To People in the Hudson Valley Passionate about Living
the Good Life

Why Not See...Do...and Have the Best?

Dear Reader:

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 in the Hudson Valley

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 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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Hudson Valley Day Trips and 
Weekend Getaways to Enjoy this Fall

Ahh, Autumn... the smell of it! The colors! Yup, it's high-time to get out there and take it all in. Enjoy these fun ideas for your next day trip or weekend getaway in the Hudson Valley. 

Kykuit, the Rockefeller Estate

Brotherhood Winery

Sleepy Hollow Cemetery

Storm King Art Center

Explore the Great Outdoors

The Valley is known for it's awesome natural beauty. Hike and explore mountain ranges like the Hudson Highlands, the Catskills, the Shawangunks, and the Taconics.   

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.   

Here's a few of my favorite parks, places, and things to do outdoors.

Hudson River Cruises

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Breakneck Ridge

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Bear Mountain State Park

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Croton Point Park

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Turkey Mountain

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Walkway Over The Hudson

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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

The Hudson River Valley...

...National Heritage Area covers the 10 counties between NYC and Albany, and includes parts of the Catskill Mountains and Saratoga Springs. It is commonly broken down into the Lower, Mid, and Upper Valley. 

In the Lower HV, the populous Westchester County sits on the east side of the Hudson River.

Westchester is a wealthy bedroom-community to New York City. It borders the Bronx to the south, and includes places like Yonkers, White Plains, Peekskill, Tarrytown, and Sleepy Hollow. 

North of Westchester you have Putnam County, a land of lakes and home to the lovely village of Cold Spring.

In Putnam County you can hike the Appalachian Trail and Breakneck Ridge. The Shakespeare Festival is held at Boscobel Gardens each year. 

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.

In the Mid HV - you have the idyllic countryside of Dutchess County on the east end of the Hudson. Highlights here include 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. 

Buddies hiking at Minewaska State Park

The Upper HV includes Greene County and the Hudson River town of Catskill, New York, where Thomas Cole's home is memorialized. Lots of popular ski resorts, like Hunter Mountain are here.

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. 

Discover Gorgeous River Towns

Like jewels draped along a necklace, historic Hudson River towns dapple the river's edge and invite exploration. Let's screw down and take a closer look. 

Tarrytown, New York

Newburgh, New York

Catskill, New York

Rhinebeck, New York

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