It takes less than five minutes to drive to Stone Ridge on Route 213, or follow Route 213 five minutes in the other direction to go to Rosendale, and another 15 minutes to New Paltz and the Route 87 thruway. If the in-town falls and swimming hole aren't for you, Lake Minnewaska is a quick drive, as is the Mohonk Mountain House and all the resort offers. Hiking and kayaking are some local favorite activities - some people kayak on the Rondout right from their properties.
History buffs will be interested in the town's D&H Canal Museum and the half mile Five Locks Canal Walk, where you can learn about the canal system and pre-railroad industrial transportation of the Hudson Valley. And once you're all moved in, you should visit Nectar for your home decor needs.
Local brunch and nouveau American cuisine options abound in this small town, with the vegetarian and vegan friendly High Falls Cafe, home cooking at Kitchenette, and belly-filling breakfast and lunch at Last Bite. If you enjoy cooking at home with your family, the colorfully painted High Falls Food Coop (no membership required) offers great organic produce as well as reasonably priced specialty and health foods and draws in customers from all over the area. And if you're planning for a big event in your future, take a look at the gorgeous wedding and event venue Crested Hen Farms.
For more information on local spots in High Falls, check out High Falls Weekender.