The Hudson Valley is home to Bear Mountain, Breakneck Ridge, Anthony’s Nose and a few other well know destinations, but as you can reach those easily by train, we bypass these spots in lieu of those further up Valley. Where “upstate” begins for us is the unique and stunningly beautiful Shawangunk Ridge. Located outside the quaint mountain college town of New Paltz and famous among rock and ice climbers, this ridge is where you’ll find Minnewaska State Park and Mohonk and Sam’s Point Preserves.
A land of crystal clear streams cascading over multiple waterfalls, three lakes, and dramatic views, it’s no wonder this park was named “One of the Last Great Places on Earth” by the Nature Conservancy. In Minnewaska, you’ll love a holistic day retreat, a day picking berries in our secret patches, swimming in cool lakes, or a hike to the many waterfalls, including those known only to locals and guides.