Dining in New Paltz and Gardiner

Here are a few spots that we really like:

  • Main Street Bistro Local diner good for healthy breakfast, lunch and dinner in downtown New Paltz. Voted Best Breakfast of Hudson Valley 2011.

  • Mexicali Blue (take-out) A California-style Mexican place that boasts "no freezers, no fryers, no cans." Ultra fresh seafood tacos and burritos.

  • Barnabys Steakhouse All around good dinning and great seafood too.

  • The Gilded Otter A fun, casual, family-friendly brewery in downtown New Paltz.

  • Lombardis Amazing Italian food in the town of Gardiner, near wedding location. Incredible dishes with home made pasta made on premises.

  • TuthillHouse at the Mill Restaurant was in the national historic landmark, Tuthilltown Gristmill was built in 1788 and became a renowned flour mill. This site was aquired and restored in 2006.

  • Eathgoods is a great health food store on Main street in New Paltz.

    Area Attractions

    With so much to do in this area, you might consider making a whole vacation out of your visit. Here are some spots we recommend.

    Nearby Attractions

    (within 30 min)

  • Running in Mohonk Preserve. Runners World listed this as one best places to run in the country.

  • Area Mountain Biking: Rent a bike from Bicycle Depot on Main Street 15 Main Street New Paltz, NY, 12561 Phone:845-255-3859 or Lightsey Cycles 133 Main St, Gardiner, NY, 12525 Phone: 845-255-0888

    Walkill Valley Rail Trail Extends north to Rosendale and south to Gardiner along the Walkill River. A flat, scenic trail.

    Hudson Valley Rail Trail Paved rail trail that includes the Walkway over the Hudson near Poughkeepsie is an old railroad bridge spanning the grand Hudson River that recently opened as a State park.

    Mohonk Preserve and Minnewaska areas has over 100 miles of incredible biking trails.

  • Rock Climbing at Gunks is one to premier spots in the United States. People from all over the world come to Gunks just to climb.

  • Minnewaska State Park Preserve Includes Lake Minnewaska, a serene mountain lake surrounded by high cliffs along with two other lakes. The park includes cliffs with spectacular views, water falls such as Awosting Falls and so much more.

  • Mohonk Preserve This is a private preserve that incudes the Gunks climbing areas. There are also over one hundred miles of carriage roads for running, biking and hiking. Coxing Kill Split Rock swimming hole is also on the preserve.

  • Mohonk Mountain House The fanciest and oldest hotel in this area. It sits on an amazing lake surrounded by meticulously maintained hiking trails and some of the best mountain views in the area. This is the area where we will be doing the hike to skytop and lunch on Saturday.

  • Sams Point Preserve is part of the Shawangunks. The majestic views and unique landscapes of Sam's Point represent one of the best examples of ridgetop dwarf pine barrens in the world.

  • New Paltz A fun college town near the wedding location, with a number of restaurants, galleries, and shops. Filled with nature and adventure lovers, it is a great place to relax after a long day of exploring.

  • Historic Huguenot Street A National Historic Landmark District featuring seven unique stone houses dating to the early 1700s all in their original village setting.

  • Jenkins and Luekens Orchards This is our favorite organic farm market to purchase fruits, vegtables and homemade baked goods.

  • Shawangunk Wine Trail Tours and tastings are available at most of the vineyards.

    The Mid-Hudson Valley:

    (within 40 min-1 hr)

    The wedding will be on the west side of the Hudson River, but take a short trip over one of the many bridges and you will find plenty to explore in this historic area.

  • Quaint historic towns: Catch a nice view of the Hudson River and enjoy lunch in one of these towns: Rhinebeck, Cold Spring, Tarrytown, Sleepy Hollow (where the book was written and features a great, creepy cemetery.)

  • Culinary Institute of America (40 min) - Considered to be one of the best culinary schools in the world. There are a number of great restaurants run on campus. All of them are very popular, so make your reservations well in advance.

  • Famous mansions and estates Most of the well-known and wellheeled personalities from New Yorks storied past had magnificent houses that you can tour in the Hudson Valley.

    Locust Grove Estate of Samuel Morse (25 min)
    Vanderbilt Mansion (40 min)
    Olana, Frederic Churchs Persian palace (50 min)
    Kykuit, The Rockefeller Estate (1 hour, 15 min)
    Lyndhurst, Estate of Jay Gould (1 hour, 15 min)

  • Storm King Art Center (40 min) 500 acres dedicated to displaying modern sculpture, artfully and naturally woven into the mountain landscape.

  • Dia:Beacon (40 min) A recently built modern art museum inside of an old box packing factory. A great place to check out if you are interested in modern art and architecture.

  • West Point Military Academy (45 min) Take a tour of the most famous military college in the US.

  • Woodburry Common Premium Outlets (45 min) Hundreds of designer clothing stores.