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Driving the Hudson River Valley

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Photo: Ball & Albanese

Just in time for the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson’s initial voyage up the river, the Hudson Valley has emerged from a deep slumber. The landmark mansions and mom-and-pop storefronts have been joined by galleries, performance spaces, and flourishing restaurants; locals run the gamut from farmers to art-world heavy hitters (is that Brice Marden at the local tavern?). History meets new energy in our ideal weekend mix.

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Inspired by: 3 Northeastern Weekend Getaways — by Peter Jon Lindberg, Published Mar. 2009

Hotels (2)

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    Rhinecliff Hotel

    After a five-year renovation, the 1854 Rhinecliff Hotel is once again a bustling hub. The nine rooms have balconies that seem to float over the Hud

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    Madalin Hotel

    The 11 rooms mix old and new, as in flat-screen TV’s atop antique bureaus. Pub grub and a carved 19-foot-long bar make the downstairs tavern a neig

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Restaurants (4)

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    DA/BA

    Chef-owner Daniel Nilsson's DNA may well be found in the Swedish specials he presents each week, like the toast Skagen, with its judicious use of d

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    Terrapin Red Bistro

    Choose your own bun, cheese, sauce, and extras to dress the Coleman natural-beef burger.

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    Bubby's

    From the window of a cute-as-a-bug trailer emerge fat burritos and guacamole-topped quesadillas—and that’s just about the entire menu. Chow down at

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    Mercato, Red Hook

    Mercato is an Italian gem, the dining room’s creamy walls full of everyday cheer. Francesco Buitoni, red bandanna–clad descendant of the famed Ital

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Activities (7)

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    Walkway over the Hudson

    Few public works aim as high, literally, as the old Poughkeepsie Highland Railroad Bridge—now called the Walkway over the Hudson, which is currentl

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    Dia: Beacon

    No New York institution displays monumental modern art better than Dia: Beacon. The former Nabisco factory shows notable works like Richard Serra’

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    Paper Trail

    The stationery store extraordinaire stocks whimsical gifts and housewares: birdhouses, bookends, ribbons, and hand-blocked quilts from India.

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    Fisher Center for the Performing Arts

    At Bard College, Frank Gehry’s Fisher Center for the Performing Arts hosts cultural events as creative as its architecture. For four weeks this sum... More
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    Kaatsbaan

    Set on an estate that once belonged to Eleanor Roosevelt’s grandparents, Kaatsbaan provides dance companies with studios and a performance space as

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    Upstate Films

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

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    Holy Cow

    an ice cream spot that’s especially Beware long lines at this icecream store; it's especially popular after the nearby multiplex lets out. Sweetest

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