Best Blogs of 2016 | Ulster County Year End RoundUp

Posted by Dylan Taft on Friday, December 30th, 2016 at 9:31am.

2016 has been quite the year, both for our nation as a whole, and locally, here in Ulster County as well. Regardless of whether or not you’re fondly looking back at a great year, or instead have high hopes for a brighter 2017, there’s no denying that a lot has happened this year! We here at Taft Street, aim to try to provide you with the most up to date, relevant and locally sourced news stories and happenings so that you can enjoy everything that the Hudson Valley and Ulster County have to offer. We shared plenty of stories this year on our blog and on Facebook, from local activity guides, event and restaurant features, and of course all the latest Ulster County real estate news. If you weren’t able to catch them all, don’t worry- we’ve compiled our top blog posts from 2016 here so you can catch up and get a head start on 2017! So without further ado, we bring to you our… Most Popular Blog Posts from 2016!

The Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Call New Paltz or Gardiner “Home”

Scenic vistas...check! World-class outdoor recreation...check! Awesome food and spirits distilled in your backyard… check! The Wallkill River Valley area of New Paltz and Gardiner have all of this and more and are conveniently some of the closest Ulster County communities to New York City. We’ll let you in on some local favorite hot-spots so that you can get a feel for the true Wallkill River Valley, and what makes it such a great place to lay down roots.

David Bowie’s Ashes to Be Scattered at Secret Woodstock Home

Fans were crushed in early 2016 as the world learned of legendary star David Bowie’s passing, but it was at that time that many locals also learned of the special place that Ulster County held in his heart. Bowie’s home in Woodstock was not only his hideaway, but also the place in which he chose to have his remains scattered after his death. Here we take a look back at Bowie’s upstate connection and listen as locals fondly recall Bowie and his under-the-radar role in the community of Woodstock.

9 Reasons to Move to Rosendale | A Local Town Guide

You probably didn’t even need to read all 9 reasons before you decided that Rosendale was the place for you, but we gave them to you anyway! Big things are in store for this small town, and once as work is completed on the new Williams Lake Community Project, we’re sure that there will be even more reasons to add to our list! For now, get more of the local take on Rosendale and learn all about the driven, sustainable, forward thinking community that calls Rosendale home.

Farm Fresh Ulster County | A Taft Street Guide to Getting the Freshest Local Produce

Farm stands, farmers markets, CSAs, oh my! Ulster County has some of the best and freshest produce in the area- no need to ever step foot in a chain supermarket in the spring or summer here again. Our detailed guide highlights all of the ways to get local farm fresh products to your home. Many CSAs start accepting membership for their spring and summer crop shares in the winter, so be sure to take a look at this guide now so you don’t miss out in 2017!

A Taste of Kingston | 2016 Uptown Restaurant Guide

Living in the heart of farm country, and just across the river from the best culinary school in the country, there’s no shortage of good grub here in the Hudson Valley. In fact, our guide highlights over 20 raved over restaurants and other local eateries in the small uptown section of the city of Kingston alone!

Skip the brown bag or drive thru today and let the ‘Taste of Kingston’ be your lunch guide!

Ulster County Real Estate: New to Market: 3294-3296 Route 212, Bearsville

We feature lots of new listings on the blog, but 3294-3296 Route 212 in Bearsville was one of the most popular new listings on our site in 2016! Still available on the market, believe it or not, this magical creekside ranch is awaiting new owners and the cottage is getting new updates as we speak. You call get the full listing details of 3294-3296 Route 212 in Bearsville in the blog linked here.  And there’s a new low price for 2017 to boot!

Taft Street Tours | A Guide to the Eclectic High Falls, NY

Get the backstory of this eclectic, under the radar hamlet that borders the hotspot communities of Rosendale and Stone Ridge. With historic stone homes, a quaint Main Street drag and that small town feel about it, High Falls is gaining popularity amongst Ulster County communities and may soon lose its ‘under-the-radar’ title.

The Story of the Books at 123 Bedell Avenue

Old barns around here can tend to be mysterious, but this barn located on Bedell Avenue in Highland instead housed thousands and thousands of mysteries of its own!

The Story of the Books allowed for a unique glimpse into the hidden character of this property, grabbing the attention of plenty of new potential owners who were intrigued to learn about this barn’s unlikely inhabitants. This property didn’t last long on the market and this post might have had something to do with it...

Events & Fun Things to Do to Get Your Holiday Cheer On in Ulster County this Christmas Season

The most wonderful time of year can also be the busiest time of year, so make sure that you’re staying busy with holiday events and fun things to do here in Ulster County! Our Holiday Cheer Guide will help you to do just that, well into the New Year!

Ulster County, NY | The Perfect Home Base for Skiing and Snowboarding in the Hudson Valley | A Taft Street Winter Fun Guide

Woodstock, NY makes a great place to call home if you’re an avid skier or snowboarder who cannot wait to hit the slopes as soon as the snow flies. With Woodstock as your starting off point, use our Taft Street Guide to plot out your winter adventures and to find some of the best mountains around to conquer this season.

Ulster County Hikes to Take this Fall | A Taft Street Guide

Ulster County comes alive in the fall and at Taft Street, this year we wanted to take you there! Grab your hiking boots, bring your dogs along and set out to experience Ulster County, at any skill or fitness level. Whether it’s on flatter paths meandering along the Hudson River or steep inclines ascending the Catskills tallest peaks, Taft Street will take you there.

The 10 Most Popular Zip Codes in Ulster County, NY

There’s something for everyone in Ulster County, it’s just all about finding that perfect fit.

If you’re new to the area and looking to find the best place to settle down, take a peek at our ‘Top 10 Most Popular Zip Codes’ post to get a feel for each community's unique style and vibe so you can pin down your ideal Ulster County sweet spot.

Making the Switch to Solar and ‘Going Green’ in Ulster County

It’s never been easier (or more important, in the face of global warming) to make the switch for living a ‘greener’ lifestyle and we want to help you figure out how. Find out how you can start saving energy, money and the environment by making some small changes around your home now and for the directory of local solar power companies to take your green living plan that final step forward.


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Well, that’s a wrap on 2016- here’s to looking forward to all the great things 2017 will have in store! What was the highlight of your year here in the Hudson Valley and what are you looking forward to next year?

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