Saugerties

 

Saugerties was featured in Budget Travel Magazine as one of the “10 Coolest Small Towns in America.” It is nestled between the foothills of the Catskill Mountains and the Hudson River with extensive frontage on the Plattekill and Esopus Creeks. Saugerties, Dutch for sawmill, has enjoyed a rich industrial history and a revitalized village center.

Saugerties was home to the Woodstock ‘94 rock concert on the 800-acre Winston Farm. The Saugerties Lighthouse provides a wonderful driftwood and flora-laden walk along sandy Hudson River shores out to the remote and serene Saugerties Lighthouse, now a bed and breakfast. In Saugerties, you can rent a kayak or paddleboard on the Esopus Creek, walk the 155 acres of forever-wild Esopus Bend Nature Preserve, see the awe-inspiring Opus 40 or visit Catskill Animal Sanctuary to name just a few activities.

The town also boasts the finest recreation facilities at Cantine Field. There is a full-sized ice-skating rink, open year-round. Here you could also see the Saugerties Stallions play, a semi-pro baseball team, or attend the annual Hudson Valley Garlic Festival in September, the largest food festival in the United States - watch the video below. The world-class equestrian facility, HITS-on-the-Hudson, is also worth the trip to see the horses and riders competing on an Olympic level.