Saugerties, NY is a great eco-friendly getaway with inexpensive lodging options, it’s walking-friendly with public transportation available from NYC. The historic village has a laid back and super friendly atmosphere, many healthy farm to table and vegetarian/vegan friendly food options, lots of outdoor activities. Nearby art galleries, museums and concert festivals and the Catskills mountains and forest preserve are waiting to be explored.
wander green ratings 0-10:
Hiking difficulty: easy strolls
About the area:
Saugerties is a beautiful village with a unique location in the Hudson Valley just 100 miles north of New York City at the foot of the Catskill Forest Preserve where the Esopus Creek and Hudson River meet. The village is accessible by public transportation and combines historic charm with a relaxed atmosphere. It is home to a variety of quirky and beautiful antique shops, bookstores, boutiques, and excellent artisan food—including hand-made chocolate and tasty microbrews. There are a variety of inventive farm-to-table and vegetarian/vegan friendly restaurants. Eco-friendliness is growing and about 40% of the surrounding residential houses are solar powered.
Thanks to its direct access to the Hudson River and Esopus Creek, there are many great outdoor activities including hiking, swimming, boating, paddling, and fishing. All these are within walking distance from the center of the village. Bicycling is also popular here, and Saugerties has 3 historic bicycle paths. The old Saugerties Lighthouse is located at the majestic Hudson River within walking distance from the village. Visiting simply requires taking a beautiful stroll along the water. The area is great for wildlife viewing, and you’re likely to see bald eagles, red headed woodpeckers, blue heron, osprey, beavers, and turtles.
Nearby attractions include the Catskill Mountains which offer excellent hiking, climbing, backpacking, zip-lining, river rafting, and mountain biking. Hunter Mountain and Windham Mountain are a 45-minute drive from Saugerties and offer skiing, snow tubing, and ice skating in the winter season. Other nearby activities include horseback riding, apple picking, farmer’s markets, festivals, art galleries, and museums. Interesting towns to visit in the area are Woodstock, Kingston, and New Paltz.
We love Saugerties as it makes for a relaxing and inexpensive getaway, taking the bus from New York City and using our feet to get around. The people are super friendly, the food is excellent, the views at the river are beautiful, and the nature is simply invigorating.
The modern village was originally the homeland of the Amorgarickakan tribe and was sold to Governor Andros by the Esopus Indian chief Kaelcop in 1677. In 1710 German immigrants put up camp in the area. Irish immigrants soon followed suit, and the town started growing from there. Early industries included farming, sawmills, lumber, timber, iron and bluestone quarry, manufacturing of gunpowder, paper mills, and manufacturing white lead paint. The town was named Saugerties in 1855 and became a busy port for passengers and commercial boats travelling up the Hudson River from New York City to the inlands of North America.
Where To Stay:
There are a vide variety of lodging options in and around Saugerties ranging from $40 to over $300 per night. From inexpensive Airbnb’s and campgrounds to expensive bed and breakfasts and hotels, there are a variety of lodging options available in and around Saugerties.
If you are looking for an extraordinary stay, choose the beautiful historic Saugerties Lighthouse—an 1869 landmark with grand views of the majestic Hudson river. But you better book early as the 2 bedrooms (that go for $250 including breakfast) are usually booked well in advance. The Lighthouse is accessible via a ½ mile foot trail along the river or by boat only, but the overnight stay is guaranteed to be a special and very romantic experience.
For a more inexpensive option we can recommend the following Airbnb’s that are all within 20 min walking distance to the center of the town:
Steve’s Charming and Private Studio Suite – $52 for the entire apartment in a rustic house that was built in the 1800s. The Studio includes a full kitchen stocked with a sweet welcoming basket, tea, coffee, bagels, fresh eggs, cream cheese, jam and butter as well as fresh apples for the guests. The living room is perfect for a relaxing morning or afternoon and is stocked with some interesting books and games, including scrabble and sudoku. The host lives in the same building and is friendly and welcoming. The studio is a 20 minute walk from the center of town and is close to the Esopus Bend Nature Preserve that offers relaxing hiking trails along the beautiful creek.
Esopus Bend Getaway – $87 for entire house/apt – located at the Esopus Creek with nearby hiking trails.
Steps to the Beach II – $42.
Esopus Hideaway – $80 for entire house/apt.
Art Loft – $74 – private room in a loft:
Saugerties/ Woodstock KOA, 882 NY-212, Saugerties, NY 12477.
Rip Van Winkle Campgrounds, 149 Blue Mountain Rd, Saugerties, NY 12477
They even have a separate area for a romantic getaway – away from the party people, group tents, families and dogs!
Where to eat
If you want to keep it cheap and cook your own food, here are some options closest to the center of town:
Price Chopper – A large supermarket with all the groceries one could think of.
Located at the entrance of town at 138 Ulster Ave, Saugerties.
Mother Earth’s Storehouse – Natural Food and Vitamin Center at 249 Main St, Saugerties.
Saugerties Farmer’s Market: Saturdays May – October from 10am-2pm at
115 Main Street, Saugerties.
Vegetarian/Vegan Friendly Restaurants and Cafes:
Rock Da Casbah – 216 Main St, Saugerties.
Farm-to-table seasonal menu, with artisanal cocktails, a great selection of draft beers on tap, and a nice variety of vegan and vegetarian small bites. During our winter trip the menu offered a delicious spicy jerk tempeh foccacia sandwich, a grilled portobello mushroom burger, vegan burger, great salads, squash-coconut-curry soup, and the best cream of mushroom soup I have ever had. For meat lovers, they offer a juicy grass fed beef burger, pork belly sandwich, and free-range chicken.
The restaurant has a laid-back but very friendly atmosphere with live music every first Friday and Open Mic every second Friday:
Love Bites – 69 Partition St, Saugerties.
Great brunch menu featuring a yummy Coconut-Carrot French Toast, Curried Tofu Scramble, Vegan Pancakes, Spicy Sweet Potato Tofu Hash, and Avocado Toast and Eggs. Lunch highlights are seasonal and on our winter trip included Roasted Root Salad, Kale Salad, Edamame Hummus Sandwich, Falafel Burger and Vegan soup of the day. Many delicious meat and fish options are available as well.
Miss Lucy’s Kitchen – Farm-to-table menu, locally sourced ingredients, environmentally conscious cooking. Menu changes daily depending on seasonal availability. They have a small vegetarian/vegan selection and a great variety for meat eaters:
Things to do
Hot Yoga, 141 Ulster Avenue Saugerties NY
Shakti Yoga, 67 Partition St, Saugerties, NY
Closer To OM Yoga Studio For Healing Arts (Yoga Therapy and Private Yoga Classes)
A concert series that is held on the first Friday from June through September at 173 Main Street, Saugerties.
Picnic at Tina Chorvas Waterfront Park
At East Bridge Street located along the Esopus Creek.
Rent a boat, kayak, canoe or stand up paddleboard and cruise the Esopus Creek into the Hudson river.
The nearby Catskill Mountains and Forest Preserve are known for great hiking with trails leading through medium to steep terrain.
The town of Saugerties lies in the flatlands at the eastern foot of the Catskill Mountains and offers some nice and easy hikes:
There are three different historic routes on village, town and country roads.
At Inquiring Minds Bookstore
How to get around
Trailways has a direct bus to Saugerties from New York City. The Trailways bus routes go as far as Montreal and Niagara Falls. From Saugerties there are buses to Kingston, Woodstock, Albany and New York City.