the Middle Hudson Valley
very heart of the Hudson Valley, the Middle Hudson Valley dominates both the political as
well as cultural history of America. Along its banks
the rich and powerful flocked to erect their great mansions.
And from these banks the Hudson River School of Art,
American Romanticism in the arts, was inspired and flourished.
Both Presidents and the mighty found
the scenery, climate and social atmosphere of this region
ideal. FDR's home, Springwood, and Presidential Library
and the mansion of Frederick William Vanderbilt dominate
the cozy little village of Hyde Park. Just south of
Hudson, the country seat of the Livingston Family,
scions of society and politics, sits majestically on
the east bank of the Hudson in Clermont.
In Staatsburg the beaux arts extravaganza
of Mills Mansion, in Poughkeepsie the mediterranean
simplicity of Locust Grove and in Rhinebeck the towering
Victorian splendor of Wilderstein are all open for your
visitation and pleasure. Linger on the lawns and picnic,
hike the trails and take in the extraordinary vistas
that attracted these estates to their locations.
But then prepare yourself for the
natural inspiration of the Shawangunks and the towering
Catskills. West of the Hudson lie these two distinct
ranges of mountains. The "Gunks" offer world
class cliff climbing, crystal clear sky lakes and nearly
endless miles of easy hiking and cross country skiing.
And then there are the forever wild Catskills. Dozens
of trails await you to lead you out into the misty glens
and quiet coves where people like Rip Van Winkle lost
themselves and slumbered away the day.
On both sides of the Hudson are quiet
cozy little towns and villages, each distinct and each
lined with shops and attractions for you to enjoy and
linger at. New Paltz at the foot of the Shawangunks
is a shopper's paradise. Woodstock tucked up in the
Catskills is filled with boutiques containing the unique
and unusual as well as the best of designer goods. To
the east, Millbrook reflects the country set that call
this area home and Kinderhook boasts special shops and
Speaking of food, want the best the
world has to offer? Call early and make a reservation
at the CIA, (Culinary Institute of America), in Hyde
Park, the largest and most important institute of culinary
arts education in America. Or stop by The Bakery in
New Paltz for mouth watering delicies And scatter across
the region, wineries and vineyards are all pursuing
their own unique viewpoints and tastes in the creation
of award winning wines.
On the western flanks, trace the D&H
Canal from High Falls down to Ellenville, then stay
for an exciting evening of theatre at the Shadowlands.
Go hand gliding or sail planing along the western faces
of the Shawangunks. Or step back in time at Huguenot
Street, the oldest continuously inhabited street in
America, lined with early Dutch homes.
If history is your thing, you'll find
no where better than the Great Estates Region. In every
corner you will discover small museums and historic
homes such as Locust Lawn, Glebe House. And make sure
to walk the streets of Historic Kingston and its Rondout
District. The old stockade district is a warren of quaint
streets, lined with homes dating as far back as the
American Revolution. And down at the Rondout, terminus
of the D&H Canal, the maritime heritage of the Hudson
River can be experienced at the Hudson River Maritime
Museum and Rondout Lighthouse.
All in all, the Middle Hudson Valley is incomparable in location, ease of access,
diversity of activities and welcoming people. No matter
what you like, from wandering the streets and shops
of Rhinebeck or Woodstock to wandering the trails of
Mohonk or the Catskills, it's all right here waiting