Hear about things to do in the Hudson Valley in New York as the Amateur Traveler talks to Adrien Behn from the Stranger’s Abroad Podcast about this beautiful region where she grew up.
Adrien says, “The Hudson Valley consists of 10 counties along the Hudson River and it’s this classic bucolic Americana. There’s so much history there. There’s so much influence from the American Revolution all the way to New York City elites and some interesting art and architecture. It’s a little gem. It makes a good amount of what New York (state) actually is. The island of Manhattan takes up a very small geographical percentage of the actual state. It’s fun to represent the rest of it.”
You can spend a week there easily although many in the city plan weekend Hudson Valley getaways since the area is so close to New York City and places like Hudson and Poughkeepsie are accessible from the city by train.
Some of the finest and most historic mansions in New York state are in the Hudson Valley built by people with names like Roosevelt and Rockefeller. We visit some of these starting with Lyndhurst in Tarrytown close to NYC which was built by robber baron Jay Gould. We go for walks nearby on trails built as carriage paths for the Rockefellers in the Rockefeller State Park Preserve.
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow was written about a mythical town near Tarrytown as its author Washington Irving lived here at a house called Sunnyside.
Near Poughkeepsie, you can visit FDR’s estate or take in a meal at the CIA (Culinary Institute of America). You can also walk across the Hudson River on one of the world’s longest pedestrian bridges. You might be able to sneak a peek at the derelict Wyndcliffe Mansion which gave us the phrase “keeping up with the Jones”.
Things to do in Hudson New York include visiting the headquarters of Etsy or a combination Book store and bar. Visit n the winter to attend the Winter Walk.
In nearby Rhinebeck, the Beekman Arms claims to be the oldest continually operated inn in the country. If you visit Rhinebeck in the summer you can see vintage WWI planes at the Rhinebeck Aerodrome.
Coming back down the west bank of the Hudson River we make stops at Woodstock to see the hippies. The real Woodstock festival was in nearby Bethel, NY.
Here we find the Catskill Mountains with many opportunities for hiking, some places for skiing, and also the U.S. military academy at West Point.
Adrien recommends checking out some of the annual Hudson Valley events like the county fair each county holds in the summer where you can ride rides and eat things like fried butter.
Along the way we talk about places to pick apples, sample tasting menus, visit the “World’s Best Ice Cream Shop”, see modern art and sculpture parks.
Adrien loves her native area so let’s see if we can help her boost Hudson Valley Tourism.
Metro-North – Schedules, Tickets
Amtrak Empire State
Tarrytown, New York
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Washington Irving’s Sunnyside
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
Blue Hill Farm
Hudson House Inn
Beacon, New York
Moo Moo’s Creamery – The Worlds Best Ice Cream Shop
Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt
Wyndcliffe Mansion (keeping up with the Jones)
Walkway Over The Hudson
Beekman Arms Hotel, Rhinebeck
Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome
Culinary Institute of America’s NY Campus
Samuel’s Sweet Shop
Hudson, New York
Spotty Dog – Books & Ale
Etsy’s Hudson Office
Marina Abramovic Institute
Baba Louie’s Pizza
Mexican Radio (restaurant)
Moto Coffee Machine
Verdigris Tea & Chocolate Bar
Hudson Winter Walk
Olana State Historic Site
Rip Van Winkle
Woodstock Waterfall Park
Catskill Mountains – Overlook Mtn
Bear Mountain Inn
SUNY New Paltz
The Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art
Main Street Bistro
The Village Tearoom
Mohunk Mountain House
Storm King Art Center
Piermont, New York
The Purple Rose of Cairo
View of the World from 9th Avenue
Columbia County Fair
New York Renaissance Faire
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