10 Things to do in Ulster County

Posted by Murphy Realty Group on Wednesday, February 29th, 2012 at 1:38pm.

Ulster County is comprised of many towns and smaller hamlets, which offer a wide variety of activities to take part in on any day, in any month of the year. For locals and tourists alike, you are sure to find something that will peak your interest.

1. CAMPING  Ulster County has early 2,000 individual campsites over 17 independently owned and operated campgrounds. These range from the most rustic to full service and even camping resorts. There are five award winning camping resorts that offer the most fantastic amenities. You will not be disappointed with heated pools, fitness centers, children's programs, and hot tubs and spas. Some of these campgrounds even have reward programs, just like major hotels. 

2. DINING  Ulster County has taken full advantage of its farming community through its restaurants, chefs are constantly creating new culinary masterpieces .In almost every town you can see this in rustic fare to elaborate meals in a rural setting or down by the majestic Hudson River. 

3. HIKING/RECREATION  Its been said time and time again, but I will say it again. Some of the most amazing hiking and outdoor recreational sports exist in Ulster County. There are 35 peaks to climb, and 350 miles of hiking trails with scenery that will take your breath away. Don't forget about rock climbing, fishing, or kayaking!

4. ARTS  Everything from galleries, theatre, creative arts, music and live performances are right at your finger tips in most of the towns around Ulster County. Historically, many famous people have come to this area to photograph or paint the natural beauty that exists here. Musicians have recorded albums and even purchased homes as they are inspired by the peaceful tranquility around them. 

5. SHOPPING  Woodstock, New Paltz and Saugerties are all well known for their unique boutiques. Everything that you could want to shop for is here including pottery, antiques, art, rare books, handcrafted jewelry and even recreational gear. Supporting local businesses and community is a big part of Ulster County. 

6. FARMS  Farms are an integral part of Ulster County's landscape. Apple orchards dot the area and are a popular attraction during the fall season. Other fruits and vegetables, cheese, chicken and breads can will be seen at local famer markets and farm stands. The community's farmers work together to feed the region. 

7. WINERIES  The Hudson Valley is the oldest wine region in the United States, which some find hard to believe, but it's true! There is a wine trail throughout Ulster County that hosts 14 different wineries. People from all over come to taste the great wines that this area has been producing for many years. 

8. BREWERIES  Craft breweries have been popping up all of the country for the past few years. It is evident that Ulster County has some of the best of them. With live music and great food, you will find these breweries to be excellent for a fun, low-key night out without pretentiousness. 

9. FALL  Okay, so we know that the scenery is beautiful in Ulster County, however, if you are from out of the area and you have not experienced the sights and smells of fall, you need to and fast! Some of the most gorgeous foliage you will ever see will leave your heart filled with warmth and maybe just a sudden burst of creativity. 

10. HISTORY  Ulster County was settled by Europeans in the mid 1600's, the first state capital was Kingston. Stone houses and farmhouses that are spread throughout the county are something to marvel at. Honestly, I could go on forever about all the rich history that Ulster County holds, but it is great to see for yourself. Check out one of the many museums and historical landmarks and learn a piece of American history. 

Things to do in Ulster County

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