Whether you’re interested in rock climbing or not, New Paltz has a little something for everyone. Take a look at this historic city through GoNOMAD‘s writer Chance St. John. His article Climbing New York’s Shawangunks is sure to pique an interest with you.
“Located in the Mid-Hudson Valley, halfway between Albany and New York City, New Paltz is a striking blend of deeply rooted culture and vibrant youthful vitality. Founded in 1677 by Huguenots, it is the home of one of the oldest communities in the country as well as a State University of New York (SUNY) campus.
Twelve original families founded New Paltz, and their legacy lives on through the beautifully preserved stone houses that compose what is claimed to be ‘the oldest continuously inhabited street in America with its original houses.’ You do not have to be a resident of the area to appreciate the legacy existing on Huguenot Street; the founders of New Paltz wereamong the earliest explorers and settlers in America.
New Paltz also offers a fine selection of restaurants catering to any budget, from the penniless college student to a traveler in search of a gourmet dinner. If you’re looking for a tasty and convenient meal at an excellent price, you should make a visit to the Taco Shack. A delicious Tex-Mex institution of New Paltz, the food choices are what you would expect, but are surprisingly better than most faux-Mexican food that you will find in New York.”