Area Attractions & Things to Do in the Hudson River Valley

Whether it is a weekend getaway, or your family’s extended vacation that you are planning, the innkeepers of the Hudson Valley Lodging Association will be happy to help plan your itinerary. Walk in George Washington’s footsteps at the site of his Revolutionary War headquarters in Newburgh. Visit Presidential homesteads and libraries. Tour historic estates, some dating back to when the Dutch first settled the Valley in the 1600’s. Many others, such as Clermont and Montgomery Place, were the homes of America’s leading families in the 18th and 19th centuries. The life styles of some of the country’s wealthiest Gilded Age families come alive when you visit the country mansions of the Vanderbilts and the Mills. Stroll their park-like grounds, with restored gardens and unparalleled views of the Hudson River.

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Gaze overhead as vintage biplanes come to life, or better yet, don your helmet, goggles, and silk scarf, and soar above the river valley. Experience the Hudson River more directly, as you navigate your kayak along the shore, or enjoy the fall foliage from the deck of a river cruise boat. Art lovers can choose from hundreds of galleries, outdoor sculpture parks and world-class museums. Live performances of music, dance and theater, can be enjoyed in venues ranging from a restored opera house to a country barn, to a modern center designed by world-renowned architect, Frank Gehry.The Hudson Valley has become a culinary destination. Foodies can indulge their passion in the student run restaurants at the famous Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in Hyde Park. The behind the scenes tours and classes offered at the CIA are not to be missed. The region is known for its farm-to-table restaurants. Whether the chefs were trained at the CIA, or drawn here by the proximity to local farms; they have forged relationships with the local farmers to bring you the freshest, most creative dishes. It will inspire you to visit our many farm stands and farmers’ markets. Savor eating a tomato freshly picked that morning. Take note of the sunburned hands and face as the farmer hands you a slice of apple to taste. The food chain will have a whole new meaning.

Our award-winning wines can be sampled as you follow our wine trails, up and down the Hudson River Valley. The wineries are family-run establishments and many offer unbelievable views – what a way to spend an afternoon.

If you are looking for outdoor fun and adventure, try climbing our world-famous rock cliffs or hike our well-marked paths and miles of rail trails connected on both sides of the River via the Walkway Over the Hudson, rent or bring your bike, or watch endless waterfalls. It will give a whole new meaning to rising at sunrise as you lift off in a hot air balloon. Bet you can’t wait to come visit the Hudson River Valley. Our Hudson Valley Lodging Association members are waiting to show it to you.

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