A Guide to Hudson Valley Towns

HV 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.


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.

Tags: General Arts & Culture

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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Kingston Community Leaders: Shaniqua Bowden

Founder and host of Nubian Cafe and co-founder of MyKingstonKids Shaniqua Bowden on her work and her hopes for the future of Kingston.

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4 Hudson Valley Towns Just A Train Ride Away

Grab a window seat (perfect for maximum leaf peepage) and an off-peak ticket and take yourself a day (or weekend) trip to any of these Hudson Valley towns just a train ride away. While enroute, download the free Hudson River Train Tour App for more information about the sights and stories of the valley.

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The Endless Waves of Reinvention in Hudson

As a new generation comes of age in Hudson, we look at the age-old and distinctly modern issues facing the riverfront city.

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Kingston Community Leaders: Frank Waters

A Q&A with Executive Director of MyKingstonKids Frank Waters.

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Entrepreneurship Brewing in Middletown

Alexis Veloz on Launching Kings Bake and Brew and The Power of Uplifting Your Community
Alexis Veloz is using her journey to open up her coffee, tea, and pastry shop on North Street in Middletown as a chance to educate other young people about entrepreneurship, networking, and uplifting community.

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Community, Care, and Comfort Food

Inside Provisions and The Table at Woodstock
Emily Sherry and Anthony Heaney first started Provisions as a sandwich shop on Tinker Street five years ago. Since then, they've expanded to a new location and launched a non-profit, The Table at Woodstock, dedicated to helping food insecure families and individuals in the Hudson Valley.

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Only a Day Away

Fostering Hope and Healing at Tomorrow, Tomorrow Animal Sanctuary in Hudson
Michael Bucci, founder of Tomorrow, Tomorrow Animal Sanctuary in Hudson has accomplished his goal of transforming the farm he bought decades ago into a sanctuary for rescued animals, with a current occupancy of 20 horses, more than 40 goats, 15 cats, and a few dogs and chickens that also works with children and adults with disabilities. Now, he's looking for the next generation of compassionate animal-lovers to carry on his work.

Tags: Outdoors

What We Talk About When We Talk About Adaptive Reuse

Adaptive reuse—the process of adapting an existing structure for a purpose other than what it was originally built—has gained traction over the past two decades, especially in the Hudson Valley where there's ample opportunity to give mills, factories, churches, even homes a new lease on life.

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Woodstock: A Legacy of Art and Community

A Story That Runs So Much Deeper than the ‘Festival That Didn’t Happen'
Since the turn of the 20th century, Woodstock has hummed as a thriving center of art, culture, commerce, and community.

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Michael Lang on the Woodstock Festival

Michael Lang, cocreator of the historic 1969 Woodstock Festival, reflects on its legacy (and future) from 50 years out.

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Hudson Valley Events

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Artists Invite 2020 Exhibition I @ Buster Levi Gallery

Artists Invite 2020 Exhibition I

Jan. 18-Feb. 2 — Buster Levi gallery artists invite one other artist to exhibit alongside them...
North East Watercolor Society 2020 Members’ Exhibit Show @ Orange Hall Gallery and Loft, SUNY Orange

North East Watercolor Society 2020 Members’ Exhibit Show

Mondays-Fridays. Continues through March 13 — The expansive space of Orange Hall Gallery and Loft is the venue...

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