Welcome! Ulster County has lots to offer! Rich in history and diversity, Ulster County is a natural beauty as well, bordered by the scenic Hudson River to the east, the renowned Catskill Mountains to the West, the Shawangunk Ridge in the southern end of the county as well as beautiful orchards, farmlands and many quaint villages. Ulster County is home to the Historic City of Kingston, the eclectic Village of Woodstock and the State University of New York at New Paltz, just to name a few of the many great places to visit, explore and enjoy.
The County Seat of Ulster is Kingston which was recently pegged as a great value in the current real estate market by none other than Barbara Corcoran (you might’ve heard of her). Kingston was also identified as a great place for Artists to settle in the New York Times. Ulster County has history. Did you know Kingston was the first Capital of New York State? It was. You can visit the home of Abraham Van Gaasbeek where the first New York State Senate met in September and October of 1777. It’s the oldest public building in America built in 1676. After exploring some of the historic sites in Kingston, you may want to look for a great place to eat; a small sample of some of its unique and popular restaurants are: the Armadillo, Chic’s, Gabriel’s, the Hoffman House, Mariner’s Harbor, Riccardi’s Hideaway, Ship to Shore or Ugly Gus’s.
New Paltz is home to the State University of New York at New Paltz. SUNY New Paltz is a well known and highly regarded Teaching and Fine Arts school. New Paltz has Historic Huguenot Street, a National Historic Landmark District featuring seven unique stone houses dating back to the early 1700s, a burial ground and a reconstructed 1717 stone church, all in their original village setting. You can visit the Mohonk Mountain House while in New Paltz. It’s a 267-room Victorian castle built in 1869. Mohonk offers 85 miles of hiking trails on thousands of acres of pristine forest and a 110 year old golf course. New Paltz has a host of eateries also. Barnaby’s, the Lemon Grass, La Stazione, the Locust Tree, McGillicuddy’s Restaurant and Tap Room and Murphy’s Restaurant and Pub to name a few.
The Village of Woodstock lends itself to foot traffic and has many Shops, Restaurants and Galleries to choose from. Whether you’re looking for Tie Dye shirts, comfortable footwear or fine art, you’ll find it here. Woodstock is a well known gathering place for artists, musicians and intellectuals alike, and with good reason. For over a hundred years now the Byrdcliffe Arts Colony and the Woodstock School of Art have been in full operation, nurturing and cultivating fine art and the artists who create it. The Town of Woodstock has been the past and present home to many musicians. Bob Dylan, Levon Helm, Van Morrison, Jimi Hendricks and Bonnie Raitt have all been residents of Woodstock. Do yourself a favor and head over to a Midnight Ramble at Levon Helm’s studio, you never know who you’ll see there.
There’s so much more to Ulster County than is portrayed here. I still haven’t gotten to Stone Ridge, Hurley, Saugerties and more so, I’ll have to continue with more information on those areas in a future blog at a later date…please look for it. If you’d like information about these or any other areas in Ulster County or the Hudson Valley or you’d like to share some information as well, please give me a call!
Edwin J. Maldonado, ABR, GREEN, GRINYS Licensed Real Estate Broker-AssociateMurphy Realty Group / 845.338.5252Copyright©2010EdwinJMaldonado