If you follow the body of water forming the western boundary of Manhattan North you leave the City boundary into Westchester County and from there into the Hudson Valley. Long before the citizens of New York became fixated with the Hamptons, Hudson Valley was the source of food from agriculture and water from the rivers of the Catskills flowing into the Hudson.
As the Hamptons circuit becomes ever more exclusive, the Hudson Valley offers visitors both a contrasting experience visually and some great adventures as was recognized by National Geographic Traveller in 2013 which declared the Valley one of the top 20 destinations in the World – here are a selection of seven places to go and experience, one from each of the Counties making up the Hudson Valley.
The Closest, smallest and Southern-most county of the Valley on the West side of the Hudson River. Rockland is home to several public and private golf courses including Manhattan Woods designed by the legendary Gary Player (One Ahlmeyer Drive, West Nyack, T: 845.627.2222 www.mwgolf.club). For those interested in shopping why not try The Pallisades shopping Mall – one of the largest in America (1000 Pallisades Center Dr, West Nyack, T: 845.348.1000 ).
One of the wealthiest counties in America, why not visit the main street at Cold Spring. A cluster of coffee shops, restaurants and boutique stores offer a great day out and easily accessible via rail including the Zagat rated Hudson House River Inn (2 Main Street, T:845.265.9355 www.hudsonhouseinn.com).
North of Rockland County and at its western point the Town of Port Jervis is the intersection of the tri-state area – New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania and a jump off point to the Upper Delaware Water Gap and the Catskill Mountains – all accessible at the end of the railway line from New York. Named one of the “Ten coolest towns” by Budget Travel Magazine amongst other attractions the town is home to the Tri-State Monument (www.portjervisny.org).
A county of rolling hills, farmland and stables, the most well known towns of Dutchess county include Rhinebeck, Millbrook and Red Hook. Visit President FDR’s home in Hyde Park, Attend the Mashomack International Polo Challenge on June 18th, 2016 (www.mashomackpoloclub.com), dine at the Tavern at the Beekman Arms in the centre of Rheinbeck (6387 Mill Street, T: 845.876.1766 www.beekmandelamaterinn.com) or for something a little spicy the Red Hook Curry House (28E Market Street, T: 845.758.2666 www.redhookcurryhouse.com).
Ulster County on the lower, western side of New York state has long held the reputation for its outdoor landscapes and recreational opportunities by virtue of the county being home to the bulk of the Catskill Park and Catskill forest preserve. Historical landmark the Lake Mohonk Mountain House on Shawangunk Ridge is a Victorian castle resort which might sound old but has charging stations for electric cars along with an award winning spa (1000 Mountain Rest Road, New Paltz, T: 844.875.8656 www.mohonk.com).
The Northern most county on the Eastern side of the Hudson River in the Valley, Columbia is the place for festivals – The Hudson Berkshire Wine and Food Festival (May 28-29, 2016), PS21 Film Festival (Aug 1-7, 2016), Festival of Books (Sept 2-5, 2016) and the ultra-cute Dalmation Day (Oct 8th, 2016). Puppies ! Dine and play golf at Copake Country Club (44 Golf Course Rd, 518.325.4338 www.copakecountryclub.com)
The Northern-most county of the Valley on the West side of the Hudson River and named in honor of Revolutionary War General, Nathanael Greene. The county sees itself as the “Great Northern Catskills” south of the state Capital, Albany and home to the Winter sports skiing havens of Hunter and Wyndham mountains. For something different why not save the airfare and visit “New York’s Mount Rushmore”, Pratt Rock in Prattsville, NY (www.greenecountytourism.org).
For more ideas visit www.travelhudsonvalley.com