NEW PALTZ, NY
Hop off the Thruway, make a left and enter a world seemingly untouched since the late 60s. New Paltz has an allure all its own, distinguishing this little town from others in the Hudson Valley: unrefined and real, full of explorers and nature lovers. We go to New Paltz for its endless hiking options– from Main Street you can glimpse the Mohonk Tower beckoning. Mohonk Mountain House is a high end escape tucked away in the countryside. Just imagine generations of Hudson Valley residents and visitors who have rocked in chair on the patio overlooking to serene lake since 1869. The Lemon Squeeze is one of the best rock scrambles for novice hikers. Though the trails get crowded, it is always an experience to remember.
In town, there is a youthful, carefree vibe. Though not a lot of artist lofts, Main street has an artsy feel. New Paltz is unique– a reminder of a simpler way of living. There is something for everyone: farm to table dinners and fantastic cocktails at A Tavola, tea and pastries at The Village Tea Room, vegan creations at Karma Road, and handmade chocolate with a story at Lagusta’s Luscious, and more! No matter how dirty you’ve gotten after a day spent hitting the trails, New Paltz welcomes all.