A Guide to Hudson Valley Towns

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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.

Black Dirt Resilience: Warwick in the Pandemic

Black Dirt Resilience: Warwick in the Pandemic

When the COVID-19 shutdown hit, Warwick residents circled the wagons. An e-commerce pushed helped many of the smaller businesses get online and together they endured.

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Rebirth of a Landmark: City Winery Opens in Montgomery

Anticipation has been building for many months for the opening of City Winery Hudson Valley in Montgomery, experiential entrepreneur Michael Dorf's entry into the vibrant world of Hudson Valley food and wine. At long last, you can reserve yourself a table on the riverside patio — and get a peek inside the refurbished 130-year-old factory that's poised to become one of the area's premeire venues just as soon as live entertainment can return.

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Brunette Wine Bar Slated to Reopen in July with New Owners

The Natural Wine Isn't Going Anywhere, But Expect a Fuller Food Menu from Brunette 2.0
At the height of the pandemic in late April, the sale of Brunette Wine Bar in Kingston finally went through, and Philadelphian couple Maxwell Botwick and Jessie Harris took over as owners. Natural wine will be the through-line for the next incarnation of Brunette, but expect a larger menu with local sourcing and seasonal specials.

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Witness to History: Rhinebeck Neighbors During COVID19

Amy Wu, Award-Winning Journalist and Filmmaker, Documents Her Neighbors During the Pandemic
Award-winning journalist and filmmaker and Rhinebeck resident Amy Wu has been interviewing one neighbor a day during the pandemic and taking their portraits, for a series in collaboration with the Starr Library called "Witness to History."

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The Picturesque Rhinebeck Braces Itself Against COVID-19

One of the Hudson Valley’s most picture-perfect small towns, Rhinebeck brings to mind quaintness, not quarantines. The town’s deeply ingrained sense of community has made it exceptionally equipped to react well to the pandemic.

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Lunch Nightly Open for Service At Last

Against the Odds, Kingston Newest Restaurant Celebrates its Opening Tonight
When Kingston's soon-coming eatery/watering hole Lunch Nightly got stuck in a holding pattern amidst COVID-19 madness, it seemed like they might never be able to open. But the deli-by-day, glam dive bar-by-night has finally received the go-ahead from the Department of Health and is launching weekend dinner service starting tonight, May 1.

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Hudson River Housing Perseveres

Providing Crisis Housing During COVID-19
Hudson River Housing's newest project, Fallkill Commons on Rose, will add 78 new affordable studio and one-bedroom apartments to the Poughkeepsie area.

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Hudson Valley Restaurants Transform Into Bodegas

In a time of uncertainty for the restaurant industry, some businesses have taken on a bodega approach, selling groceries and other necessaries as well as prepared foods.

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Beacon v. COVID-19: The City Rises Up

A city’s residents show resilience in a pandemic.

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Newburgh: Self-Portrait

The young adult photographers of the Newburgh Community Photo Project survey their city and offer pictures of hope and resilience.

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Greene County's "Take Out Week" Initiative Aims to Support Local Restaurants

Greene County Chamber initiates Take-Out Weeks to support local restaurants during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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6 Bucolic Wedding Venues in Delaware County

If you have caught on to the barn wedding fever, Delaware County is a dream destination, with a variety of spacious, dressed-up barns that have been outfitted with chandeliers and dance floors, while maintaining the worn-in charm that comes with exposed wood and handmade furniture.

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Repairs in Kerhonkson Highlight Water Infrastructure Problems

While not as bad as other rural water districts across America, some of the region’s local water systems are degrading.
A multimillion-dollar repair project in the Ulster County hamlet of Kerhonkson, NY spotlights the quiet water infrastructure crisis that upstate New York, and much of the country, is headed toward.

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Your Weekend Guide to Phoenicia, NY

Headed up to the Catskill Mountains for a quick getaway. Tucked between Woodstock and Hunter, the cute lil' town of Phoenicia has everything you need for a great getaway, from slammin' brunch spots to cozy inns to boutique shopping.

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Metamorphosis in Saugerties, NY

With an influx of new businesses and the continued passion of stalwart older ones, Saugerties is positively buzzing.

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Your Guide to a Cold Spring Getaway

Enjoy a Small-Town Escape on the Outskirts of the Big City
When it comes to classic, small-town charm, Cold Spring’s boutique-lined streets and riverfront views rival that of a New England postcard. Whether you’re seeking an adventurous day trip to summit Breakneck Ridge followed by a hearty, celebratory dinner, or you’re planning a weekend getaway to relax and explore, here’s a glimpse of what quaint Cold Spring, NY has to offer. Where to Stay in Cold Spring The river views at Hudson House River Inn can’t be beat. This historic hotel features 11 rooms and two suites, each with views of either adorable Main Street or the Hudson. Though the Hudson House has operated as a hotel since the early 1800s, the landmark inn has evolved with changing times, and now offers modern amenities like high-speed WiFi, luxury bath products, and private guest parking. Plus, there’s an on-site restaurant and tavern with an award-winning wine list. Further down Main Street you’ll find Pig Hill Inn, a bed and breakfast with nine guest rooms thoughtfully appointed with antiques; some even feature romantic fireplaces or rustic wood stoves, too. Pig Hill’s dedication to creating a cozy retreat is amplified with the option for in-room massage therapy. Where to Eat in Cold Spring Begin your day with a casual brunch at Hudson Hil’s Café and Market. Their farm-to-table menu features breakfast classics—think omelets, French toast, and savory dishes—with ingredients sourced from organic New York State farms and other local purveyors when possible. Or, stop in for lunch to nosh on gourmet salads or flavorful sandwiches like the quinoa black-bean burger, fig grilled cheese, or salmon BLT. In the evening, indulge in French cuisine at intimate Brasserie Le Bouchon. Start with a French onion soup (duh) before moving on to buttery steak frites, or try the rich cassoulet with a glass of full-bodied red wine. Cathryn’s Tuscan Grill has been a Cold Spring staple for more than 20 years, offering contemporary Italian fare like sautéed Guinea hen with prosciutto and foie gras, house-made pastas, and all-seasons oysters. Dine al fresco in their garden terrace during warmer months. If none of these options tempt you, check out our list of best restaurants in Putnam County for other nearby restaurant suggestions. What to Do in Cold Spring Cold Spring has long been synonymous with antiquing. While those treasure-filled antiques shops remain, a variety of boutiques have added multifaceted character to Main Street. Cold Spring General Store offers a mélange of goods and gifts ranging from handmade housewares to candles and soaps by local artisans to local craft beer.   At the Cold Spring Apothecary, you’ll find an assortment of natural remedies, skincare, and beauty products; there’s even a full-service spa on site. Swing sells high-end, designer clothing for women and children. Old Souls offers touristy tees, hats, and other items promoting Cold Spring, as well as gear for the outdoors. You can even sign up for guided fly fishing trips in the Catskills here, giving you a head start on your next getaway. Magazzino Italian Art is Cold Spring’s can’t-miss 20,000-square-foot museum showcasing postwar and contemporary Italian art. Magazzino, which translates to “warehouse” in Italian—a nod to its industrial architectural presence, offers free admission and occasionally hosts artists talks, film screenings, and other events. If the day’s too lovely to spend inside, browse outdoor artifacts and explore trails at West Point Foundry Preserve, a former industrial park that manufactured some of America’s first steam engines, locomotives, and Civil War-era cannons. ...

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Chapel Restoration: Cold Spring's Riverside Cultural Mecca

When this little riverside chapel first opened in 1834, people came by riverboat to see the first Catholic church north of Manhattan and the West Point band made the mountains ring. These days, it's a cornucopia of ecumenical culture — complete with a pipe organ and some of the most slammin' sunset views the Hudson Valley can offer. Come get to know The Chapel Restoration.

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Weekend Guide to Newburgh, NY

Newburgh, NY is a city that celebrates; a multicultural community that revels in its diversity, honors its past, and supports its future through the growth of local businesses. You might have heard about the Newburgh revival—but the city’s change is less of a sudden revitalization and more of a continued revolution, supported by steadfast residents determined to see their hometown flourish. With a vibrant waterfront nightlife, hip dining spots, and fashion-forward boutiques, there are countless ways to enjoy yourself in this historic city. But in case you're not sure where to start or what to do in Newburgh, here is our weekend guide. Friday Cut out from work early to arrive around lunchtime and head to Hudson Taco for gourmet Mexican street food in an industrial-chic setting with panoramic river views. Tacos range from $2.50-$3.50, with flavors like spicy chorizo, cola pork carnitas, and more. After a round of desserts (hola, churros), check into your accommodations. Newburgh offers few options beyond chain hotels, but many downtown homes have been renovated and are available through Airbnb. The Heights House is a revitalized Victorian with stunning views of the river, and Washington’s Guestquarters, located on Liberty Street, is walking distance to shops and cafes. Or, take a short drive across the river to stay at one of Beacon’s many swanky accommodations and boutique hotels, like the Inn and Spa at Beacon. Before dinner, visit nearby bookstore-bar the Barking Goose to browse their selections of books and beers—both impressive. Enjoy a regional craft beer, cider, or wine from one of their 40 taps, but save room for dinner. Lauded Chef Michael Kelly worked at some of New York’s finest restaurants before opening Liberty Street Bistro in downtown Newburgh. With a rotating French-inspired New American menu, you’ll enjoy creative dishes like roasted duck with anise, parsnips, and tamarind jus, or steamed mussels made with red curry and coconut milk. Saturday Start your morning on South Street at Blacc Vanilla, a hip-yet-casual cafe known for its artful lattes and friendly staff. Then peruse the shops along Liberty Street, including women’s fashion at Cream, quality handmade gifts at Field Trip, and stylish housewares and goods at Oliver & Chatfield. Browse nearby Ann Street Gallery’s revolving contemporary art exhibits or visit Washington’s Headquarters State Historic Site, where General George Washington made key decisions that later shaped the country. No stay in Newburgh is complete without a waterfront stroll and lunch—try seafood at Blu Pointe or barbecue at Billy Joe’s Ribworks. After a breather back at your room, get ready for an early dinner with a side of joie de vivre at Mama Roux. This New Orleans-inspired eatery on Broadway features quality Cajun comfort food like gumbo, rabbit and biscuits, fried oyster po’boys, and more. Then make your way to Newburgh Brewing Co. where live music starts every Saturday at 8:30pm; enjoy a fresh pint while playing a round of indoor cornhole. Sunday It might be hard to resist returning to Blacc Vanilla the next morning, but the brunch at Ms. Fairfax is worth trying. The cafe is known for its specialty crepes, but diners can choose from traditional favorites like a breakfast burrito, sandwiches, or endless egg dishes. Before leaving town pop into Motorcyclepedia, a 85,000-square-foot motorcycle museum featuring more than 600 bikes dating back to 1897, plus two Wall of Death exhibits with live demonstrations. You’ll be road-trip ready after this thrilling end to an exciting weekend. ...

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10 of Our Favorite Restaurants in Putnam County

Amidst the thousands of acres of preserved forests, lakes, and state parks, Putnam County has fewer residents and vibrant town centers than other counties of the same land mass. While it's always had its share of diners and delis, the last 10 years have seen the local Putnam County restaurant scene spread out and diversify. Now, no matter where in the county you are, you're close to a delicious meal. Here are 10 of our favorite restaurants in Putnam County.

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6 Swoon-Worthy Putnam County Wedding Venues

Planning your Hudson Valley wedding? These six venues in Putnam County offer a blend of downstate convenience and upstate scenery, including sweeping views of the Hudson River and the Catskill. Whether your wedding fantasy involves a country club, a farm, or an historic mansion, whether you want waterside casual with a barbecue smoking or black-tie elegance beneath a crystal chandelier, these six versatile venues are ready to help you bring the day (or weekend) of your dreams to vivid life.

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Spend the Perfect Weekend in Catskill, NY

Interested in exploring the revitalized village of Catskill, sampling its craft beer, and learning about its rich industrial and cultural history? We've got you covered. From a pirate tiki bar to the birthplace of the Hudson River school of painting, here is everything you need to know about where to stay, what to do, and where to eat in Catskill, NY.

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What to Do in Woodstock, NY

This Hudson Valley town offers a diverse selection of food, art, commerce, and entertainment that consistently delights natives and visitors alike.

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Spend a Day in the Quaint Town of Warwick

These are the key places to stop, eat, drink, and visit in the black dirt region of the Hudson Valley.

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A Test Case for Development in the Hudson Valley

Reframing discussions and decisions about development in a more holistic way is forcing elected leaders in the region to do more than just to state a vision for the future.

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Poughkeepsie, NY: Ripe for Development

With Money Flowing In The Queen City Prepares for a New Chapter
Roughly $1 billion dollars in development is underway in the city of Poughkeepsie, NY, which until now has struggled to find its economic and cultural footing post-recession.

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A Star Reborn: Borscht Belt-era Starlite Motel in Kerhonkson, NY Gets New Life

The Starlite Motel’s retro neon sign stands alongside Route 209 in Kerhonkson, NY just as it has since the lodge’s inception in the ’60s. In this new era of upstate tourism, the Borscht Belt-era roadside lodge is making a comeback with a fresh update and laidback, personalized touches that cater to the modern traveler who wants to explore the dining, outdoors, and cultural offerings of the Hudson Valley.

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How to Spend a Perfectly Unhippy Weekend in Woodstock

Your Weekend Guide to the New Woodstock
In the 20th century, Woodstock, NY was known to locals as a hippy sanctuary. It's now evolved to accommodate those with more modern and sophisticated palettes while keeping with the town's laidback vibes. Here's how to enjoy an un-hippy weekend in today's Woodstock.

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Countryside Calm: Spend a Relaxing Weekend in Amenia

Set amidst rolling hills, farmland, and estates, the sleepy town of Amenia, NY near the border between Dutchess County and Connecticut, offers a range of shops, eateries, and outdoor recreation opportunities for a relaxing getaway. Here is our itinerary for spending the perfect weekend in in Amenia.

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Banish Winter’s Bite at Spa Mirbeau in Rhinebeck

The spa at Mirbeau Inn & Spa Rhinebeck offers a robust range of options for revitalizing both your body and mind this winter, like their Hudson Valley Love discount, available now through January 31. The discount gives Hudson Valley residents a 25-percent discount on massage, facial, and body treatments.

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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.