Rip Van Winkle
Who hasn’t heard of this little Dutch curmudgeon? He’s fictional of course, but who doesn’t admire his work ethic? I mean, the man got to bond with some historically accurate ghosts over what we’re sure was delicious mead, take a 20-year nap, and awaken to find he missed a particularly brutal war. Genius. And, Henry Hudson was a king at nine pins, or so we’re led to believe, so Rip probably had quite a bit of fun watching the ghostly game. Anyway, you can visit the place where Rip laid his fictional head. It’s called the Kaaterskill Clove, and it’s quite a breathtaking sight. Maybe he was so overwhelmed by the beauty surrounding him, he passed out. Maybe the legend of Rip Van Winkle is nothing more than a sheepish attempt to disguise Rip’s romantic tendency toward fainting at the sight of evergreen landscapes? It’s a mystery. Check out the Kaaterskill Clove Experience to see where Rip RIP-ed – if only semi-permanently – and a whole host of top notch attractions and hiking spots.