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Between Adirondacks and NYC

Ottawa, Ontario...
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Between Adirondacks and NYC


We are an active family of four (two girls, aged 6 and 9) who are planning a trip to NYC and back this August. We know we are driving from Ottawa to the Loj in the Adirondacks, camping for two nights, and then heading to NYC. We would like another one or two night stop between the Loj and NYC. We have been looking at the area around New Paltz, but do not want to go too far out of our way. Does anyone have a suggestion? We are open to camping, staying in a cabin, or an inexpensive motel or hotel. We like hiking, don't generally spend too much money, and are curious about new places and new eating experiences.

Thanks in advance!


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Brewster, New York
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1. Re: Between Adirondacks and NYC


AN AMAZING PLACE! PRICES ARE ALL INCLUSIVE. Note: You can pay a daily fee to hike the SPECTACULAR grounds and up to the tower on top of the cliff without staying at the Inn. Views are beyond amazing. Enchanting! Oh, and you can also reserve to have lunch or dinner in the Inn without actually staying there overnight. This is a true GEM!

Vestal, New York
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2. Re: Between Adirondacks and NYC

New Paltz is right off the Thruway (which goes to the Adirondacks) and would be a good choice. Minnewaska State Park is beautiful with many hiking trails of varying length and difficulty.

Hudson Valley
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3. Re: Between Adirondacks and NYC

New Paltz is a good area. Although Mohonk is beautiful, I prefer the more affordable Minnewaska State Park nearby. Just be warned it can get crowded here, so go early to ensure you get parking (when it gets full you have to wait until somebody leaves before you get in). The park is great for kids because there are a lot of carriage roads and hikes suitable for young kids. There are also some waterfalls and a lake (water is always an attraction for our daughter). It is possible to swim too.

Also out the way is Sam's Point Preserve - another excellent spot. In August you might catch blueberries in season - there are a ton there (it used to be a business there - you can see hold shacks from the blueberry pickers).

Other options:

Rhinebeck area - good for food, but not sure about inexpensive lodging. Nearby is Poet's Walk and Ferncliff Forest - two shorter hikes that are nice.

South of Rhinebeck is Hyde Park. There really isn't a central town or Main Street, so I don't think it is as nice to stay here, but it is home to the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) if you are looking for good food. Not sure about summer closings though. In this area are several mansions and grounds you can visit for free - FDR's home and the Vanderbilt Mansion are two of my favorites. Vanderbilt in particular has a nice three mile loop hike - goes by the mansion, views of the river and Catskills, down to the Hudson River, on a woods road, and by the gardens.

Beacon/Fishkill area. There are a lot of hotels around Fishkill off of I-84, so might be good options for lodging. If you are looking for longer/bigger hikes there are some great ones in this area. Beacon has some good food options and has a revitalized Main Street to walk around. Can also do walks along the river (Dennings Point and the waterfront).

In the Hudson Valley there aren't a ton of camping spots, but there are cabins at Norrie Point (never stayed there - don't know what they are like):


This is a great resource:


And I have pictures posted from a lot of these areas too (our daughter is now 7.5 - we hike a lot):


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