As a lifetime resident of the Hudson Valley and an experienced world traveler...
I believe this is one of the most exciting times and places on earth.
Whether it's the staggering beauty of the Hudson River, the Highlands and the Catskill Mountains...
The charming villages lined with treasure-trove shops, riverfront views, and restaurants...
Or the wineries, gilded estates, festivals, and farmers markets that dot the countryside...
There's no denying it.
Minnewaska State Park
New York's Hudson Valley
Offers You the Good Life... In Spades.
That's why I created this website... To help you take advantage of it all. To help you find all the fun, beautiful, and unforgettable places that lie just north of the Big Apple.
Read the articles. Check out the pictures. Watch the videos on Explore-Hudson-Valley.com. Get inspired. And use it as a guide to living your life to the fullest, as I use it to live mine.
To the good life,
Chief Exploring Officer
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You've got to take time to enjoy life! And you don't have to fly international to do it. Check out these top destinations in New York's Hudson Valley. Each makes for a great day trip or weekend getaway from the Big Apple.
Explore the Great Outdoors
You know, there's nothing better than getting a little rugged outdoors. And, perhaps there's no better place to do it than right here in the Hudson Valley. In fact, National Geographic ranked us as one of the Top 20 Places in the World in 2013.
By all means, get out there and see it.
Hike and explore mountain ranges like the Hudson Highlands, the Catskills, and the Shawangunks. Kayak and paddleboard along the rivers, lakes, and estuaries. Seek out the waterfalls. Go rock climbing at the 'Gunks and white-water rafting on the Esopus.
"... to be in the middle of the storm and to be a million miles away, the Hudson Valley offers the promise of both..."
-Peter Applebome, The New York Times
The Hudson River Valley...
The Hudson Valley region generally refers to the 10 counties of New York State along the Hudson River between New York City and Albany. The region is commonly broken down into the Lower, Mid, and Upper Valley.
The Lower Valley
The lower Hudson Valley, nearest to New York City, consists of Westchester, Putnam, and Rockland counties.
Westchester County, a wealthy bedroom community to NYC called the "gateway to the Hudson Valley," sits on the Hudson River's eastern shore and includes places like Sleepy Hollow and the Van Cortlandt Estate.
North of Westchester lies Putnam County, where you can hike the Appalachian Trail and Breakneck Ridge, see the Shakespeare Festival at Boscobel Gardens, and shop in the quaint riverside village of Cold Spring.
Across the river, Rockland County has the bustling, artsy town of Nyack, great restaurants at Piermont, and the rugged wilderness at Harriman State Park and the Palisades.
The Mid-Hudson Valley
The mid Hudson Valley consists of Dutchess, Orange, and Ulster County.
In the idyllic country setting of Dutchess County one must visit the Vanderbilt Mansion, the home of Franklin D. Roosevelt, and small, old-fashioned towns like Rhinebeck.
Orange County, on the west side of the Hudson River, is home to the West Point Military Academy, Bear Mountain State Park, and the motorcycle shop of reality TV fame, Orange County Choppers, in Newburgh.
In Ulster County the Shawangunk Mountains attract rock climbers from around the world. Minnewaska State Park, the Mohonk Preserve, and funky New Paltz characterize this stunning spot of earth.
The Upper-Hudson Valley
The upper hudson valley consists of Greene County, Columbia county and encompasses the Capital region.
Greene County and the town of Catskill, New York, is the birth place of America's first art movement, the Hudson River School of painting, and home to many popular ski resorts like Hunter Mountain.
Columbia County includes the super cool city of Hudson, New York - a favorite destination for NYC weekenders. It is also where you can find Olana, Frederic Church's eclectic house and studio.
The Hudson River Valley Heritage Area, which Congress designated in 1996, also includes the Capital Region of Albany County, Rensselaer County, the city of Troy, and Saratoga Springs.
Saratoga Springs, America's first tourist destination, still has its hot springs, casino, and raceway. And you can visit the Battle of Saratoga National Historical Site. A bloody, beautiful battle-site that played a huge role in the forming of the United States.
Explore the Hudson River Towns
Villages, towns, and cities line the Hudson River like jewels draping a necklace. Each jewel exhibits a certain uniform beauty; and yet, each one stands out for its unique charm. Spend a day, a weekend, a lifetime exploring the communities that make up the fabric of life here in the valley..
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