Travel to New York’s Hudson Valley – Episode 635

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Travel to New York's Hudson Valley - Amateur Traveler Episode #635

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.

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Show Notes
Hudson Valley
Metro-North – Schedules, Tickets
Amtrak Empire State
Tarrytown, New York
Lyndhurst (mansion)
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Washington Irving’s Sunnyside
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
Blue Hill Farm
Hudson House Inn
Fishkill Farms
Beacon, New York
Moo Moo’s Creamery – The Worlds Best Ice Cream Shop
Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt
Wilderstein Mansion
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
Club Helsiki
Chatham Brewing
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
Woodstock, NY
Catskill Mountains
Rip Van Winkle
Bearsville Theater
Woodstock Waterfall Park
Catskill Mountains – Overlook Mtn
Bear Mountain Inn
Bread Alone
SUNY New Paltz
The Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art
Main Street Bistro
The Village Tearoom
Mohunk Mountain House
Storm King Art Center
West Point
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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Chris Christensen is the creator of the Amateur Traveler blog and podcast. He has been a travel creator since 2005 and has won awards including being named the "Best Independent Travel Journalist" by Travel+Leisure Magazine.

One Response to “Travel to New York’s Hudson Valley – Episode 635”

Rebecca Horwitz


Hi Chris,
I really enjoyed the recent episode on the Hudson Valley, where I’ve been fortunate to live for 21 years. I agree with your guest on most of her recommendations but would like to comment on a few. First, Mohonk Mountain House is indeed a lovely place with much to offer, but listeners should know that it’s a 5 star resort and NOT for the budget traveler. As of today, December 5, 2018, a midweek winter getaway is $462 per night! That includes meals, but still! On weekends, the price is over $600 per night, and this is not the high season.
Also, your guest recommended the FDR estate, but personally I prefer Val-kill, also known as the Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site. Val-kill Cottage was Eleanor’s personal retreat and she spent many years writing, thinking and receiving guests there. If you weren’t an Eleanor fan before, you just might be after a visit to Val-kill, where you get a good sense of what this amazing woman was really like.
Your guest professed a lot of admiration for FDR, but I have to mention that from a Jewish perspective, he was not so wonderful. During WWII FDR turned away ships with thousands of desperate Jewish refugees and sent them back to a certain death in Europe. He claimed that Jewish immigrants could “threaten national security” according to many sources. I’ve read that Eleanor tried to change his mind, but he wouldn’t budge. Just wanted to share this.
Thanks for an always enlightening show!

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