Catskills + Hudson Valley

Catskills + Hudson Valley Travel Guide

You’ll never wonder what to do in the Hudson Valley because the area is so rich with culture and art. Whether you’d prefer to explore outside or relax inside, the options are endless.

Nyack is one city that you won’t want to miss. Located in an old Dutch farming community, the area offers many trendy boutiques, galleries, antique shops, and ethnic restaurants giving Nyack something of a Greenwich Village feel. Art-lovers looking for things to do in the Hudson Valley will be happy to find that Edward Hopper, a 20th-century painter, grew up here. Visit his home, now known as the Edward Hopper House Art Center, which contains details about his life and serves as an exhibit space for other artists.

Lovers of the great outdoors wondering what to do in the Hudson Valley should look no further than Devil’s Path. The ominously named hiking trail is known for being the toughest hike on the East Coast. Those hiking the trail will find waterfalls, slippery walks and possibly bears on the 25-mile trek.

One of the most fun things to do in the Hudson Valley is catch a show at the Fisher Center for the Performing Arts. Located on the Bard College campus, this cultural center hosts a wide variety of events from art installations to musical performances.

Less than 90 minutes from Manhattan's Fifth Avenue, savvy shoppers can find the same branded merchandise at up to 65 percent off, thanks to this 220-strong ultra-luxe outlet hub.

The 1948 post–Art Deco cinema in Callicoon, NY, charges a mere $5 a seat for matinees.

The Beaux-Arts Vanderbilt Mansion crowns a 212-acre parkland with river panoramas.

Housed in several beautifully laid out barns, converted into a museum space in 1950, is the world's premier collection of Shaker artifacts and archives, though the site itself had nothing to do with the Shakers.

Rodgers has more than 50,000 items, including record albums in mint condition, crammed into every cranny of the place and guarded by a sleepy spaniel.

Stop in for owner ex-Vogue and W magazine staffer Anna Bern' eclectic merchandise—exquisite artisan goods and handmade finds sourced by Bern on her twice-yearly trips to her native Brazil. Pickup everything from handwoven bedspreads to cowhide chairs.

Offseason, hike the ski runs to see the entire yellow and bronze valley below.

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At Bard College, Frank Gehry’s Fisher Center for the Performing Arts hosts cultural events as creative as its architecture. For four weeks this summer, the Spiegeltent, a mirrored pavilion staging everything from circus acts to saucy cabaret, sets up camp.

Save room for house-made cookies at this indie movie house.