Why Saugerties, NY is one of the best towns to base your Hudson Valley visit

LIGHTHOUSESaugerties is an easygoing, down to earth town that was called one of the “coolest small towns” by Budget Travel. Situated between the Hudson River and the Catskill Mountains it is a very picturesque.

Location: Saugerties is 20 minutes from the also popular towns Kingston, 15 minutes to Woodstock & Catskill. 25 minutes to Hudson & Rhinebeck, 30 minutes from New Paltz & Hunter Mountain. All of these towns have great food, hiking, shopping, etc

Pet Lovers:

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Dogerties General Store & Gallery next to the movie theater on Main Street carries quirky home, pet, and outdoors items. Brooklyn expat Susie DeFord (me) hosts gallery opening parties that partner with nearby Inquiring Minds bookstore (also pet friendly) for events like involving music & writing on Saugerties popular First Fridays where stores stay open late and do special things for the community.

Wolf Moon carries pet food & treats.

There are plenty of pet friendly reasonable Air B&Bs in Saugerties & nearby Catskill. We are about to open one 10 minutes from Saugerties in Catskill on our 7 acres with creek & mountain views. Message me for details.

There are great easy hikes/walks to the Lighthouse & Falling Waters Preserve both along the Hudson River. Also check out Esopus Creek Conservancy Trail, Indian Head Mountain Loop, Huckleberry Point Trail. If you’re active in general there’s also good kayaking & biking (see also Revolution Bicycles)


Some of my favorite hikes in nearby towns are near New Paltz (Minnewaska, Mohonk), Woodstock Overlook Mountain Hike, Poets Walk, Kaaterskill Falls, & North South Lake Region to name a few.


Food: Who doesn’t love a town with 2 chocolate shops? Krauses is traditional & while Lucky Chocolates has more eccentric flavors & is also is a café that serves lunch, juices, & coffee. Rae the owner is a pet lover & lets pups come in from time to time. There are tables outside as well.

New World Home Cooking– innovative dishes.

Hudson Valley Dessert Company serves up great bakery items.

Cue & Stella’s Station: both seasonal businesses have outdoor seating and are pet friendly. Cue has live music a lot in the summer.

The Dutch Ale house: OMG best burgers in town, truffle French fries, & great food in general.

Pig Bar & Grill also has good burgers.

Miss Lucy’s kitchen: has the best brunch & deserts bar none.

Love Bites serves American fare.

Rock Da Casbah: for Rainbow Cheesecake & interesting twists on food

Deliciouso: has the best sandwiches in town, hands down. Also Brine Barrel.

For Mexican check out Main Street Restaurant & El Rancho

Slices, Village Pizza & have great pizza.

Chinese & Japanese check out King Szechaun & Tomo Sushi

Best Italian is Annerella’s off Malden Turnpike & Mirabella’s 

Takeaway Black Eyed Suzie’s 

Vegan Gourmet to Go 

Diners: Village Diner is super friendly & awesome, Barclay Heights Diner is cool too.

Coffee Shop: Blue Stone Roasters, Lucky Chocolates, & Inquiring Minds Bookstore also serve coffee.


I already mentioned Dogerties General Store but there are a slew of shops in town that have interesting finds.


For nice home goods check out Lighthouse & Boudoir Baby Fine Nursery & Children Furnishings, & Argentum Home.

Quirky vintage etc stuff: Rock Star Rodeo.

For fashion check out: Dig ,  Juda Leah (super awesome couture), CCB, & The Pink Chandelier  & Frank & Co Fine Jewelers a staple to the community for 30 years providing.

Saugerties is known for its antiques you can see them at Saugerties Antique Center, Circa Jerk, & Newberry Antiques & English Gardens Antiques, Fed On Lights & Green.

In addition to Inquiring Minds bookstore, OUR bookstore is a great used bookstore.

Entertainment: Orpheum Theater has 3 screens and is awesome. $7 movies $5 on Mondays & Thursdays. Great popcorn.

There are several events in the summer & fall months. Hits horse shows, Saturday Farmers market, Garlic Festival, Food trucks, Zombie Crawls, 4th of July parade, Bed races Car shows & other shenanigans.

We hope you’ll come visit!


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2 responses to “Why Saugerties, NY is one of the best towns to base your Hudson Valley visit

  1. Sherri Cruz

    It would be nice to see Frank & Co Fine Jewelers mentioned, we’ve been a staple to the community for 30 years providing Jewelery for all of life’s previous moments and watch & jewelry repair

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