New Paltz was settled in 1677 and boasts not only the " the oldest street in America in continuous stateof habitation" but the oldest wineries in the country as well. Tours of Historic Huguenot Street are available most days with special events throughout the year. For more information on events go to www.huguenotstreet.org .
Local wineries abound and the wine trail is a great way of enjoying the afternoon. Take a driving tour of several area wineries, some of which are national award winning. Wine tasting events with music and foods are scheduled throughout the year and maps of the trail are available.
Another popular local excursion is the pottery trail. Like the wine trail, maps are available for a driving tour of local potters' studios where artists can often be found working their craft and locally produce pottery can be purchased.
Two major sculpture musuems are is a 20 minute drive from town. Storm King, just south on the west side of the Hudson River, is an outdoor sculpture garden with enormous pieces - pack a picnic lunch enjoy the afternoon amongst the art and rolling hills. The Beacon:Dia is a contemporary museum on the East side of the Hudson housed in an old Nabisco box factory and houses works by artists including Warhol and Serra among others.
Are you an animal lover? A nearby trip to the Woodstock Farm Sanctuary will warm your heart. Learn about rescued animals, factory farming and the environment or just hang out with furry and feathery friends. Woodstock Sanctuary is about a 15 minute drive and is just west of the mountains in New Paltz. For more info, visit their site at www.woodstocksanctuary.com
The Catskill Farm Aniimal Sanctuary is also in striking distance about 45 miunutes north.
Please check individual websites for seasonal hours of operation.