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Laid-back, agricultural, and beautiful, Gardiner is the perfect spot for a country home.  The views of and accessibility to the majestic mountain ridge of Minnewaska State Park provide a dramatic counterpoint to the pastoral apple farms that dot the valley.  Stop for a delicious lunch at The Village Market on the quiet Main Street and then watch colorful parachutes floating in the sky at the nearby Skydive The Ranch.

From Wikipedia:

The first settlers in the region were Huguenots from France.[3] Gardiner was created from parts of New PaltzRochester, and Shawangunk by an act of the New York State Legislatureon April 2, 1853. The first town meeting was on May 17, 1853.[4] It was named for Lieutenant Governor Addison Gardiner.[5][6] In 1925, a large fire destroyed a large part of Gardiner village.

Gardiner is at the center of Ulster County. It is bordered by Kerhonkson to the north and west, to the north by New Paltz, to the west by Wawarsing, to the east by Plattekill, and to the south by Shawangunk.[9]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 44.9 square miles (116 km2), of which, 44.4 square miles (115 km2) of it is land and 0.6 square miles (1.6 km2) of it is water.

The Wallkill River flows from south to north through the center of the town. The Shawangunk Mountains are partly in the western part of the town.