to help you plan your vacation.

Ulster Alive

Visit Vortex 
Hudson Valley

The Community Guide
A useful link to local recreation

Hudson Valley Almanac Weekly
Searchable by date, we’re in Ulster county

Best Local Weather Forecast


Bearsville Theater
Really nice music venue, also has 3 restaurants on property: The Bear Cafe – a great place for dinner, less than 10 minutes from the house, The Commune Saloon – great cocktails and The Little Bear – Chinese food.

Hudson Valley Almanac Weekly
Searchable by date, we’re in Ulster county

The Chronogram
Another local calendar, also searchable by date

Harmony Cafe
In Woodstock, 10 Min from house, offers live music/ events every night


World’s Largest Kaleidoscope
10 min. from the house, West on Route 28, nice for lunch or dinner, several restaurants to choose from, shopping, full service spa, pleasant rainy day activity. 845 688-2828

Catskill Mountain Railroad
Scenic train rides, 10 minutes from the house west on route 28 (845) 688-7400

Opus 40
“Opus 40 is the greatest earthwork sculpture I have ever seen.” Brendan Gill, Architectural Digest. Public and private events, concerts, open to the public Thursday through Sunday and Holiday Mondays
11:00 am – 5:00 pm. Picnicking on the grounds is welcome. Call (845) 246-3400 for info on group tours, rates and special events, or to schedule an off-day visit. 50 Fite Road, Saugerties NY 12477

Ashokan Reservoir Walkway
Jog, rollerblade, bike, walk, visit the Ashokan Reservoir Walkway/Dam- 5- min. from the house: Directions; Take Route 28 West, make first left onto Reservoir Rd. (at Winchell’s Corners), Take to end, make forced left onto Basin Rd. Make first left again on to 28 A. Make first left in about 1 mile to the parking area. Map at link shows way to both walkways. There are two.


Local NY State owned trails
Prerecorded Trail Conditions Report: (845) 256-3188, ext. 4182
List and Maps Catskill Park Maps, directions. Scroll down to Ulster County

Kenneth Wilson State Park
5 minutes from the house, fishing, and boat/kayak rentals, hike, picnic,

Overlook Mountain Hike Woodstock

Catskill Mountains 25 best Hikes


A map of local swimming holes

The Millstream Swimming Hole
In Woodstock- on the Millstream -10 min. drive

The Beach at Belleayre Mountain
Pine Hill – 25 min. drive

Saugerties Village Beach
Saugerties – 30 min. drive

Big Deep
Swimming hole in Woodstock – 10 min. drive

Blue Hole 
Swimming hole in Peekamoose – 20 min. drive

Zoom Flume Water Park
East Durham – 40 min drive

boat rentals, kayak, tubing, canoe

Kenneth Wilson State Park
5 min. from house – boat rental, kayak, canoe, picnic, hike

Town Tinker Tube Rental
Phoenicia- 15 min. drive

The Beach at Belleayre Mountain
Pine Hill – 25 min. drive


You’ll need a NYS Fishing License- can get one locally @ Olive’s Country Store, Route 28, Shokan, NY
Fish along any stream along the Esopus Creek – ask the locals for the best spots.

To fish in the Reservoir- You’ll need the following:

  1.  A NYC Watershed Access Permit, go here to complete online application and print out your permit.
  2. A fishing license,
  3. A row boat with life vests for each person. We can get you a rowboat, please ask if you are interested.


Local Sledding
Woodstock Sledding Hill, Route 212, across from the Woodstock Post Office.A great place to bring the kids to sled. If you take the back way, less than10 min. from the house. It’s unsafe to sled on our property due to the steep drop off at the far edge of the lawn.

Local Winter Sports

Ice Skating at Kiwanis Ice Arena
Skate rental, indoor arena- about 1/2 hour drive
6 Small World Ave, Saugerties, NY 12477
(845) 247-2590


Belleayre Mountain Ski Center
30 min. drive.

Hunter Mountain Ski Resort
30 min. drive

Windham Mountain 
1 hour drive

Sawkill Family Ski Center
Ski & Tubing, 15 min drive, Small slopes good for beginners and kids
Opening Friday 12/26/14 for Season (Weather Permitting) Saturdays, Sundays & Holidays 10am – 4pm
Holidays: 12/26-1/1, 1/19, 2/16
(845) 336-6977,167 Hill Rd, Kingston, NY 1240