LGBT Catskills and Hudson Valley, New York
Art, history and cuisine amid legendary landscapes
- A groovy experience awaits at the museum at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, celebrating the 1969 Woodstock music festival site. Its outdoor amphitheater also offers concerts and performances of all kinds.
- The Delaware River provides hours of enjoyment, like kayaking and canoeing with Lander's River Trips, or just taking in the beautiful scenery along the Upper Delaware Scenic Byway. Hamlets along the river offer upscale lodging, restaurants and shopping experiences that you would never expect.
- Hunter Mountain's Zipline Adventure Tours is the longest and highest zipline in North America, or you can overlook the Delaware River and soar with eagles at Kittantinny's zip line in Barryville. For more mild but still wild outdoor fun, join a birding tour at the Bashakill Wildlife Management Area.
- Spirits abound with distilling and winemaking from local produce and Catskill water. The Catskills Distilling Company with the Dancing Cat Saloon restaurant and Stray Cat gallery are in Bethel Woods, and Prohibition Distillery and Roscoe Beer Company are in Roscoe. The newly open Catskill Brewery is in Livingston Manor. Two award winning wineries - Eminence Road in Long Eddy and Bashakill Vineyards - are located in the Bashakill Wildlife Management Area.
- Numerous unique lodging experiences are available, from contemporary hotels to B&B's and full-service resorts. For example, explore the historic Mohonk Mountain House with a hike, meal, spa treatment or overnight stay, or find a whole new meaning for campy staying in one of the creekside themed cozy cabins of Kate's Lazy Meadow, created by Kate Pierson of the B-52's.
- Literature and art come alive at: Sunnyside, the home of Legend of Sleepy Hollow author Washington Irving in Tarrytown; Olana, home of Hudson River School painter Frederick Church; the Edward Hopper House in Nyack, home of famous depression-era painter; the Storm King Art Center, one of the world's leading sculpture parks, in New Windsor, and The Fields Sculpture Park at Art Omi International Arts Center in Ghent; and Dia: Beacon with its extensive contemporary art collection in a former Nabisco box-printing plant.
- Grab your best leather and discovery the history of motorcycles at Motorcyclopedia in Newburgh.
- View historic homes like: Franklin D. Roosevelt's Springwood (800/FDR-VISIT); Eleanor Roosevelt's Val-Kill retreat, the only National Historic Site dedicated to a First Lady (800/FDR-VISIT); the Vanderbuilt Mansion and gardens; the Kykuit Rockefeller Estate and Samuel Morse's Locust Grove; or Lyndhurst Mansion, to name just a few.
- Admire the Hudson River from 212 feet up on the Walkway Over the Hudson, a converted railroad bridge that has already welcomed over one million visitors since opening in 2009.
- Indulge at one of the wineries on: the Shawangunk Wine Trail, like Brotherhood Winery in Washingtonville, the oldest in America, and the historic Winery at St. George in Mohegan Lake; or the Dutchess Wine Trail, with tours and tastings at Millbrook Winery (800/662-WINE) and Clinton Vineyards.
- More than a restaurant, you can have a unique culinary experience. Attend a course, take a tour or simply enjoy a gourmet meal at one many restaurants at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, home to the most Certified Master Chefs of any culinary college in the world. Or tour the gardens and greenhouse, explore the trails and feast on fresh local fare in the Blue Hill Restaurant at the Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture in Pocantico Hills.
- Get in some serious shopping: at Woodbury Common Premium Outlets in Central Valley with over 220 desired brands upscale designer outlets from the world's most desirable brands such as Armani, Burberry, Coach, Dolce & Gabbana and Prada; at the Sugar Loaf Art & Craft Village; or among the charming shops on historic Main Street in Cold Spring or in the village of Rhinebeck.
- Stroll along Warren Street in Hudson, a mecca for antique lovers known all over the world with over 80 shops and galleries. Creative dining experiences - often maximizing fresh local ingredients - also await, including at the Red Dot, host of many LGBT special events.
For more information, visit biggayhudsonvalley.com, outinthecatskills.comand gayhudson.com.
Culinary Institute of America
Dutchess Wine Trail
Edward Hopper House
Eleanor Roosevelt's Val-Kill
Franklin D. Roosevelt's Springwood
Shawangunk Wine Trail
Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture
Storm King Art Center
Sugar Loaf Art & Craft Village
The Fields Sculpture Park
Walkway Over the Hudson
Winery at St. George
Woodbury Common Premium Outlets
Basha Kill Wildlife Management area
Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
Catskills Distilling Company
Dancing Cat Saloon
Hunter Mountain's Zipline Adventure Tours
Kate's Lazy Meadow
Kittantinny's zip line
Lander's River Trips
Mohonk Mountain House
Roscoe Beer Company
Upper Delaware Scenic Byway