New Paltz, NY

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Between exploring the Shawangunk Ridge, touring historic Huguenot houses and enjoying the downtown scene, this town in Ulster County will keep you busy for days.

New Paltz is a bustling college town set against the stunning backdrop of the Hudson River and the Shawangunk Mountains. Located just a 90-minute drive outside New York City, New Paltz is a popular weekend destination for visitors seeking the serenity of nature coupled with a vibrant cultural scene.

The State University of New York at New Paltz has called the town home for more than 150 years. With over 7,000 students enrolled, it has a huge presence here, giving the place a lively feel. This is most apparent in the bars and restaurants of the downtown area. Stroll around the campus, at the center of which are the galleries of the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art.

The town’s youthful vigor is in marked contrast to some of its beautiful old buildings. Take a walk through time at Historic Huguenot Street, a National Historic Landmark District. Visit seven stone homes built by French immigrants in the late 18th century, along with a church and an ancient burial site. Staff dressed in authentic period clothing bring history to life through tours and demonstrations.

Mohonk Mountain House is an iconic New Paltz landmark and another of its historic buildings. Since 1869, this resort hotel has been serving guests, who can enjoy luxurious amenities, a private lake and trails.

Experience New Paltz's natural beauty by exploring the local terrain. Hike or mountain bike among lush forests, tumbling waterfalls and soaring mountains at Minnewaska State Park Preserve. This is part of the Shawangunk Ridge mountain chain that cuts across the region. If it’s warm enough, take a dip in Lake Awosting or Lake Minnewaska, two exceptionally blue lakes.

New Paltz is almost equidistant between Albany to the north and New York City to the south. You can easily get here by car or by bus. The nearest airport is Stewart International Airport, about a 30-minute drive south in Newburgh.

New Paltz is small town in beautiful surroundings with lots going on. If you want to seem in the know, refer to the Shawangunk Ridge as “the Gunks,” like the locals do.

Rodeway Inn & Suites New Paltz - Hudson Valley
Rodeway Inn & Suites New Paltz - Hudson Valley
2 out of 5
601 Main Street, New Paltz, NY
The price is $80 per night from Oct 31 to Oct 31
Located in the heart of New Paltz, this motel is within 3 mi (5 km) of State University of New York-New Paltz, Apple Greens Golf Course, and Historic Huguenot ...
3/5 (326 reviews)
"I liked this hotel"

Reviewed on Sep 27, 2021

Rodeway Inn & Suites New Paltz - Hudson Valley
Hampton Inn by Hilton New Paltz
Hampton Inn by Hilton New Paltz
2.5 out of 5
4 South Putt Corners Road, New Paltz, NY
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $132 per night from Nov 16 to Nov 16
Located in the heart of New Paltz, this hotel is 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from Historic Huguenot Street and 8.4 mi (13.4 km) from Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (953 reviews)
"Very nice standard hotel. Super clean! (like, Marine Corps barracks clean). Very convenient location. The staff seemed helpful (though i had very limited interactions with them). Only criticisms I can think of: Nothing charming or unique about this hotel. It is kind of pricey for the area (but demand ..."

Reviewed on Oct 27, 2021

Hampton Inn by Hilton New Paltz
Americas Best Value Inn New Paltz
Americas Best Value Inn New Paltz
2 out of 5
7 Terwilliger Ln, New Paltz, NY
The price is $115 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 1
Situated in New Paltz, this motel is within 2 mi (3 km) of State University of New York-New Paltz, Historic Huguenot Street, and Huguenot Street Historic District. ...
3.9/5 Good! (989 reviews)
"We have stayed there numerous times over the years and plan on returning in the upcoming year."

Reviewed on Oct 25, 2021

Americas Best Value Inn New Paltz
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Tentrr Signature Site - Rifton Farm Hidden Forest
Tentrr Signature Site - Rifton Farm Hidden Forest
New Paltz, NY
The price is $766 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 1
Situated on a river, this campground is within 9 mi (15 km) of Rosendale Public Library, West Park Winery, and Historic Huguenot Street. New Paltz Golf Course ...
Tentrr Signature Site - Rifton Farm Hidden Forest
HUGE POOL+ HOT TUB! PRIVATE LAKE! FISHING, BBQ,VOLLEYBALL! OK-PETS!
HUGE POOL+ HOT TUB! PRIVATE LAKE! FISHING, BBQ,VOLLEYBALL! OK-PETS!
New Paltz, NY
This New Paltz vacation home is on a lake, offering ski-in/ski-out access within 3 mi (5 km) of Mohonk Preserve Visitor Center and Minnewaska State Park and ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (20 reviews)
Fun Vacation
"We had a great time on our vacation and Iris was available whenever we needed her. We really loved the pool and lake for fishing with the kids."

Reviewed on Jul 26, 2021

HUGE POOL+ HOT TUB! PRIVATE LAKE! FISHING, BBQ,VOLLEYBALL! OK-PETS!
Tentrr Signature Site - Grotto View at Stone Mountain Farm
Tentrr Signature Site - Grotto View at Stone Mountain Farm
New Paltz, NY
Situated in New Paltz, this campground is 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Rosendale Public Library and within 9 mi (15 km) of G. Steve Jordan Gallery and Loren Campbell ...
4/5 Very Good! (5 reviews)
Listed as 1 bedroom 1 bath does bit describe having a potty toilet in the same tent you sleep in.
"Location is beautiful, tent was fine. Steep hill to climb not described in listing. Potty toilet in tent definitely not listed. Wood stove was good for taking chill out of the air. Very amiable and helpful host."

Reviewed on Nov 9, 2020

Tentrr Signature Site - Grotto View at Stone Mountain Farm
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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