Settled beneath the shoulder of the breathtaking Shawangunk Ridge, New Paltz shines as one of the jewels of the semi-rural, largely exurban mid-Hudson Valley. The climate of the Valley is seasonal, with lush foliage in the spring and summer, the rich color palette of autumn, and snow in the winter. The locale offers a variety of outdoor activities for visitors and residents, from swimming in glacial lakes, rock climbing, hiking, or biking at the Mohonk Preserve or on the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail a short distance from campus, skiing on local trails or the nearby Catskill Mountains, to sampling the seasonal bounty of New Paltz’s many farms, orchards, and wineries. Along New Paltz’s many quiet, tree-lined streets, stone houses built in the 17th and 18th centuries intermingle with modern residences. New Paltz and adjacent communities feature restaurants staffed by graduates of the nearby Culinary Institute of America, as well as quaint eateries, specialty shops, and professional office structures. Nestled at the center of the Hudson River Valley, New Paltz is close to myriad cultural, artistic, and historic attractions like the contemporary sculpture gardens of the Storm King Art Center, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the Vanderbilt Mansion, the Franklin D. Roosevelt home and museum in nearby Hyde Park and Val-Kill, the only National Historic Site dedicated to a first lady, Eleanor Roosevelt.
Beyond the quality of life afforded in New Paltz, its proximity to Albany and New York City provides educational opportunities for students through clinical experiences, internships, and access to bountiful artistic, historic, government, and international resources – as well as abundant cultural, intellectual, recreational, and historic assets for area residents. These resources are readily accessible by car on the nearby north-south New York State Thruway as well as by convenient public transportation.
National Geographic Traveler named the Hudson Valley one of the top 20 tourist destinations around the world to visit in 2013. For additional information about the city, please visit www.newpaltzchamber.org or www.townofnewpaltz.org.