Our area is beautiful. Not only New Paltz but the surrounding areas of Gardiner, Highland etc. If you check my Trulia Blog there is a relocation package with loads of information. You can also go to my Facebook page that has regularly updated information about the area.
I think the best advise I could give is to visit the area. Checkout different neighborhoods and see what feels right for you. Each town has it's own personality.
You will love it here, I know I do. If you need any help give me a call on my cell 845 505 3160.
John J Lease Realtors