The county known as Ulster is within a 90-minute drive from the Big Apple. It's in the Catskills region and the Hudson Valley. Towns here include New Paltz, Rochester, Woodstock and Marlborough, as well as Kingston, which is the county seat. In between the larger towns you'll also find small hamlets full of rustic charm.
The area is just the place for you if you love being outdoors, no matter what the season. When the weather is warm, go hiking, biking or horse-riding or climb the Catskills for spectacular views. Alternatively, pack your fishing gear or rent a kayak and head to the river or one of the lakes. Winter time is snow time and the region is home to some great ski resorts.
Back in the day, goods like ice, bricks and agricultural produce were shipped down the Hudson to supply the inhabitants of New York City. The Hudson River Maritime Museum in Kingston provides a fascinating insight into this era. Kingston is also home to the New York Trolley Museum. Other historical sights in the region include the Saugerties Lighthouse, the Mohonk Mountain House, the Empire State Railway Museum, the Catskill Mountain Railroad and a variety of heritage buildings.
A romantic break needs great food and you'll be spoiled for choice in the region. This is still a farming area and in addition to all the fruit and vegetable farms and dairies, there are some charming vineyards and small breweries. If you prefer a one-stop shopping experience, stock up on goodies at a farmer's market. Also browse the antique stores and specialty boutiques and enjoy a rustic meal at a local restaurant.
The region hosts a huge variety of festivals and concerts throughout the year. After all, this is where the Woodstock Festival took place back in the Sixties. To see what's happening when, simply consult the local listings and plan your visit accordingly.
Getting to the region is very easy if you're traveling from New York City. There is a regular rail service to nearby Poughkeepsie or you can come in by bus straight from the city. However, it's best to have your own transport, so coming by car is ideal.
There's no bad time to visit and it all comes down to the activities you're planning on. Don't miss the region during the fall, though, to see the gorgeous display of colors. To avoid disappointment especially during this time of year, be sure to book in advance.
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