Visiting the Hudson Valley? Where do we go from here?

Travel amid the Pandemic is a challenge: What’s open? What’s not? What are the rules (if any) we have to follow if we travel? What are the safest places to stay? To eat? To visit? Are there going to be enough things to do?

Hudson Valley LighthouseIn the Hudson Valley, even while many attractions are still closed or have limited hours or limited access, we are very lucky here in the Valley that while we have an overwhelming number of attractions that people can pay a fee to visit and interact with, we have even more natural attractions for visitors to check out. From hiking to biking, to boating, and much much more.

Some of our usual yearly events have been canceled for the in-person events but have moved to online, so even if you choose to forgo your visit to the Hudson Valley this year and come next year, you can still enjoy some of the sights and sounds we have to offer.

The 19th Annual Hudson Valley Wine & Food Festival, which was planned for Sept. 12 and 13 at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck, NY, has moved to a virtual festival and will be held at There is also a wide variety of other events and activities that are moved online and can be found at each of the regional tourism sites.

Old Sleigh with foliage growing in itIf you are coming in person to visit the valley, whether it’s from far away or you are here for a short local Staycation, here are some of the attractions of interest that you can take advantage of in addition to all of our great outdoor options.

Hot air balloon enthusiasts will still get a chance to watch majestic balloons fly this year, but they have to remain in their vehicles to do so. September 25, 26, & 27, 2020 at Tymor Park in Union Vale, New York. For more information visit

The Woodstock Film Festival is taking a dual approach and will take place at drive-ins and streaming online from September to October 4. For more information visit

Speaking of drive-in movie theaters, remember when you used to go as kids with family or a special date in college? Watching a movie in the comfort and privacy of your vehicle where you can relax and crunch your potato chips loudly to your heart’s content? The region has four drive-in theaters to check out!

Four Brothers Drive-In Theatre in Amenia, NY. As Four Brothers likes to tout about their theater “The Essence of Happiness” The popular local “DRIVE-IN” has built a reputation on making people happy by offering exceptionally tasty recipes complemented by a contemporary retro theme. “Visit their website at

Hyde Park Drive-In Theater in Hyde Park, NY (You may see some students from the nearby Culinary Institute of America taking advantage of some screenings) The theater shows films nightly including double features.

Overlook Drive-In Theater in Poughkeepsie, NY has the largest movie screen in the NY metro area, the Overlook shows first-run films nightly, including double features. Visit their website at

And last but not least, the Story Screen Drive-In in Beacon, NY, a pop up drive-in theater showing classic films Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights. Tickets and concessions by advance reservation only. Visit their website at

While farmer’s markets are still in season, it’s a great way to see the sights, meet new people (safely) in the outdoor air and take back home some of the bounties from our region’s farms and crafters. There is a terrific recent article from Hudson Valley Exposed with a list of local farmer’s markets and where to find them.

Adirondack Chairs on a PorchIf you are visiting the region to just take advantage of all the Hudson Valley has to offer outside, don’t forget to download the new New State Parks Explorer Mobile App for Visitors. The app aims to provide visitors with information at their fingertips on destinations and activities like historic places, state parks, and more. Check it out at

And please don’t forget to check out our member inns and Bed and Breakfasts. We have done our best to make sure your safety is top of mind, while yet still offering the warmth and hospitality we are known for. Want to learn more? Check out Stay Safer, Stay Small, Stay B&B

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