Visitors to the Catskills will know Route 28 for its grand mountain visitas. For locals like Lisa Halter, owner of Halter Associates Realty, it's her daily commute. With an office in Kingston, one in Woodstock near her home, and a passion-project house she's renovating in Phoenicia, Halter is a regular of the scenic Ulster County byway.
It's also a route she recommends for anyone looking to buy a home in Ulster County. A tour of Route 28 will take you through much of northwestern Ulster County, including popular Catskill towns like Woodstock, Boiceville, Mount Tremper, and Phoenicia. "There are so many great sights that give you a flavor for the region's storied history, scenic beauty, and diverse culture" Halter says.
And with peak autumn foliage headed our way, it's the perfect time for a road trip through the mountains. Below, Halter shares a few of her must-visit spots on Route 28.
Gourmet Row in KingstonTen minutes west of the Thruway roundabout in Kingston you'll find a roadside plaza that's home to a handful of gourmet food and beverage shops. If you're looking to fill up your picnic basket for lunch, make a stop here to grab some sandwiches from Blue Mountain Bistro-to-Go, a spread of European cheeses and charcuterie from Cheese Louise, and a bottle of vino from the Wine Hutch.
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