acres, provides public access into the heart of this incomparable landscape.

A visit to Minnewaska brings unparalleled opportunities for relaxation and endless recreation. Whatever your outdoor interests, from rock climbing to swimming, from quiet strolls to family gatherings, from the study of nature to hunting, Minnewaska provides the setting. All you have to do is provide the energy and imagination. And the supplies, equipment and gas to get there!

When you consider visiting Minnewaska, you should keep in mind that it is a DAY USE state park. There are no accommodations and no overnight stays are allowed. You should also keep in mind that because of the fragility of the natural environments to be found in Minnewaska, they strictly limit the number of people allowed into the park at any one time. On busy days they will close the park fairly early in the day.

Huguenot Street

Huguenot Street Historic District, a National Historic Landmark, was created to preserve the oldest continuously inhabited street in America with its original houses, a wonderful collection exhibiting Dutch vernacular architecture and furnishings. The principle houses on Huguenot Street were built surrounding the turn of the 17th into the 18th centuries, from 1680's through the first decades of the 18th century. Descendants of the first families lived in them for hundreds of years and some were adapted for their changing needs. Today, each house is presented in a different time period from the 18th through the mid 20th century. Huguenot Street is a unique collection of early colonial houses open to the public for you to explore and discover.

Apple Picking
As you travel north through Ulster County along Route 32 you will be passing through the heart of “Apple Country” in the Hudson Valley. There are several U-Pick orchards along Route 32 where you can stop and spend an hour or two in the orchards selecting the ripest, most perfect fruits. If you’ve never experienced the snap, crunch and tang of a freshly picked apple, you should take the opportunity right now!

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