The Main Street Series - Saugerties: One of America’s Coolest Towns Celebrates 200 Years
by Dylan Taft
on Thursday, September 8th, 2011 at 11:31am.
Happy Birthday Saugerties! Saugerties, New York is celebrating its 200th anniversary of incorporation this year! Originally inhabited by the Esopus Sachem Tribe, and then Dutch settlers in the 1600’s, Saugerties has evolved into the perfect blend of old and new. Nestled at the base of the Catskill Mountains and bordered by the Hudson River and the Esopus creek, Saugerties is a beautiful Hudson Valley town. Just 90 miles north of New York City it currently thrives as a tourist location with a bustling Main Street dotted with shops and eateries. Recently named one of the Top 10 Coolest Towns in America, Saugerties is a melting pot of rich history and energetic culture, perfectly epitomized by its vibrant Main Street.
Saugerties is known as a festival town, and it has the perfect Main Street for such events. This Saturday the 10th, Saugerties celebrates its bicenntenial with a Kids &Family Day at Cantine Field. During the summer there is a scrumptious Farmers Market that runs on Saturdays from 10 - 2 until October 8th. This year also marks the 1st time Saugerties will host an indoor Farmers Market during the winter on select Sundays beginning Sunday, October 30th. The Hudson Valley Garlic Festival in nearby Cantine Field is a well-known Saugerties staple. This unique event (held on the weekend of the 24th) features garlic of every variety and also showcases local vendors, restaurants & caterers. From music to art shows, Saugerties is a town full of fun events!
If you’re hungry, a quick stroll up and down Main Street & Partition street offers a variety of options. Miss Lucy’s Kitchenon Partition offers delicious, upscale comfort food consisting of fare from local farms. It has a nice wine list and a menu for kids. On Main Street, The Exchange Hotel / Green Room is known for its sandwiches and serves pizza in an easygoing atmosphere. For a good old fashioned bite at a great price, don’t miss Dallas Hot Wienerson Main which sells burgers, fries and shakes as well as it’s famous dogs. Top it all off with a visit to Krause’s Candyon South Partition Street and try some of Krause’s world-renowned, hand-made chocolates. These are just a view of the great places to eat in Saugerties!
Shoppers and antique lovers have plenty to do in Saugerties. Women in need of the latest designer denim should check out the trendy boutique DIG on Partition Street. Saugerties has many amazing antique shops, but no need to leave Main Street if you’d like to stroll right into Saugerties Antique Center. If you own real estate in Saugerties, rest assured you can find all forms of modern convenience on Main Street from dry-cleaning to banking services, hair salons or a hardware store.
History & Community
Main Street Saugerties almost looks like movie set, with old storefronts and people strolling by. This picturesque thoroughfare is the center of an energetic community that is constantly evolving without forgetting its connections to the past. As the town celebrates its 200th year it is easy to notice what has changed, but one thing is for sure, Saugerties has not forgotten its past! Visit the businesses mentioned in this blog. Take a stroll in Woodstock, NY via the 1st installment of our Main Street Series. Lastly, please be sure to visit the #1 website for Ulster County real estate. for lots of helpful tips and interesting articles!