Hudson Valley

In 1609, Henry sailed the river that now bears his name.  It was his third attempt to find a northwest passage to China and while he didn’t have great success in accomplishing his goal, he has been greatly credited for the colonization of the Hudson River area.    With his journey and so many others that came after him, our culture here in the Hudson Valley is rich in extraordinary history.  The Hudson Valley region officially encompasses a 10 county radius. Beginning at the tip of Manhattan in Westchester County then heading north 150 miles to the capital city of Albany.

There are so many important historic destinations including:

  • Franklin D. Roosevelt Library & Museum, Hyde Park, New York
  • Washington’s Headquarters, Newburgh, New York
  • United States Military Academy, West Point New York
  • Fort Montgomery State Historic Site, Fort Montgomery, New York

Many stately mansions of historic figures and millionaires were built in the 1800’s.  Many wealthy businessmen found it easy to commute by train to the Hudson Valley and built family estates for their weekend and summer homes. Some of those homes are open to the public:

  • Boscobel, Cold Spring, New York
  • Franklin D Roosevelt Home
  • Val Kill, Hyde Park, New York
  • Vanderbilt Mansion, Hyde Park New York
  • Sunnyside, Tarrytown, New York



Are you someone with high epicurean standards?  Do you think pizza is the be all end all? Well foodie, rejoice!!  Choices, choices and more choices up and down the river. You will find your proverbial “slice” of heaven.  Hands down,  New Yawk is it when it comes to pizza, but if you’re looking to satisfy your taste buds you’ve got choices.  Hyde Park is the home to the Culinary Institute of America the worlds top culinary school.  The restaurants are amazing…but make a reservation early!!  The wonderful part is many of the graduates hang here to work, open businesses or restaurants.  The recent farm to table movement has really provided a foodie revival for the Hudson Valley with so many local farms and has gained the attention of some of the top chefs and cooking experts.

Our wineries are some of the best and oldest in the country including Brotherhood Wineries our nation’s oldest.  Angry Orchard is open for tours and there are plenty of distilleries to choose from.  Basically you can catch a buzz pretty easily here.


We have a growing Arts Community:

  • Dia Beacon, Beacon, New York
  • Storm King Art Center, Mountainville, New York

Scenic Sites:

  • Innisfree Gardens
  • Saugerties Lighthouse
  • Walkway over the Hudson-connecting Poughkeepsie and Highland

Annual craft fairs and festivals:

  • New York Rennaisance Faire, Tuxedo, New York
  • Woodstock/New Paltz Arts & Crafts Fair
  • Hastings Flea Market & Stormville Flea Market
  • Dragon Boat Races, Poughkeepse, New York


In the case that we leave here after we retire, we want to make sure we see as much here as we can.  Come along…

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