Gardiner, NY: Gateway to the Gunks
The sleepy town of Gardiner, like its neighbor New Paltz, lies on the southern of the Shawangunks, or Gunks, which offer some of the best hiking and rock climbing in New York State and even the world. The contrast of vertical rock cliffs, evergreen forest, and the broad basins of the Wallkill River draws both full-time and second-home residents who seek out peace and quiet.
Lush with green rolling hills and miles of farms and fields, Gardiner is a quaint, rural town at the foot of the Shawangunk Cliffs. Surrounded by Tuthilltown Distillery, Robibero Winery, Whitecliff Vineyard, and Adair Vineyards, Gardiner’s rich history in farming and agriculture has translated into excellent wine and spirits that rival Napa Valley.
A prominent part of the Shawangunk Wine Trail, Gardiner’s rural nature lends itself well to growing the ingredients necessary for award-winning red and white wines. There is even an annual Shawangunk Wine Trail bike ride, allowing participants to explore the gorgeous countryside in between tastings.
Gardiner is home to the Mohonk Preserve Visitors Center and near Minnewaska State Park, providing halcyon days for vacationers both local and from faraway, and the stunning Mohonk Mountain House, for equally enjoyable nights. Just under 90 minutes to New York City, Gardiner is a truly peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of New York City.
Often compared to neighboring New Paltz, Gardiner is a smaller, quieter alternative that doesn’t offer the full breadth of services that New Paltz does, but makes up for it with a lack of weekend traffic. Outdoors enthusiasts who enjoy the solace of nature find themselves most at home here, with endless outdoor possibilities just footsteps away.
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