County offers numerous hidden gems for tourists seeking local flavor
KINGSTON, N.Y. (June 2, 2016) — With summer fast approaching, Ulster County is already beginning to see an increase in visitors to major area tourist attractions. But for tourists interested in experiencing the county from a local’s perspective, the area offers numerous sights, sounds, tastes and activities for visitors of all ages.
“This summer, Ulster County Tourism is excited to promote not just the county’s well-known attractions, but also the hottest of places frequented by area residents that may not be on the average tourist’s radar,” said Richard J. Remsnyder, director of Ulster County Tourism. “These hidden gems are the places that help make Ulster County truly unique.”
For over 45 years, Woodstock residents and others have flocked to Candlestock, the town’s highly regarded candle-making shop. With its handcrafted products and considerable local character and vibe, Candlestock strives to preserve the values and ideals associated with Woodstock’s history as an arts colony and a beacon of spirituality and creativity. With its eight-foot candle mountain – formerly a small, continuously burning drip candle – Candlestock represents the best of Woodstock with its fine handcrafted products and generous spirit.
The new Schatzi’s Pub & Bier Garten of New Paltz, which opened in February on Main Street, brings to its guests American and German craft beers. Offering over a dozen beers on tap, the pub has something for every palate, and features a $12, four-beer sampler for those who want to try a little of everything. The kitchen, meanwhile cooks up an array of American and German staples, with sausages, sandwiches and a variety of appetizers guaranteed to transform every visit into a truly festive occasion.
Located in historic Uptown Kingston, Ecce Terra opened in 2012 and has been serving American and Italian favorites ever since. Known for its casual atmosphere, the restaurant offers a full dinner menu as well as a substantial lunch selection, and received a 2015 Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor. For comfort food served in a warm and welcoming environment, Ecce Terra is truly one of Kingston’s hidden gems.
For those eager to get a unique live music experience in Ulster County, The Falcon hosts renowned and emerging musicians seven days a week in a 19th century building that originally served as a button factory. Specializing in jazz, blues and rock, the intimate venue, which overlooks the Marlboro Falls, has earned a reputation as a favorite for performers and fans alike. Music starts each night at 7 p.m., and while donations are encouraged – with all donations going directly to the headlining act – there is no cover charge. The Falcon also has a full restaurant and bar, and serves dinner every night and brunch every Sunday.
“Candlestock, Schatzi’s Pub & Bier Garden, Ecce Terra and The Falcon exemplify what’s great about Ulster County,” said Remsnyder. “These businesses and countless others are favorites of local residents, and they all deserve a wider audience. Our local landmarks are just one more reason for visitors to explore Ulster County this summer.”
To learn more about these and other local attractions throughout Ulster County, visit www.ulstercountyalive.com or call Ulster County Tourism at 845-340-3568.
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Address: 16 Mill Hill Road, Woodstock, NY 12498
Hours: Sunday-Monday 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Tuesday-Thursday 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday-Saturday 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Schatzi’s Pub & Bier Garden of New Paltz
Address: 36 Main St., New Paltz, NY 12561
Hours: Monday 3 p.m.-2 a.m., Wednesday-Sunday noon.-2 a.m. (closed on Tuesday)
Address: 288 Fair St., Kingston, NY 12401
Hours: Monday-Thursday 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturday 4 p.m.-10 p.m. (closed on Sunday)
Address: 1348 Route 9W, Marlboro, NY 12542
Hours: Monday-Saturday 5:30 p.m.-10 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.-10 p.m.