This week, we’re following the Shawagunk Ridge north to the Catskills through the Ulster County communities of New Paltz, Rosendale, and Stone Ridge…
It would be hard for us to choose our favorite part of the Upstater area. However, if pressed, the area encompassing the Ulster County section of the Shawangunk Ridge would place near the top of our list. With the majesty of the Catskill Mountains and the Hudson River Valley splendor surrounding them, the communities of New Paltz, Rosendale, and Stone Ridge offer plenty for those looking to immerse themselves in nature while still needing to get a decent cup of coffee and some take-out within 20 square miles.
The village of New Paltz serves as our southern-most starting point this week. Home to SUNY New Paltz, the village is a consummate college town with shops, restaurants, bars, and live music venues. The Wallkill Valley Rail Trail starts in the village and winds its way north to the hamlet of Stone Ridge.
Populated by a host of old stone houses and buildings, Stone Ridge is a walkable place where you can do everything on foot, from bagels in the morning to sushi for dinner. Down the road a piece is a plaza with a gourmet grocery store, wine shop, pizza, and Chinese take-out, meaning you never really have to leave town if you don’t want to. The hamlet is also next-door neighbors with High Falls hamlet situated along the Rondout Creek.
Stay north on the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail and eventually you’ll find yourself in Rosendale.
Rosendale has a main street packed with charm, places eat, shops, and access to the creek for recreation. During the summer, the town is hopping with the Rosendale Street Festival. It’s fun to check out the vendors and bands and then sneak away to the Rosendale trestle for a quiet walk or a visit to the creek’s shores.
Finding yourself more intrigued by this area with each passing second? Then you’re going to want to stay with Upstater all week long as we sift through the residential real estate listings for our favorite homes on the market in New Paltz, Rosendale, and Stone Ridge.