National Geographic recently added New Paltz NY to its 2012 list of “America’s Best Adventure Towns”. The National Geographic Society has been a respected authority on science, education, and preservation since the late 1800’s. To be featured by such an organization is recognition of New Paltz’s unique and unparalleled natural beauty. The “Adventure” part of the name is well known and well earned! The rugged Shawangunk Mountain Range which juts along the horizon in New Paltz offers world-class climbing and hiking. The, “Gunks”, as they are commonly known, as well as the nearby Mohonk Preserve and Minnewaska State Park have over 100 miles of trails for mountain biking, hiking, and climbing. New York City urbanites, families, young people, and the world’s most technical climbers all flock to New Paltz NY for some awesome outdoor adventure! We here at Taft Street Realty couldn’t agree more with National Geographic! Whether someone is looking for an active weekend escape from the rat race, or interested in possibly viewing some homes for sale in New Paltz NY, there are outdoor adventures for any season, for every age and athletic ability!
NatGeo Touts New Paltz NY's, "Decidedly Un-Hamptons Vibe"
There are a number of reasons why NatGeo dubbed New Paltz NY an "Adventure Town". New Paltz is less than 2 hours from New York City, but it feels like another world when dangling from a cliffside on the Gunks. National Geographic says, “Antsy New Yorkers can’t get enough of” New Paltz. More so than other weekend escapes for urbanites (like the Hamptons) New Paltz and Ulster County NY as a whole have a refreshing “live and let live” type of vibe. Locals, visitors, students, and weekenders all peacefully coexist with a common bond of a love for the land. Because there are so many various trails and activities, New Paltz attracts outdoorsmen (and women) of all ages and skill levels, from those who love a quiet, leisurely stroll, to mountain bikers young and old, to the most advanced and technical rock climbers in the world. New Paltz is definitely one of the coolest towns in Ulster County NY.
May Taft Street Realty Suggest? - Other Adventurous Ulster County NY Towns
New Paltz isn’t the only adventurous town in Ulster County NY! The great thing about this area is that each town is unique and has its own natural beauty and vibe. The majority of Gunks climbing and recreation are located in the town of Gardiner NY, though generally most folks know about and associate New Paltz with climbing. Although it’s right next to New Paltz, Gardiner NY homes for sale offer more quiet, less traffic, and timeless rolling farm fields. On the northern end of Ulster County, Woodstock NY is another haven for outdoor adventure any time of year. In the summertime you can go hiking or tubing down the Esopus Creek, and during the winter local Ulster County area ski resorts are all close by. So whether it’s New Paltz on one end of Ulster County NY, or Woodstock on the other, National Geographic and Taft Street Realty have you covered! At Taft Street, we know the best locations for any lifestyle, because we’re true locals ourselves, and we truly love Ulster County!