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Come Home to the Distinctive Magic & Unique Charm of New Paltz and the Surrounding Region...New Paltz and the surrounding region offers an exceptional quality of life many towns only dream about. In addition to its sheer physical beauty and cultural diversity, New Paltz is a wonderful community.
The beauty and extraordinary character will charm you at any time of year. Spring weather brings blue skies and covers the hillsides in apple blossoms. Warm summer temperatures mean delightful weather for picnicking, swimming, hiking and other outdoor fun. Autumn is spectacular, with brilliant fall foliage peaking in mid-October – perfect for apple picking, crisp fall walks and wine tasting. Winter blankets our area in elegant, dazzling white snow, and winter recreation opportunities abound.
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The New Paltz Regional Chamber of Commerce has been nurturing this richly diverse community for over a century. We invite you to come visit.
Think Local FirstThink Local. It's more than a catchphrase. By spending our dollars in local, brick-and-mortar, independently owned businesses, we take a hand in protecting the unique character that has come to define so many of the Hudson Valley's communities, while at the same time supporting businesses who work hard to employ our neighbors, friends and family members right here in our neighborhoods.
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Maple Lane Apartment Rentals 845-255-1298
Mulberry Square Apartments 845-255-5047
The Ridge at New Paltz 845-255-5047
Paltz Commons 845-389-3321
Bella Terra Apartments 845-256-1119
Southside Terrace Apartments 845-255-7205
Three Prospect 845-255-8721
Village Arms 845-895-8122; 845-255-9102
Meadowbrook Farms 845-255-5305
New Paltz Gardens 845-255-6171
Gardiner Town Houses 845-256-0278
Windsor Court Apartments 845-255-0890
Turtle Rock Apartments 845-255-5400
Town & Country Condominiums 845-255-3167
Alan Goodman Associates 845-256-1119
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Our Local Communities
The limestone mined from beneath Rosendale was once so prized for the cement it produced that it not only built much of this country’s 19th-century urban landscape, it built the town as well. This brawny-shouldered company town thrived over the 32 square miles of mineral seams extending beneath it for well over a century. Its natural cement building landmarks such as the wings of the U.S. Capital, the Washington Monument and Grand Central Station. Although the mines have not been quarried since the 1950s, a few have become tourist attractions and local entertainment venues. Others are now hosting new businesses, including mushroom cultivation, trout farming, water supply and records storage. In recent years, the quiet rural community has also developed an International Pickle Festival, drawing lovers of anything pickled from around the world. Rosendale has also become a growing arts community and hosts the northern end of the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail bridge, a memorable hiking or biking trip.
Stone Ridge is one of the two largest hamlets in the Town of Marbletown (the other is High Falls). Snuggled into part of the valley carved by the Rondout Creek, the town has long been known as a quiet farming community and the home of SUNY Ulster. Today, along with newer structures, many of those former farmsteads and historical landmarks have been converted into bed and breakfasts and thriving businesses. The Ulster County Historical Society Museum, located on Route 209 three miles north of Stone Ridge, was the home of the Bevier family from 1715 to 1938—Huguenots who first settled in New Paltz before moving to Marbletown. The Bevier House contains period furniture, tools, art and a Civil War collection.
The D&H Canal Museum was established in 1975 to preserve the unique heritage of the D&H Canal in High Falls. The newly refurbished museum celebrates nearly two centuries of “Canawlers,” that hardy breed of 19th- and early 20th-century “truckers” responsible for conveying both raw materials and finished goods between New York State’s and Pennsylvania’s mines, farms and orchards and New York City. The museum features working models of a canal lock and the Gravity Railroad, as well as art, documents and artifacts relating to the canal. Be sure to visit a unique towpath trail—Five Locks Walk, a National Historic Landmark. Next to the locks, the former inn and watering hole is still in existence and open to feeding a new generation of hungry souls in search of a great meal. Visitors will love the small shops that dominate the town, where you will find everything from antique treasures to art. In the summer the hamlet also hosts a popular weekend flea market.
Take the road running west from the old railroad station at Gardiner and you’ll be driving the Farmer’s Turnpike, constructed by a private company in 1808 by the Farmer’s Turnpike & Bridge Company. Tolls were charged at various points along the road, but the company went bust a few years later and the road reverted into state ownership. Today Gardiner’s population is growing, with about 45 square miles of land and water surface area. Rich in scenic beauty and rural character and lying only about 75 miles north of New York, the former farm community is experiencing a housing boom. The landscape varies from the vertical rock cliffs and evergreen forests of the Shawangunk Mountains to the basins and broad floodplains of the Wallkill River, Shawangunk Kill and Mara Kill streams. The Wallkill River flows south to north through the town— one of the few rivers in the United States flowing in that direction. Residents and visitors enjoy the lovely little shops in “downtown” Gardiner, as well as biking on the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail, sky diving in the hamlet or hiking at the spectacular Mohonk Preserve.
Founded by French Huguenots in 1678, the village boasts the oldest street of original houses in America, maintained by the Huguenot Historical Society. Beautiful stone structures (many featuring original furnishing, machinery and tools), a reconstructed French Church, Huguenot Museum and comprehensive historical documentation make New Paltz a fascinating step back in time.
Besides history, what draws thousands of visitors to New Paltz every year? Premier hiking, rock climbing, biking and sightseeing—easy access to the Mohonk Preserve, Minnewaska State Park Preserve and the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail. The village is buzzing with restaurants of every cuisine, eclectic shops and antiques stores, and an unforgettable view of Skytop on the Shawangunk ridge. SUNY New Paltz provides residents and visitors with live theater and artworks at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, and there are lodgings of every style.
While the State of New York officially lists the area stretching along eight miles of the Hudson River shoreline (running west as far as New Paltz, south as far as Marlboro and north as far as Esopus) as The Town of Lloyd, anyone who actually lives around here knows it as “Highland.”
The Town of Lloyd officially came into being in 1845 when its inhabitants decided to separate themselves legally from the Town of New Paltz. With the coming of the New Paltz-Highland electric trolley in 1897, connecting the west shore rail line, the Poughkeepsie railroad bridge and the Hudson passenger boats with New Paltz, and then the democratization of the automobile, the little village was a beehive of commerce and tourism. Hotels flourished. Bellevue Villa, a five-story, 100-room hotel on a cliff above the Hudson and the Chodikee Lake Hotel were two of the grander tourist attractions, but there were many other guest houses, including Lewiston Lake House, Hilaire House and St. George’s Hotel. Today, the busy little downtown has many historic structures, still open to business. Lloyd’s Hudson Valley Rail Trail is the only area rail trail that is paved; it includes the Walkway Over the Hudson and stretches out to Tony Williams Field, with baseball diamonds and public tennis courts.
Plattekill’s name is derived from a stream known as the “Platte Kill, “ whose source was northwest of the village of Plattekill. Plattekill was formed in 1800 as a farm community. Today, it is made up of five small hamlets—Ardonia, Clintondale, Modena, New Hurley and Plattekill. Where one-room schoolhouses once dotted the landscape, they are now members of four school districts. Pick-your-own apple farms abound in this scenic area, which also has a family-run winery, an art gallery, bed and breakfasts and gift shops.
As the first capitol of New York State, the Stockade District of Kingston IS American history: Stone houses; bluestone walkways; the original NY Senate House, with accompanying stockade for scofflaws and a waterfront reflecting the vibrancy of the city’s port heritage. It was here that Governor George Clinton was inaugurated and is buried in the city’s Old Dutch churchyard. But there’s more to Kingston then significant history. Experience all that Kingston has to offer with great shopping ranging from antiques to art galleries to fashion boutiques and then grab a bite at one of the many farm to table restaurants along the waterfront. Enjoy Kingston’s Renaissance at city-wide art receptions held by the Art Society of Kingston every first Saturday of the month in the city named by Business Week one of the nation’s Top 10 Art Towns. Join staff from the City of Kingston's Forsyth Nature Center while kayaking in the Rondout Creek or the Hudson River to explore the wildlife and history of Kingston's great waterways.
The Town of Marlborough comprises two main communities—Marlboro and Milton. Both of these hamlets have farming and residential roots stretching back to the 1700s. The Gomez House, the region’s earliest extant documented Jewish homestead, dates to 1714, when a trading post was established on the site. Primarily it’s wine that both Marlboro and Milton made their own. Several of its wineries have been growing grapes and making wine for over a century. Benmarl, in fact, holds the earliest New York State vintner’s license—number “1.” That distinction comes not just from the fact that its vineyard is one of the oldest in the eastern United States (the original vines were planted in the early 1700s), but also stems from their lobbying efforts in New York State to license and register commercial vineyards throughout the state. That legislation paved the way for a resurgence in the number of commercial vineyards in New York and the growing quality and excellence of their products.