The town of Hurley in southeast Ulster County has long been one of our favorite Upstater locations, because it embodies so much of what we love about upstate New York: Historic stone buildings, tons of outdoor recreational opportunities (much of Hurley lies within the Catskill Park, and the Hurley Rail Trail runs alongside of Route 209 through town), and it’s about bucolic as can be.
Settled by the Dutch in 1663 on land that they wrestled away from a tribe of the Esopus Indians, Hurley was made the temporary capital of New York during the Revolutionary War, and Main Street in a section of town known as Old Hurley is on the National Registry of Historic Places, due to the preponderance of stone houses located on the street.
The Esopus Creek runs through Hurley, and although it lies just a few miles outside of the city of Kingston, it’s primarily rural and is flanked by farmland on the west side of Route 209, the town’s main access road. Route 28, which also runs through Hurley, is currently under consideration for inclusion in the Catskill Mountain Scenic Byway proposal.
And in the fun fact department: The movie Tootsie was filmed at the Hurley Mountain Inn and the Wynkoop Farm, both in Hurley.
Real estate-wise, Hurley doesn’t have a lot for sale at this point. But what is for sale ranks high on the cuteness meter, with a few high-end luxury homes on the market. Taxes are reasonable, around the $4,000 range.
Here’s the link to the Town of Hurley website.