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Catskills Region of New York State

Catskills Region of New York State

The Catskill Mountains region is located just west of the Hudson Valley Area. You will find many museums, historic attractions, farm tours, game farms, antique and craft fairs with art centers throughout the region. The region also holds European-style wineries and wine festivals, an antique railroad, irresistible scenic drives, and some of the best trout fishing in the nation. Anglers will also delight in the variety of programs offered at the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum at Livingston Manor. Forty PGA golf courses are located in the region, and harness racing at Monticello Raceway promises excitement all year round.

Festivals, including celebrations of Celtic, German, and Native American heritage, are abundant in the Catskills. Ski Windham and Hunter Mountain ski resorts offer entertainment year-round, from art fairs in spring to a showcase music series in autumn when Catskills foliage is spectacular. Take the Delaware & Ulster Rail ride from Arkville to Fleischmanns for great views along the Catskill Scenic Trail.

Visit Kingston, the state's first capital, walk the historic bluestone sidewalks, tour the 18th century home of Abraham Von Gadsbeer, go hiking, biking, horseback riding or cross-country skiing in Minnewasha State Park Preserve, designated by the Nature Conservancy as "one of the 75 great places in the Western Hemisphere." Stop at Catskill Corners in Mount Tremper and step inside the Kaatskill Kaleidoscope. This 60-foot tube, converted from a farm silo into a fascinating visual fantasy world, is a one-of-a-kind attraction. Discover the Catskills beautiful mountain scenery. Plan a full range of activities and enjoy the region's fresh mountain air and quiet charm.



Cheese
In 1851 the nation's first cheese factory was opened in Rome, NY, Oneida county. By 1975, 90 percent of cheese produced in New York state was made in factories, replacing much of the earlier manufacturing of cheese in private homes.

In the late 1800s and early 1900s, Cuba, New York, was known as the "cheese center of the world." Each week in Cuba, NY, the price for cheddar cheese was set and that price was "The Price" nationwide.

The New York State Museum of Cheese in Verona, NY explores the history of cheese making and its relationship to the importance of the Erie Canal in New York State during the 19th century.

Today, there is a group of New York state farmers, especially in the Finger Lakes region, making artisanal cheeses. This movement has led to a cheese trail with some wine tours doing pairings with local cheese.

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