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Literature Tourism: Hudson Valley
The Hudson Valley in New York is known for two things: its laughably pretty autumn leaves and the appeal it has for literature people. Situated a few hrs just off New York Downtown, this area is often shaded by its bigger, busier neighbour. But authors from Washington Irving to Nova Ren Suma to Joshua Ferris and Carol Goodman have not been inspired by the Hudson Valley just because it is nearby.
Hudson Valley is home to a variety of places any literature enthusiast can go to - and I would know, having been living there all my Iife. You up for the Hudson Valley? Go to Spotty Dog in Hudson. Not only does the bookstore offer an exquisite range of products, but also a pub with an exquisite wine and ale menu.
This charming boutique, which deals in both used and new bookstores, has been inspired by an old-fashioned Victory bookstore in its furnishing and colours. If you go to New Paltz, you can get two for one. One side of the road is lined with the small bookstore Atquiring Minds, which provides both a popular buying programme and student discount at SUNY New Paltz, just a ten-minute stroll away.
Across the road is Barner Book, which has been serving the New Paltz Church for 25 years. Fill with most used book, the store is a pleasure to rummage through and also offers a choice of handcrafted magazines. The Merritt Bookstore in Millbrook has an unbelievable choice of book.
You will also be hosting the Milbrook Literature Festival on May 20, which will feature writers from Min Jin Lee to Iza Trapani. This charming little store has a great range of new titles and an outstanding choice of surrounding literature. The Hudson Valley has many nice old buildings, and more of them have more of a connection to literature than you might think.
Today Edna St. Vincent Millay's Steepletop is Millay Colony for the Arts, an artists' residence in Austerlitz, New York. Whilst emerging writers can submit applications for their retreat and workshop, the people they want to attend can call in advance to take a look at the homes and properties. You think of the Hudson Valley, you think of Sleepy Hollow.
Sleepy Hollow Cemetery is situated in - shockcker - Sleepy Hollow and is open all year round. Enthusiasts can register for hours of trips organized by people in historical costumes to guide them through Irving's live and the wonderful property. Olana State Historic Site was home to Hudson River School artist Frederic Edwin Church.
The Hudson River School can be found in breathtaking art collection, but Olana has the advantage of having a crime novel - Glenda Ruby's death at Olana - that you can literally enjoy while visiting the breathtaking property. You will then drive directly to Hyde Park, where Villa Roosevelt - known as Springwood - looks over the Hudson River.
It is a wonderful property, but one of the high points is the F.D.R. Museum and Libary, which contains tens of historical document. While not directly linked to a book, Vanderbilt Mansion, an equally breathtaking property with a gorgeous rosary, is only a five-minute car ride away. You can also go to Elmira, New York to see his collection and his tomb at Woodlawn Cemetery near by.
Although it is not quite a historic home, you will also find Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York. Whilst he's not my tee, James Fenimore Cooper enthusiasts can hike to the top of the Hudson Valley and see Cooperstown. A part of the Hudson Valley's natural beauties are all outdoor places to stroll and discover - and these are places that have been given their names and inspiration by the people of literature.
Outstanding is the Hudson Valley Writer's Center, which is situated in Sleepy Hollow and provides both general audience and special author-lessons. The Hudson Children's Book Festival is for those who like children as much as I do. In the Hudson Valley, where do you go on a literature tour?