Saugerties, recently was featured in the October 2009 issue of Budget Travel Magazine as one of the 10 Coolest Small Towns in America!
The town of Saugerties lies 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 from woodcutting to bluestone mining to coated paper manufacturing and now solar manufacturing. The result of this historic industrial development was large mills, now redeveloped, a vibrant main street, and a mix of Victorian and colonial housing architecture. Saugerties now enjoys a solid business base as well as a diverse mix of retail establishments in its revitalized Village Center.
The Village of Saugerties has everything from hardware to wine to books to solar household products for sale. However, one of the mainstays of the village are its numerous and eclectic antique stores where you can find rustic pie safes, beautiful jewelry, items for your postcard or salt and pepper shaker collection as well as the best of vintage clothing. Come to an antique auction and immerse yourself in the excitement of bidding on famous art or a curious household item.
Saugerties was home to the Woodstock ‘94 rock concert on the 800 acre Winston Farm. However, it is the outdoor activities that make Saugerties a fun place to spend a weekend. The Saugerties lighthouse provides a wonderful driftwood and flora-laden walk along sandy Hudson River shores out to the remote and serene Saugerties Lighthouse bed and breakfast. Saugerties boasts the finest recreation facilities at Cantine Field, home to the annual September Garlic Festival (the largest food festival in the United States - watch the video), soccer and baseball fields, and a full-sized ice-skating rink open all year. If you would prefer to enjoy the water, kayak the Esopus Creek or walk the 155 acres of forever -wild Esopus Bend Nature Preserve.
For those seeking organized sports, there is the world-class equestrian facility Horses in the Sun (HITS), which even if you aren’t a hunter/jumper competitor, is worth the trip to see the horses and riders competing on an Olympic level. Opus 40, just 10 minutes drive from the Village, and on your way to Woodstock, is an awe-inspiring landscaped 5 acres of art made from bluestone both cut and placed without motorized means. In fact, many have found Opus 40 a place for their wedding, or come visit its museum and walk the stony paths and channels with a vista of Overlook Mountain in the background.
With a Saturday farmers market, annual Mum Festival, and a traditional July 4th parade followed by fireworks, Saugerties is built on tradition. Make a weekend trip to Saugerties part of your tradition and drink in the recreational and shopping opportunities. Saugerties is a town where you can feel a world away. Stroll through the Village, eat at a fine restaurant, browse in a bookstore, take in a movie, or hit the antique shops. In Saugerties, there really is something for everyone.