Fun Things To Do in Ulster County NY

Fun things to do in Ulster County NY

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Some of the appeal of Ulster County lies in the fact that during any season, be it spring, summer, fall or winter, there is an abundance of beauty from our natural geography and a ton of activities to get residents (and visitors!) outside to enjoy all of them. In a region that is surrounded by some of the most breathtaking and highly visited mountain ranges in the country (the Catskills, Appalachians and Adirondacks to name only a few), it should be no surprise that these mountains are home to some of the best skiing in the northeast. While Ulster County itself is host to only a small number of ski areas, the amount of ski centers in the Hudson Valley and surrounding areas make Ulster the perfect home base for skiers and other outdoor winter

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If you were to ask someone what the best thing about Ulster County is (we know it’s pretty tough to pick just one thing, but let's just say, for arguments sake…) we’re pretty sure that an overwhelming majority would agree that the natural features and scenic beauty of Ulster County is what makes it such a marvelous place. The natural beauty of the Hudson River Valley and the Catskills has been written about for hundreds of years, most notably by famous 19th century naturalist and author, John Burroughs. Burroughs wrote this on his view from the Slide Mountain summit in “The Heart of the Southern Catskills”…

“All was mountain and forest on every hand. Civilization seemed to have done little more than to have scratched this rough, shaggy surface

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School’s back in session, local farm stands and orchards are abuzz with visitors picking apples and pumpkins and soon the vibrant fall foliage will be peaking, covering our mountains and hillsides in a beautiful watercolor of hues. Ulster County is one of the best places to take in all the autumnal beauty of upstate New York, and when weekend visitors pour in from around the state (and beyond), Ulster is prepared to give them the show they were looking for… and a whole weekend-full of fun activities and festivals to boot. If you’re planning a leaf-peeping trip around Ulster County, or you’re a local looking for something fun to do with the family, you’ll want to take a look at our Fall Events Guide to maximize your fun this fall!

Our 2016 Summer

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Wine Glass.jpgForget about Napa Valley in California; this weekend, the Hudson Valley becomes the hub of all things vino related at the Hudson Valley Wine & Food Festival; a premier wine event for the whole northeastern seaboard. This annual event, that started back in 2001, comes to the Rhinebeck Fairgrounds every September, the weekend after Labor Day, and is set to return again this weekend on Saturday, September 10th and Sunday, September 11th! We’ve been looking forward to this festival since we first mentioned it on our Summer Festivals blog earlier this year, and we’re definitely excited that it’s almost here!

First and foremost, the Hudson Valley Wine & Food Festival is a celebration of all things wine and features the offerings of vineyards and wineries

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It’s hard to believe it, but it feels that somehow summer has slipped through our fingers and we’re sitting here looking at the calendar in disbelief- ‘How could Labor Day weekend have come so quickly once again?’

It’s easy to see how the end of summer could have snuck up on us this year. The Hudson Valley’s extreme heat and humidity throughout August has had us in a permanent summer state of mind, yet with the first full week of September and the start of school only days away, we’ll all soon be trading in bathing suits and popsicles for pencils and pumpkin spice, whether we are ready or not!

If you’re not headed out of town or to the beach this Labor Day weekend, there’s still plenty to do right here to enjoy one final blast of summer and have

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FullSizeRender.jpgThe hamlet of Highland, NY is pretty consistent. Businesses making up the small area most folks would consider ‘Main Street’ (actually Vineyard Avenue, where all the parades, street festivals and town events occur) hasn't changed too much over the years. Sal’s Place has been the cornerstone bar that has been a fixture of Highland’s main drag for decades, as has the barber shop located next door and Elia’s Meat Market, and while other restaurants may have slowly come and gone, the sleepy hamlet has always had a pizza place (or two), a Chinese takeout, and generally, the same local clientele who tend to frequent them.

Over the years though, and with Highland getting more foot traffic from tourists and other Ulster County residents alike from the opening

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There is no better way to end a day of barbecuing, relaxing, and celebrating America’s independence with a group of friends, than with a bang - we’re talking fireworks of course! There are plenty of places within Ulster County that you can enjoy the grand illumination and sparkle of some top notch firework displays or, now that New York State and Ulster County have passed new firework legislation as of 2015, you may even be able to enjoy a ~small~ show from the comfort of your backyard. Fireworks are just the grand finale to an awesome day and Ulster County doesn't disappoint when it comes to fun holiday community events.

So if you’re looking to experience Independence Day in Ulster County like a local, pack a picnic, grab a blanket and some

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Festival season is now in full swing and we couldn’t be more excited! If you caught our earlier post on 2016 Spring Festival and Events, we highlighted some major local events taking you straight on through to Memorial Day weekend, and now it’s time to continue and start mapping out the rest of your summer event schedule!

Ulster County and the Hudson Valley are known for their scenic beauty, pristine natural features and proximity to one of the biggest cities in the world, New York City. With those big draws, it’s easy to figure why so many people visit and vacation to Ulster County and the Catskill Mountain region in the summer months. If our natural beauty, super cool towns and awesome culinary choices weren’t already enough for visitors, Ulster

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HighFallsWelcomeSign.jpgAt Taft Street Realty, we’ve seen a growing interest and demand for homes in the Rondout Valley, specifically within the hamlet of High Falls, in recent years. These small and quaint towns have lots of charm and an abundance of natural scenic beauty that draws people in. It’s easy to feel as if you’ve turned back time a tick with historical stone houses dotting the rolling fields between farmsteads and barns, seated underneath the majestic Shawangunk mountain range. It’s easy, country living.

Despite their small size, these hamlets, villages and towns contain some major character and you’ll find many residents of these areas living, and advocating, a lifestyle of self-sustainability and environmental and ethical consciousness. High Falls, NY is one of

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Wine cork- Enjoy.jpgThe Hudson Valley knows their food and wine! Whether you just can’t decide on what to eat or drink, or you wish to try some new and top notch food and beverages, festivals are the perfect way to get a taste of the valley. The Shawangunk Wine Trail gets in on the fun and hosts a multitude of events and festivals each year, showcasing their winemaker’s best vintages and accompaniments.

The 80 mile long Shawangunk Wine Trail is made up of 15 family-owned wineries located between the Shawangunk Mountain ridge and the Hudson River, stretching from the Ulster County towns of New Paltz, Gardiner and Marlboro to our southern neighbor of Orange County, New York. The wineries on the Gunks trail all have their own unique vibe that is sure to wow and their

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