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 find the most gorgeous and adventurous spots in the Hudson Valley, so you can escape your hectic lifestyle.
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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How this Website Makes the Good Life Easy
A world of beauty and splendor lies just north of the bright lights of New York City. With so many opportunities for fun and escape, it can be overwhelming just choosing what to do. Start here...
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"... 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
New York's Hudson River Valley, as I define it, includes 10 counties extending from the suburbs of NYC to the capital district around Albany, plus the city of Saratoga Springs and parts of
the Catskill Mountains.
The Lower HV: (nearest to NYC) includes Westchester County, with it's wealth of history and high taxes; Rockland County, west of the Tappan Zee (the Hudson River's widest part); and Putnam County, land of the lakes.
The Mid HV: comprises of Dutchess County, in all it's pastoral farm-scape glory; Orange County, home to the West Point Military Academy; and Ulster County, home to the 'Gunks - a world mecca for rock climbers.
The Upper HV: includes Greene County, land of Rip Van Winkle and Catskills ski resorts; Columbia County, with the super cool city of Hudson, NY, and the Olana estate.
The Hudson River Valley heritage area, truly in spirit, extends to the Capital Region of Albany County and Rensselaer County and the city of Troy.
The northern limit of the Hudson Valley region is Saratoga Springs, America's first tourist destination, with its hot springs, casino, and raceway. Yet, the Hudson flows for many more miles to its source in the Adirondack mountains.
Hudson River Towns...
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