|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
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.
- Woodbury Common is on your right.
Immediately following Woodbury Common Route
32 narrows to a two lane highway.
- 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
- Enter the Village of Mountainville. The area
visible from the roadway, up the side of the
mountain to the right is Black Rock Forest*.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- On your right is the entrance to the New Windsor
Cantonment State Historic Site.
- On your left is the entrance for the Last
Encampment of the Continental Army Historic
- You have just crested a rise and immediately
before you are some large dark buildings looming
up in the distance. This is Stewart Airport.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- Route 32 crests a hill and bends to the left,
ahead of you above the trees is your first view
of the Shawangunk Ridge.
- Enter Ulster County.
- 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.
- 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.
- After leaving Adair, retrace your route back
to stop sign at Route 32
- 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*.
- 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.
- SUNY New Paltz Campus begins on your left.
- 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.
- On your left is one of the best farm markets
in the area, the Wallkill Valley View Market.
- Fork to the left, following the signs for
the Ulster County Fairgrounds onto Libertyville
Mile 41.4 - Entrance
to Rivendell Winery is on your right, marked
by a large sign.
- Retrace your route back out of Rivendell to
Libertyville Road, turn right, (south).
- Bear right at fork onto Bruyneswick Road,
County Route 7. Albany Post Road forks to the
- 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.
- Turn left onto McKinstry Road.
Mile 46.6 - Turn right
at “Whitecliff Winery” sign, drive
up the road through the vineyards to the winery.
- Retracing your steps out of the winery, you
are back at the gate to the vineyards, turn
left onto McKinstry Road.
- Retracing your steps back down McKinstry Road,
you are at a stop sign at Bruyneswick Road,
- 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.
- New Prospect Road makes a sharp curve to the
- New Prospect Road makes a sharp curve/turn
to the left.
- Turn left onto Bruyn Turnpike.
- Turn right onto Hardenburg Road
Mile 55.0 - Turn left
into Baldwin Winery at sign on your left.
- Retrace your route from the Winery back to
Hardenburg Road. Turn right.
- Turn left on Cooper Road
- You are at a stop sign at the junction of
Cooper Road and New Prospect Road. Turn left
- On your left is a large sign announcing Brimstone
Hill Winery, turn right onto Brimstone Hill
Mile 56.9 - Brimstone
Hill Winery is on your left.
- You have retraced your route from Brimstone
Hill Winery back to the stop sign at New Prospect
Road. Turn right.
- 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
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.