This unique route goes through and around Ulster County’s vineyards and apple orchards, ending at the Ashokan Reservoir. The hilly terrain reminds me of Tuscany: Long sweeping turns are combined with constant climbs and downhills against the backdrop of breathtaking landscapes. Start on Lattintown Road in Marlboro. Wineries — including Stoutridge, Glorie Farm, and, one of my favorites, Benmarl — dot the area; all three are open for tastings during warmer months.
After exploring this neck of the woods, I head west on Route 44/55 through New Paltz, climbing up the Shawangunks to the Mohonk Preserve and Lake Minnewaska. For a fun summertime diversion, turn right on Clove Road, travel a mile or two to the preserve parking lot, and hike to the swimming hole that has formed between two rock outcroppings. Back on your motorcycle, head north on Clove Valley Road to Route 213. After a trip through the woods you arrive at the Ashokan Reservoir. The oldest of the Catskills reservoirs, this 180-foot-deep man-made lake has been providing water to New York City since 1915.
Framed by the Catskills to the west, the Ashokan Reservoir can hold more than 100 billion gallons of water.