Don't Miss These Hotspots in Southern Ulster County

By Allyson Macci, New York By Rail

Meet Me in Marlborough Farm Trail (Milton, Marlborough)

The Meet Me in Marlborough Farm Trail, one of the region’s most recognized farm trails was organized by a group of local farmers and business people. This agriculturally-focused route takes you past different farms, orchards, vineyards and shops, including the picturesque Prospect Hill Orchards, that has been in the same family for nearly 200 years and that grows gorgeous apricots, cherries, peaches, and plums. As you walk through the farm trail, visiting the various farms, orchards and wineries, take a minute to admire the Catskill Mountains in the distance and the sparkling Hudson River below.

Frida’s Bakery & Café (Milton)

Frida's Bakery and Cafe Display Case | Photo by Andrew Frewy

Known for its delicious cookies, cakes, tarts, and brownies, Frida’s also offers breakfast and lunch and breakfast. Everything is made on the premises, incorporating the region’s finest ingredients. Check out the California Wrap, a whole wheat wrap with bacon, avocado and turkey inside. It’s one tasty sandwich!

The Falcon (Marlboro)

The Falcon Overlooking Malboro Falls | Photo by Andrew Frey

The Falcon, a jazz club and restaurant, is a gathering spot for music, food and drinks. With a rotating menu based on fresh, local Hudson Valley and New York produce, it offers appetizing pizzas, burgers, salads and desserts. This place exudes cool. There’s often a band playing upstairs and a jam session downstairs, where musicians just show up to improvise together. Outside, the beer garden overlooks Marlboro Falls.

Hamlet of Highland

In the mood for some beautiful views and a more relaxing atmosphere? Visit the hamlet of Highland with its quintessential small-town vibe. Highland is situated alongside the Hudson River and is Ulster County’s agricultural hub. Highland is also home to the Walkway Over the Hudson and the Bad Seed Cider Company, which strives to advance the craft cider industry through the mixing of old and new techniques. Highland offers a diverse range of activities and places to eat, stay, and explore.

Buttermilk Falls Inn & Spa (Milton)

Maynor Flat Suite at Buttermilk Falls Inn & Spa | Photo by Andrew Frey

Buttermilk Falls Inn and Spa is a gorgeous place to stay. It has unique rooms, an organic kitchen garden, an orchard and a full-service spa. With the Hudson River flowing below and Buttermilk Falls cascading through the property, it has picture-perfect views throughout its 75-acres. Part of the grounds is home to an animal sanctuary, where chickens, peacocks, donkeys, llamas and alpacas delight guests. Ask for the Maynor Flat suite, a cozy suite with a claw-foot bathtub and a great view of the meadow and pond.

Henry’s Restaurant (Milton)

Filet Mignon at Henry's Restaurant at Buttermilk Falls Inn & Spa | PHoto by Andrew Frey

 Henry’s Restaurant at Buttermilk Falls Inn & Spa is a farm-to-table restaurant that offers breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner, with wine from local vineyards. Try the Peking duck dish – roasted duck served with soba noodles, Millstone Farm sour cherries and julienned vegetables char siu – while sipping a Smoked Black Dirt Manhattan, made from local Black Dirt Bourbon.

Jack’s Meats and Deli (New Paltz)

For a quick bite on-the-go, Jack’s Meats and Deli has organic deli sandwiches and burgers. Their Philly cheesesteak is tasty, too.