High Falls

While some towns just have names, others have names that point out a local feature - and High Falls does indeed have a waterfall right in town, with a swimming hole to boot.

The hamlet has a population of just over 600 people and sits on Route 213, with the Rondout Creek running right through it. Settled in 1669, the small hamlet was in the spotlight for a short time during filming of Elia Kazan's Splendor in the Grass. The Falls itself was featured during the famous rescue scene with Deanie (Natalie Wood) being rescued just before going over the falls. The High Fall's Conservancy is collecting stories of these times and others to keep the rich history of High Falls and High Fallonians alive.

History buffs will also 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 The Green Cottage for jewelry, beautiful and original gifts, and fresh seasonal flowers year round.

Local brunch and nouveau American cuisine options abound in this small town, with the quirkily decorated, cozily charming little bistro The Egg's Nest on the corner of Mohonk Road and Route 213, 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.