Village of Cold Spring
is one of those really special little villages just waiting for you to turn off the road and stop in
for a visit. If your visit is a quick one or if you
stay for a while, you won't be disappointed by what
you will find and enjoy in Cold Spring.
As one of the major stops on the Metro-North
trains, Cold Spring is also one of the few of these
special places that is also extremely easy to get to.
The tracks quite literally divide the little village
into two distinct sections. As you descend onto the
platform, you are a very short walk from just about
everything and everywhere in Cold Spring. This convenience
of arrival makes Cold Spring an ideal place for a quick
weekend getaway from the hectic urban city. Sweet little
B&Bs and exceptional Country Inns await you and
invite you for a luxurious experience. Renowned restaurants
and small cafes beckon you to sit and enjoy a leisurely
meal or languish over a glass of wine and collection
of tasty little treats.
Out on Main Street, the shops and
stores of Cold Spring are famous for their contents.
Long a primary location for antiques in the Northeast,
the shops of Cold Spring have broadened their offerings
to include imported goods, artisan crafts and gifts
of every description and source. Many great antique
stores and consignment shops still abound providing
endless hours of browsing and shopping fun. Pick up
a birthday card for your mother, a birdhouse for your
Uncle Ted and a 19th century armoire for your apartment
all within steps of each other.
Should you weary of shopping, just
up the hill and down the street is the Foundry School
Museum, an absolutely charming museum as well as fascinating
collection of artifacts of the history of the area and
the local 18th century foundry industry of Cold Spring.
The foundries at Cold Spring crafted the "Great
Chains" strung across the mighty Hudson River by
General Washington during the American Revolution to
prevent British War Ships from ascending the river and
dividing the colonies. The museum is small, extremely
well designed and presented and easily appreciated,
in our opinion one of the best small museums in the
entire Hudson Valley.
In the late afternoon, make sure to
wander down Main Street to the river front and sit yourself
down for a relaxing sunset. Cold Spring is one of the
very few rare places in the Valley where you can actually
go down to the river and take it's majesty in. As Cold
Spring is located deep in the heart of the Hudson Highlands,
the scenic view from the river front is marvelous. If
you're lucky, you'll be there during one of the many
concerts held in the bandstand on the river front Cold
Spring has preserved its river front and created an
inviting park filled with benches and railings where
you can sit in the cool breezes coming off the river
and enjoy the mountains with the river carving its path
between. To your left behind the ridge across the Hudson
is West Point, to your right the mountains of the North
Gate of the Hudson Highlands dominate the river with
Newburgh and Beacon just beyond.
Cold Spring is a special place, totally
unique in the Hudson Valley. It's not only exceptionally
easy to get to, it's not only exceptionally inviting
and welcoming to guests and visitors, it's also one
of the few remaining riverside hamlets that has escaped
commercial development and been able to maintain and
enrich its unique and distinctive flavor. Drop in for
a couple of hours or for an weekend, you'll be very
glad you did.