Hudson Valley: Fun For All Seasons!
Make this vacation one of your best ever! National Geographic Traveler named the magnificent Hudson Valley a Top 20 Must-See Place on its Best of the World list.
This region is home to some of America’s most visited sites. Just north of Manhattan, beside the majestic Hudson River, discover inspiring landscapes, palatial historic homes, fun festivals and farm-fresh cuisine. Browse antique shops and galleries in river towns like Nyack, Hudson and Rhinebeck or power shop amid Woodbury Common’s vast collection of designer outlets.
Visit historic estates, from the Vanderbilt Mansion and Franklin D. Roosevelt Home in Hyde Park to Kykuit: the Rockefeller Estate in Tarrytown. Boscobel—a splendid hilltop home in the Hudson Highlands—presents the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival to 30,000 fans every summer. The iconic Caramoor International Music Festival has thrilled audiences on a glorious 90-acre garden estate in Katonah since 1946.
You’ll definitely eat well in the Hudson Valley--from legendary country inns to the world-famous Culinary Institute of America. Foodies love the region’s abundant farm markets, artisanal cheese makers and award-winning wineries along the Shawangunk Wine Trail.
Catch summer breezes and spectacular autumn views from the Walkway Over the Hudson, the longest pedestrian bridge in the world! The 88-mile Shawangunk Mountains Scenic Byway winds through a paradise for hikers and a world-renowned rock climbing area. Winter fun includes skiing and snowboarding at mountains like Catamount, Tuxedo and Thunder Ridge. For cross-country skiing with breathtaking lake views, follow the mountain trails of Minnewaska State Park Preserve.
Castle on the Hudson, a medieval-style castle, features seasonal Cooking Vacations with Vintage Hudson Valley. Other unique places to stay include Mohonk Mountain House, recently named the #1 Resort Spa in the US by Condé Nast Traveler. The lakeside Victorian castle surrounded by forests and winding trails features four-season sports, fine dining and a sumptuous spa. The Omega Institute in Rhinebeck offers a rustic setting for yoga, health and wellness retreats.
Along with 400 years of hospitality, the Hudson Valley boasts rich history. In Newburgh explore Washington's Headquarters, where George Washington created the Badge of Military Merit, forerunner of the Purple Heart. Tour the US Military Academy at West Point, where historic figures including George Washington, Robert E. Lee, U.S. Grant, Douglas MacArthur and even Benedict Arnold walked the grounds.
You can follow in the footsteps of famous 19th-century Hudson River School artists on the newly-expanded Hudson River School Art Trail. Take in the breathtaking landscapes that inspired them and tour historic homes like Olana, Frederic Church’s picturesque estate in Hudson.
Boscobel House & Gardens
Caramoor International Music Festival
Castle on the Hudson
Culinary Institute of America
Franklin D. Roosevelt Home
Historic Hudson Valley http://www.hudsonvalley.org/
Hudson River School Art Trail http://www.hudsonriverschool.org
Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival at Boscobel
Hudson’s Antique Trail
Kykuit: The Rockefeller Estate
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Mohonk Mountain House
Olana State Historic Site
Shawangunk Mountains Scenic Byway
Shawangunk Wine Trail
Thunder Ridge Ski Area
US Military Academy at West Point
Vintage Hudson Valley
Walkway Over the Hudson
Washington's Headquarters State Historic Site
West Point Museum
Woodbury Common Premium Outlets