Explore More ‘Hidden Gems’ Throughout Ulster County

Visitors to the region encouraged to check out Milk & Cookie Happy Hour, U-pick events, historic biking trail and local cafes

Many people know about the natural beauty, rich culture and fantastic recreational opportunities Ulster County offers – especially during the autumn season. However, there are also many “hidden gems” in the region that are only starting to receive the attention they deserve.

Enchanted Cakes in Kingston offers a Milk & Cookie Kids Happy Hour every Wednesday at 4 p.m. Families are invited to visit the shop for a choice of any two cookies and a jar of milk for $6. Enchanted Cakes offers many different types of cookies, including chocolate chip, double chocolate chip, peanut butter and white chocolate macadamia. It’s a local favorite for families to grab a snack and walk along The Strand on the Kingston waterfront.

At Black-Eyed Suzie’s in Saugerties, guests can choose from a diverse cafe menu that includes sandwiches, burgers, cod fish cakes, crusted chicken, rice noodle bowls and much more. Originally operating as a traveling food stand in the Hudson Valley, the owners just opened their Saugerties cafe location in 2015. In addition to its dine-in and take-out options, Black-Eyed Suzie’s also offers catering services.

For fans of U-pick, there’s Westwind Orchards in Accord. The organic farm offers numerous raspberry U-pick events – along with some pizza and cider tastings – throughout the summer and fall. Westwind is an historic orchard in the beautiful Hudson River Valley, tracing its roots back to the 1930s. It was revived by the Chizzola family in 2002.

And for those looking to explore our beautiful region on a bike, there are few better options than the Hudson Valley Rail Trail in Highland. The trail, which is more than four miles along a former railroad route, runs from the Highland business district up to Tony Williams Park, and then west toward New Paltz. Along the way, riders can check out the Hudson Valley Rail Trail Depot, Black Creek Wetland Complex and various restaurants, cafes and shops.

To learn more about these and a broad range of additional attractions throughout Ulster County, visit www.ulstercountyalive.com or call Ulster County Tourism at 1-800-342-5826.

For more information:

Enchanted Cakes
Address: 23 W. Strand St., Kingston, N.Y. 12401
Phone: 845-331-0935
Website: www.facebook.com/Enchantedcakesinc
Hours: Tuesday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Black-Eyed Suzie’s
Address: 230 Partition St., Saugerties, N.Y. 12477
Phone: 845-247-3069
Website: www.blackeyedsuziesupstate.com
Hours: Wednesday and Thursday, 4 to 8 p.m.; Friday, 4 to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Westwind Orchards
Address: 215 Lower Whitfield Road, Accord, N.Y. 12404
Phone: 845-626-0659
Website: westwindorchard.com/events

Hudson Valley Rail Trail
Phone: 845-691-2066
Website: hudsonvalleyrailtrail.net