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Hidden Gems of Orange County

Hidden Gems of Orange County

Add these lesser-known destinations in Orange County, New York to your list of must-visit locales.

Orange County, New York, an area of the Empire State a mere 60 miles north of New York City, is known for historic sites, farm-to-table restaurants, and gorgeous landscapes. But some of the most majestic sites and attractions are off the beaten path.

If you know where to look, you’ll find hiking trails that open up to sweeping views, charming B&Bs, working farms, and even some spine-chilling paranormal activity. These are truly spots only the locals know about.

Here are eight places tucked away in Orange County that are worth leaving the city for.

Pacem in Terris

96 Covered Bridge Road, Warwick

This garden along the Wawayanda River features sculptures by internationally known artist Frederick Franck.

Seligmann Center for the Arts

23 White Oak Drive, Sugar Loaf

View an intimate collection of modern sculptures at the estate of the famous surrealist painter and sculptor Kurt Seligmann. The center also offers rotating exhibitions, workshops, and other performances. 

Gomez Mill House

11 Mill House Road, Marlboro

This 1714 Mill House is the oldest manor house in Orange County and the earliest extant Jewish residence in America. It features an ice house, a restored mill, and a dam. 

Fair Oaks Drive-In

365 Bloomingburg Road, Middletown

Visiting this old-school drive-in movie theatre is like taking a step back in time. The seasonal operation features twin screens that play current movie selections. Made-to-order food is also available during all screenings.

Village of Pine Bush

Call: 845-744-8230

Known as the UFO Capital of the East Coast since the '60s, alien hunters report strange lights in the woods and glowing circular objects that hover above the town.

Pine Bush House B&B

215 Maple Ave, Pine Bush

Staff and guests alike say every room in this 1905 Victorian is haunted—there are reports of people walking upstairs, doors “accidentally” locking, and people laughing when no one is there.

Tri-State Overlook

I-84 pull-off at Rte 6, Greenville

This scenic overlook features views of the entire tri-state area. Where else can you see three states from a single spot?

Edgwick Farm

348 Angola Road, Cornwall

Make a reservation for an educational tour of this working farm. Guests get an inside look at the micro-dairy and creamery’s cheese making room and milking parlor, plus get the chance to snuggle with baby goats and taste cheese and goat milk.

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