Visitor's Guide

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Gerald Celente and the Trends Research Institute present:
HISTORY BEFORE IT HAPPENS
In Historic Kingston, New York


A Visitor's Guide:

As you make plans to join Gerald Celente and friends in historic Colonial Kingston, the guide below will help you make the most of your stay in this wonderful region of New York. The information is intended to offer suggestions for taking advantage of the rich historic, cultural and natural resources unique to the Hudson Valley. These suggestions are not recommendations or endorsements, but rather sources of information to help you customize your visit to your tastes, interests and needs.

GENERAL INFORMATION

These official sources for tourism information provide a good starting point:

-New York State's official tourism site: http://www.iloveny.com/

GETTING HERE

Kingston is about 100 miles north of New York City, straight up the NYS Thruway. There are two airports less than one hour from Kingston - Stewart International Airport in Newburgh and Albany International Airport. In addition, Westchester County International Airport in White Plains is less than two hours away. And the three major airports serving New York City - Newark (NJ) International Airport, JFK Airport and LaGuardia - are between two and two-and-a-half hours from Kingston.

There is also direct Trailways Bus Service from the Port Authority in Midtown Manhattan to a bus stop a few blocks from institute facilites.

THE HUDSON VALLEY

Kingston and surrounding areas are known around the world for their deep historical, cultural and natural riches. Your conference takes place in what was New York State's first capital, formed in 1777. The state's first state constitution was debated and adopted just blocks from our facilities. And some of your conference events take place in buildings that predate the Revolutionary War and are part of the most historic intersection in the United States.

History and natural beauty extend well beyond the boundaries of Kingston. We sit at the doorstep to the dramatically beautiful Catskill Mountains, which has drawn famous artists and creative thinkers for centuries. World famous towns, like the Woodstock Arts Colony and historic Rhinebeck, are just minutes away. Washington's Headquarters and compound, a 30-minute drive from Kingston, is among the countless national historic sites nearby. West Point Academy, too, is only a short drive away.

Art galleries, unique museums, historic mansions, terrific restaurants, the world-renowned Culinary Institute of America, presidential historic sites, crafts villages and antiques stores are dominant throughout the region, even defining some towns and communities. For outdoor enthusiasts, hiking, boating, hot-air ballooning and mountain climbing options are world class.

We encourage you to explore on your own by checking out these sites:

-Explore our region at http://www.hudsonvalley.org/
-Some information on local arts and culture at http://www.travelhudsonvalley.com/things-to-do/contemporary-art-hudson-river/
-The Uptown Kingston Business Association at http://www.kingstonuptown.org/
-The Ulster County Chamber of Commerce at http://www.ulsterchamber.org 
-For dining options go to http://www.travelhudsonvalley.com/where-to-eat/
-The Woodstock Chamber of Commerce at http://www.woodstockchamber.com
-The Franklin D. Roosevelt estate and presidential library is nearby at http://www.fdrlibrary.marist.edu/
-The Martin Van Buren historical site is also nearby at http://www.nps.gov/mava/index.htm

STAYING HERE

The region is dotted by scores of unique (and some mainstream) lodging choices. Within 5-30 minutes of the institute, you can choose from upscale resorts, dependable chain hotels, locally-operated hotels and countless bed-and-breakfasts.
 
A good resource can be found at http://www.hudsonvalleylodging.com/

Below are some nearby options for you to consider, all just minutes to a half-hour away. The list here, though lengthy, is only a sampling of the vast lodging options in the region. And by no means are these recommendations or endorsements. What we do recommend is that you use these sources as a starting point for exploring on your own what options are best for you during your stay.

Bed by the Stream (20-minute drive), Saugerties, sits on the border between Saugerties and Woodstock and has four guest rooms and a master suite. http://www.bedbythestream.com

Beekman Arms/Delamater Inn (30-minute drive), Rhinebeck, was built in 1766. It’s listed in the National Register of Historic Places and is referred to as “America’s oldest Inn.” Located in the historic town of Rhinebeck, it is within close proximity to shops, restaurants and theaters, several mansions and the Culinary Institute of America.www.beekmandelamaterinn.com

The 1850 House Inn And Tavern (30-minute drive), Rosendale, The Comfort of an Inn ~ The Hospitality of a Pub The 1850 House Inn & Tavern would be recognizable to visitors of times past, not only by its brick exterior but also due to the loving preservation of the Inn's original old wood and brick in the nook-and-cranny filled floor plan. http://www.the1850house.com

Black Bear Cottages (20-minute drive), Woodstock, feature five unique lodges: Hemlock Ledge, Hickory Rock, Sycamore, White Pine Knoll and Winding Brook. http://www.kingscottages.us/index.html

Copperhood Inn and Spa (30-minute drive), Shandaken, is a spa that boasts modern conveniences. http://www.copperhood.com

Courtyard Marriott (15-minute drive), is conveniently located just off I-87, NYS Thruway, near the Hudson Valley Mall and other shopping centers.  http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/poucy-courtyard-kingston

Diamond Mills (20-minute drive), Saugerties, is a luxury boutique hotel and contemporary American tavern located in the historic Village of Saugerties. http://www.diamondmillshotel.com

Emerson Resort and Spa at Catskill Corners (25-minute drive), Mount Tremper, is a spa and resort sitting on the bank of the Esopus Creek and offers luxury rooms and suites, as well as log-cabin guest rooms, from deluxe to family suites.  http://www.emersonresort.com/

Enchanted Manor of Woodstock, Woodstock: The manor has four rooms, two of which have Jacuzzi tubs, and digital TV/VCR in each room. Also located on the property is a heated pool, hot tub, 6-level cypress deck, fireplaces and a pond. Outdoor activities include hiking and canoeing around the property. A full kitchen is available for guest use. www.enchantedmanorinn.com

Grand Plaza Hotel (5-minute drive),
Kingston, is the closest hotel to the institute; in fact, for the hearty, it is a less than two-mile walk. It is a former Holiday Inn that is being renovated. http://www.hikingston.com/

Grouse House Penthouse (20-minute drive), Saugerties, is owned and operated by musician/engineer Gilbert Hetherwick. The Grouse House Penthouse features a private suite, equipped with a king-sized bed and in-room Jacuzzi and shower. http://www.grousehouse.net/

Hampton Inn Kingston (15-minute drive),
Kingston, is located in Kingston's shopping center district.  http://hamptoninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/new-york/hampton-inn-kingston-POUKGHX/index.html

Kate’s Lazy Meadow Motel
(25-minute drive), Mount Tremper, is owned by Kate Pierson of The B-52s fame. It's an 8-unit “mod motel,” featuring rustic-style suites with vintage furniture, private baths, 50s-style kitchens and an abundance of color. http://www.lazymeadow.com 

Mohonk Mountain House (30-minute drive), New Paltz, is nestled near the top of the Shawangunk Ridge Mountains on Lake Mohonk.  this Victorian castle is one of the oldest family-owned resorts in America. It is a breathtaking classic. The main house was built in 1869 by twin brothers Albert and Alfred Smiley. Mohonk was officially named a National Historic Landmark in 1986. It is a year-round, full resort facility that offers a unique dining experience in one of three dining rooms and an array of activities, including hiking, boating, swimming, ice skating, skiing, carriage rides, horseback riding, classical music concerts and more.  http://www.mohonk.com

The Red Hook Inn (30-minute drive
), Red Hook, has been in service since 1841 and offers six smoke-free guest rooms. It’s located near the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome, Culinary Institute of America, Omega Institute, historic mansions and numerous art galleries and shops.  www.theredhookinn.com

Rodeway Inn (5-minute drive), Kingston, has 60 rooms, and sits atop a hill overlooking Kingston. http://rodewayinnkingstonny.com

Rondout Inn Bed and Breakfast (10-minute drive)
, Kingston, is located in Kingston's water district. The house was built in 1906 and is within walking distance of restaurants, shops, museums and more. http://www.rondoutinn.com/

Twin Gables Bed and Breakfast (20-minute drive), Woodstock, has nine rooms. It is located in the heart of Woodstock. The rooms have a/c, WiFi capability and are decorated with dated furnishings and original Woodstock art. http://www.twingableswoodstockny.com
 
Village Green Bed and Breakfast (20-minute drive), Woodstock, is an 1847 Victorian home offering two fully-renovated rooms overlooking the “Green” — the town’s gathering place. http://www.villagegreenbb.com

Villas in Woodstock (20-30 minute drive)
, Woodstock. Multiple rentals comprise the Villas in Woodstock. The units are in various locations. http://www.escape2woodstock.com

The Wild Rose Inn
(20-minute drive), Woodstock, is touted as Arlo Guthrie’s “favorite B&B.” This Victorian manor was built in 1898 and restored/remolded in 1998. This “gingerbread mansion” is within walking distance to the downtown shops and restaurants. http://www.thewildroseinn.com/

The Woodstock Inn on the Millstream (20-minute drive), Woodstock, is an 18-room country motel in the heart of town. The grounds overlook a swimming hole gracefully carved from the rocky bed of the Millstream, where the Broadway classic “Down by the Old Millstream” was composed in a nearby cabin. www.woodstock-inn-ny.com

LOCAL MEDIA TO CHECK LEARN MORE

Chronogram:
The Chronogram is a free monthly arts and cultural magazine produced by Luminary Publishing, Inc., in Kingston. Chronogram’s mission is to “nourish and support Hudson Valley’s creative and cultural life.” http://www.chronogram.com

Daily Freeman:
Kingston’s Daily Freeman newspaper covers Ulster, Northern Dutchess, Southern Greene and Southern Columbia counties. Its weekend guide includes a calendar of events and nightlife listings. http://www.dailyfreeman.com

Mid-HudsonNews.com:
MidHudsonNews.Com is a privately-owned, daily e-newspaper based in Middletown, NY. Mid-HudsonNews.com was created in January 2000 and serves nine counties. http://midhudsonnews.com

Poughkeepsie Journal:
The Poughkeepsie Journal is the third oldest newspaper in the country and the oldest in New York. It was founded in 1785 as the “The Country Journal.” The name changed to “The Poughkeepsie Journal” in 1789 and, after several name changes over the years, “Poughkeepsie Journal” returned in 1960. The Journal’s Friday entertainment section provides an in-depth look at the diverse local nightlife scene, as well as covering select venues in Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam and Ulster counties, New York State, Connecticut and Massachusetts.
http://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com

Times Herald-Record:
Middletown’s Times Herald-Record, the largest daily newspaper in the region, serves the Hudson Valley and the Catskills. The Record’s weekly entertainment section features a comprehensive calendar list of dancing, clubs, music and concerts, as well as Broadway plays and other NYC shows, museums, galleries and exhibits.
http://www.recordonline.com

WDST Radio:
Found at 100.1 on the FM dial, WDST is the official radio station of Woodstock. WDST signed on the air in 1980, playing an array of music and delivering a heavy news format. The station’s format — currently “World Class Rock” — has evolved over the years, but it still remains independently owned and operated. WDST promotes concerts in the Hudson Valley and streams live audio on their Web site and on AOL Radio.
Click on http://www.wdst.com for music news, live audio streams and concert information.

Ulster Magazine:
Ulster Magazine is produced by the Times Herald-Record. It is a 10,000-distribution full color, glossy magazine covering the unique lifestyles and activities of Ulster County people, places and traditions.
http://ulstermagazine.com/

Ulster Publishing / Kingston Times:
Owned by Ulster Publishing in Kingston, the Kingston Times is a small weekly circulated every Thursday. Each week’s Inside Almanac features stories; music, art, movies and stage reviews; a section covering noteworthy events and happenings; and a section devoted to celestial education. Ulster also publishes the Woodstock Times, New Paltz Times and the Saugerties Times. http://www.ulsterpublishing.com