Published: October 2009Best Adventure Towns
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New Paltz, New York

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Photograph by Eugene DeVillamil, My Shot

Pop. 6,765
GPS: 41°45'N 74°05'W

There’s a reason antsy New Yorkers can’t get enough of this Hudson Valley town: first-rate rock-climbing (and hiking and mountain biking) in the Shawangunk Mountains, an 11-stop wine trail, and a decidedly un-Hamptons vibe.

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Between the two of them, nearby Mohonk Preserve and Minnewaska State Park Preserve offer some 120 miles of trails for hiking, mountain-biking and, come wintertime, snowshoeing and Nordic skiing. Both the Trapps and Near Trapps cliffs are popular climbing areas, with everything from beginner-friendly routes up to a 5.14 (full-day lesson from $110;

The husband and wife team behind Beso, earned their stripes in some of the best kitchens in San Fran and Manhattan (Jean-Georges, for one). Their snacks and apps “recession menu” offers some tasty alternatives to the full-price menu (

Mohonk Mountain House (doubles from $510; and Minnewaska Lodge (doubles from $135; are sure bets, but we like Le Fèvre House best for its proximity to downtown (just a five-minute walk) and exotic homemade breakfasts like honeydew melon soup (doubles from $170;

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