ulster-county-alive.JPGLabor Day plans filled with Hooley on the Hudson, Arts & Crafts Fair, and more   Kingston, N.Y. - Despite havoc in the area caused by Hurricane Irene, Ulster County's tourism attractions, fairs and festivals are in full swing for Labor Day and the days leading up to the holiday.   County Executive Mike Hein notes that the region is open for business, "Ulster County apple picking, resorts, campgrounds and shops are open for business. We still offer wonderful opportunities for visitors to getaway to the country." Five of six resorts in the county - Mohonk Mountain House, Rocking Horse Ranch, Pinegrove Ranch and Family Resort, Hudson Valley Resort and Honor's Haven Resort and Spa - are open for business and have sustained no significant damage as a result of the weekend's hurricane. Hotels in Kingston steered clear of serious disturbance; many of the area's bed and breakfasts have had their power returned to them, and those that have not are still welcoming reservations.   Ulster County will host its regular big events for Labor Day, as well, including Hooley on the Hudson; taking place on Sunday, Sept. 4. It is the only Irish Festival in the Hudson Valley, and is a must-do if you're in the area. As always, it will be held at the T.R. Gallo Memorial Park on the Rondout in Historic Kingston. Hooley on the Hudson includes music, dancing, story-telling, and traditional bag pipes playing throughout the day. Admission is free.   In addition, the Woodstock Arts & Crafts Fair will take place from Saturday to Monday at the Ulster County Fairgrounds, and will include the latest art exhibitions, live music and locally produced food and wine. Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors; children 12 and under are admitted for free.   Labor Day Weekend will also host performances at Maverick Concert Hall, Levon Helm's Midnight Ramble, and begin the season of apple picking. For a complete list of places to pick apples and varieties available see below.                                                             As of today, Mohonk Preserve is open. Minnewaska State Park will be open starting Saturday, September 3, 2011 for hiking, picnicking and swimming at Lake Minnewaska and climbing in the Peter's Kill area.   The following provides the current status of Ulster County campgrounds; several are open and operating fully, while others are in various states of accessibility:   The following campground sites are currently OPEN:   Greenfield Park:  Skyway Camping Resort; Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park at Birchwood Acres Accord:  So-Hi Campground Saugerties:  Blue Mountain Campground;  Rip Van Winkle Campgrounds; Saugerties/Woodstock KOA Campground Plattekill:  Newburgh/NYC North KOA Kampground -   power is expected by this weekend and will be open. However, their phone lines are currently down. Phoenicia:  Phoenicia Black Bear Campground and RV Park - open but, no hot water or store supplies.
  • Please use the following directions to ensure safe travel : Thruway exit 19/Kingston to Rt. 28 West/Pine Hill. go 30 miles on Rt. 28, see Eagle Statue, Turn right. Go down Main St., Phoenicia to Bridge Street; make another right, park on left. See tiki torches and campfire.
  • Please call 845-688-5109 for more information
The following campground sites are currently CLOSED until further notice: Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park at Lazy River Gardiner DEC camping - Kenneth L. Wilson in Mt. Tremper ; Woodland Valley in Phoenicia U-Pick Apple Farms in Ulster County Varieties presently available for picking: Gala, McIntosh, Macoun, Cortland, Empire (Please note: Not all farms carry each of these varieties, to find out exactly which varieties are available at each farm, please call.)     Listed by Town in alphabetical order   Westwind Orchard, LLC         215 Lower Whitfield Road, Accord, NY  12404       845 626-0659   http://www.westwindorchard.com/   U-pick apples. Certified naturally grown. Organic apples, farm stand and local products.  Weekends from mid-September - mid-October, 10AM - 6PM.     Loverso Orchards       1467 Route 44/55, Clintondale, NY 12515     845 883-7789                           U-Pick apples, peaches, pears, plums, nectarines and cherries. Weekends through December  9AM to Dusk or by appointment.   Minard Farms   59 Hurds Road, Clintondale, NY 12515         845 883-7102   http://www.minardfarms.com/           U-Pick apples. Fresh-pressed cider, hayrides, homemade pies, jams, jellies, apple butters and honey. Apple cider doughnuts made on premises. Picnic tables. Saturday-Sunday, September-October, 10AM-5PM.     Tantillo's Farm Market             730 Route 208, Gardiner, NY  12525 845 256-9109   http://www.tantillosfarm.com/           U-Pick apples, sweet and sour cherries, tomatoes and pumpkins. Homegrown fruits and vegetables picked daily. Soft-serve ice cream, ice cream cakes. Raffaela's homemade fruit pies, desserts, breads, jams, jellies. Fruit, cheese or vegetable platters. Open March-December. 9 AM-6 PM.   Wright Farms   699 Route 208            , Gardiner, NY  12525             845 255-5300               http://www.eatapples.com/     U-Pick apples and cherries. Fruits, vegetables, cider, honey and maple syrup. Pies, breads, jams and apple butter. Bedding plants and hanging baskets. Seasoned apple wood. Daily, 8AM-6PM.     Mr. Apples Low Spray Orchard         Route 213 West (Orchard Street), High Falls, NY  12440     845 687-0005               http://www.mrapples.com/     Natural flavor and organic style u-pick farm. Tranquil family outing above waterfalls and below Mohonk Mountain. Daily August - mid-November, 10AM-6PM.     DuBois Farms U-Pick 209 Perkinsville Road, Highland, NY  12528             845 795-4037   http://www.duboisfarms.com/           Olde New England style farm offering an array of u-pick fruit including apples, baked goods, lunch, family fun activities and more. Mid-August - October.     Liberty View Farm, LLC         340 Crescent Avenue, Highland, NY  12528 845 883-7004; 845 800-1002   Billiamvan@gmail.com           http://www.libertyviewfarm.biz/     U-pick organically grown apples.  Goats, sheep, veggies and no-spray cut flowers. Certified Naturally Grown. Hosting birthday parties and schools. Open daily, year round.     Wilklow Orchards       341 Pancake Hollow Road, Highland, NY  12528     845 691-2339               http://www.wilkloworchards.com/     U-Pick apples and pumpkins. Vegetables, fruits and cider. Daily, Labor Day - October.     Weed Orchard             43 Mt. Zion Road, Marlboro, NY  12542       845 236-0237   http://www.weedorchards.com/         U-Pick apples, peaches, pears, plums, grapes, pumpkins. Weekend hayrides. Cider, pies, doughnuts. Picnic area. August - October, weekdays 10AM-5PM; Saturdays, Sundays and holidays 9AM-5PM.  Handicapped Accessible.   Locust Grove Farm     159 North Road, Milton, NY  12547 845 795-5194                           U-Pick apples, blueberries, cherries, peaches, plums, and pumpkin in season. Noon-Dusk.     Prospect Hill Orchards             40 Clark's Lane, Milton, NY  12547 845 795-2383   http://www.prospecthillorchards.com/           U-Pick cherries (mid-June-July), peaches (August), apples, pears and pumpkins (mid-September-mid October). Weekend hayrides. Picnic area. Special events. Seasonally, Saturday and Sunday, 9AM-4PM.     Hurds Family Farm     2187 State Route 32, Modena, NY 12548     845 883-7825   http://www.hurdsfamilyfarm.com/     Plant the memories, harvest the fun!  Family-friendly popular tour destination. School and youth groups, parties, reunions, picnics. Hayrides, cow train, mazes, eco-trail, Kids Corral, lots of outdoor activities. U-Pick apples, pears, raspberries, pumpkins.   Apple Hill Farm           124 Route 32 South, New Paltz, NY  12561 845 255-1605   http://www.applehillfarm.com/         U-Pick apples and pumpkins (August - October). Enjoy the restored 1859 barn. All varieties of fruits and vegetables. Fresh pressed cider, donuts and homemade pies. Gifts. Weekend hayrides. Daily, August-October, 10AM-6PM   Apple Valley Farms, LLC       155 North Ohioville Road, New Paltz, NY  12561   845 255-7077   U-Pick apples. Picnic area available. Open late August-October, weekends 10 AM-5PM     Dressel Farms   271 Route 208, New Paltz, NY  12561 845 255-0693   http://www.dresselfarms.com/           U-Pick strawberries, apples and pumpkins. Specialize in apples, cider, peaches, pears and strawberries. Farm Market: Jan.-May, Mon.-Fri. 9:30-5, Sat. 9-4, Sun. 11-4; June-Dec., 7 days, 9:30-5. Ice Cream: Mother's Day-Halloween, noon-9 PM.     Jenkins-Lueken Orchards       Route 299 West, New Paltz, NY  12561       845 255-0999               http://www.jlorchards.com/   U-Pick apples and pumpkins. All varieties of apples, including Northern Spy and Macoun, pears, peaches, cherries, blackberries, raspberries,  tomatoes and other vegetables in season. Honey and cider produced on the farm. Bakery on premises. Daily, July--end of May.     Stone Ridge Orchard   3120 Route 213, Stone Ridge, NY  12484     845 687-2587 http://www.stoneridgeorchard.us/     U-Pick apples (Sep.-Nov.), raspberries, pumpkins, cherries, organic vegetables and fruit. Fresh cider, local farm products, hayrides and school tours. Open weekends June, July, August and November; daily September-October.     Maynard Farms           326 River Road, Ulster Park, NY  12487       845 331-6908   http://www.maynardfarms.com/       U-Pick apples, pears and pumpkins. Farm stand with fresh-picked vegetables. Saturday and Sunday, September-October, 10 AM-5 PM. Facebook page Maynard Farms.   The Apple Bin Farm Market   810 Broadway (Route 9W), Ulster Park, NY  12487             845 339-7229   http://www.theapplebinfarmmarket.com/     U-Pick apples (October). Family run market. Homegrown seasonal fruit. Fresh baked goods, pies, coffee, honey, maple syrup, gourmet items and sandwiches. Holiday items. Daily, February-January 1st.   Dolan Orchard             1166 Route 208, Wallkill, NY  12589             845 895-2153                           U-Pick apples, pumpkins and cherries. Apples, peaches, pears, plums, vegetables and cider.  Daily, August-February, 9AM-5PM.     Little-known Ulster County apple facts:
  • New York State is the second largest producer of apples in the country and Ulster County is the second largest apple producing county in the state.
  • The very first commercial apple orchard was established in Esopus in 1820 by Robert Pell, growing Newton Pippin apples.


For more information, contact: Lisa Berger Ulster County Tourism 845-340-3567 lbrg@co.ulster.ny.us