The Catskill Mountains and the Hudson Valley are home to a wealth of activities and events. From the great outdoors, art and music to shopping – we have it all!
- The Catskills are rich with scenic mountain trails. The most popular is Overlook Mountain. For an easy, woodsy stroll the Woodstock Comeau is the clear winner.
- No pools needed. Swim in the Millstream Creek just down the road from us. Perfect for sunning and funning. Go on in for a dip or stretch out on a rock and contemplate life. Or cool off at The Big Deep, a more secluded swimming hole. These waters are alive and flowing!
- Even small towns have a golf course. The Woodstock Golf Club is a 9-hole course with unique challenges such as the Sawkill Creek, which comes directly into play on the finishing hole, a long par 3, rugged rock ledges, stately trees, and ponds that happen to be home to waterfowl and native vegetation. The historic clubhouse, with its outdoor deck, overlooks the rushing Sawkill and offers a view of the first tee and fairway, making it a perfect place to relax, before or after a round of golf.
- Completely surrounded by the beautiful Catskill mountains, with panoramic views creating a picturesque setting, Kenneth L. Wilson State Park in Mt. Tremper offers a hike on the easy nature trails or ride on the mountain bike trail (for advanced riders).
- Hop on the Catskill Mountain Railroad and enjoy a ride along the scenic Esopus or in the historic city of Kingston.
- Take a scenic walk, run or bike ride around the Ashokan Reservoir, a man-made wonder that provides much of the drinking water for New York City. No bike? No worries! Overlook Mountain Bikes will rent you wheels and point you in the right direction.
- The Esopus is known world-wide as a mecca for trout fishing. Fishing permits are available in Phoenicia.
- Thrills and chills to the max. Town Tinker Tube Rental offers whitewater tubing on the Esopus.
- Experience world-class rock climbing and ice climbing on the dramatic cliffs of the Shawangunck Mountains.
- Enjoy the wonders of Belleayre Mountain and Hunter Mountain year round. Ski, board, snowshoe in the winter. Summer activities are aplenty as well: zip lining, hiking, mountain biking and swimming. Belleayre also offers a breathtaking Sky Ride to the summit of the mountain on select summer weekends and holidays. Hunter Mountain has highest zip line canopy tour in North America.
- Located along the Hudson River at the confluence of the Espous Creek, the land surrounding the trail to the Saugerties Lighthouse allows for a scenic half-mile trail that rewards you with a picnic area with scenic views on the river. Please note that the peninsula is subject to tidal flooding, making portions of the trail inaccessible at certain times of day. Please always check the tide table online in advance or at the kiosk located at the entrance to the trail. Waterproof, seasonal footwear is strongly recommended.
- The Saugerties Marina offers kayak, paddle board and motor boat rentals. Get some friends together and take a pontoon up or down the Hudson River.
- Kaaterskill Falls is a 1.4 mile out and back trail located near Elka Park, that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from April until October.
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Arts & Culture
- Woodstock is a colony of artists as evidenced at the Byrdcliffe. Byrdcliffe offers an integrated program of exhibitions, performance, classes, workshops, symposia, summer residences, and artist housing.
- Pay a call to Woodstock’s KTD Monastery or Mt. Tremper’s Zen Mountain Monastery.
- The famed Woodstock Playhouse offers a diverse summer schedule of musical events in their outdoor bandshell auditorium.
- The oldest summer chamber music series in America, Maverick Concerts presents “Music in the Woods” on summer afternoons in a hand-hewn “music chapel” built in 1916. The hall is now a multi-starred attraction on the National Register of Historic Places, its superb acoustics ideally suited to the intimacy of live chamber music performance.
- Concerts on the Green features local Woodstock musicians every summer Saturday 1pm-6pm.
- The Bearsville Theater is situated on the Sawkill Creek in one the region’s most picturesque streamside settings. It is the brainchild of Albert Grossman, the music industry visionary and magnate whose stable included Peter, Paul & Mary, Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, The Band and Todd Rundgren. The theater’s stage has been graced by the likes of Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Edward Albee’s Tony Award-winning Three Women, The Band, The Pretenders, Natalie Merchant, Pearl, Astrud Gilberto, Bela Fleck, Jimmy Cliff, Taj Majal, Richie Havens, Warren Zevon, Artie Traum, and Bruce Cockburn — to name just a few.
- The annual Woodstock Film Festival held each Autumn features film premieres, appearances and workshops by notable directors and actors, as well as gala events and concerts.
- Elena Zang Gallery. The gallery hosts contemporary fine art by regional and internationally known artists, outdoor sculptures, pottery and an outdoor pottery studio.
- OPUS 40 is a sculpture park and museum created by Harvey Fite, one of the founders of the Bard College Fine Arts Department. It is a 6 1/2 acre bluestone sculpture done over a period of 37 years. It is designated "A National Historic Place" and worth checking out.
- Every Saturday in July and August the Belleayre Conservatory produces concerts, opera and other music performances near the top of the Belleayre Ski Center at Highmount.
- Visit New York’s first capital, Kingston, established in 1777. Here you can see the original Senate House and Museum, explore historic structures, view gallery exhibits, listen to lectures related to local heritage, and take narrated walking tours of Kingston’s historical districts.
- Tour two of the Hudson Valley’s most famous National Historic sites: Springwood, the lifelong home of Franklin D. Roosevelt; and the Vanderbilt Mansion, the country estate of Frederick Vanderbilt.
BEYOND RESTAURANTS for the foodie
More than a farmers' market, it's a festival! If it's Wednesday, it's the Woodstock Farm Festival. Celebrate our Farmers and our Community with fresh local produce, outdoor dining, kids activities, and special events.
Creating a harmony of history, community and farmland with the best that the Hudson Valley has to offer. The Kingston Farmers Market has an impressive list of vendors who bring certified organic, naturally grown and traditional farm-fresh fruits and vegetables, field-cut flowers and potted plants, handmade mozzarella and other assorted cheeses, meats, poultry, fresh and dried herbs, artisan breads and baked goods, herbal remedies, prepared foods, honey, jams, condiments, olive oil and more. Weekly special events bring a festive and educational flair to the rain-or-shine venue. There is a summer and winter session.
The Saugerties Farmers Market is a gathering place of farmers, community organizations, and families with local food and entertainment every Saturday during the summer and early fall with special indoor markets on Saturdays before Thanksgiving and Christmas.
- A sanctuary for animals as well as people, the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary is driven by the simple philosophy that kindness and respect to animals. Farm animals are feeling individuals who deserve to be treated with compassion.
For over five decades Smokehouse of the Catskills is known as “purveyors of the finest quality meats available!” From the hand cut steaks and chops to their hand made hot dogs, brattwurst, sausage, kielbasa, and more.
Founded in 2004, Fleisher's Craft Butchery in Kingston is inspired by the traditional, old-fashioned butcher shop. They offer meat free of hormones or antibiotics, and full of real farm flavor. Since that time, Fleisher's has become a nationally acclaimed butcher shop, still holding to that original aspiration. They follow a nose-to-tail cutting program, using every part of the animal.