Hudson Valley Towns

The Hudson Valley Region
Numerous towns and cities call the Hudson Valley region home, from Newburgh to Kingston to Rhinebeck. With its distinctive balance of nature and culture, there’s no shortage of things to see, do, and experience in the Hudson Valley area. Hudson River towns, like Beacon and Poughkeepsie, enjoy waterfront views and activities, and scenic hikes and bike trails are readily available to the towns that are nestled among the Shawangunk and Catskill Mountains, like Woodstock and New Paltz.

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Western Litchfield: Where Nature Meets Culture

To some, the sleepy villages of western Litchfield County appear to be nothing more than a series of scenic communities nestled in the Connecticut countryside. But the region's bucolic setting is a place where nature meets culture.

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Highland Fling

Beacon, Cold Spring, and Garrison
Stop me if you've heard this one before: A town thrives in the early part of the 20th century as a center of industry and/or transportation.

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Both Sides Now: 
Catskill & Hudson

A case could be made for the city of Hudson and the village and town of Catskill as the gateway to the "real" upstate, econo-cultural centers and seats of their otherwise rural counties that are past the outer limits of all but the most determined commuters.

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Ten Things to Know About Cornwall and Newburgh

Get to know Cornwall and Newburgh.

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Ten Things to Know About Catskill and Hudson

Get to know Catskill and Hudson.

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Stoking the Fire

Things are never dull in Kingston—never have been. Remember, this is where they relocated the capitol of New York State to keep it safe, only to have it get burnt down. Political rivalries occasionally veer into hot messes worthy of a miniseries or reality show. There exist several excellent novels that can be classified as Kingston noir fiction, and no longtime resident would find the dastardly doings depicted to be much of a stretch. Some crazy shit has happened here, probably always will.

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The Burning of Kingston

To celebrate Kingston's resilience, rehabilitation, and revolutionary spirit, the biennial Burning of Kingston event is held this year from October 16 to 18.

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Growth Spurt: Newburgh & Cornwall

Nestled at the base of Storm King Mountain alongside the Hudson River, a close-knit community thrives in a family-oriented oasis. Friendly neighbors and large herds of children abound, the latter summoned home by the "5 o'clock whistle." The Town of Cornwall and its counterpart, the Village of Cornwall-on-Hudson, are two of few remaining Sandlot-esque communities.

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Classic Fantastic: Rhinebeck, Red Hook, & Tivoli

Anne Pyburn Craig explores the thriving cultures of Hudson Valley towns of Rhinebeck, Red Hook, and Tivoli.

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Ten Things to Know About Saugerties

Get to know Saugerties!

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Ten Things to Know About Woodstock

Get to know Woodstock!

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Warwick Valley and Sugarloaf: Black Dirt Beauties

It's hard to overpraise the Warwick Valley. An hour and a world from Manhattan, clever planning, educated entrepreneurial energy, and a welcoming spirit have kept this landscape unspoiled while nurturing the endeavors and souls of local and transplanted creatives alike.

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Creative Neighbors: Woodstock and Saugerties

The Most Famous Small Town in the World flies its peace signs with pride. A casual observer might be forgiven for thinking this place is resting on its hippie laurels, stuck in time. But quirky, iconic Woodstock, home of high-end creative pyrotechnics for well over a century, gifted and burdened with the legacy of the Iconic Concert that Wasn't There, continues to grow into all that mojo through a constant stream of reinvention.

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Hudson Valley Events

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Pivotal, Faces of Change: Newburgh

Sept. 25-Oct. 25 — A large scale exhibit of black and white still and portraits, and...
River Crossings @ Olana State Historic Site

River Crossings

May 3-Nov. 1 — Thirty artists including Chuck Close, Maya Lin, Martin Puryear, Cindy Sherman, and...

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Hudson Valley Counties

Chronogram’s coverage of the Hudson Valley spans nine counties that line each side of the Hudson River. The northern region of the Hudson Valley extends into Columbia County’s scenic farmland and borders the Berkshires in Massachusetts. The southern Hudson Valley region spans through Putnam County and Northern Westchester, and the mid Hudson Valley includes Ulster and Dutchess Counties, which are connected by the Walkway Over the Hudson, the longest, elevated pedestrian bridge in the world.

Hudson Valley Towns and Cities

Every town and city in the Hudson Valley area has something different to offer. From panoramic views to acclaimed restaurants to world-class museums, a trip to any Hudson Valley town is a singularly rewarding experience. Take some time to explore our coverage of the towns and cities of the Hudson Valley, and discover the different cultural elements that they contribute to the region as a whole.