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Exploring the Hudson Valley: Visit New Paltz

Visit New Paltz

Spend a day in New Paltz! New Paltz is home to college SUNY-New Paltz, and while many Vassar students love the close proximity of Vassar to New York City (and Poughkeepsie too!), we can’t help but be a little jealous of this hip college town.

Home to several used book shops, a brewpub, an incredible burrito stand known as “Mexicali Blue,” and a neat shop called “Groovy Blueberry” that specializes in tie-dye EVERYTHING, New Paltz is an easy place to spend a spring or fall day (trust us, you’ll need more than a few days to try all of the restaurants that are making your mouth water while you’re in town). And if you don’t feel like shopping and want to get closer to nature, New Paltz is a hop, skip, and a jump away from both Minnewaska State Park and the Mohonk Preserve. And if you’re looking for nature a little closer to town, be sure to check out the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail! Located next to the Gilded Otter, the Rail Trail offers great views of streams, farms, and the Shawangunk Ridge on a quiet former railway.

Yes, you will need a car or a friend with a car. Take the Poughkeepsie bridge to the west bank of the Hudson River. Go north on 9W (toward Highland) for about two and a half miles until you come to Route 299 (with signs pointing toward New Paltz). Turn left, and stay on 299 until you find yourself in the middle of town.




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