The friendly town of Saugerties, just 65 miles north of midtown Manhattan, is the quintessential small town that you might see in a movie – boasting a quaint yet bustling Main Street that houses shopkeepers who welcome you with open arms. With its location at the foot of the Catskills (part of the town is actually located inside Catskill Park) and new businesses popping up all the time, Saugerties is the perfect mix of nature retreats and small-town living.
Once a bustling Hudson Riverport for passenger and commercial boats in the 1800s, Saugerties now boasts several new breweries, short-term rentals, and business opportunities as a result of natives and newcomers alike. But even with this growth, Saugerties maintains the historic, rustic charm and a real sense of place and ownership from those who have lived in the town for generations.
With everything from local newspapers to impressive eateries, Saugerties is a small, easy-to-navigate upstate hideaway. Despite its size, the town supports a number of high-quality businesses, including a publishing house, a chocolatier, a bookstore that sells vinyl, a pickle shop, many boutiques and unique menu options at dozens of restaurants. The Orpheum, a family-owned, turn of the century theater on Main Street that has hosted everything from basketball to vaudeville to roller skating to Lucille Ball, is currently looking for a new owner to reinvigorate this eclectic business community.
Saugerties is an ideal place to be all year round. The Hudson Valley has a lot to offer in warm weather, as the annual horse show HITS rolls into town, along with the summer visitors. Some notable autumn moments come in the form of annual car shows, the Hudson Valley Garlic Festival, chamber-music series, and community-funded cultural events like ShoutOut Saugerties.
The easiest way to get to Saugerties is by car on the NYS Thruway. But if you’re coming from the city, the Trailways Bus stops right in town near the Sunoco. We’re also just over an hour to SWF and less than an hour to the ALB airport.
- New York City, Philadelphia, Boston and Cuba are lined with sidewalks of Saugerties bluestone.
- Saugerties means “Little Sawyer” in Dutch which was termed for the Sawyer’s Kill stream, an original marker for its northern boundary.
- Saugerties village had electricity for four decades before it was available to the rest of the town under Franklin Roosevelt’s administration.
- The town of Saugerties was purchased from the Esopus Indian Kaelcop, chief of the Amorgarickakan tribe for the price of a piece of cloth, a blanket, some coarse fiber, a loaf of bread, and a shirt.
- The Victorian business district, with shops installed in brick and clapboard buildings, was the first in the United States to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
- Famous Saugerties residents include Jimmy Fallon, host of NBC’s Tonight Show, Maurice Hinckley, U.S. Representative and environmental activist, and songwriter Johanna Hall, who wrote “Half Moon”, the B-side of Janis Joplin’s “Me and Bobby McGee”
The Inside+Out directory includes businesses, events and attractions located where route 212 and Glasco Turnpike meet (often referred to as “Saugerstock”) and continues along route 212 to Saugerties proper, and includes listings in and around popular locations such as the Saugerties Lighthouse, HITS and nearby marinas.