My favorite hikes and other things to do in Upstate NY

This list could get really long but I'll try to keep it reasonable. I'm going to abstain from some more serious Catskills/Adirondacks hikes because there's plenty of info on those. I'll have to do a separate list for food sometime, it could take this list over.
  1. Best bang for your buck hike- Almost Perpendicular in Harriman State Park. You could be up and down in less than an hour, but the view is fantastic.
  2. Favorite hike I can get done after work- Storm King via Mountain Road
  3. Favorite day trip hike- Kaaterskill High Peak/ Huckleberry Ledge
    This one is a ton of fun to drive to as well.
  4. Best swimming hole- Outside of Roscoe, off a dirt road, where you get no cell service. I forget the directions but I can always look them up. There's a great one out in PA as well, but that doesn't count as upstate. Fawn's Leap is great as well, but it gets busy.
  5. Best short/strenuous hike- Pinwheel Vista (Stairway to Heaven) in Vernon, NJ.
    Right over the border from Warwick, NY, a really cute town.
  6. Best place to get caffeinated West of the Hudson: 2 Alice's Coffee Lounge
    One in Cornwall, one in Newburgh. They're both fantastic.
  7. Best place to get caffeinated East of the Hudson: Tie between Bank Square Coffeehouse in Beacon, or Irving Farm in Millerton
    Millerton is wayyy out in Dutchess County, closer to MA and CT.
  8. Best Ice Cream: Moo Moo's in Cold Spring
    Their ice cream is the best, but this promenade on the Hudson you can eat it on makes it. Views of Storm King Mountain and West Point.
  9. Second Best Ice Cream: Bellvale Creamery in Warwick
    Be prepared for lines, but this has been named by a lot of places as one of the best in the country and the view is amazing (it's on top of Bellvale Mountain)
  10. Best bookstore: Oblong Books in Rhinebeck and Millerton
  11. Great Day Trip Idea: Rhinebeck
    Beautiful town, great places to eat and shop.
  12. Great Day Trip Idea: New Paltz
    Cute college town, gets a little busy. Mohonk Preserve is also up here and it's beautiful.
  13. Great Day Trip Idea: Lake Minnewaska: Minnewaska Preserve
    Hiking, swimming...just look at it!
  14. Gardens to visit: Innisfree in Millbrook
  15. Innisfree
  16. Gardens to visit: Stonecrop in Cold Spring/ Phillipsburg
  17. Stonecrop
  18. Gardens to visit: Vanderbilt Estate Garden in Hyde Park
  19. Vanderbilt Estate