Amy's Guidebook

Amy
Amy's Guidebook

Hiking

Going to Mohonk can be pricey as there’s a per person fee, but if you have a dining or spa reservation, you can access the grounds at no cost.
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Mohonk Mountain House
1000 Mountain Rest Rd
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Going to Mohonk can be pricey as there’s a per person fee, but if you have a dining or spa reservation, you can access the grounds at no cost.
There are many trails to hike here. My favorites are walking around Lake Minnewaska (upper parking lot), and Awosting Falls (lower parking lot). Note that there's a per car fee, but if you have an Empire State Park pass it's no charge. Arrive early in peak seasons, as parking is somewhat limited.
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Minnewaska State Park Preserve
5281 Route 44-55
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There are many trails to hike here. My favorites are walking around Lake Minnewaska (upper parking lot), and Awosting Falls (lower parking lot). Note that there's a per car fee, but if you have an Empire State Park pass it's no charge. Arrive early in peak seasons, as parking is somewhat limited.
Shhhh. Don't tell anyone about this place. It's our local secret. In tourist season and you want to avoid the crowds, go here, or to any of the scenic hudson parks. This one is especially close and not very crowded. Gorgeous. Parking is limited. The link above is the lower parking lot. I prefer the upper lot as it’s adjacent to the pond. Here's the direct website for more info: https://www.scenichudson.org/explore-the-valley/scenic-hudson-parks/shaupeneak-ridge/
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Shaupeneak Ridge
143 Popletown Rd
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Shhhh. Don't tell anyone about this place. It's our local secret. In tourist season and you want to avoid the crowds, go here, or to any of the scenic hudson parks. This one is especially close and not very crowded. Gorgeous. Parking is limited. The link above is the lower parking lot. I prefer the upper lot as it’s adjacent to the pond. Here's the direct website for more info: https://www.scenichudson.org/explore-the-valley/scenic-hudson-parks/shaupeneak-ridge/
This Rail Trail runs through the heart of New Paltz, and you can run, bike, or walk north to Kingston, or south to Gardiner. Or just walk a little and enjoy the beautiful views and peace and quiet. While I've categorized this as "hiking" it's a rail trail, so completely flat...
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Wallkill Valley Rail Trail
Wallkill Valley Rail Trail
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This Rail Trail runs through the heart of New Paltz, and you can run, bike, or walk north to Kingston, or south to Gardiner. Or just walk a little and enjoy the beautiful views and peace and quiet. While I've categorized this as "hiking" it's a rail trail, so completely flat...
In the heart of New Paltz, this trail winds around the Wallkill River and up towards the gunks, mostly through farmland. Great to ride, run, or walk.
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River to Ridge Trail
41 Springtown Rd
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In the heart of New Paltz, this trail winds around the Wallkill River and up towards the gunks, mostly through farmland. Great to ride, run, or walk.
One of my favorites Scenic Hudson parks. Go early. Limited parking. If parking is full, head to Shaupaneak or Black Creek Preserve, both nearby.
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Esopus Meadows Preserve
257 River Rd
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One of my favorites Scenic Hudson parks. Go early. Limited parking. If parking is full, head to Shaupaneak or Black Creek Preserve, both nearby.
A Scenic Hudson Park. One of my favorites. Go here in high season to avoid crowds. Go early, as parking is limited. If parking is full, head to Esopus Meadows Or Shaupaneak, both nearby.
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Black Creek Preserve
Winding Brook Road
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A Scenic Hudson Park. One of my favorites. Go here in high season to avoid crowds. Go early, as parking is limited. If parking is full, head to Esopus Meadows Or Shaupaneak, both nearby.
Simply beautiful with winding trails and ample wildlife in the middle of New Paltz and along the Wallkill River. Very quiet and secluded. Mostly locals here, and you won't run into many of them!
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Nyquist-Harcourt Wildlife Sanctuary
133 Huguenot St
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Simply beautiful with winding trails and ample wildlife in the middle of New Paltz and along the Wallkill River. Very quiet and secluded. Mostly locals here, and you won't run into many of them!
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Franny Reese State Park
Macks Lane
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This is a very steep hike, so be prepared. The paths are clear, but the uphill is rigorous. And once you've reached the top, the views are spectacular.
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Joppenbergh Mountain
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This is a very steep hike, so be prepared. The paths are clear, but the uphill is rigorous. And once you've reached the top, the views are spectacular.

Brunch

Get there early, because it fills up on the weekends for brunch. Exceptional eatery for breakfast, brunch, or lunch. Reasonably priced, and funky and cozy decor. It's a must do in New Paltz!
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Main Street Bistro
59 Main St
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Get there early, because it fills up on the weekends for brunch. Exceptional eatery for breakfast, brunch, or lunch. Reasonably priced, and funky and cozy decor. It's a must do in New Paltz!
Think of a small, local diner. Basics. Great for a quick, and delicious breakfast.
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Russo's Italian Deli
164 Main St
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Think of a small, local diner. Basics. Great for a quick, and delicious breakfast.
Run of the mill diner. Quick, affordable, friendly service.
Plaza Diner
Run of the mill diner. Quick, affordable, friendly service.
I wrote more about this in the "coffee shop" section, but this is a wonderful brunch spot!
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Mudd Puddle Coffee Roasters
10 Main St
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I wrote more about this in the "coffee shop" section, but this is a wonderful brunch spot!
B-Side Grill
62 Main Street

Lunch or dinnner

Get there early, because it fills up on the weekends for brunch. Exceptional eatery for breakfast, brunch, or lunch. Reasonably priced, and funky and cozy decor. It's a must do in New Paltz!
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Main Street Bistro
59 Main St
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Get there early, because it fills up on the weekends for brunch. Exceptional eatery for breakfast, brunch, or lunch. Reasonably priced, and funky and cozy decor. It's a must do in New Paltz!
Sports bar. Mediocre food in my opinion, but it is a local favorite and has been here for years!
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P&G’s
91 Main St
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Sports bar. Mediocre food in my opinion, but it is a local favorite and has been here for years!
Great seafood. Eat-in, or take-out. They've been here for decades, for a reason! (No outdoor dining.)
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Gadaleto's Seafood Market
246 Main St
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Great seafood. Eat-in, or take-out. They've been here for decades, for a reason! (No outdoor dining.)
Sushi or Chinese, it's here! They're quick, reasonably priced, and very friendly. Outdoor seating available.
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Asian Fusion
215 Main St
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Sushi or Chinese, it's here! They're quick, reasonably priced, and very friendly. Outdoor seating available.
It's pretty much the only Indian restaurant in town. It's been here for about 20 years, and there's a reason it's bee successful. Ambiance is "OK" and is great for take-out.
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New Paltz Indian Restaurant
1 North Manheim Boulevard
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It's pretty much the only Indian restaurant in town. It's been here for about 20 years, and there's a reason it's bee successful. Ambiance is "OK" and is great for take-out.
This is my favorite spot for chopped salads. They have a lot of other wonderful fare too, for lunch and dinner. I prefer take-out here, because the ambiance is not my favorite (unless eating on the patio). The chefs here are trained by the culinary institute of america (CIA), so they are known for excellent food -- including their homemade desserts.
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Main Course Marketplace
175 Main St
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This is my favorite spot for chopped salads. They have a lot of other wonderful fare too, for lunch and dinner. I prefer take-out here, because the ambiance is not my favorite (unless eating on the patio). The chefs here are trained by the culinary institute of america (CIA), so they are known for excellent food -- including their homemade desserts.
I’ve been here several times and have always enjoyed the food. Ordering is odd as you have to order your dinner at the bar, but then they serve it to you. The upstairs decors is quirky and cool. Outdoor seating available.
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Huckleberry
21 Church St
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I’ve been here several times and have always enjoyed the food. Ordering is odd as you have to order your dinner at the bar, but then they serve it to you. The upstairs decors is quirky and cool. Outdoor seating available.
If you're looking to watch sports on TV, would like a varied menu, this is a local favorite. It's not exactly quiet, so be forewarned. It's a sports bar, though does have family seating and they'll bring out a treasure chest for the younger kids to pick out a toy to keep. Very friendly service makes this a local favorite that has been here for decades!
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McGillicuddy's
84 Main St
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If you're looking to watch sports on TV, would like a varied menu, this is a local favorite. It's not exactly quiet, so be forewarned. It's a sports bar, though does have family seating and they'll bring out a treasure chest for the younger kids to pick out a toy to keep. Very friendly service makes this a local favorite that has been here for decades!

Healthy/Vegan/Veggie fare

Vegan? Vegetarian? Just looking for some healthy and delicious food? This is your place! I like to grab a breakfast burrito and go on a hike. They have a few outdoor seating spots, as well. Eating indoors is limited. Excellent choice for take-out.
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Karma Road
11 Main St
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Vegan? Vegetarian? Just looking for some healthy and delicious food? This is your place! I like to grab a breakfast burrito and go on a hike. They have a few outdoor seating spots, as well. Eating indoors is limited. Excellent choice for take-out.
excellent options for vegetarians, and non-vegetarians. I listed this in my favorite brunch spots. You've really got to go!
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Main Street Bistro
59 Main St
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excellent options for vegetarians, and non-vegetarians. I listed this in my favorite brunch spots. You've really got to go!
This is a historic eatery and the vegetarian food is wonderful. It's all vegetarian, just so you know... They have outdoor seating in the warmer months, as well as ample indoor seating.
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The Rosendale Cafe
434 Main St
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This is a historic eatery and the vegetarian food is wonderful. It's all vegetarian, just so you know... They have outdoor seating in the warmer months, as well as ample indoor seating.
This is just one of those places that you have to go to for the experience. Highly recommend. Coffee, tea, food, ambiance. check it out!
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Lagusta's Luscious Commissary!
25 Church St
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This is just one of those places that you have to go to for the experience. Highly recommend. Coffee, tea, food, ambiance. check it out!
Good for coffee, a bagel, or. Sandwich. Indoor seating isn’t so desirable, but outdoor is nice. Right in the center of town. Healthy options available.
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The Bakery
13a N Front St
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Good for coffee, a bagel, or. Sandwich. Indoor seating isn’t so desirable, but outdoor is nice. Right in the center of town. Healthy options available.
These brave souls opened during the pandemic and have managed to have a thriving business—with good reason! Delicious vegetarian and vegan Indian food with delightful service. Eat-in or Take-out.
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Mexican Kitchen
15-1/2 N Front St
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These brave souls opened during the pandemic and have managed to have a thriving business—with good reason! Delicious vegetarian and vegan Indian food with delightful service. Eat-in or Take-out.

Mexican

Great for take-out. Very limited seating. If you like mexican, this is a great local favorite! You might want to call-in your order as it can get crowded inside -- easier to place your order by phone.
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Mexican Kitchen
15-1/2 N Front St
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Great for take-out. Very limited seating. If you like mexican, this is a great local favorite! You might want to call-in your order as it can get crowded inside -- easier to place your order by phone.
Locals love it here, but it's a bit pricey for what it is. Limited seating, so best to take-out.
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Mexicali Blue
87 Main St
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Locals love it here, but it's a bit pricey for what it is. Limited seating, so best to take-out.
This restaurant is right around the corner! Food is good and service is friendly. The ambiance is fine, but not the reason you're eating there.
Órale Mexico
11 Old Rte 299
This restaurant is right around the corner! Food is good and service is friendly. The ambiance is fine, but not the reason you're eating there.

City/town information

It's only a few blocks long, but it's very quaint and close to us. Worth a drive up. You can eat at the Rosendale Cafe and walk the Tressle Bridge, which truthfully, I prefer over the Walkway over the Hudson.
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Rosendale
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It's only a few blocks long, but it's very quaint and close to us. Worth a drive up. You can eat at the Rosendale Cafe and walk the Tressle Bridge, which truthfully, I prefer over the Walkway over the Hudson.

Sightseeing

This is about a 15 minute drive and affords amazing views. It's worth a trip. I don't recommend it on a windy day, as it can be quite chilly. You can walk over to Poughkeepsie and grab lunch, and walk back. A nice way to spend a few hours.
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Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park
61 Parker Ave
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This is about a 15 minute drive and affords amazing views. It's worth a trip. I don't recommend it on a windy day, as it can be quite chilly. You can walk over to Poughkeepsie and grab lunch, and walk back. A nice way to spend a few hours.
Make a reservation. Lovely lovely gardens and an easy walk. Pack a picnic. About 45 minutes.
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Innisfree Garden
362 Tyrrel Rd
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Make a reservation. Lovely lovely gardens and an easy walk. Pack a picnic. About 45 minutes.
Vassar College Farm and Ecological Preserve
51 Vassar Farm Ln