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Wurtsboro is a lovely old, mountain village in the foot of the Catskills and just off the Quickway (State Route 17). It is easily less than 2 hours from NYC. It is charming, with a wealth of history, scenery, wildlife, along with a bit of shopping and a few quaint places to grab a bite to eat.
Wildlife: Wurtsboro is home to the Basha Kill, a sprawling wetland area easily visible from the Quickway (Rt 17) and easily accessible from Route 209. Take State Rt 17 to exit 113, turn South on 209. Go approx 1 mile and turn LEFT on Haven Road. This will take you right to the Basha Kill. The Basha Kill is the largest wetland in Southeast NY and boasts huge populations of birds, including a nesting pair of bald eagles, osprey, heron, geese, and many varieties of ducks and woodland birds. It also hosts a number of migrating flocks. Its a fantastic natural habitat and only minutes from the center of the village of Wurtsboro. Check out www.thebashakill.org.
Gliders: Wurtsboro is home to some of the nation's best sailplane/gliding. If you're so inclined, you can get a ride in one of the planes. If you're not, it makes for a wonderful afternoon to just sit and watch the planes in such a lovely area. Fascinating.
Shopping: Wurtsboro has several lovely gift shops - the Canaltown Emporium is an old family owned business surving many generations. It is lovely, providing everything from a general store feel, to an upscale giftshop, to a christmas/collectibles shop. A bit of someting for everyone. The Potager is an old church with gifts, antiques, and restaurant. Very charming. There are several antiques shops, with a wide variety of interesting finds.