Hudson Valley where to goThe Hudson Valley, where to go
Stop by on Tuesday night to listen to your favourite tunes and dance.
Stop by on Tuesday night to listen to your favourite tunes and dance. Pavilion in Greenvale Park, 2260 New Hackensack Road (RT 376), Poughkeepsie. Poughkeepsie Senior Center, 13 Abe's Way, Poughkeepsie. Stop by on Tuesday night to listen to your favourite tunes and dance. Pavilion in Greenvale Park, 2260 New Hackensack Road (RT 376), Poughkeepsie.
Poughkeepsie Senior Center, 13 Abe's Way, Poughkeepsie.
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Discover the'Other' Hudson Valley Travel Column
I' m not sure what we were most amazed by: that such a picturesque, hilly excursion was only an hours outside of New York City, or that we had never even known about Bear Mountain, NY, before we planned a three-night-journey. At the end of the summers, the notion of a "trip of friends" in the direction of travel was particularly appealing.
We' ve targeted New York State without realizing that this Hudson Valley area - on the west side of the Hudson River and just a few kilometres just off the New Jersey frontier - would provide such a rich blend of nature, culture and cuisine.
The area even hosts the beloved New York State Renaissance Festival, which lasts until October 1. The other Hudson Valley," we called it within a daily of our arrival in Orange County, NY, was so different from what we had seen on the opposite (and more touristy) east bank further to the north, where Franklin Roosevelt's parental home and the Culinary Institute of America are now.
To be honest, there is no need to prefer one side of Hudson Valley to the other; they are pretty, rural and simple to discover. However, if the great outdoor environment has a particular attraction, the Bärengebirgsregion needs a place on your travelling itinerary. Hudson River intersects a half moon around Orange County and offers one of the most spectacular landscapes in the Hudson Highlands.
In fact, the place where we spent the night is within the 500 hectares of country that make up the beloved 5,000 hectares of Bear Mountain State Reserve. Historical Bear Mountain Inn in Adirondack architecture, constructed in 1915, is the first thing you see upon arrival in the wild. Whereas the guesthouse - registered in the National Register of Historical Places - is enormous, there are only 15 rooms and suite; on the lower storey there is a souvenir store and a café; on the second storey there is a large but cosy eatery; and the rooms are all on the third storey, where the full-service spas are also on.
Bear Mountain Inn was shut down for more than five years, undergoing $15 million worth of refurbishment and reopened in early 2012. The Bear Mountain Inn's 1915 restaurant is an unforgettable meal that offers dishes ranging from uniquely (game) to cosy ("The Hibernator", a mixture of meat loaf, potato puree and Mac'n Cheese).
There' s no indoor pools, but don't worry: just five walking mins to the Bear Mountain Park community park which is a crystal gem that can hold nearly 1,700 floats at a $2 per capita discount. From November there will be a ski-run in the park.
The Bear Mountain State Park has numerous places for barbeques, frisbee matches and relaxing times. In the early afternoon, after we had explored Bear Mountain Park, we went to the near Woodbury Commons Premium Outlets. "Our tour featured a look into the wineries, a summary of the long (and somewhat turbulent) story and a tasting of five different wines.
The next full featured full moon began with a trip to the amazingly beloved Saint Martin King Art Center. Established in 1960 as the Hudson River School's Painting Gallery, the city soon developed into a significant sculptural site with works by some of the most famous painters of the twentieth centuries.
David Smith's 1967 purchase of 13 works put the centre in the spotlight, where it has been for many years. It'?ll take you a few lessons to really see the Storm King. During the two hrs cruise - accentuated by hills and enchanting harbor cities - the landscape was completely wonderful as we drove along the riverbank southwards to West Point and back.
Our last day we drove out of Bear Mountain by taking the meandering Perkins Memorial Drive (named after George Perkins, who from its inception in 1900 until his passing in 1920 acted as chairman of the Palisades Interstate Park Commission) to the Perkins Memorial Tower on the top of the hill.
Perkins Tower, 1,300 ft above sealevel, was deserving of a climb, but to stand on the cliffs overlooking the stunning scenery turned out to be even more exciting. A further 30 mins away, and we were at the New York Renaissance Fare, which will celebrate its 40-year anniversary in 2017.
Now I just have to find out the time for a revisit to New York State to capture the autumn leaves. More information about the Hudson Valley visit: www.travelhudsonvalleycom.