Village of New Paltz
in the heart of the Hudson Valley, New Paltz
is a very singular combination of natural beauty, geography,
business, institutions, history and people come together
to forge an identity and an experience of distinction.
New Paltz can be said to be a college
town, but we're so much more besides. While growing into
the modern age led by SUNY New Paltz, we've kept our feet
firmly planted in our natural surroundings and continually
nurtured our cultural and historic roots. We value our
small town and actively support our arts, culture, historic
sites and the very special landscape we call home.
Despite the tribulations of overcrowded
weekends, snarled traffic and the continual parade of
strangers, New Paltz welcomes you as a visitor. We want
to share what we have discovered and help you enjoy
your visit; for an hour, a weekend or more.
But be prepared to linger, to walk
our streets and visit our shops, enjoy a leisurely break
at one of our bistros or cafes, stroll our centuries
old historic district, ramble through our landscape,
climb our world class rock faces and stay at a local
B&B. Once bitten, you'll never be able to forget your
visit. You'll come back again and again...
A vibrant business community, New
Paltz is based on two very distinct industries; the
college and the landscape. Every year over 7,000 students
flock into New Paltz and fill the halls of SUNY New
Paltz. SUNY offers both undergraduate and graduate courses
in an array of disciplines as well as hosting an ongoing
series of gallery shows, performances, festivals and
lectures of interest to both the broadly based population
as well as the specialized investigator.
Throughout New Paltz you will find
just those types of businesses you would expect catering
to the college crowd. There are bistros, contemporary
boutiques, New Age bookstores, classic pubs and specialty
shops galore. Got a hankering for the best pizza in
the Valley? You'll find it in New Paltz. On a quest
for a special crystal to center your psyche? It's waiting
for you to discover right on Main Street. In search
of the latest in fashion statements? There are shops
eager to help you to find your new style.
New Paltz started as an agricultural
settlement in 1678 and has never wandered far from its
roots. On all sides New Paltz is surrounded by lush
farmlands, cultivated for centuries producing an abundant
harvest of produce and products. Farm stands and U-Pick
farms can be found and each invites you to come and
enjoy a day in the sunshine tasting and sampling their
crops. Just south of New Paltz in Gardiner is a honey
farm with an open invitation for you. And New Paltz
lies in the heart of the wine country of the Mid-Hudson
Valley boasting several of the most important wineries
and vineyards in the region. All are open to the public
offering tours and tastings of their special products.
New Paltz wants you to come and browse
our stores and shops. You are welcome to wander around
and poke into the corners, ask questions, get advice
and learn about things. Stop and talk to the owners,
they want to share with you the secrets they have learned.
The other side of the business community
are the many shops, stores and services focused on the
splendid geography and natural surroundings of New Paltz.
Bordered on our western flank by over 25,000 acres of
forever wild preserves, New Paltz is a world focus of
rock climbing, hiking, biking and environmental preservation.
The northern reaches of the Shawangunk
Ridge are protected by a collection of four systems;
Mohonk Mountain House Resort, Mohonk Preserve, Minnewaska
State Park Preserve and Ice Caves Mountain Preserve
administered by the Nature Conservancy. Each of these
areas has a mission to preserve the landscape and enhancement
of the enjoyment by the public. Each has different use
policies and entrance fees, so it can become a little
But all you have to do is inquire
of any of the numerous shops and services in New Paltz,
they'll be happy to inform you on the lay of the land.
No matter your outdoors interests, from hunting to rambling,
from hang gliding to cliff climbing, from a restful
stroll in the meadows to a vigorous day long hike or
cross country ski, it is all available to you in New
A main office of the New York State
Department of Environmental Conservation, (NYSDEC),
is located just off the NYS Thruway exit on South Putt
Corners Road. It's well marked and very easy to find,
so if you're looking for information on hunting and
fishing, make sure to contact them for all the information
you need on regulations, license fees, seasons, limits
and other relevant information. They are the central
source for you.