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.

 

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 Liberty Street at Blacc Vanilla, a hip-yet-casual cafe known for its artful lattes and friendly staff. Peruse the shops along Liberty, 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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Gunk Haus: A Slice of Bavaria in Clintondale

Tucked away in the quiet hamlet of Clintondale, in a renovated Jamaican dance hall painted gold, a native Bavarian and a CIA-schooled chef welcome visitors to their ample table. If it feels just a little enchanted at Gunk Hais, that's becuase it is.

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Mass Appeal: A Guide to Great Barrington

Beneath Great Barrington’s quaint Rockwellian facade, tectonic plates are shifting, as unprecedented forces of change roil in the sectors of development, racing, and legal marijuana

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How to Spend A Stellar Weekend in Bucolic Accord

It's easy to understand why so many city folks have flocked to the hamlet of Accord, NY for weekend getaways and second homes. Set in the Rondout Valley between the Catskills and the Shawangunk Ridge, Accord is a bucolic hub with an eclectic mix of craftspeople, craft beer and cider, antiques, and farms. We've rounded up everything you need to spend the perfect weekend eating, drinking, and resting up in Accord.

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In Greene and Columbia Counties, Vets Ride for Free

Green County Transit provides bus rides free of charge to area veterans through a partnership with Sawyer Chevrolet of Catskill.

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Five Fine Events in the Hudson Valley

In this week’s roundup of Hudson Valley happenings, the seasonal theme continues, augmented by a solemn-but-triumphant commemorative event at Bard College.

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Music Venue and Bistro the Avalon Lounge Brings Cool Vibe to Catskill

The chilled-out nightspot was opened last August by local creative couple Liam and Laura Singer.

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“A Quiet Respite” at the Carrie Haddad Gallery and the Ethereal Landscapes of Jane Bloodgood-Abrams

“A Quiet Respite,” on view at the Carrie Haddad Gallery in Hudson from November 13-January 5, offers a sampling of new work from seven artists who have dedicated themselves to the task of depicting the solace of nature.

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Effortless, Sexy, Cool: River Mint Finery Opens in Kingston’s Stockade District

Kat Hammill and Cindy Joffe have been running their chic, minimalist women’s apparel and accessories boutique together since 2015 while living a cool 1,000 miles away from each other, in Rhinebeck and Atlanta, respectively. Their Kingston location is now open.

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A Village Awakens: Catskill

A historic trading and transportation hub, Catskill, NY has steadily and organically morphed into a vibrant, quirky town with fresh energy and fresh tensions over the past few years.

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Hudson for the Holidays: The New Places and Events to Check Out this Season

This holiday season, a shopping trip to Hudson will yield a bounty of one-of-a-kind gifts from an array of over 200 proprietor-owned shops—plus three holiday events to attend in town.

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November Activities in the Hudson Valley

ZZ Top on the big screen, photographer Elliott Landy, the return of Farm & Flea, and more. Stuff your Thanksgiving-month schedule with these savory events.

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With Their Powers Combined

Clarkson Teams Up with SUNY ESF for Healthier NYS Waterways
Clarkson University, in partnership with SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF), is raising funds to expand the research and education facilities at the Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries on Denning’s Point as part of their work as a New York State Center of Excellence in Healthy Water Solutions.

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Nightclub Revel 32 Opens in Historic Downtown Poughkeepsie Building

A “Dress to Impress Party” will unveil the new music venue and event facility on November 23.
Poughkeepsie's newest nightclub and event venue will open with a bag on November 23, with a performance by award-winning band Remember Jones, who will perform a full-album cover of Amy Winehouse's famed Back to Black at the Reveal: Dress to Impress party.

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Hudson River Housing Takes the Reins for Poughkeepsie's Trolley Barn Project

Affordable housing advocacy group Hudson River Housing bought the Trolley Barn in Poughkeepsie in spring 2019 and will begin managing the Main Street property come January 2020, overseeing further renovations and the development of artistic programming.

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Pubs, Clubs, and Grub: New Paltz by Night

It’s nighttime in New Paltz. The traffic may have died down, but the restaurants and watering holes are open late, and the town is still churning.

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Where the Country Begins: Winter Sports, Shopping, and Nightlife in Putnam County

Situated amidst the splendor of the Hudson Highlands, equidistant from Manhattan or Kingston, Putnam County boasts access to nature, restaurants and bars, and boutiques. It's hard to pick and choose what to do on your first visit, but here are 4 can't-miss Putnam County attractions.

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A Haunting Handful of Hudson Valley Happenings

Boo! Along with some other fun picks, here’s a couple of spooky happenings with which to haunt your week here in the Hudson Valley. Happy Halloween!

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Woodland Pond is Seeking Team Players to Join Their Family

You may have thought briefly about elder care, then recalled what you’ve heard about typical care facilities and decided it wasn’t for you. You want to be around happy people. Well, have you considered Woodland Pond?

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Faces of Change: Kingston

Community Leaders on What Their City Needs to Thrive
Portraits of 11 of Kingston-based activists who are educating, advocating, and organizing for an inclusive, equitable future.

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Kingston Community Leaders: Susie Ximenez

LatinX Project Founder Susie Ximenez on her work, art, and leaving space for existing communities.

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Kingston Community Leaders: Mariel Fiori, La Voz and Radio Kingston

La Voz's Mariel Fiori on the power of using her tools—her voice, her journalism, her power— to make an impact in Kingston.

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Kingston Community Leaders: Molly Sterrs

Molly Sterrs, of O+ and the Kingston Library, on the work she's doing and the work that needs to be done in Kingston.

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Kingston Community Leaders: Susan Hereth, YMCA Farm Educator

YMCA Farm Educator Susan Hereth on her work educating, connecting, and nourishing the community—and how you can help.

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Kingston Community Leaders: Rashida Tyler

Rashida Tyler on Kingston Tenants Union's work, what she loves about Kingston, and the power of grassroots organizing.

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Kingston Community Leaders: Tyrone Wilson

Executive Director and founder of Harambee Tyrone Wilson on educating the community on African American culture and bringing people together for the greater good.

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Kingston Community Leaders: Quay Smith, Rise Up Kingston, LGBTQ Center

Quay Smith of Rise Up Kingston and the LGBTQ Center on the power of emphasizing "unity" in community.

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Kingston Community Leaders: Jordan Scruggs, Mindy Kole, and Julissa Hernandez

New Start for Women's Jordan Scruggs, Mindy Kole, and Julissa Hernandez on their work and the work that still needs to be done in Kingston.

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Kingston Community Leaders: Katy Kondrat, Farmers Market, Kingston Co-op

Kingston Co-op's Katy Kondrat on the importance and benefits of access to fresh local produce in Kingston.

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