New Paltz is a charming town of 14,000 in Ulster County, NY west of the Hudson River that dates back to 1678. The main street has a large number of stores, cafes and restaurants. I enjoyed:
Water Street Market: This is a small collection of 20 boutiques and restaurants in downtown New Paltz at 10 Main St.
Historic Huguenot Street: This is a National Historic Landmark District that includes the DuBois Fort, a colonial stone house that is now the visitors center. Huguenot St. is the oldest authentic museum street in the US and dates back to 1677. The area was settled by French Huguenots. There are a number of historic stone houses and a reconstructed 1717 French Church. My Grandmother was a DuBois so it was a treat visiting the old family homestead for the first time!
The Village Tearoom: This is the perfect spot for lunch or brunch. This 200 year old building and converted village tailor shop has a considerable amount of charm. I had a great frittata and salad. The chocolate cookie was also excellent! 10 Plattekill Ave.
If you have the time, you might plan a visit to the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at SUNY New Paltz.
To stay in the area, the Hasbrouck House in nearby Stone Ridge is a lovely inn.