Hudson Valley in New York

Hudson Valley in New York

Every beauty that nature has to bestow is inherent in the Hudson Valley of New York state. Just a few hours' ride up north from bustling insanity of 'The Big Apple', the valley is a welcome escape where visitors – unplugged from urban lifestyles – relish the joys of country living in drowsy river towns. With castles atop rugged cliffs, miles of cattail-lined riverbanks, and verdant highlands, the Hudson Valley's scale of geography and pages of history are daunting. Spend a weekend here at least to drop into historical estates, musty bookstores, farm-to-table cuisine, small-town bars, and tempting swimming holes.

The Hudson Valley is a vibrant tableau where treasure troves and culture coves are scattered like autumn leaves. Where country roads wend their way to apple orchards or wine trails; where Gothic facades of sun-dappled mansions hide in mist; where Bangladeshi women stroll along storybook houses; where the glory of fall foliage and spring blossoms are unmatched; where distant sound of meadowlarks and honk of a speeding Amtrak fill the air; and where wealthy oligarchs and hard-working immigrants daily disprove Fitzgerald by writing second acts of their lives.

The Hudson Valley comprises the fabled course of the Hudson River and adjacent rural communities between the cities of Albany and Troy to Yonkers and Manhattan. The region of Hudson Valley was inhabited by the River Indians before permanent European settlements in the seventeenth century. The Hudson Valley has 11 counties which can be categorized into three regions:

1) Lower Hudson Valley
  • Putnam County
  • Rockland County
  • Westchester County

2) Mid-Hudson Valley
  • Dutchess County
  • Orange County
  • Sullivan County
  • Ulster County

3) Upper Hudson Valley/Capital District
  • Albany County
  • Columbia County
  • Greene County
  • Rensselaer County

Beacon, Hudson, Kingston, Ossining, Fishkill, Rhinebeck, and Peekskill are major incorporated areas in the Hudson Valley. For outdoor adventures, about a dozen state parks lie along the sapphire ribbon of Hudson River. Whether on craggy peaks or in pine-scented forests, thrill-seekers enjoy hiking, rock climbing, biking, kayaking, fishing, and other excursions.

Pluck a fresh apple at Fishkill Farms, canoe along Hudson River Valley Greenway, sample maple syrup at Madava Farms, learn local heritage at Hudson River Museum, or heal your soul with meditation at the Omega Institute, the region makes sure that your parting will be a sorrow.

Last Updated on: May 22, 2017