Wednesday, July 23, 2014 / by Vanessa Saunders
Home to NY Yankee Derek Jeter, and location of movie starring Morgan Freeman, The Magic of Belle Isle, this beautiful locale is a mere 50 miles from New York City. Situated in Orange County in the town of Warwick, is one of New York's best kept secrets; the Village of Greenwood Lake.
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One of the best things about owning a Greenwood Lake home is there is so much to see and do. This pristine lake supports any recreation that can take place on the water – swimming, diving, fishing, water skiing, jet skiing, and boating by sail, canoe, kayak, paddle, motor, row, and skull. Greenwood Lake is Orange County's largest fresh water lake. The area is also home of the Appalachian Trail, Mt. Peter skiing area, and offers easy access to nearby Sterling Forest's Renaissance Festival, Tuxedo Ridge, the Village of Warwick, and Mountain Creek Ski and Waterpark.
Located about an hour from New York City the Highlands region around Greenwood Lake boasts the four closest ski resorts to the city. Just 5 miles to the east of the village along Rte. 17A in the heart of Sterling Forest State park is Tuxedo Ridge. Just 2 miles west along Rte. 17A on the slopes of Mt. Peter above the Warwick valley is Mt. Peter Ski Area. Just 15 miles to the west along Rte. 17A and Rte 94 are the Mountain Creek Ski Area and the Hidden Valley Resort and the Crystal Spings Golf and Spa Resort in Vernon, NJ. Mountain Creek and Sterling Forest Ski Area also offer snow tubing and both offer a variety of summer activities.
Sterling Forest State Park
For those with an interest in cross country skiing or snowshoeing, nearby Sterling Forest State Park offers miles of trails for your enjoyment. Ice fishing is also allowed in the park and on Greenwood Lake when conditions permit.
The newest park of the New York State park system the 17,988 acre Sterling Forest State Park was acquired in 1998 and 2001 to provide clean drinking water by preserving watershed lands. The park is the largest undeveloped area located just outside of a major metropolitan area on the east coast. Besides being an important habitat for a variety of species, it also offers excellent recreational opportunities for residents and visitors to the area.
Area Wineries, Festivals, Bed and Breakfasts
The area around Greenwood Lake is full of interesting and enjoyable things to do. In the heart of Orange County's Wine Trail, visitors can tour nine local vintners and distilleries, sampling their wares and learning about New York wines.Not just for the adults, wineries offer a wide variety of family fun as well, including berry and apple picking, hay rides and live outdoor music festivals. Applefest is a very popular fall event. This popular celebration attracts over 30,000 attendees each year. Visitors can stay at the area's many bed and breakfast inns, and enjoy home-cooked meals in cozy homes the year around.
Warwick/Greenwood Lake History
The Town of Warwick which includes the village of Greenwood Lake was formed by act of the State Legislature on March 7, 1788. The name "Warwick" was first applied before 1719 to a farm of thousands of acres covering much of this area; and the designation become so well-known that it was natural to give it to the town when it was created and also to the village which grew up around the crossroads near the center of the town.
From earliest colonial times, a well-traveled route passed through Warwick. The King’s Highway came up the valley from Pennsylvania and New Jersey and led northeastward to the settlements along the Hudson River and thence to New England. When the Warwick Valley Railroad in 1860, and the Lehigh and Hudson River Railway later, followed the same general route, the location of the offices in the village of Warwick encouraged the growth of that community as a business center. Wisner and Lake were established as station stops on the railroad; and the whole town benefited from the freight and passenger service provided by it.
Greenwood Lake became well-known to hunters and fishermen and evolved into a popular resort and recreation area. There are three incorporated villages – Warwick (1867), Greenwood Lake (1924) and Florida (1946) – within the boundaries of the Town of Warwick.
Dining and Entertainment
Greenwood Lake is surrounded by fine places to dine. Some notables include Emerald Point Restaurant, with a large wrap-around front porch overlooking the lake, and the Breezy Point Inn’s restaurant. Emerald Point is a splendid place to relax, enjoy a steak or seafood dinner and sip a cocktail under the moonlight. Breezy Point Inn, on the west shore of Greenwood Lake, has long been a favorite spot of those who enjoy the combination of calming panoramic lake views and tasty German-American fare.
The area also offers some notable bed and breakfast inns, including The Waterstone Inn, Antons on the Lake Country Inn and The New Continental Hotel.
If you love the outdoors, lake activities, great dining and entertainment, you’ll love Greenwood Lake home living.
Emerald Point Restaurant