hiking & rock climbing

Our favorite thing to do in the New Paltz area is enjoy the outdoors! The Shawnagunk Mountains, also known as “the gunks”, are a well-known rock climbing destination with several options for hiking trails. More information can be found at the Mohonk Preserve website and the Minnewaska State Park website.

explore town

Both New Paltz and Kingston have plenty of options for food and amenities. In New Paltz, shops and restaurants are primarily located along Main Street. In Kingston, the majority of options are located in the “uptown” or historic district. If you’re looking to go for a drive and explore the region, there are plenty of quaint towns in the area including Rosendale (15 min. from New Paltz), Stone Ridge (20 min. from New Paltz), Woodstock (35 min. from New Paltz) and Phoenecia (45 min. from New Paltz).

historic huguenot street

Do a walking tour of historic Huguenot Street to learn the history of New Paltz dating back to the 1600’s. More information can be found here.

walking trail: Rails to trails

Rails to Trails is a network of old train lines that have been converted to walking trails. The Wallkill River Rail Trail is a gravel walking trail that runs along the edge of New Paltz’s town center. It can be accessed from Main Street, near the Gilded Otter Brewery and Water Street Market.

mohonk mountain house

Mohonk Mountain House is a Victorian castle nestled into the Mohonk mountains. There are a variety of trails within the mountain house grounds that include great views of the mountain house, the quarry, and vast panoramas of the region. Information on day visitors and walking trails can be found here (be aware there are steep fees for parking!).

local vineyards

There are several vineyards in nearby Hudson Valley towns. A list of local vineyards from the 2018 Hudson Valley Wine Festival can be found here. Find an option that suits you and enjoy!


Storm King is a 500-acre outdoor museum & exhibition space with large-scale sculptures integrated into the natural setting.  Visitors go to enjoy the art and the park, and even picnic on the grounds.  Located 40 minutes south of New Paltz, this would be a great place to stop on the drive up from New Jersey or New York City. 


Both the Roosevelts and the Vanderbilts had country homes in Hyde Park, which is located just across the Hudson River from New Paltz.   The homes are now a part of the National Park Service and are open for tours seven days a week.  Find out more about the Vanderbilt mansion, Eleanor Roosevelt’s private retreat, and the home of FDR on the National Park Service’s website.