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Palenville is located in Greene County at the foot of Kaaterskill Clove, which is situated against the base of the Catskill Mountains. With a population of around 1,200 residents, the village is situated in the southwest part of the town of Catskill. Kaaterskill Creek runs through Palenville and is spanned by a (locally) famous swinging bridge. The creek also provides some great swimming holes in the summertime. The sleepy little hamlet of Palenville is historically rich and boasts the Catskill Mountain Home, which is the home of the legendary Rip Van Winkle. Palenville is also considered the "First Art Colony in America" and was an important center for the Hudson River School of Art in the 19th century. Thomas Cole, Frederic Church and other notable artists worked in Palenville during the height of the movement. Lots of beautiful waterfalls can be found in the area, many of which were depicted in the works of some of the most famous 19th century American artists. Palenville was, in fact, often referred to as "Village of Falling Waters." Recreational activities in the area include hiking, swimming, horseback riding, bicycling, golf and picnicking. Nearby attractions include the Palenville Interarts Colony, the Hunter Mountain, Windham and Cortina ski areas, North Lake State Park, the Catskill Game Farm, the quaint towns of Woodstock and East Durham and dozens and dozens of antique shops.

Surrounding areas: Saugerties, New York (7.7 mi), Catskill, New York (8.4 mi), Woodstock, New York (10.5 mi), Hunter Mountain, New York (10.8 mi), Athens, New York (12.4 mi), Willow, New York (12.6 mi), Hudson, New York (13.2 mi)

Palenville Vacation Rentals

Palenville Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Hans County Line Motel And RestaurantRt 32aPalenville, NY (518) 678-3101
Villa VosillaRt 23aTannersville, NY6.0 mi.(518) 589-5060
Cloverleaf MotelSaugerties, NY7.5 mi.(845) 246-2878
Comfort Inn2790 Rt 32 NSaugerties, NY7.5 mi.(845) 246-1565
Howard Johnson Inn2764 Rt 32Saugerties, NY7.5 mi.(845) 246-9511
Dellwood HotelMTN AvePurling, NY7.6 mi.(518) 622-9571
Carl's Rip Van Winkle Motor Lodge810 Rt 23 BLeeds, NY8.2 mi.(518) 943-3303
Carriage House Motel204 Burt StSaugerties, NY8.4 mi.(845) 246-3104
Catskill Motor LodgeRt 23 BCatskill, NY8.5 mi.(518) 943-5800
Friar Tuck Inn4858 Rt 32Catskill, NY8.5 mi.(518) 678-2271
Lange's Groveside Resort6047 Rt 23Acra, NY9.6 mi.(518) 622-3393
Terrace Carden MotelRt 23aHunter Green, NY11.4 mi.(518) 263-4422
Point Lookout Mountain InnRt 23East Windham, NY13.3 mi.(518) 734-3381
Clover MotelBox 36East Durham, NY14.2 mi.(518) 634-7209
Hotel Vienna107 Rt 296Windham, NY15.0 mi.(518) 734-5300
Holiday Inn Kingston503 Washington AveKingston, NY16.3 mi.(845) 338-0400
Super 8 Motel487 Washington AveKingston, NY16.4 mi.(845) 338-3078
Courtyard Kingston500 Frank Sottile BlvdKingston, NY17.1 mi.(845) 382-2300
Days InnRt 28Kingston, NY17.1 mi.(845) 331-1919
Quality Inn & Suites114 Rt 28Kingston, NY17.1 mi.(845) 339-3900
Beekman Arms4 ML StRhinebeck, NY18.0 mi.(845) 876-7077
Village Inn Of Rhinebeck6 Rt 9 SRhinebeck, NY18.0 mi.(845) 876-7000
Lexington HotelLexington, NY18.3 mi.(518) 989-6463
Marie's Dream House2804 Rte 42West Kill, NY18.9 mi.(518) 989-6868
Best Western New Baltimore InnRd 1 Box 217aW Coxsackle, NY19.5 mi.(518) 731-8100
Copper Hood Inn & Spa70-38 Rt 28Shandaken, NY19.6 mi.(845) 688-9962
Echo Valley MotelRt 23aPrattsville, NY23.2 mi.(518) 989-6511
Blue Spruce Inn & Suites3093 Rt 9Valatie, NY24.2 mi.(518) 758-9711
Cedarheart Lodge22 Hillcrest LnRosendale, NY24.9 mi.(845) 658-8556
Elsie K. Powell House Inc. Pitt Hall524 Pitt Hall RdOld Chatham, NY28.9 mi.(518) 794-8811
Knights Inn1666 Columbia TrnpkeCastleton, NY29.4 mi.(518) 477-2606
Bed & Breakfast
Albergo Allegria Bed & BreakfastRt 296Windham, NY15.0 mi.(518) 734-5560

Palenville Weather & Climate

The Catskills climate has variations depending on the elevation. There is a totally different winter in the mountains and the higher plateaus over 1,000 feet. There, the grip of winter is strong and steady, and above freezing temperatures are less common. Average January temperatures are three to four degrees colder at elevations from one to two thousand feet and over seven degrees colder at elevations above two thousand feet. Snowfall is fairly uniform during the month of January in the Catskills. The third week of July is generally the hottest time of the year in the Catskills, and rainfall during the warm months is usually confined to a few days rather than spread throughout the month. September has warm days, cool nights and fog at dawn over the Hudson valley. By October the hills are a kaleidoscope of color, and the first hard freeze is usually at the end of October.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 30°F 8°F 4.29 in. -
February 33°F 9°F 2.87 in. -
March 41°F 18°F 4.45 in. -
April 52°F 28°F 4.67 in. -
May 65°F 39°F 4.82 in. -
June 73°F 47°F 4.29 in. -
July 77°F 51°F 4.18 in. -
August 75°F 49°F 3.50 in. -
September 68°F 42°F 4.62 in. -
October 57°F 32°F 4.46 in. -
November 46°F 26°F 5.17 in. -
December 34°F 15°F 4.09 in. -

Palenville Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Albany International airport (ALB) located about 41 miles northeast of Palenville in Albany, New York, the Stewart International airport (SWF) located approximately 46 miles south of Palenville in Newburgh, New York, the Schenectady County airport (SCH) located roughly 47 miles north of Palenville in Schenectady, New York, the Barnes Municipal airport (BAF) located around 66 miles east of Palenville in Westfield, Massachusetts, and finally the Bradley International airport (BDL) located about 70 miles east of Palenville in Windsor Locks, Connecticut.

Palenville Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
JeepersAlbanyNY35.7 mi.
Hoffman's PlaylandLathamNY41.7 mi.
Quassy Amusement ParkMiddleburyCT64.1 mi.
Lake CompounceBristolCT65.1 mi.
Sherman's Amusement ParkCaroga LakeNY72.0 mi.
Six Flags New EnglandAgawamMA72.4 mi.
JeepersWest NyackNY73.2 mi.
Playland ParkRyeNY84.3 mi.
Great EscapeLake GeorgeNY87.9 mi.
Magic Forest ParkLake GeorgeNY87.9 mi.
Glen Island ParkNew RochelleNY88.1 mi.
Water Parks
Zoom Flume Water ParkDurhamNY17.4 mi.
Splash Down ParkFishkillNY44.6 mi.
Carousel Water & Fun ParkBeach LakePA70.3 mi.
Water Slide WorldLake GeorgeNY87.9 mi.
Alpine Slide at CamelbackTannersvillePA102.7 mi.
Splish Splash Water ParkRiverheadNY111.7 mi.
Song Mountain Alpine SlideTullyNY114.8 mi.
Enchanted Forest/Water SafariOld ForgeNY116.6 mi.
Golf Courses
Rip Van Winkle Country ClubPalenvilleNY 
Pine Hills Country ClubManorvilleNY2.4 mi.
Rock Hill Golf & Country ClubManorvilleNY2.4 mi.
Swan Lake Golf ClubManorvilleNY2.4 mi.
Colonial Country ClubTannersvilleNY5.7 mi.
Blackhead Mountain Lodge & Country ClubRound TopNY5.9 mi.
Katsbaan Golf ClubSaugertiesNY7.7 mi.
Catskill Golf ClubCatskillNY8.4 mi.
Hamburg Golf CourseHamburgNY9.5 mi.
Heartland Golf ParkEdgewoodNY10.0 mi.
Thunderhart Golf CourseFreeholdNY12.2 mi.
Windham Country ClubWindhamNY15.0 mi.
Red Hook Golf ClubRed HookNY16.6 mi.
Alapaha Golf LinksKingstonNY17.0 mi.
Green Acres Golf CourseKingstonNY17.0 mi.
Sycamore Country ClubRavenaNY22.5 mi.
Copake Country ClubCraryvilleNY22.6 mi.
Thomas Carvel Country ClubPine PlainsNY22.9 mi.
Meadowgreens Golf CourseGhentNY23.3 mi.
Dinsmore Golf CourseStaatsburgNY23.6 mi.
Winding Brook Country ClubValatieNY24.1 mi.
Undermountain Golf CourseCopakeNY24.4 mi.
Stone Dock Golf ClubHigh FallsNY25.0 mi.
Rondout Country ClubAccordNY29.1 mi.
Mohonk Mountain House Golf CourseNew PaltzNY29.5 mi.
New Paltz Golf CourseNew PaltzNY29.5 mi.
Ski Areas
Hunter MountainHunterNY10.5 mi.
Ski WindhamWindhamNY15.0 mi.
Belleayre MoutainHighmountNY24.1 mi.
CatamountHillsdaleNY25.3 mi.
Ski PlattekillRoxburyNY28.9 mi.
Butternut Ski AreaGreat BarringtonMA33.7 mi.
Scotch ValleyStamfordNY34.4 mi.
Mohawk MountainCornwallCT42.2 mi.
Otis RidgeOtisMA47.5 mi.
Brodie MountainNew AshfordMA49.7 mi.
Holiday MountainMonticelloNY49.7 mi.
Big BirchPattersonNY50.4 mi.
Thunder RidgePattersonNY50.4 mi.
WoodburyWoodburyCT60.3 mi.
Mount PeterWarwickNY65.8 mi.
Berkshire EastCharlemontMA66.5 mi.
Willard MountainGreenwichNY68.6 mi.
Mount SouthingtonSouthingtonCT71.1 mi.
Mount ToneLake ComoPA71.2 mi.
Mount TomHolyokeMA71.9 mi.
State Parks
Catskill State ParkNY7.5 mi. 
Clermont State ParkNY8.6 mi. 
Lake Taghkanic State ParkNY17.4 mi. 
Catskill State ParkNY22.4 mi. 
Mills Memorial State ParkNY23.0 mi. 
Norrie State ParkNY24.3 mi. 
Taconic State ParkNY27.8 mi. 
Mount Riga State ParkCT31.9 mi. 
Max V Shaul State ParkNY32.1 mi. 
Thacher State ParkNY32.2 mi. 
James Baird State ParkNY36.2 mi. 
Bates Memorial State ParkMA37.8 mi. 
Macedonia Brook State ParkCT39.4 mi. 
Clermont (State Historic Site)ClermontNY11.7 mi.(History)
Klyne Esopus Historical Society MuseumUlster ParkNY22.1 mi.(History)
Bruderhof MuseumRiftonNY23.3 mi.(History)
Irish American Heritage MuseumAlbanyNY35.7 mi.(History)
Albany Institute of History & ArtAlbanyNY35.7 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
New York State MuseumAlbanyNY35.7 mi.(Science)
University Art MuseumAlbanyNY35.7 mi.(Art)
Norman Rockwell Museum at StockbridgeStockbridgeMA36.6 mi.(Art)
Gomez Mill HouseMarlboroNY39.4 mi.(History)
Caverns Creek Grist Mill MuseumHowes CaveNY40.1 mi.(Technology)
Rensselaer County Historical Society at the Hart-Cluett MansionTroyNY41.8 mi.(History)
Troy's RiverSpark Visitor CenterTroyNY41.8 mi.(History)
Hancock Shaker VillagePittsfieldMA43.9 mi.(History)
Hanford Mills MuseumEast MeredithNY47.5 mi.(History)
Litchfield History MuseumLitchfieldCT51.9 mi.(History)
Constitution Island - The Warner HouseWest PointNY54.2 mi.(History)
West Point MuseumWest PointNY54.2 mi.(History)
Sterling and Francine Clark Art InstituteWilliamstownMA55.8 mi.(Art)
National Bottle MuseumBallston SpaNY57.8 mi.(Technology)
Canajoharie Library and Art GalleryCanajoharieNY57.8 mi.(Art)
Zoos and Aquariums
Trevor ZooMillbrookNY31.7 mi.
Beardsley Zoological GardensBridgeportCT81.3 mi.
Bergen County Zoological ParkParamusNJ85.0 mi.
Utica ZooUticaNY88.9 mi.
Bronx Zoo/Wildlife Conservation ParkBronxNY91.9 mi.
Ross Park ZooBinghamtonNY97.4 mi.
Queens Wildlife CenterFlushingNY97.9 mi.
Central Park Wildlife CenterNew YorkNY100.9 mi.
New York AquariumBrooklynNY105.2 mi.
Prospect Park Wildlife CenterBrooklynNY105.2 mi.
Staten Island ZooStaten IslandNY111.6 mi.

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