Rosendale's Main Street (Route 213) has a bustling artsy vibe and features many cafes and small boutiques, as well as the Rosendale Theatre, and is a stop on the Trailways Bus from Port Authority. The town has come a long way since its natural cement was famously used in the piers of the Brooklyn Bridge and helped to build the locks along the D&H Canal. Industry has given way to the arts and outdoor fun, with the Rosendale Trestle and Joppenberg Mountain highlights of the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail serving as a lookouts above the town and over the winding Rondout Creek.
You'll want to explore The Widow Jane Mine as part of your quest in appreciating all that Rosendale has to offer. Owned by the Century House Historical District on the grounds of the Snyder family estate, the property hosts a wide range of events and performances at the mine, including art exhibits, dance, drum circles, and for the past 28 years has been host to the Subterranean Poetry Festival.
Foodies will love the offerings in Rosendale. The Rosendale Cafe serves up vegetarian food and live music, SOY serves up nourishing Japanese home cooking from neighborhood SOY mom Etsko Kizawa, and The 1850 House Inn & Tavern serve up nouveau American food in a traditional setting. The Big Cheese is an area destination for a knowledgeable selection of cheeses, fresh salads, select grocery items, and fresh Middle Eastern fare.