Hudson Valley’s Best Kept Secrets

The Hudson Valley abounds with things to do and see all year long. But some of the best kept secrets of the Valley are seasonal offerings. Here are four area attractions all within an hour’s drive of each other. These four seasonal and historical attractions give visitors a taste of the beauty, hard work, innovation and industry that gives the region both historically and currently a heart unlike any other region.

Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome

Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome

Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome
9 Norton Rd., Red Hook, NY 12571
On May 15, 2016 the Aerodrome opened for the season. Hours open daily from 10:00 am until 5:00

The Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome is a historical living museum, with examples of aircraft spanning from World War 1 to the Golden Age of Aviation prior to World War 2. The museum also has an extensive collection of antique automobiles and motorbikes. The aerodrome was the creation of Cole Palen and was established as a non-profit in 1993 in order to continue on his legacy and protect his collection. The non-profit continues to obtain and restore antique aircraft and vehicles as well as other artifacts that are historically significant. The museum offers educational classes and events seeking to educate the public on the scientific and technological advancements that it represents. Airshows at the Aerodrome run mid-June through mid-October, and biplane rides are available before and after the shows.

Stonecrop Gardens
81 Stonecrop Lane, Cold Spring, New York 10516
On April 1, 2016 the Stonecrop Gardens opened for the season. Hours are Monday through Saturday, from 10:00 am-5:00 pm, and select Sundays.

In 1958 Stonecrop Gardens originally began as a private garden started by Frank Cabot and his wife, Anne. Located in the Hudson Highlands, north of New York City. In the mid-1980s, they wished to convert Stonecrop to a public garden and engaged English horticulturist Caroline Burgess to direct its development. Stonecrop now encompass fifteen acres of diverse garden spaces containing a huge collection of plants.  The display gardens themselves cover an area of approximately 12 acres and comprise a collection of gardens and plants including woodland and water gardens, raised alpine stone beds, a grass garden, cliff rock gardens, and an enclosed English-style flower garden. There is also a Conservatory on site.



50 Fite Road, Saugerties, NY 12477
Opus 40 opens for the season on Memorial Day weekend. Hours are Thursday through Sunday and Holiday Mondays, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Opus 40 was created by Harvey Fite, who was a sculptor of wood and stone. In May of 1938 he encountered an abandoned 12-acre bluestone quarry in High Woods (Town of Saugerties) NY and built his house and studio there. In the spring he began Opus 40. Opus is the Latin word for work, and 40 refers to the number of years he expected he would need to complete the work. To create Opus 40, Fite worked with traditional quarryman’s tools: hammers and chisels, drills, crowbars, and a huge boom equipped with a hand-powered winch and a flat wooden tray for moving rocks. The quarry also houses a museum featuring quarrying equipment and tools, most of them hand-forged. Furnishings from the quarryman’s household are also on display. Brendan Gill, in March, 1989 edition of Architectural Digest, called Opus 40 “one of the largest and most beguiling works of art on the entire continent,” and he has also called it “the greatest earthwork sculpture I have ever seen.”  Opus 40 now hosts weddings and music events throughout the year and is a beautiful place to contemplate the immense amount of work that went into creating it, as well as the beauty of Harvey Fite’s rock sculptures contained within his larger body of work.

Innisfree Gardens
362 Tyrrel Road, Millbrook, New York 12545
Innisfree is now open five days a week plus bank holidays through Sunday, October 16, 2016. Hours are Wednesday – Friday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, Weekends and holidays, 11:00 am–5:00 pm, Closed Mondays and Tuesdays, except legal holidays.

Innisfree Gardens took over 50 years to create, and is the work of landscape architect Lester Collins who passed away in 1193. Assisting in the creation of the gardens and since his passing, artist and teacher Walter Beck and gardener and heiress Marion Burt Beck and many of his clients have contributed their own artistic contributions to the gardens. The gardens themselves combine many eras of ideas including traditional Chinese and Japanese garden design. Strolling through Innisfree Gardens, you experience a complex blending of nature and earth composition that invites you to explore the unique melding of the four elements. Innisfree is also recognized as one of the world’s ten best gardens.

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