Getting to Know: Palenville, NY
Are you looking into a New York vacation rental for your next getaway? Youíll probably start with big-name places that everybody has heard about: the Finger Lakes, Saratoga Springs, Lake Champlain, and hey, New York City. But thereís good reason to extend your search into the lesser-known towns in New Yorkís famous regions. In this case, Palenville.
What: Palenville is a little place in Greene County. Itís literally in the heart of the Catskills. The landscape is largely dominated by the familiar shapes of the mountains; nearby youíll find Hunter Mountain, Indian Head, and Blackhead Range.
Where: Palenville is about 10 miles west of the Hudson River. If youíre coming in from Albany or the Albany International Airport, itís a 43-mile drive south. Visitors coming up from New York City can expect to be in the car for about 120 miles.
Why: Set as it is in the famous Catskills Mountain range, Palenville offers both beautiful scenery and the outdoor sports that come with mountainous terrain - particularly skiing. Itís also near Kaaterskill Clove, a magnificent gorge formed by Kaaterskill Creek, which in turn bisects the town of Palenville. The scenery was also an important influence on the artists of the 19th century Hudson River style of painting.