As researched by NY Curbed, here’s a rundown on what it is like to live in various areas of rural New York (https://ny.curbed.com/2018/6/26/17450684/hudson-valley-catskills-best-towns-weekend-getaway).
The Catskills is all about art. In this town, you’ll be immersed in galleries and artisan shops.
Millerton is for antiquers. Whether you prefer a high-end curated store or a store where you have to dig for treasure, Millerton has both.
Kingston is for historians. Kingston is home to Four Corners. Which is,
“allegedly the only spot in the entire country where each corner is occupied by a pre-Revolutionary War building. And the former state capital is home to no fewer than four historic districts, each of which has its own flavor and its share of lovely old buildings” (NY Curbed).
Kingston also shares spaces that have been upgraded to trendy restaurants and artisan shops, adding a sprinkle of the 21st century.
Phoenicia is a small area with big outdoor offerings. Close to Hunter Mountain, Kaaterskill Falls, and Esopus Creek, there are plenty of watersports, fishing, and camping opportunities.
Stone Ridge is an area for, you guessed it, beautiful stone architecture. If this sounds appealing to you, perhaps you’d like to visit the Hasbrouck House.
“Built as a country estate in the 1750s and recently renovated into a 30-room hotel. The property comprises three different lodgings (the main house, a carriage house, and a stable house). While the rooms themselves have gotten a modern refresh—there’s even an in-ground pool on the premises—there’s no denying that you’re sleeping in a place that has lived many lives” (NY Curbed).