Get sun and fun with summer theater that’s way off-Broadway

By Barbara Hoffman and Zachary Kussin, originally featured on the New York Post

Up in the Valley

New York’s Hudson Valley has long been home to the fine arts, thanks to the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at SUNY New Paltz and Dia:Beacon. Now it has the Denizen Theatre, a new, intimate, black-box theater space in New Paltz. Through June 30, producing artistic director and founder Harry Lipstein stars in “Companion Piece,” a comedy about dating in the digital age. Later comes the US premiere of “Meek,” which one British critic described as “‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ with viral videos”; DenizenTheatre.com

Where to stay: Just 15 minutes away is the Mohonk Mountain House, with its famed spa and hiking trails; from $765 for two, with meals and most activities; Mohonk.com. Watergrasshill Bed & Breakfast, set in a charming farmhouse, offers painting and cooking workshops; from $250 on weekends; WatergrasshillNY.com.

mohonk mountain house

Where to eat: The Parish Restaurant (10 Main St.) offers such Big Easy fare as gumbo and po’ boys. And longtime New Paltz favorite P&G’s (91 Main St.) specializes in pub bites like chili and a crab-cake melt on rye.

While you’re there: Minnewaska State Park Preserve has 50 miles of foot paths, one of which leads to the 60-foot high Awosting Falls. And nearby Lake Minnewaska, with its brooding cliffs and clear water, is a dramatic marvel in itself.

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