The Hudson Valley is a picturesque area of New York State which runs along the valley of the Hudson River roughly from New York City to Albany, taking in the surrounding communities.
It includes the counties of Columbia, Orange, Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess, Rockland, Greene, Rensselaer, and Ulster, as well as the cities of Hudson, Chatham, and Rhinebeck, and is designated as a National Heritage Area.
A thriving industrial area in the 19th century, the region fell into industrial decline and now has many fascinating historic sites, and something of a romantic aura.
This was also a thriving agricultural region, providing much of the food required by the early Colonists. These days, that farming heritage remains, and the region is very important in the slow food and farm to table movements, making it a paradise for the gourmet resident and tourists alike.
You can travel along leafy lanes and sleepy backwaters or up into the Catskill Mountains to find some of the most delectable food and drink, made right there on the farm or vineyard by people living a style of life which seems to belong to an earlier time and a different place.
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The Hudson Valley has a venerable heritage of winemaking, and to this day makes some of the finest wines in America. This southeastern area of New York State with its proximity to the sea can offer milder winters that are generally experienced in the more northerly parts of the state.
In recent times the Hudson Valley has enjoyed high employment rates, with a multitude of tech companies finding their home there and developing some exciting products and services.
There are a wide variety of properties available to suit all tastes. Everything from smart lofts, to suburban family homes near great schools, to retirement cottages tucked away in sleepy hamlets, to seaside homes alongside sweeping beaches, Hudson Valley real estate has it all.
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Things To Do In The Hudson Valley
There is simply no shortage of things to do in this beautiful place, but here are some of our “Must Do” experiences.
Blue Hill At Stone Barn
Considered by many to be the finest restaurant in America, this is the ultimate gourmet farm to table experience, where growing, cooking and eating food is a philosophy and a way of life.
Book way in advance, and expect to pay close to $300 per person for the exquisite tasting menu.
Russell Wright’s gorgeous 75 acre mid-century home is a dream. The home and gardens are open to visitors from spring to fall and should be on your Hudson Valley bucket list.
Storm King Art Center
This impressive arts center features 500 acres of outdoor sculpture and special installations and exhibits.
If you are a real art buff, then plan to stay locally for a night or two, so you can take in splendid variety of important and beautiful artworks on show here.
Again for the art lover, this huge and beautiful building holds an important collection of modern art. Works include a huge Louise Bourgeois spider, a Dan Flavin light installation and a number of impressive Cor-Ten steel sculpture from Richard Serra.
Stormville Airport Antique Show and Flea Market
If you love poking around and finding treasures in flea markets, this weekly market with over 600 stalls is a must-visit destination.
This wonderfully eccentric part artwork, part home, has been in the process of building for almost fifty years. Made largely from reclaimed materials, it has a medieval theme. If you book in advance, you can stay at this unique bed and breakfast, an unforgettable experience!
Hunter Mountain Scenic Skyride
In the winter it’s a skiing honey pot, in the summer, the ski lift takes you up this 3000 feet plus peak where you can enjoy amazing vistas across the state.
The Hudson Valley has wonderful hiking, and there is no end of trails, long and short, challenging and easy, to keep the avid walker happy from dawn until dusk. Of special note, the Catskills scenic trail offers 26 miles of pleasant walking along an old railroad track, with some very cute small towns to visit along the way.
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