Experience the stunning splendor of nighttime stargazing in Ulster County this summer. With dark skies for miles and an abundance of overnight options, Ulster County offers a star-gazing experience in the heart of the picturesque Catskills. With ample astronomy opportunities under the pristine night sky, this charming destination invites you to embark on an unforgettable journey of cosmic exploration.

Dark Skies Mean Better Star Gazing:

With overnight options almost as numerous as the stars above, boldly venture into remote corners of Ulster County, where the vibrant night sky comes alive and takes center stage. Urban Cowboy, Eastwind Oliverea, Graham & Co. Hotel, Shandaken Inn, and AutoCamp Catskills offer secluded accommodations from boutique hotel to luxury glamping, all perfect for stargazing enthusiasts. While the night sky steals the show, these rustic retreats will surprise you with evening activities to enhance your perfect getaway under the twinkling night sky. Whether it's fireside storytelling or guided stargazing sessions, these hidden gems promise unforgettable nights under the stars.

One Eclipse vs. Billions of Stars:

Once a month, visit theWalkway Over the Hudson for the Walkway at Night which transforms this iconic elevated walking path into a celestial observatory. Marvel at the stars dancing above while the bridge twinkles its lights below. Additionally, SUNY  offers public shows on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays each providing educational and awe-inspiring experiences for all ages. Cap off your celestial adventure with a breathtaking Sunset Cruise on the Hudson once the season opens in May with Hudson River Cruises, where you can bask in the glow of the setting sun and witness the stars emerge over the tranquil waters. Or book a private charter with Black Swan Sailing on their sunset cruises for an unforgettable romantic adventure.

Food and Drink Options to Rival the Stars in the Sky:

Any intrepid explorer of the galaxies needs to fuel up. Treat yourself to delectable bites and handcrafted cocktails at Ulster County's charming eateries. Lone Wolf Café, Eliza, Chleo, Mirador, and Sonder beckon with their cozy atmospheres, delectable menus, and spectacular drinks or vintages. While these spots may be Kingston-centered, their culinary delights are worth the journey. For a taste of Woodstock's eclectic charm, don't miss Early Terrible, if you’re looking for a cool bar this place fits the bill. Whether you're star gazing for artisanal cocktails or exploring the universe in small bites, these Ulster establishments add a touch of culinary magic and you need to explore the galaxy for sustenance worthy of an astronaut.

As you embark on your journey through Ulster County, prepare to be sent to a place and time far, far away by the beauty of its starlit skies and the warmth of its welcoming communities. Whether you're gazing at the heavens above or savoring earthly delights below, meet every moment in Ulster County with wonder and discovery. Come and experience the magic for yourself in our starbase known as Ulster County.

Ready to escape? Come see our Stars!