Gardiner is renowned for its rock climbing cliffs, horse farms and breathtaking mountain views. It attracts outdoors lovers from near and far. Many tourists, taking a hike in what they think is New Paltz, are actually in Gardiner! The town is to the south of New Paltz, and extends slightly to the west. Gardiner, NY encompasses roughly 45 square miles of land and water, from the rocky Shawangunk Ridge to the banks of the Wallkill, the Shawangunk Kill and the Marakill. A "kill" is a river, in Dutch.
Home of the State University of New York (SUNY) at New Paltz, this is a bustling town filled with vibrant youthful energy. The main strip is lined with restaurants, shops, and bars; the streets are filled with college students, tourists, and full-time residents. New Paltz has a Trailways station; the bus to Manhattan takes an hour and a half. See my "About the Area" page for a look at where to go and what to do in New Paltz.
Lloyd neighbors New Paltz to the east. It is directly across the Hudson River from the city of Poughkeepsie. The Mid-Hudson bridge connects the two, making it a popular place for commuters to settle. If you're looking for an affordable condo or townhouse, Highland (one of its hamlets) is an excellent choice. The train station is located in Poughkeepsie, about a 10 minute drive, and many make the trip to Manhattan daily.
In the 1800s, Rosendale had a booming cement industry. At the industry's peak, over 5,000 men were employed by at least 19 large companies, and several smaller businesses. These companies put out four million barrels of cement per year, which was about 50 percent of the total U.S. cement production. Today, you will find a cute and quaint main street, with little shops and great restaurants. The town has summits that reach 200 to 500 feet above the valley, and has a series of lakes, called the Binnewaters. The Rondout Creek runs through the center of town. You will find caves in the south-west part of town. Visit the Widow Jane Mine for music. The town is composed of the hamlets of: Binnewater, Bloomington, Bruceville, Cottekill, Creeklocks, Hickory Bush, High Falls, Kallops Corners, Lawrenceville, Lafevere Falls, Maple Hill, Rosendale (Hamlet), Tillson, and Whiteport. Try saying all that three times fast! Rosendale is on the other side of Sturgeon Pool from Esopus, NY, and lies in between Kingston and New Paltz.
The town of Shawangunk, NY is located in the southwestern part of Ulster County, and includes the hamlets of Wallkill, Walker Valley and part of Pine Bush. The name likely comes from the Dutch transliteration of the Munsee Lenape phrase for "in the smoky air,"
because of the morning mist. Others say that the name may have derived from the burning of a Munsee fort by the Dutch in the mid-1600s. The town borders Orange County on the southeast. Sam's Point, and many other beautiful parts of the Shawngunk Ridge, run through this town.
Founded in 1811, Esopus, NY is a town of many rural hamlets: Connelly, Esopus (hamlet), Port Ewen, Rifton, St. Remy, Ulster Park, and West Park. Esopus is named after the Native American tribe which originally inhabited the area. The name is said to mean "land of flowing water and high banks." It is bordered by the Hudson River on the east, the Wallkill River on the west, and the Rondout Creek along the northern border. It has several lakes. Ships of many sizes dock in Esopus. If you're a boater, you can find a slip here. The town is primarily residential, with commercial activity going on in the center of the town, which is Port Ewen. It's very close to Kingston.
Kingston was New York State's first capitol. Its center is divided into three main areas: the Stockade District of uptown Kingston, the Midtown Neighborhood Broadway Corridor, and the Rondout/ West Strand downtown district (“the Strand.”) Uptown Kingston (Stockade) is where you'll find buildings that were the seat of the NYS Capitol. The Courthouse is incredible, and it's worth it to be on jury duty just to look at the architecture. (You can also take a tour.) The midtown area served primarily as a manufacturing hub. Several of the old manufacturing buildings have been transformed into artist's lofts and apartments. On Broadway you will find the Ulster Performing Arts Center (UPAC), Kingston High School, and many other businesses. In the Rondout District (downtown), you will find the waterfront. This was the main transportation hub of Kingston, until the railroad reduced the need to ship materials and products by water. Today, along with some very impressive homes, (and some less impressive ones!) you will find restaurants and shops there, two museums and The Rip Van Winkle, ready to take you onto the water for a few hours. Kingston is sometimes referred to as the "Brooklyn of the north," as so many are migrating here.
The Town of Marbletown is a rural community, with lovely little towns, surrounded by beautiful features like the Rondout and Esopus Creeks, the back side of the Mohonk Mountain House, and a portion of the Shawangunk Ridge. It has a Rail Trail, with views of the Catskill Mountains. Marbletown is comprised of the hamlets of Atwood, High Falls, Kripplebush, Lomontville, Lyonsville, North Marbletown, and Stone Ridge. These hamlets have long histories dating back to the 1600’s, and you will find beautiful stone houses in the community. Here, you will also find winding back roads and houses with sizeable private wooded lots. A welcome escape from the hustle and bustle!
The town of Rochester, NY (not to be confused with the city of Rochester in the western part of the state) is a rural community filled with winding back roads and wooded lots. It is situated in the heart of the Rondout Valley and nestled between the Catskill Mountains and the Shawangunk Ridge. It includes the hamlets of Accord and Kerhonkson. Here you will find family-owned farms and plenty of outdoor recreation. The town boasts the largest number of continuously inhabited old stone houses in New York, some dating back to the 17th century. For most of the 20th century, the summer resort industry played a crucial role in the economic life of the community. This started with guests paying to stay in private homes, and later in over 50 bungalow colonies, camps, boarding houses, and hotels.
This town is located in the southeastern corner of Ulster County. It has a unique landscape, with lots of pretty hills, excellent farmland and many fruit orchards. Just south of Lloyd, the eastern part of the town borders the Hudson River, and the southern town line borders Orange County. The western border closely parallels the Marlboro Mountain ridge, dividing Marlborough from the town of Plattekill. Its highest point is the summit of Marlboro Mountain, at 1,127 feet.
The name for the town of Plattekill, NY is derived from the local stream, the Platte Kill. This town is located in the southeast part of the county, near the city of Newburgh, and west of Marlborough. It touches the town of Lloyd, which is north. Plattekill is pretty, rural and mostly residential.