CUT-YOUR-OWN CHRISTMAS TREE IN ULSTER COUNTY Dear EscapeMakers — The custom of setting up and decorating an evergreen tree for the holidays is an ancient one. For many, part of the joy of the season comes from finding the perfect tree. This year, instead of rushing down to the nearest parking lot stand, grocery or big box store to search through one of a hundred identical others, why not trysomething new?
In Ulster County, New York, the tradition of finding that one special tree remains as alive and well as the trees themselves. In the small towns and villages of Ulster County, there are 16 family owned and operated tree farms where you can select your tree and cut it down yourself!
For those who are new to the tradition, many of the U-cut Christmas Tree Farms make it easy by offering assistance with cutting, bailing and loading while others stick with the more old school approach by asking visitors to bring their own saws, burlap and twine. Tree varieties and other items sold, such as wreaths, roping, and holiday crafts, vary by farm. Some even offer hayrides, cross-country ski trails, hot chocolate, candy canes and other family fun!
After a day spent in the fresh, bracing, winter air, aspiring lumber jacks may be in search of a warm bed. Options abound including cozy bed and breakfasts, quaint inns and lodges and a host of full service, nationally recognized hotels. Before rushing home the next day, be sure to shop for fine art and antiques along the waterfront in historic downtown Kingston; visit the eclectic locally owned shops in Woodstock and New Paltz; or enjoy an idyllic New England holiday experience in picturesque High Falls.
For a complete listing of U-Cut Christmas Tree Farms, including hours of operation, types of trees and other items available CLICK HERE.