Discover the
Hamlet of Palenville:
America's first artist's colony and home of
Rip Van Winkle

Named by area Mahican Indians as "The Land of Falling Waters", our gentle waterfalls, pristine swimming holes and fairytale rock formations tell their own story as Kaaterskill Falls (New York’s highest 2-tiered waterfall) winds up here in Palenville as an enchanting series of cascades and pools.

At the start of the 20th century Palenville boasted over 40 inns and boarding houses. The Woodbine Inn is one of the last remaining lodging establishments that housed painters of the Hudson River School, notorious prohibition gangsters and the well-heeled on their way up to the grand mountaintop resorts.



Palenville has been recognized as America’s first artist’s colony. It was inspiration to Washington Irving as he wrote The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, provided access for Huson River School of Painting founder Thomas Cole as he created groundbreaking images of the gorges and forests around Palenville and Kaaterskill Falls.

Palenville is within 10 miles of the many the attractions of the Hudson Valley, Woodstock, Saugerties and Hunter Mountain.


Year-round, there's so much
to see and do:

Winter: skiing, snowshoeing;
Summer: swimming, fruit picking;
Fall: hiking, hayrides;
Year-round: seasonal festivals, historic sites, restaurants, art galleries, antiques, wineries,
and so much more.