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A true outdoor destination, Ulster County is seated perfectly where the Hudson River Valley begins to rise into the Catskill Mountains.
A true outdoor destination, Ulster County is seated perfectly where the Hudson River Valley begins to rise into the Catskill Mountains. Mix in the Shawangunk Ridge for a true adventurer's paradise.
  • Region: Ulster County 

  • Distance: NYC: 1.5hrs - Hartford: 2hrs - Philly: 3hrs - Boston: 3hrs

  • Famous for: Hiking, Wine, Cool Towns, Spa

  • Not to miss: The regions hiking, orchard, and farm-to-table experiences

  • Perfect for: Couples, Families, Outdoors Lovers

  • Link UlsterCountyAlive.com

  • Publish Date: January 14, 2019

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#Hiking #Wine #CoolTowns #Spas

The fully wooded Rip Van Winkle Campgrounds has the feel most campers are after. No wonder Washington Irving's character fell asleep here for 20 years. Kids will stay occupied with 10 Fun Zones, including a river swimming area and a heated pool. Select from cabins, full hook-ups, creek-side sites, and a couples only area.

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The Emerson projects an irresistible sense of being somewhere interesting and unique as soon as you enter. There are different lodging arrangements to choose from, and don't miss out on the spa. The Emerson is also home to America's Largest Kaleidoscope.

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Although it's only 90 minutes from NYC, this all-inclusive resort feels a world away. Set in the mountains on Lake Mohonk, this Victorian castle is one of the premier experiences in the country. With a 5-star spa, hiking trails, and more there's a reason celebrities come to stay here.

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Home of the Hudson Baby Bourbon Whiskey, Tuthilltown Spirits Farm Distillery is New York's first whiskey distillery since prohibition. They distill Indigenous Vodka from apples grown at orchards less than five miles away. Take a tour and then check out the totally unique restaurant menu.

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These wines and spirits are made in totally unique and conscious ways. It's a fully solar facility and they don't pump, filter or add any additives to their wine. Not only does their wine have a special terroir, but their spirits are being made with the same unique torch.

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For a town that famously didn't host a music festival that bears its own name, it holds its own. The setting in the midst of the Catskills could be enough, but once you add in the food, abundant art scene and eclectic downtown feel it's the spot to be.

Belleayre's quality is just right for fun - it has 50 trails, parks and glads; a vertical drop of 1404 feet; 8 lifts and 4 lodges. With the Catskills so close to NYC, there isn't a reason to go anywhere else! They also have great summer events.

Situated on the dramatic Shawangunk Mountain ridge, this 22,275-acre preserve has waterfalls, three crystalline sky lakes, forests and more, explore 35 miles of carriage roads and 50 miles of footpaths to bike, walk, hike and simply enjoy.

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Featured Experiences

 · Rip Van Winkle Campgrounds
   149 Blue Mountain Rd., Saugerties, NY

 · Emerson Resort and Spa
   5340 NY-28, Mt Tremper, NY

 · Mohonk Mountain House
   1000 Mountain Rest Rd., New Paltz, NY

 · Tuthilltown Distillery
   14 Grist Mill Ln., Gardiner, NY

 · Stoutridge Vineyard & Distillery
   10 Ann Kaley Ln., Marlboro, NY

 · Woodstock
   Mill Hill Rd., Woodstock, NY

 · Belleayre Mountain
   181 Galli Curci Rd., Hughmount, NY

 · Minnewaska State Park
   5281 Route 44-55, Kerhonkson, NY