Exploring the Hudson Valley: things to do, places to visit in this part of upstate New York
The beautiful Hudson Valley region is full of unique accommodations, shops, delicious restaurants, stunning views, great hikes and history. It is the perfect combination of luxury and nature. It’s easy to create a road trip based on its fresh air and fun activities – a much needed respite from city life.
Here are the best things to do in seven counties in the Hudson Valley. Take your time, there is plenty to see and do!
Albany (Albany County)
This New York State capital is full of street art, beautiful architecture, and wonderful places to eat. As you roam the city, you can head to the main plaza near the Capitol building to see public art sculptures or buildings to find colorful street art adding beauty to brick buildings or parking lots. otherwise simple. Head to The Yard: Hatchet House and Bar for boozy ice cream (or as they like to call it, “boozy moo”), amazing cocktails, and ax throws.
Troy (Rensselaer County)
Spending time in the Hudson Valley, Troy is by far one of my favorite areas. The main street is full of small shops and restaurants. Troy has magnificent art along the buildings and in the alleys. The waterfront farmers markets have vendors selling fresh pasta, seafood, must-have chocolate milk, homemade popsicles and more.
Catskills (Greene County)
The Catskills are a wonderful stay because there is so much great accommodation. Scribner’s Catskill Lodge offers a mountain atmosphere, an outdoor sauna and an on-site restaurant called Prospect. The surrounding area is full of places to go horse riding, visit antique shops and restaurants. One place that is definitely worth a visit is the Last Chance Antiques & Cheese Café. They have a bunch of retro candy, local cheeses, and interesting antiques stuck all over the wall.
Hudson (Columbia County)
An obvious choice for a place to stay in Hudson is The Maker Hotel. All rooms are available with all themes like writer or artist. You are in the heart of the city, close to all the shops on the main street. Don’t forget to think outside the box to find Gracie’s Luncheonette. They have donuts, shakes and other amazing food.
Rhinebeck (County of Holland)
The Tivoli hotel in Rhinebeck is full of splashes of color and lovely views over their garden. In addition, the restaurant on site is fantastic. The drinks and promotions at The Corner were amazing. Breakfast consisted of scratchy treats and some of the best bacon you have ever eaten. The main street is full of shops, one of my favorites being Samuel’s Sweet Shop, owned by Paul Rudd. Explore the old Rhinebeck airfield where you can see models of old gliders.
Beacon (Dutchess County)
As mentioned in our Beacon guide, you must stay at the Roundhouse. The penthouse with a round tub overlooking the waterfall is truly a treat. The shops seem to go on forever, offering everything from sea glass and clothes to Christmas decorations all year round. The town restaurant offers delicious French onion soup and the new donut shop, Peaceful Provisions, is definitely worth a visit. You can even channel a childhood fantasy and take a boat ride to Bannerman Castle. What was once used to store military surpluses is now a magnificent abandoned castle in the middle of the water that you can explore on your own by kayak or by taking a boat trip.
Peekskill (Westchester County)
At the water’s edge, you can discover a few sculptures nearby, almost like a scavenger hunt in the area, by finding the statues and art noted on the map. By the river there is a beautiful park where people fly kites, walk around and relax by the water. Next, head to Peekskill Brewery where you can grab a big buttery pretzel with a cheese dip and a pint of their sour mango. This is delicious!
Tarrytown (Westchester County)
Tarrytown, known for being right next to Sleepy Hollow, and has spooky elements, but also elegant touches. Visiting the sites of the Old Dutch Reformed Church, Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Headless Horseman Sculpture, and Headless Horseman Bridge are must-sees when in town. You can tour the magnificent octagonal The Armor-Stiner, spend the night at Tarrytown House on the Hudson, eat at celebrity chef Dale Talde’s Goosefeather Restaurant, and take in the magnificent city views from a distance.
Safe Travels: Summer Rentals In Upstate New York You Can Still Book For 2021 | Cabins, lakeside houses, more
Safe Travels: Sleep in the trees with these magical treehouses in upstate New York
Weekend at Beacon: 7 Things to Do for an Upstate NYC Getaway
Weekend in Hudson: 8 things to do in this upstate New York paradise