Catskills + Hudson Valley Travel Guide

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Visit the Hudson Valley, an area that many former New Yorkers now call home and many current New Yorkers escape to get away from the business of the city. Located a breezy two-mile train ride from the Big Apple, the Hudson Valley offers plenty of great things to eat, see and enjoy. When you travel to the Hudson Valley, you’ll find that idyllic countryside where things seem to reflect a simpler time. Life moves a little bit slower in the valley, where traveling by bike is the norm and pausing over a glass of wine in the afternoon may turn into dinner and post dinner drinks before you know it. Check out this Hudson Valley travel guide for must-see sites.

Things Not to Miss in the Hudson Valley

• Carrie Haddad Gallery honors Haddad, a Hudson pioneer who opened the area’s first art gallery in the nineties.
 • Olana is the home and studio of artist Frederic Edwin Church. The 250-acre site houses Church’s paintings and sketches as well as his magnificent estate.
 • Poets’ Walk is a shaded path named for poets such as Washington Irving, who were known to have strolled in this area. The park features two miles worth of trails with footbridges, benches and cedar pavilions.

When to Go to the Hudson Valley

Most travelers visit the Hudson Valley in the summer when the temperatures are mild and in the 70s and 80s. However, if you are looking for a less crowded time of the year to go, September and October are recommended. It is during these months that hotel rates tend to be less expensive as well. Be sure to make a note that once the weather dips down, many shops close for the season.

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