Tips & AdviceHistorical Kingston: Fit for a King

Historical Kingston: Fit for a King


If you live in NYC, taking a trip to the Hudson Valley to visit the city of Kingston is definitely worth the drive. It’s about a 2-hour trip on the highway, but if you take the scenic route next to the Hudson River, you definitely won’t be sorry! Kingston is a great choice in Hudson Valley metros to visit, and if you’re looking for real estate, such as a weekend home or an investment property, we’ll show you some lovely homes currently on the market towards the end of this article. Kingston has so much to offer, with plenty of historical sites, interesting museums, outdoor activities surrounded by beautiful scenery, collectibles and antiques in charming boutiques and shops, and delicious food and restaurants. It will undoubtedly remind you why so many people love the Catskills! 

A Brief History 

Kingston is the County Seat in Ulster County, and became New York’s first capital in September of 1777 – only to be burned to the ground in retaliation by British forces on October 13, 1777. This happened after the battles of Saratoga in the American Revolutionary War. However, the officials and the residents knew the British fleet was coming and therefore had to be temporarily evacuated to Hurley, NY. There was no one left to greet them! Of course, that very well may have been the reason the entire settlement, including the crops, was turned to ashes and rubble. Later, Kingston was incorporated as a village on April 6th, 1805. Today, Kingston celebrates the 1777 burning every other year with a theatrical reenactment and production that begins at the Rondout Creek.

What to See in Kingston, NY

Kaaterskill Falls

Photo by Ilnort Rueda on Unsplash

One of my personal favorite places to go in this area is Kaaterskill Falls. While not technically in Kingston, it’s just a 30-minute drive away, and well worth the trip. This amazing and majestic site is nestled along the eastern Catskill Mountains on Spruce Creek, and features a 231-foot, 2-stage waterfall with a 180-foot drop. The scenery is just gorgeous, no matter what time of year you go. You definitely don’t want to miss this when visiting Hudson Valley. This is only one of many sites to see, so let’s get back to Kingston and check out the Rondout District.

Experience Uptown ~ the Historic District 

The Uptown Historic District is really where much of the best of Kingston lies. Instead of Main Street, you’ll travel down Wall Street, lined with quaint, vintage storefronts of unique shops and boutiques, specializing in everything from homemade candy and delectable treats, to collectible and/or antique specialty items. Peruse the local shops and art galleries by day, check out the food and entertainment by night. Have a nightcap with the locals at an awesome pub, and don’t forget to take pictures! Kingston is a quaint, picturesque city with a friendly, family-oriented, artsy community. 

Forsyth Nature Center 

The Forsyth Nature Center is a totally FREE activity, and the perfect surprise destination for kids. It was designed to be an educational and interactive setting to help kids learn about the natural habitat, including plants and flowers, as well as native wildlife. It’s a huge facility, with 18+ acres featuring over a dozen different gardens with natural flora of Hudson Valley, and 24 different animal exhibits! Beautiful Center, wonderful ideas, fun for the kids and the entire family, and it’s educational! Whatever you do, don’t miss Forsyth Nature Center.

See the “Four Corners” 

Two of the “Four Corners”; Pre-Revolutionary War homes, in Kingston, NY

At the intersection of Crown and John Streets, on each of the four corners, sits a house built prior to the Revolutionary War. It is the only intersection in America that has that distinction, and these homes are treasures to behold! Amazingly well preserved, the architecture represents early Dutch stonework, which is incredibly strong and enduring masonry, sometimes called “Dutch Rubble” after its 17th Century style of building. 

Kingston NY Restaurants

Now that you have a couple of ideas for sites to see and things to do in Kingston, and believe me, there are many others – why not get to know some local restaurants? There are many, so you won’t have to go far to score big. Here are our picks for the top 3, but in NO particular order: 

  • PAKT ~ 608 Broadway / Closed Tues., Wed., Thurs. / Here’s the #: (845) 331-2400 / Southern Food Extraordinaire!
  • Restaurant Kinsley ~ 301 Wall Street / Here’s the #: (845) 768-3621 / Open Every Evening, Call for Reservation. Located within Hotel Kinsley.
  • The Pink Elephant Café ~ 1090 Morton Blvd. / Here’s the #: (845) 853-8693 / Closed Wednesdays

In addition, if you’re looking to stay at a hotel, it’s Hotel Kinsley, hands-down. Not only do they have classiest, best quality furnishings in town – they also have the best restaurant and the best bar – all in one! At the corner of Wall Street and John Street, they’re also perfectly located. Call (845) 768-3620 for more information.

Kingston Real Estate

Now, as promised, here are two available properties you should check out, as per our real estate website of choice; RealtyHop

Photo Courtesy of RealtyHop

56 E Chester Street – $399K

This gorgeous Victorian-esque two-story home is located just a few blocks away from Downtown Kingston. The home is around 1460 square feet and features original details of woodwork and stained glass windows. Some of our favorite features include the formal dining room with a fireplace, updated eat-in kitchen, and a walk-up attic which can be used in many different ways! Relax at the end of each day in the adorable outdoor courtyard area which is fenced off.

Photo Courtesy of RealtyHop

500 First Avenue – $569K

Don’t forget to check out this 2.6 acre farmhouse in the more rural area of Kingston. The home features lots of natural light with its high ceilings and large windows. Enjoy a renovated bespoke kitchen, a formal dining room, a private backyard with a gazebo, outdoor pizza oven, and even a vegetable garden! The home is listed at 1,834 square feet and it waiting for you!

Rochelle Harris
Rochelle Harris
Rochelle Harris is a passionate writer originally from Phoenix, AZ. who credits her success to integrity and determination. She has a great sense of humor, loves music and her family, and writes fiction and poetry in her spare time. She is excited about the New York experience and lifestyle!

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