Labor Day plans filled with Hooley on the Hudson, Arts & Crafts Fair, and more
- 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:
: Skyway Camping Resort; Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park at Birchwood Acres
: So-Hi Campground
: Blue Mountain Campground; Rip Van Winkle Campgrounds; Saugerties/Woodstock KOA Campground
: Newburgh/NYC North KOA Kampground - power is expected by this weekend and will be open. However, their phone lines are currently down.
: Phoenicia Black Bear Campground and RV Park - open but, no hot water or store supplies.
The following campground sites are currently CLOSED until further notice:
- 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
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
U-pick apples. Certified naturally grown. Organic apples, farm stand and local products. Weekends from mid-September - mid-October, 10AM - 6PM.
1467 Route 44/55, Clintondale, NY 12515
U-Pick apples, peaches, pears, plums, nectarines and cherries. Weekends through December 9AM to Dusk or by appointment.
59 Hurds Road, Clintondale, NY 12515
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
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.
699 Route 208 , Gardiner, NY 12525
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
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
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
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.
341 Pancake Hollow Road, Highland, NY 12528
U-Pick apples and pumpkins. Vegetables, fruits and cider. Daily, Labor Day - October.
43 Mt. Zion Road, Marlboro, NY 12542
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
U-Pick apples, blueberries, cherries, peaches, plums, and pumpkin in season. Noon-Dusk.
Prospect Hill Orchards
40 Clark's Lane, Milton, NY 12547
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
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
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
U-Pick apples. Picnic area available. Open late August-October, weekends 10 AM-5PM
271 Route 208, New Paltz, NY 12561
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.
Route 299 West, New Paltz, NY 12561
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
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.
326 River Road, Ulster Park, NY 12487
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
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.
1166 Route 208, Wallkill, NY 12589
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:
Ulster County Tourism