Spring returns to Ulster County

Here are seven ways to enjoy it.

Nestled in the mid-Hudson Valley along the western bank of the majestic Hudson River, Ulster County is a year-round destination for outdoor thrills, world-class dining, and natural beauty, but there’s something extra special about the spring and early summer. The weather is warming, nature is in full bloom and communities are bustling with activity. Whether you seek active leisure, challenging adventure, fresh flavors, or a picturesque view, you’ll find it in Ulster County. Here are seven ways to come out of hibernation.


Springtime Trail in Ulster County


1.) CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE.

Whether you’re seeking leisurely family fun or limit-pushing thrills, there’s an abundance of outdoor activities to be found in Ulster County. Take a bike tour across the beautiful Hudson Valley landscape or hike the shimmering shores of the Ashokan Reservoir on the newly opened Ashokan Rail Trail. Go sailing or kayaking on the crystal-clear waters of the Hudson—or enjoy dinner and drinks on the deck of the Rip Van Winkle during a relaxing Hudson River Cruise. Hang-glide for a bird’s eye view of the region’s most majestic scenery or hit the road for a picturesque journey along the Shawangunk Mountain Loop or the Catskill Mountains Scenic Byway. By land, by water, by air—adventure is everywhere you look.

 

2.) TASTE THE FRUITS OF OUR SOIL.

Celebrate nature’s bloom—and all the tasty nourishment that comes with it—by visiting one of the many area outdoor farmers markets, including the Saugerties Market on Main Street and the Kingston Market on Wall Street. Stop by the family farms and U-Picks to enjoy fresh, organic offerings straight from the rich local soil and livestock—delicious fruits and veggies, delectable meats, eggs and cheeses, locally produced beer and wine, and so much more.

 

3.) TEE-OFF AGAINST A FABULOUS VIEW.

There’s a reason Golfing Magazine praised Ulster County as a “fabulous place” for golf enthusiasts. Whether you’re new to the game or a seasoned pro, hitting the links while surrounded by the wonders of nature is an invigorating experience. With a unique collection of varied golf courses to choose from, each with unbelievably beautiful views, golfing in Ulster County will make you fall in love with the game all over again.

 

4.) JOURNEY THROUGH TIME.

Walk in the footsteps of our nation’s founders, admire the colonial Dutch architecture, and learn about the fascinating history of the Hudson Valley at one of the many area museums, historic districts, and living history presentations. Be sure to visit Kingston’s Historic Uptown District, site of New York’s first capital, where you’ll find one of the oldest stockades in the country.

 

5.) GET IN TOUCH WITH YOUR INNER FLOWER CHILD.

Woodstock was a creative colony long before the famous 1969 festival (which actually took place in Bethel, 43 miles southwest). Peace, love and creativity still flourish in this hamlet for hippie heritage. Feel the spirit of the modest, hand-built Church of the Holy Transfiguration of Christ. Explore Karma Triyana Dharmachakra, the Tibetan Buddhist monastery and seat of the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa. Meet the resident artists and hike the trails of Byrdcliffe Arts Colony. And, of course, learn more about the fascinating legacy of the historic music festival.

 

6.) DINE, DRINK, AND DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY.

Ulster County’s exceptional food and drink scene includes carries a national reputation for exceptional farm-to-table fare and locally produced libations. Across the county you’ll find a bevy of upscale eateries, craft cocktail bars, and rustic taverns, as well as dance halls and rock clubs showcasing our talented local artists.

 

7.) REST UP IN STYLE.

Lodging can be its own adventure in Ulster County. Step back in time at one of the historic inns, lodges, resorts and bed & breakfasts where you’ll find old-school charm matched with 21st century comfort—like the legendary Mohonk Mountain House, where you can enjoy a luxurious pampering in an epic castle setting.