the Lower Hudson Valley
Hudson first sailed up the mighty North River, (later renamed the Hudson), he first encountered
the imposing body of water now known as the Tappan Zee.
On its western flanks tower the majestic Palisades of
New Jersey and Rockland County, on the east the flat
plains, quiet glens, soft rolling hills covered in dense
forests and fertile fields of what is now Westchester
County. At the head of the Tappan Zee, the river is
throttled by the Appalachians into a narrow gorge whose
entrance is called the South Gate.
The Dutch easily settled into the
area early in the 17th Century, converting forests and
hillsides into prosperous farms and homesteads. Yet
the mystery and majesty of the Tappan Zee remained.
Lying so near the burgeoning economic heart of America,
New Amsterdam later renamed New York City, the area
prospered as wealth was pulled from the land and marketed
just down river.
The quiet glens and stream banks are
the setting for the legends of Washington Irving, the
industry of Phillipse Manor and the commercial enterprises
of mining in what is now Rockland County. Hamlets, villages
and towns sprung up and prospered. Estates were erected
and commerce settled in.
The area is now considered to be the
headquarters of corporate America with more international
corporations having their businesses centered out of
Westchester than anywhere else in the world. The sleepy
villages and quiet hollows are now burgeoning with quaint
shops, world class dining, charming walkable streets
and recreation of every sort.
Across the river to the west, the
nature of the villages and towns have kept their more
working class feeling. Nestled amongst the mountains
and cliffs of the Palisades, these charming towns remain
friendly, inviting and interesting to visit. Great tracts
are forever preserved in state parklands, providing
unparalleled opportunities to easily get out into the
natural beauty of the countryside.
The Lower Hudson Valley invites
you into itself, to wander its streets, visit its historic
sites and enjoy its many attractions. All of this, just
minutes north of New York City and accessible by Metro-North,
bus or car. Come on up and discover the mystery and
majesty of the Lower Hudson Valley.