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Spotlight: Hudson Valley

The Hudson Valley region is both a great escape and a comforting home away from home. Designated by Congress as a National Heritage Area, it holds endless ways to engage all the senses with sights, foods, and fun things to do. You’ll be inspired here.

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Why You’ll Love the Hudson Valley

The Hudson Valley region is the perfect destination for intrepid explorers. Hikers, bikers, kayakers, and leisurely walkers can’t get enough of its natural beauty. Its enduring agricultural industry fostered wine-making, craft beverage production, and a thriving foodie scene. There are farms to visit, small towns to roam, and exciting history to learn. No matter what you’re looking for, you’ll find it—and so much more—here.

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Three Things You Can't Miss

Storm King Art Center - Photo Courtesy of Storm King Art Center1. Storm King Art Center: Natural beauty meets gorgeous sculpture art at Storm King’s 500-acre plot of land just an hour’s drive from the bustle of New York City. Home to one of the country’s most expansive collections of outdoor sculpture, you’ll find larger-than-life art pieces, some of which appear to blend into the dramatic landscape itself, while others pop out in contrast. Take a nice long walk amongst the pieces, have a picnic, and/or rent a bike from the museum. Also included in the cost of admission are wheelchair-accessible tram tours which stop at ten different locations around the park. Bring your camera and try out those funny perspective photos where it looks like someone is holding a building (or in this case, a massive sculpture) in their hand.

2. Bear Mountain State Park: Bear Mountain State Park is home to not only some of the most gorgeous natural scenery in the country, but also an incredible variety of fun things to do. First of all, the mountain has great hiking, biking, and cross-country skiing trails for all levels. If you want to learn about the nature surrounding you, there are four Trailside Museums and a little zoo where you can learn about the animals, ecosystems, and history of the park. When it’s hot out, take a dip in the swimming pool, or head to Hessian Lake to fish or rent paddle boats and rowboats. And when it gets cold, strap on skates and check out the outdoor rink open October through mid-March. Little ones will love the various playgrounds and a ride on one of the merry-go-round’s 42 hand-carved animals.

3. Walkway Over the Hudson: If you’ve ever gazed at the (Photo-Darren McGee-NYSDED)Hudson River in awe of its vast size, imagine being able to just walk across it! That’s exactly what you can do on the mile-long pedestrian bridge from Poughkeepsie in Dutchess County to the Town of Lloyd in Ulster County. It happens to be the world’s longest elevated bridge and offers a wealth of unhurried opportunities to soak in the epic view and take panoramic photos 212 feet above the river. Stop for a picnic on the Poughkeepsie Waterfront, meander through Franny Reese State Park on the opposite side, or if you want to spend more time, there’s a Walkway Loop Trail guiding you through both towns.

Family Fun

Catamount Adventure ParkCatamount Ski Area & Aerial Adventure Park: Take the family on an adventure into the trees at Catamount Aerial Adventure Park. Boasting the largest and most complete self-guided aerial adventure in the Northeast, the Park offers 12 courses that include 170 platforms, bridges, ladders, and more than 50 zip lines! The courses are color-coded just like ski trails, so you can choose the level of difficulty that’s right for you. Nobody gets started until you’ve completed an introductory demonstration, so you’ll know exactly what to do. You don’t have to be an athlete, just be open to new experiences and testing new ground (or rope).

Catskill Mountain Railroad: There’s more than one way to experience and learn about history, and one of the most enjoyable is a ride on the Catskill Mountain Railroad. Shipping magnate Thomas Cornell built a railroad that connected the Great Lakes with the Hudson River (hard to imagine a time when parts of the same state had no connection to each other!). Besides the stunning view of the forests and mountains, the fun goes further on one of the Railroad’s themed excursions, such as its Fall Adventure Train where you can ride in a vintage coach or open-air train car and learn about the legend of the Jack O’ Lantern. Great Train Robbery rides are in interactive adventures where a crew of bandits take over the train, dooming all of its passengers...unless a brave Sheriff can arrive in time to save the day.

Playland Amusement Park: It turns out that thrill-seeking has been a thing since the 1920’s. At Playland Amusement Park in Westchester, you can ride roller coasters that have been in operation since 1928! The Dragon Coaster is one of only about 100 remaining wooden coasters in the entire country Playland Parkand has a uniquely vintage charm you won’t find in most theme parks. For more retro cuteness check out the Derby Racer (a faster carousel without a pole to hold onto), one of only two in the country! Of the more modern attractions, Kiddyland has more than 20 rides just for the little ones, and its Family Rides are a happy medium for people who want more thrill without feeling overwhelmed. Finally, you’ve got the Thrill Rides, which include roller coasters, giant pendulums, rotating platforms, and more to satisfy your need for speed.


Rock Steady Farm: Women- and queer-owned Rock Steady Farm uses holistic farming practices and works in partnership with other local organizations to benefit the community. It supplies produce for the kitchen of a social justice nonprofit, works with a community center to provide job training for young adults, and partners with Callen-Lorde, an LGBTQ community health center, and the LGBTQ Center. The owners also co-host an annual Fall Farm Party every October where musicians, DJs, and community leaders come together over shared values and a love of good, healthy food.

The Hudson Guest House: The warm and welcoming LBGT-owned Hudson Guest House is a beautiful  European inn-style bed and breakfast on the happening Warren Street in Hudson. Stay in one of the three impeccably designed suites, each with a king bed, Belgian linen sheets, gas fireplace, and high ceilings. The owners will be more than happy to direct you to hot spots to visit and dine around town.

Helsinki Hudson: Don’t miss one of the exciting events at the renovated 1800's industrial-building-turned-arts-and-music-venue Helsinki Hudson. From hosting live music of all different genres, to queer cabarets, drag shows, dance parties, and mixers, Helsinki provides an intimate and elegant setting to meet new people, connect with the community, and be wildly entertained.

Spend a Day: Beacon

Get the day started right with a stop at the Beacon Bagel on Main Street. Of course you can go for its namesake, a delicious bagel and spread, or try one of the hot or cold breakfast sandwiches. If you’re really hungry, the breakfast burritos are super filling, and they have a ton of vegan options. Next up, check out Hudson Beach Glass, a studio and gallery, to admire gorgeous glass art and even see the process of how they make it. You can shop ornaments, bowls, dishes, and vases. If you’re feeling crafty, you can take a class to blow your own ornament or make glass beads (you’ll just have to plan ahead so you can register).

Art gallery in the town of BeaconWorld-renowned Dia:Beacon moved into the town’s former Nabisco box-printing factory where it could provide enough space for its large-scale exhibits. Many of the art pieces take up an entire room. In some cases, the room itself is the art, as in one work consisting of deep pits in the floor, or another where the walls narrow in on each other. The pieces are imaginative and thought-provoking; no stop in Beacon is complete without a visit to experience them.

After you’ve soaked up some culture, get ready to enjoy a breath of fresh air in nature and head over to Madam Brett Park to stroll on gravel and woodland trails. You’ll pass a marsh, a waterfall, and a peaceful little boardwalk along Fishkill Creek. It’s absolutely beautiful all year round.

Time to treat yourself. Glazed Over is a darling little donut shop that was selected "Best Donuts in the Hudson Valley" in 2018 by the readers of Hudson Valley Magazine. Besides being delicious, here’s what makes them so amazing: they're sold make-your-own-sundae style. First, choose your glaze from original, chocolate, caramel, lemon, maple, peanut butter, or strawberry. Then choose your topping, with options like Oreo crumble, marshmallow, graham cracker, and BACON! Finally, select a drizzle from salted chocolate caramel, dark chocolate, vanilla, and more. Unleash your sweet tooth and your creativity!

Finally, end the day at Hudson Valley Brewery, home to a large variety of delicious sours, wild ales, and saisons. The brewers age their ales for an extra long period of time (up to 14 months, compared to the typical 2–3!), which adds a tannic complexity to the flavors. They also use a unique bacteria and yeast culture which they’ve cultivated for years, even before they opened the brewery. Sip on a beer at their bar or outdoor porch area, usually populated with people of all ages and dogs, and maybe pick up a crowler (can/growler hybrid) to take with you as a souvenir.

Spend a Weekend


Bannerman CastleStart the weekend with an amazing meal at cozy Foundry Cafe. Dig into enormous sandwiches and slices of quiche, or treat yourself to one of their fresh homemade muffins, cakes, or pies. Once you’re fueled up, Storm King Adventure Tours has everything you need for a one-of-a-kind exploration of the Hudson River. They offer several options for kayaking tours, but we say visiting Bannerman Castle is a must. The Castle sits on tiny Pollepel Island, and was once a storage facility for military surplus in the early 1900s. You can do the three-hour kayak tour to the castle for just $60, or the four-hour Bannerman's Castle kayak and walking tour for $120, which includes a guided tour of the castle itself. You’ll get all the history and all the best photo ops of this hauntingly beautiful abandoned castle.

After you’ve worked up an appetite, Round Up Texas BBQ serves authentic smoked Texas BBQ for a great deal. Eat fall-off-the-bone ribs, tender brisket, crispy bacon, and juicy sausage to your carnivorous heart’s delight. Try the jalapeño mac n’ cheese for some exciting flavor (without overwhelming heat) and fried okra as sides.

The perfect way to digest? A leisurely walk around the West Point Foundry Preserve. Next to the Foundry Brook, this “outdoor museum” offers accessible trails that guide you around the ruins of the early-19th-century West Point Foundry. You’ll pass rail beds, remains of old buildings and a mill, as well as a full-scale model of the 36-foot water wheel. You can also take a free mobile audiovisual tour if you bring along headphones!

The Riverview Restaurant is a beautiful space with high windows that let in sunlight and views of the surrounding forest and river, adding to the cozy ambiance and delicious food that make this a perfect dinner spot to end the day. We love the gourmet pizzas, but steak-lovers will definitely walk away satisfied!

Sunrise over The Trapps at Mohonk Preserve by Gerald BerlinerSunday

Main Street Bistro has hearty breakfasts and plenty of vegetarian options to kickstart the day. If you’re looking for something on the lighter side, Mudd Puddle Coffee Roasters has some of the best coffee in town, lite bites, and a view over the river and mountain ridge from its front porch. Plus, it’s located in the super cute Water Street Market, so you can take a quick peek into some of the nearby shops and antique stores.

Head to the Mohonk Preserve on the Shawangunk Mountain Ridge to hike its carriage roads and enjoy the panoramic views of the mountains. The Mohonk Preserve is privately owned and day passes for hikers go for $15. If you want something totally free, try one of the loop trails in Minnewaska State Park Preserve, like the Lake Minnewaska Loop Trail for something short and easy, or Gertrude’s Nose Trail for a longer (about four and a half hours), more challenging option. Check out the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail, 22 miles of flat path that is absolutely perfect for biking.

Before you head back home, stop at one of the area’s many farms and orchards to load up on the freshest, most delicious produce. Jenkins-Lueken Orchards offers apple and pumpkin picking in the fall, and berry picking in the summer. Dressel Farms also has a great U-pick selection of fall apples. Swing by their farmstand for more produce and a taste of their amazing ice cream in flavors like Hudson Valley Sweet Corn and Peaches & Cream, made with ingredients grown on their farm.

Spend a Week

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Transport yourself back to colonial times at Philipsburg Manor, which has been restored to how it looked in 1750. Walk around a still-working gristmill and the manor house full of artifacts and reproductions. A tour guide dressed in period clothing will explain all about the lives and work of those who lived there. Check the website for special events such as “Horseman’s Hollow” in October, where the manor gets a Halloween makeover as a tribute to “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.”

Speaking of, if you’re not too freaked out by the idea of visiting a cemetery, check out the historic 90-acre Sleepy Hollow Cemetery. It offers self-guided tours year-round, and you can grab a free map to help you locate the grave sites of eight notable Americans including Andrew Carnegie, Elizabeth Arden, and author of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” Washington Irving. If you have an appetite for something even spookier, from October through November the cemetery offers several specialty guided tours such as a classic guided lantern tour or a Murder and Mayhem lantern tour. You’ll learn all about the cemetery’s history, its sculptures built and dedicated out of love, and probably (definitely) a few ghost stories.

Visit Kykuit, the former home of four generations of Rockefeller family. Up in the Pocantico Hills, the house looks over the Hudson River (you can even catch a glimpse of the Manhattan skyline on a clear day!), and the gardens and terraces are gorgeous enough to take your breath away. Try a guided tour of the main house, gardens, and art galleries.


You can’t spend a week in the Hudson Valley without getting out onto the Hudson River at least once! Head to the Peekskill location of Hudson River Expeditions to rent kayaks, canoes, and stand-up paddleboards. They also offer lessons and a range of guided tour options, such as a twilight tour, family excursions, and even a yoga-kayaking combo tour!

Kykuit-JohnD.RockefellerEstateHistory buffs will love the incredible collection of artifacts at the West Point Museum. Learn about the evolution of warfare and the American military (even before the Revolutionary War) and see firearms, military uniforms, and vehicles over the ages. In fact, it’s considered to be one of the largest public collections of military paraphernalia in the whole Western Hemisphere.

Next, check out some of the gorgeous hiking and biking trails in Bear Mountain State Park, or, if there’s snow on the ground, cross-country skiing is also an option. The park has four separate mini-museums and a zoo where you can learn all about the nature and history of the park, a swimming pool that’s open during the warm months, and an ice skating rink that's open during the cold ones.


Shop 'til you drop (from the excitement over so many great deals) at the Woodbury Common Premium Outlets. Unlike your typical shopping mall, the Commons have a gorgeous outdoor layout so you can walk around outside without feeling cooped up. You’ll find all the clothing stores you could ever want offering great discounts, plus a great food court where you can refuel your energy.

Once you’re satisfied with your bounty, have a picnic surrounded by the colossal sculptures at the Storm King Art Center. 500 acres of land is quite large so don’t forget they offer bikes to rent and a narrated trolley ride if you want to see everything in a bit shorter timeframe. Even if you feel like you don’t “get” the art, the size of the pieces set against the stunningly beautiful natural backdrop make this a can’t-miss activity that everyone will enjoy.

Now, we’re not saying you should end every day with libations (though it’s not a bad idea and the Hudson Valley is packed with microbreweries and Trophy Point at US Military Academy at West Pointwineries), but this one is very special. Dating back to 1820, Brotherhood Winery happens to be the oldest winery in America! Take a tour to learn about its history and how the wine is made, then head over to the showroom to taste it.


Even if you’re not a motorcycle fanatic, the Motorcyclepedia Museum houses an immense collection of two- and three-wheeled vehicles that are super fun to see (and take selfies with!). What’s extra interesting is that the exhibits range from way back in the 1880’s through the '60’s and '70’s and up to present day. Plus you'll find the oldest running motorcycle in North America.

If you’re visiting in the summer, bring the kids, their swimsuits, and fun-loving energy to Splashdown Beach. The park is on the smaller side so you can definitely get in some excitement before hitting the road without feeling like you’re missing out on everything. Rides are rated as mild, moderate, and high on the park’s Thrill-O-Meter, so you can easily choose what’s right for you. On the clearly high end, try the new near-vertical drop on the Megalodon water slide. If you’re on the opposite end of the spectrum, chill out by the white sand beach area on a comfy lounge chair.

Get a fresh perspective at Dia:Beacon, an enormous, well-loved art museum that lives in what used to be a Nabisco box-printing factory. Many of the exhibits contain enormous, awe-inspiring works of art that take up an entire large room. In other pieces, the architecture of the museum itself is inextricably part of the art, playing with space in very unusual ways.

Whip out that camera and get ready for 360-degree views over the Hudson River on the Walkway Over The Hudson. Walk (or bike) from Poughkeepsie Brotherhood Wineryto Lloyd in Ulster County just for the vista, or set aside a chunk of your day to try the 4.4-mile Walkway Loop Trail. The trail takes you over both the Walkway and the Mid-Hudson Bridge for double the views and a whole lot of exciting stops in the cute neighborhoods and parks on both sides of the river.


The Minnewaska State Park Preserve has plenty of great hiking trails that lead you to epic overlooks of mountains, creeks, and waterfalls. Awosting Falls are gorgeous 60-foot waterfalls that you can put at the end of your hike, or just take a short walk from the parking lot if you only want to dip your toes in the refreshing water. The park is also full of flat carriage roads that are perfect for easy biking.

A must-see is the Mohonk Mountain House, a beautiful resort right out of your Swiss ski lodge dreams. They offer day passes that include access to the restaurant, golf course, ice skating, horseback riding, and spa. Or, opt for Mohonk’s hiking trails pass to see the views from its 85 miles of trails for beginners, intermediate, and advanced hikers.

If your quads are aching for some low-key physical activity, take a stroll down the Historic Huguenot Street in the town of New Paltz. Historic houses trace their roots back to 1894 (which is actually when they were built in tribute to a group of Huguenot settlers from 1677). Today, its 10 acres have been classified as a National Historic Landmark District, consisting of seven stone houses, a reconstructed 1717 Huguenot church, a replica Munsee wigwam, exhibit and program spaces, archaeological sites, and a burial ground that dates back to the original settlers.

If you want to get in just a little more amazing history, you should definitely check out the Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site, the 1826 home of our 32nd president, and the Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site, the 54-room home of the illustrious Vanderbilts. The Vanderbilt estateSplashDown Beach Water Park includes 211 acres of parkland with Italian-style gardens and views of the Hudson River and the Catskill Mountains. Tours are offered at both locations.

Visit world-famous Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park to dine at one of the five top quality restaurants on its campus. The American Bounty Restaurant is all about seasonal American food made from local ingredients. The Bocuse Restaurant is ultra-modern French cuisine at its finest. At the Post Road Brew House, you can sample the CIA’s craft beer selections. Head to Ristorante Caterina de’ Medici & Al Forno Trattoria for rustic Italian cooking and views over the garden and Hudson River. Finally, wrap it all up at the Apple Pie Bakery Café for apple pie and other baked goods.


Start at the Catskill Mountain Railroad to take a leisurely scenic train ride through the mountains in vintage coach train cars. If the weather isn’t too cold, feel the breeze in an open-air car. Amp up the excitement on a high-stakes mock train robbery, a Halloween-appropriate haunted “Rails of Terror” ride or a real-life Polar Express during the holiday season.

The Opus 40 & Quarryman’s Museum contains an earthwork sculpture using the ground itself. Back in 1938, a man named Harvey Fite purchased an abandoned quarry and spent 37 years transforming it into a six-and-a-half-acre bluestone sculpture called Opus 40. Today, more than 70 acres have been added, as well as a studio, blacksmith shop, and Quarryman’s museum. You can walk around, through, and over the sculpture while you enjoy the surrounding mountains, trees, and quarry springs. Opus 40 is open from May through the end of October.

Take a beautiful walk (and bring a picnic!) on the scenic half-mile nature trail leading to the 1869 Saugerties Lighthouse, a historic landmark. It’s actually an operating bed and breakfast today if you’re interested in waking up to fantastic views of the Hudson River. Otherwise, it’s still a beautiful scene to come across, and the bird watching, boat spotting, and enjoying nature are all free and open to the public.

Saugerties LighthouseSunday

Take a free tour at the charming, self-sustaining Hawthorne Valley Farm in Ghent to learn all about the production of food and the roles of the working people, animals, and the land. They have a terrific farm store with produce, freshly baked breads, meat, and cheese, so it’s a nice place to stock up on farm goods before you head back home.

One last bit of history here. The Olana State Historic Site was the home and studio of painter Frederic Edwin Church and is today a designated National Historic Landmark. Once you go, you’ll understand why the Hudson River inspired a whole school of landscape painting. The view from the house is jaw-droppingly gorgeous. The house itself is ornately designed, decorated in tiny detail that you’ll want to spend hours absorbing. You can roam the little paths that criss-cross over the property, or just stop in the for the view, but don’t be surprised if you want to stay much longer.

Finally, you can’t go wrong browsing the adorable boutiques, antique shops, galleries, and restaurants on Hudson’s main drag. Warren Street elevates shopping and browsing to the level of cultural sightseeing. You’ll pass by hundreds of historic buildings and houses, as well as charmingly quirky specialty shops, like Flowerkarut, a florist/sauerkraut vendor, John Doe Books and Records, an adorable vinyl record shop, and so many more. Swing into Patisserie Lenox to grab a sweet treat for little ones (and yourself, of course).

Hotels and Stays


Inn on the Hudson: Spacious rooms with balconies overlooking the Hudson River. A free continental breakfast, complimentary wifi, and access to the outdoor seasonal pool.

Quality Inn & Suites Fishkill: Relax in clean and comfortable rooms with a mini fridge. Breakfast is included, and 24-hour coffee, tea, and cookies are available. TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence.

Hampton Inn by Hilton New Paltz: Rooms have a mini-fridge, microwave, and coffee pot. There’s a great complimentary breakfast with fresh fruit, eggs, bacon, waffles, yogurt, boxed cereal, and hot oatmeal. Short drive from Mohonk Preserve. TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence.


Inn at the Ridge: One of the owners is a chef so breakfast is outstanding. They have an enormous backyard with Adirondack chairs and views of the mountain ridge. Dog-friendly.

Best Western Plus the Inn & Suites at the Falls: Located next to a brook with little waterfalls, the setting is stunning. The fitness room has a treadmill, elliptical, bike, and weights. There's a happy hour from 5:30–7:30 pm that includes two complimentary glasses of wine or beer. TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence. Certified GreenPartner.

Overlook Lodge at Bear Mountain: You can choose to stay in at the Inn, Overlook Lodge, or Stone Cottages. Rooms are large and comfortable and each has a Keurig coffee maker and high-speed wifi. Sit down for a meal at one of the Lodge’s three dining establishments.


Diamond Mills Hotel: Rooms have balconies with gorgeous views of the Esopus Creek of the Hudson Valley. The bathrooms have heated floors(!). The Tavern is a restaurant within the hotel run by a CIA-trained executive chef. TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence.

Mohonk Mountain House: Rooms are luxuriously decorated and most include a fireplace. The resort has a 33,000-square-foot spa, fitness center, game room, library, and indoor swimming pool, plus a lengthy list of activities available, including horseback riding, carriage rides, archery, snowshoeing, ice skating, and more. TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence.

Buttermilk Falls Inn & Spa: Enjoy beautiful rooms, cottages, and guesthouses. Henry's at the Farm is the connected restaurant serving sustainably-farmed, locally-sourced, and seasonal food. There is a pool, sauna, steam room, and spa. Inn guests are welcome to explore the orchards, kitchen garden, livestock barn, and aviary house. TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence.

Where to Eat


Main Street Bistro: Hearty breakfasts (including vegetarian options) on the Main Street in New Paltz. They offer incredible deals like the Breakfast Special: two eggs any style, home fries, and whole wheat toast for $1.95.

The BeanRunner Cafe: Cozy spot in Peekskill for panini sandwiches, wraps, soups, desserts, and fruit smoothies. They’re also a venue for live jazz, blues, and reggae singer/songwriters from around the country.

Mexican Kitchen: This adorable little New Paltz spot has a warm, friendly ambiance thanks to the decorative strings of little lights. The tacos, burritos, tostadas, and perfectly crispy chips are flavorful and filling.

Moo Moo’s Creamery: This Cold Spring creamery churns some of the most famous and beloved ice cream in the state. The flavors are ever-changing, but can get pretty inventive, like Maple Bourbon, Chocolate Do-Si-Do, Guinness Chocolate Covered Pretzel, Butterscotch Toffee Crumble, as well as all the classics.

Pizzeria Posto: This family-owned pizza shop in Rhinebeck actually shipped over its wood-fired oven from Italy. Each pizza has only a few combinations but the flavors are creative and well thought out, like the Mama-Mia with smoked mozzarella, wood-roasted onions, and fennel sausage. The Baba Louie—gooey Nutella wrapped in pizza dough and baked—is a must.


Beacon Falls Café: Scrumptious and satisfying breakfast foods, including creative French toast flavors like s’mores and apple pie. Savory dishes like wraps, sandwiches, and fried pickles.

Roundup Texas Barbeque: An incredible amount of delicious food for reasonable prices, perfect for chowing down after outdoor activities in Cold Spring.

Bonfiglio & Bread: Stop into this Hudson bakery for piping hot, crispy crust gourmet pizza with toppings like spicy capicola and spicy honey, or the perfect Margherita pizza. Grab a loaf or two of fresh bread for picnics or car snacking.


Roundhouse at Beacon Falls: The Roundhouse wins for its food and unique setting—you’re eating right next to a waterfall. Rushing water sets an ambient background track so you can focus on the delicious high-end American dishes.

Harvest on Hudson: In the town of Hastings-On-Hudson, Harvest on Hudson, true to its name, sits right on the river and offers diners fantastic views. The menu is based on Italian tradition and uses ingredients fresh from its vegetable and herb garden.

Il Barilotto Enoteca: Don’t miss the house-made pasta and elevated Italian cooking at this gem on Fishkill’s Main Street. Be sure to stay for dessert—options include warm dark chocolate and banana bread pudding, the fluffiest mascarpone cheesecake, and more.

Wm. Farmer & Sons: This Hudson restaurant is the perfect cozy spot for making a meal out of little bites, cured meats, and oysters, or going in for an entree of well-crafted American cuisine.

Fun Facts

Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park is the world’s longest elevated pedestrian bridge at 212 feet high and 1.28 miles long.

Cream cheese was invented here! In Chester in 1872 a man named William Lawrence was trying to make Neufchatel when he accidentally made cream cheese. He named his brand Philadelphia because he thought it would sell better.

Author Washington Irving was inspired by his surroundings to write "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and "Rip Van Winkle.”

The Hudson Valley is the birthplace of winemaking in the US, and home to the oldest continually operating winery in the country.

Getting to the Hudson Valley

By Train:

Amtrak stops in Yonkers, Croton-Harmon, Poughkeepsie, Rhinecliff, and Hudson. The Metro-North rail offers service from Grand Central Terminal in NYC with 43 stations in the region. The NJ Transit Port Jervis Line runs from Penn Station and Hoboken to stops in the region.

By Car:

From New York City: 2 hours
From Albany: 2 hours
From Philadelphia: 3 hours
From Boston: 3.5 hours
From Montreal: 4.5 hours
From Buffalo: 5 hours

By Air:

Fly into Albany International Airport then take a cab or Adirondack Trailways bus to your destination within the Hudson Valley, New York Stewart International Airport, or Westchester County Airport

By Bus:

Adirondack/Pine Hill/New York Trailways leaves from New York City and stops in New Paltz, New Rochelle, and Kingston. Shortline/Coach USA makes stops from New York City to Orange, Rockland, Ulster and Dutchess counties.