New PaltzNicole Hitner | April 15, 2016 | Comment
The chance to traipse around New Paltz is well worth braving this college town’s summertime traffic. Once you’ve ditched the car (free parking on Sundays!), you’re just a short walk away from its 54 eateries and dozens of shopping destinations. The village has grown and changed over the years, but mainstays—like the pedestrian-only Water Street Market, boasting a burgeoning antique barn, outdoor movie screenings, and boutiques galore—keep fans coming back.
During the day, visitors stroll down Huguenot Street, whose stone houses date back to the 1670s and today line the oldest street in the United States. For lunch, they grab a quick bite at Mexicali Blue, which was praised on Anthony Bourdain’s show No Reservations. After a little shopping and a trip to SUNY New Paltz’s Dorsky Museum, they head over to one of the town’s many watering holes. Bacchus, a brick tavern and billiard hall, has been in business for over 40 years; but it’s brewery has just turned three and is already rated #1 in New York State on Untapped, a leading crowd-sourcing review website for beer.
Just outside the village sits the Shawangunk Ridge, its silhouette synonymous with all-things New Paltz. The Shawangunks, or “the Gunks” for short, feature a string of crystal-clear glacial lakes, a network of jaw-droppingly gorgeous hiking trails, and world-class rock climbing. In 2005, National Geographic’s Cliff Ransom called the Gunks “a hallowed name among rockhounds, a sort of Yosemite East, with more routes (1,200 or so) than any single location sunrise-side of the Mississippi.”
New on the scene in New Paltz is End-Cut, a French-Italian fusion restaurant nestled between the village’s two bookstores serving entrées like house-made ravioli and roast duck with cassis berry sauce. Be sure also to check out the new cocktail bar, Huckleberry, especially if you enjoy creative pub food, fun décor, and board games to go with your brews.
New Paltz Communities Spotlight:
The Cheese Plate: Specializing in fine cheese, artisan-crafted meats, specialty products, and handmade sweets, this shop and eatery invited you to relax on their wraparound porch.
Water Street Market, 10 Main St, New Paltz/ (845) 255-1426
2016 New Paltz Challenge Run: Half-Marathon, Family 5k, and/or kid’s 1-mile run. The half marathon along the scenic Wallkill Valley Rail Trail features bucolic New Paltz landscapes with sweeping views of the Shawangunk Ridge, the Wallkill River and Historic Huguenot Street.
A Tavola: Serving rustic Italian fare and handmade pastas or mismatched Hudson Valley farm tables in a warm inviting setting.
46 Main St, New Paltz/ (845) 255-1426
Garvans: New american cuisine with a touch of Ireland, supporting local producers, beautifully reimagined 1759 house set in a mature locust grove in historic Huguenot Street.
215 Huguenot St, New Paltz/ (845) 255-7888
Rodeway Inn & Suites: A stay at Rodeway Inn & Suites places you in the heart of New Paltz, convenient to Apple Greens Golf Course and SUNY New Paltz, in close proximity to Loren Campbell Memorial Field and G. Steve Jordan Gallery.
601 Main St, New Paltz/ (845) 883-7373