So thinking about moving to Ulster County or want to know what it has to offer? This is where the Catskills meet the Hudson. It’s the closest feeling of being out west next to the Rockies without being out west. A playground for all seasons, Ulster County has it all. Born and raised here, I really never appreciated this until I grew older.
One of the best things that I personally love about living here is that I am in the country, I wake up every morning to watching the deer walk through my back yard, and on an occasion, I get greeted by a bear, but yet I am only two hours north of New York City so I can get a taste of the city life, two hours to Vermont, and two hours to the beach to catch some rays and feel the sand in my toes. Everything is so close that it's perfect to get away for a night, if needed to get out of the normal hustle and bustle. So now that you have a general idea of where we are located, I can fill you in on some of the areas attractions, some of what goes on here in the Hudson Valley, and why I love to call this place my home.
There are so many different events and attractions around throughout the different townships that there is rarely a week that goes by that you can’t find something to do. During the winter months of mid-December through mid-March you would be surprised what is out there. First there is the Belleayre Mountain Winter Festival where they have discounted lift tickets, and a hillside torchlight parade, Hudson Valley Rail Trail Winter fest, featuring horse-drawn sleigh rides, snow shoeing, and cross country skiing. Rosendale offers an annual Chili Bowl Festival and Kingston likes to party like New Orleans on Bourbon Street with their Mardi Gras Celebration on the Historic Rondout Waterfront. If you are the athletic type, you could always take part in the Belleayre/Pine Hill Arms-Triathlon, or join the hundreds of people that take part in the annual Shamrock Run, and St Patty’s Day parade.
Aside from all the events, there are some area attractions that might spark some of your interest such as ice skating at the Kiwanis Ice Arena in Saugerties, or even stop by the Mohonk House Ice Skating Pavilion. If you prefer to ski, snow board, or go snow tubing, then you can stop by Minnewaska State Park, Sawkill Family Ski Center, or hit Belleayre Mountain. Ice climbing is always available in the Catskills & the Shawangunk Mountains, or if you prefer to practice your rock climbing, and want to practice year round, you can check out “The Inner Wall” located right in New Paltz. We have two roller skating rinks, one is Wood ‘N Wheel located in Ulster Park, and the second is Skate Time 209 located in Accord, which also has an indoor skateboard park.
So as you can see there is a lot to do, and see here even in the winter months. Stay tuned for the spring, summer, and fall.