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Warwick Is a Family-Friendly Place to Live in the Hudson Valley

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Warwick | Photo by Francesca Furey

Hugging the New Jersey border in pastoral Orange County is the peaceful, friendly town of Warwick. Home to hip boutiques, restaurants, breweries, cideries, and wineries—and only a ten-minute drive from the historic, artistic community of Sugar Loaf—it’s no wonder locals love it.

The village features a charming, easily walkable Main Street. Check out the shops and then tuck into one of the many eateries, from the vegan Conscious Fork to The Rusty Goat sandwich shop to Eddie’s Roadhouse—a popular spot for craft beer and an elevated American menu. For something sweet, get the made-to-order mini donuts at Dream Donuts or the famous “Will You Marry Me?” cherry pie from Noble Pies.

One of Warwick’s many treasures is Pine Island, the largest community in the state’s black dirt region (some of the richest farmland in the country) and home to Warwick Valley Winery and Distillery, plus many farms that sell products at the Sunday farmers market.

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Warwick | Photo by Francesca Furey

Locals describe Warwick as very family-friendly and appreciate the tight-knit community. Children attend schools in the Warwick Valley Central School District, ranked 98 out of 672 Best School Districts in New York by niche.com.

There’s no shortage of things to do on the weekends between Warwick County Park, the 730-acre Wickham Woodlands, and Mt. Peter ski center—the oldest operating ski area in the state, with 14 trails and a 600-foot tubing run (see page 26 for more info). When the weather warms up there’s hiking, biking, swimming, golf, and more. New Jersey Transit provides direct bus service to Manhattan—but with so many reasons to love Warwick, you may never want to leave.

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