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Best things to do in Ulster County

Discover the city through the eyes of locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Trail
“Minnewaska State Park Preserve is situated on the dramatic Shawangunk Mountain ridge, which rises more than 2,000 feet above sea level and is surrounded by rugged, rocky terrain. The park features numerous waterfalls, three crystalline sky lakes, dense hardwood forests, incising sheer cliffs and ledges opening to beautiful views, clear streams cut into valleys, 35 miles of carriage roads and 50 miles of footpaths on which to bike, walk, hike and simply enjoy. This is an amazing place.”
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Ski Area
“Kids HEAVEN! Even big ones. Best tree skiing. Telemark here. Ideal for beginners, old folks and granola lovers.”
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Diner
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“Trendy old timey diner. Gets busy and it super popular for good reason. They added a cool outside trailer area to order smaller items at while you wait.”
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American Restaurant
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“Super cozy and romantic dinner spot they have a private room for large groups and be sure to toast some marshmallows out back!”
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Resort
“Spend a day hiking or eating at this awesome resort that takes you back in time. Lots of trails and a rock scramble that will have you going between rocks and up ladders to the tower. A bit tough but worth it.”
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Park
“Amazing sweeping vistas, swimming holes, rock scrambles and countless trail options are a must when visiting the area”
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Italian Restaurant
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“Amazing Italian food. Country elegant/chic dining experience. Great & friendly service. ”
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New American Restaurant
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“Grab a beer and and appetizer at the wonderful bar at sundown, while watching the Sawkill Creek roll under the deck. Then sit at a table in the main dining room, or on the deck in the summertime, and enjoy a romantic dining experience with great food. ”
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Park
“Amazing sculpture and hiking trails you can walk through. I think there may be a 10$ admission fee. ”
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Scenic Lookout
“Quintessential Catskills hiking destination, best views ever once you make it up to the top. Note there is an upper (by Buddhist temple) and lower parking lot (over the hill on right)”
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Trade School
“Great restaurants on premises from the next rising stars in the culinary world!”
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Music Venue
“Legendary. Bob Dylan, The Band, Van Morrison... so many greats have played here ”
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Historic Site
“Absolutely beautiful mansion & drivethrough area with picnic benches, parking, and a breathtaking view of the Hudson. ”
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Office
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“Even if you are not a vegetarian this place rocks! Right on the green. Our own windows on the world!”
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Lake
“Go to the Ashoka Reservoir Promenade. Google Ashoka Reservoir parking. If you are a shutterbug this is where you will get amazing photos of you and your friends with no effort. I’ve cross country skied the promenade and it is a go to spot for a great shot. If you are interested in a history of the area lesson watch Deep Water.”
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Restaurant
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“We love the Red Onion. The food is fantastic and the atmosphere is romantic. Sometimes we sit at the bar and we usually run into someone we know. A very friendly vibe with a fancy restaurant feel. ”
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