Hudson Valley Fall Getaway

By Myriam Bouchard, Hudson Valley Traveler

The Hudson Valley, between New York City and Albany, is home of some of the country’s best scenic drives with stunning views of gentle rolling hills, fields and woodlands, and the mighty Hudson River, punctuated by quaint towns with astounding culinary delights and fun shopping. In the fall, Mother Nature provides brilliantly colored foliage.

Both banks of the Hudson River provide easy access to a kaleidoscope of culture, history, outdoors activities, shopping, dining, vistas, relaxation, and the friendliest people you will ever meet. Whatever you seek, the Hudson Valley will respond with a myriad of choices.

Start your journey in Tarrytown, NY with an exquisite lunch at Equus, nestled in a castle with views of the Hudson River. You will then have choices of visiting either Kykuit, home of four generations of the Rockefeller family, Phillipsburg Manor, an early 17th century farm, or Union Church, with works of Chagall and Matisse. A bit more north, spend an evening at Van Cortlandt Manor admiring their annual exhibit of over 4,000 individually hand-carved illuminated jack o’ lanterns.

The next day, go north to Cold Spring, where you can have a riverside lunch at the Hudson House River Inn. If the weather permits and you are looking forward to a good workout, you can hike up Breakneck Ridge, for glorious views of Bannerman’s Island Castle and Storm King Mountain, towering across the River.

In Beacon, take two hours to visit the world’s largest modern art museum, the Dia:Beacon, with over 240,000 square feet of exhibition space illuminated by natural light, and complete your day by having dinner at a truly authentic Thai restaurant, Sukkhothai.

Picture of the FDR Home

Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt

On day three, still moving north to Hyde Park, grab a fine lunch at the Culinary Institute of America, where a choice of four distinct culinary delights awaits you. Contented and on a full stomach, stretch your legs to visit the numerous historic sites along the Hudson, such as the Vanderbilt Mansion or Mills Mansion or the home of FDR.

Once in Rhinebeck, step into the award-winning BlueCashew Kitchen Pharmacy, where you will be mesmerized by its multitude of remarkable kitchen supplies. Cross the street and replenish your energies at The Terrapin, where some of the world’s most diverse flavors will meet and mingle on your palate.

Mid-way through your journey, cross the Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge and head to Opus 40, where lays one of the most extraordinary pieces of sculptures ever created by a single man, spread out over more than six acres. Drive south to Kingston to have succulent lunch at the Hoffman House Tavern, a national historic landmark circa 1711.

This afternoon, you can either take a river cruise from the Rondout Historic District or visit America’s oldest street in New Paltz, with houses dating back to 1678. A few miles away, enjoy apple or pumpkin picking and then end your day with a perfectly balanced farm-to-table dinner at the Village TeaRoom Restaurant and Bakeshop.

Today you will walk across the Hudson River on the world’s longest pedestrian-only bridge, Walkway Over the Hudson, and then tour America’s oldest vineyard, Benmarl. As you continue heading south, you will stroll the pristine 500-acre landscape of one of the most outstanding sculpture parks, the Storm King Art Center. Your last stop will be the West Point Military Academy, and finally, a breathtaking riverside meal at the Thayer Hotel, before going back home, wherever this may be…

Many thanks to Myriam Bouchard of the Hudson Valley Traveler for providing us with this wonderful blog post. Hudson Valley Traveler can organize a customized Hudson Valley itinerary for you or you can pick from one of their theme-based packages. You can reach Myriam at 845-750-6252 or info@hudson-valley-traveler.com.

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