Nestled in the Hudson Valley, Saugerties borders the Hudson River to the east, and offers views of the Catskill Mountains to the west. Making up the Northeast corner of Ulster County, Saugerties offers a blend of history, sports activities for participants, cultural events, arts, an historic business district, a large river that runs through it (the Esopus Creek) with a large, impressive dam and waterfalls, and much more.
Come to Saugerties in the Spring, and you'll be part of a beehive of activity, as locals shake off the winter, and get their businesses and properties in shape for another year. The crack of baseball hitting bat can be heard at the outstanding Town park called Cantine Field (in full, it's "Cantine Veterans Memorial Complex"). The manicured, professional-quality ball field here host hundreds of tournaments each year, for all ages, from T-ball to Babe Ruth, American Legion and softball teams galore. And for those interested in equestrian events, there is no area with better accessibility to world-class horse events, put on by Saugerties' own Horse Shows in the Sun, which begins their season in May.
Saugerties recreational opportunties don't end there . . . as the gateway to both the Hudson River and the Catskill Mountains, it offers great conditions for hikers, kayakers and canoeists. At the western end of town, in the Platte Clove area, hikers will find trails with cascading waterfalls, pristine swimming holes and breathtaking vistas from Catskills cliffs. Kayaking and canoeing are really taking off, both on the Hudson and on the upper Esopus Creek, now home to the beautiful Esopus Bend Nature Preserve.
Golf. We have a great 9-hole golf course in Saugerties (The Lazy Swan) and there are other courses (with really reasonable greens fees) around as well . . . if the kids might find that a challenge, there's an executive (par 30) course in neighboring Kingston, called Alapaha . . . and another Kingston course (par 36) that's wide open . . . called Green Acres. For a more exhaustive list of area courses, visit Ulster County Golf Courses.
Bicycling. Visit Village Hall (43 Partition Street) or Town Hall (4 High Street) and among the wealth of information you can come away with is a bicycling map that shows 3 different bicycling routes that have been identified on Village, Town and County streets that run through Saugerties. Note that there are some areas where care has to be taken, based on traffic patterns, and as always, be sure to wear a helmet. If you want to get a jump on things, and print out the bicycle maps before you get to Saugerties, you can find them at the Saugerties Bicycling Page. There are bicycle rental options right in Saugerties. For example, Revolution Bicycles on Main Street rents bicycles.
In summertime, the living is easy, as well as being filled with tradition, good food and fun. Saugerties is fortunate to have a good number of people interested in farm-fresh, healthful food, including Barry Benepe, who is the founder of the Greenmarket program in New York City. So, beginning in late May and running into October, the Saugerties Farmers Market is in operation on Main Street, next door to the Kiersted House, located at 119 Main, from 9 AM until 2 PM for all the serious foodies out there. (And in the winter, there are also roughly once monthly ("holiday" events) markets held indoors at the Senior Citizens Center on Market Street.)
Swimming/Camping/Fishing. There is great swimming available right in Saugerties, at the Saugerties Village Beach. Bring along a blanket and you can swim on a sandy beach that borders the beautiful Esopus Bend Nature Preserve property. See Saugerties Village Beach for more info. For camping, you can visit a the Saugerties/Woodstock KOA (Kampgrounds of America) location or the Rip Van Winkle Campground. And the fishing in the Esopus Creek and the Hudson River are top-notch as well.
Within a short drive, there are other swimming/camping/fishing possibilities as well . . . good examples are North Lake and South Lake beyond Palenville (another neighboring town).
Kayaking. Even casual kayakers are finding out what local kayak enthusiasts have been aware of for years . . . Saugerties has great accommodations for kayakers at a boat launch in Malden, at 2 Village locations on the Esopus Creek (Saugerties Village Beach and Tina Chorvas Park) and at a park set right on the Hudson River (Glasco Mini Park). See Saugerties Kayak Info for more information, including a map on how to get to the launch sites.
Many communities are proud of their Independence Day Parade and Fireworks, and there is no prouder community than Saugerties. People visit from miles around to see the parade wind through the Village, and wind up at Cantine Field, where music, food and booths keep folks entertained until dusk, when the fireworks start.
Garlic Festival - Where over 50,000 garlic lovers descend upon Saugerties over the course of a weekend, to enjoy the show that the Saugerties Kiwanis Club puts on. This festival has been mentioned in "USA Today" as a top regional food festival in the United States. On the heels of the Garlic Festival is the even more traditional October Mum Festival and the Columbus Day Italian Festival.
A fun, enriching August event is the Saugerties Artists Studio Tour, when more than 2 dozen fine artists working in nearly as many media open their studios to the public for a weekend. Come see a wide variety of works that give testimony to the fact that, in Saugerties, the arts community is alive and well.
Fall foliage is always a big attraction in the Northeast U.S. and Saugerties is no exception when Mother Nature works her magic on the wide variety of deciduous trees in the area. As mentioned under the "Summer" heading, the Saugerties Farmers Market runs Saturdays, until mid-to-late October, and by the Fall, there are some great, late season fruits and vegetables available.
History buffs will find this area a wealth of history in general, and in the Fall, the Saugerties Historical Society holds its annual History Day in October at Historic Kiersted House.
Opus 40, a monumental bluestone earth sculpture by Harvey Fite, is open year-round. No matter what season you choose to visit this beautiful work of art, you'll
appreciate how it offers testimony to the creative spirit, pays homage to the bluestone industry of Saugerties, and provides a restful place for contemplation. Visitors can walk the beautiful grounds and on the sculpture itself.
Come to Saugerties in the Winter and you'll have access to the town's Kiwanis Ice Arena, for beginner through expert skaters, with hockey games and occasional visits from professional and semi-professional hockey players.
If skiing is your pleasure, stay in Saugerties for the friendly, historic atmosphere and access to first-rate restaurants, and visit ski facilities within a half hour drive.
Each year, Saugerties welcomes the holiday season in style with special decorations and lighting of the antique street lamps that were part of the Village beautification program, with a special annual lighting of the tree and most of the rest of Seamon Park as well, and an event-filled and fun-filled "Holiday in the Village", with entertainment, a parade of firetrucks, and fun events and treats for any child who stops by.
Winter's as good a season as any to stroll the charming streets of our Nationally Registered Historic Business District, famous for antique stores, but now boasting three bookstores, clothing, homeware, pottery, jewelry and much more. We've got an old-fashioned hardware store, family-owned for generations, and a shoe store known for miles around, where fitting comes first.
In these and many other fine shops, you will not only be rewarded with some great buys that you can't find elsewhere, but you'll also be rewarded by choosing among the many food choices Saugerties offers, from casual dining to fine continental cuisine.