New Paltz is an exciting town filled with cheerful spirit, earthy qualities, and good people.
The auburn, yellow and pink leaves on the Shawangunk Ridge cannot be outdone in the fall. New Paltz is surrounded by beautiful landscapes, as well as many funky shops, fine restaurants, bookstores, bars, street musicians, artists, and history. If you are looking for memorable fun in a town with so much character it actually becomes like a friend to you, then look no further—New Paltz beckons you.
New Paltz is an exciting town filled with cheerful spirit, earthy qualities, and good people. The auburn, yellow and pink leaves on the Shawangunk Ridge cannot be outdone in the fall. New Paltz is surrounded by beautiful landscapes, as well as many funky shops, fine restaurants, bookstores, bars, street musicians, artists, and history. If you are looking for memorable fun in a town with so much character it actually becomes like a friend to you, then look no further—New Paltz beckons you.
There Are Several Fabulous Places...
to stay in New Paltz, but none rival the beauty and history of the Mohonk Mountain House. Surrounded by thousands of acres of some of the area’s most spectacular mountain ridges and views, this seven-story Victorian castle has maintained its distinct 19th-century character among the pristine wilderness. One could spend the entire weekend just on the premises of the Mountain House, taking in the natural splendor, amazing gardens, hiking, lake activities, fine dining, and recreation; but there is so much more to do in New Paltz!
If You Arrive Friday...
you may be able to check out some of the galleries before the hotel. The entire region is known for inspiring artists, and New Paltz is no different. Water Street Market has some great places to emerge yourself in art, such as Himalayan Arts featuring Tibetan items, or Gray Owl Gallery, showcasing renowned local artists of varying mediums. For more local art visit Mark Gruber Gallery in the New Paltz Plaza. If you are seeking a more immersive arts experience, try to catch a performance or workshop at the Unison Arts Center. Then, for a nice hometown New Paltz pub dinner check out Barnaby’s Steakhouse or Bacchus, both in the heart of town.
Another Fabulous Place...
to enjoy an overnight stay is Minnewaska Lodge. The Lodge is a uniquely designed 26-room property nestled upon 17 acres at the base of the rugged Shawangunk Mountains. It is surrounded by 25,000 acres of natural and state park preserve with breathtaking views of the Gunk’s ridge—1,200 feet above the lodge.
After A Good Night Sleep...
you will want to start the day off right, with some fresh breakfast at Mountain Bistro Store. Located at the base of the Shawangunk Ridge in Gardiner, they have everything you need for a great day in the mountains, including snacks, sunscreen, gourmet salads and sandwiches, energy bars, and homemade baked goods—not to mention some amazing breakfast sandwiches. A local favorite is the Huckleberry Frolic.
From There Head...
to Mohonk Preserve or Minnewaska State Park to rock climb, mountain bike, hike, picnic, or simply enjoy some spectacular nature and trails. If you are interested in climbing lessons contact Alpine Endeavors. In addition to their climbing services, they offer guided hikes, navigation skills, and team building events.
you have your choice of food experiences back in town. Try HD Dicks Hamburgers & Hotdogs, a fun new place that redefines the way we enjoy the ordinary hot dog. Or try Gomen-Kudasai Noodle Shop. This Japanese noodle shop features locally grown produce and organic products and a large selection of gluten free and vegan choices available upon request.
If Shopping Is More Your Thing...
New Paltz won’t disappoint. Colorful shops with bright clothes, great books and music, and coffee adorn the busy Main Street in New Paltz. Right off Main Street, North Front Street also bustles with business. There resides Handmade and More, home to some amazing locally made crafts, ranging from jewelry to musical instruments, pottery, glassware and toys. Another worthwhile mention is Antiques Barn at Water Street Market. Antiques Barn has an extensive collection featuring fine jewelry, clothing, furniture, pottery, glassware and primitives created between the late 1800s and the 1960s. For your garden and home needs, visit Agway; there are a lot of great plant and pet supplies there as well. And don’t miss Pegasus Foot-ware and B&L Jewelers on your shopping spree!
New Paltz May Inspire You...
to work on your own art or craft—if so then there are a few stores you should patron. White Barn Sheep & Wool on Albany Post Road has a rustic oasis of color and beauty, featuring local, hand-dyed and handspun roving and yarn for the fiber enthusiast. And Rhinebeck Artist’s Shop in New Paltz offers a huge selection of quality art supplies and expert picture framing that the original Rhinebeck Artist's Shop is known for.
After Your Shopping...
swing by Robibero Family Vineyards before dinner for a nice wine tasting of premium artisan wines that are unique to this territory. Robibero Vineyards is a beautiful location for a sunset tasting. Then, dine at Suruchi for some delectable, fresh, authentic Indian cuisine, served in a satisfyingly serene setting. Or try A Tavola, a rustic Italian trattoria that keeps in the tradition of sourcing the highest quality local ingredients. With a focus on farm-to-table, A Tavola’s menu is seasonally inspired and includes fresh homemade pastas and breads. For dessert there’s nothing like Moxie Cupcake. One thing that makes them so special is that they use as many local products as possible, including Hudson Valley dairy and eggs, pure New York state maple syrup, fresh honey, and fruits and vegetables when available. These eateries know that it all begins with premium ingredients.
The Next Day...
fall fun on the farm beckons. Try to visit as many local farms as possible. Jenkins and Lueken Orchards has been in the fruit growing business for over 50 years. They sell fresh apples, peaches, pears, plums, and fresh-pressed apple cider. They have recently expanded the farm and now grow vegetables, peaches, plums, raspberries, blackberries, pumpkins, summer and winter squash, fall garden mums, and grapes. Their pick-your-own locations offer beautiful views of the Shawangunk Ridge. The Hurd Family Farm, a 120-acre farm in Modena just south of New Paltz, specializes in giving visitors a real Fall Harvest experience. Enjoy apple and pumpkin picking, hayrides, bonfires, and a cornfield maze. Feed farm pets at the Critter Corner and play at the Kid's Corral. Wright's Farm is a fifth generation family run farm located in Gardiner, just outside of New Paltz. Their farm produces apples, cherries, peaches, plums, nectarines, berries, tomatoes, pumpkins, squash, and more. During September and October join Wright’s for Pick-Your-Own Apples and Pumpkins.
End Your Visit To New Paltz...
with a tour through the Huguenot historical district, and learn about the French-speaking Huguenot refugees who settled in New Paltz, on the banks of the Wallkill River. Looking at these historic stone buildings, magnificent views, old trees, and riverbanks, it is easy to see why the early settlers chose to stay in beautiful New Paltz. It is a remarkable town, and a fulfilling place to spend your time.
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