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.


Autumnal Activities in the Hudson Valley

The leaves are turning brilliant hues of orange and red. The kids (and the kids at heart) are contemplating their costumes. And all of us are trying to figure out if we need a sweater under that light jacket. It can only mean one thing: Mid-October is upon us. Here’s some stuff to do.

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Five October Events in the Hudson Valley

An indie rock icon, some innovative abstract sculpture, a 1920s silent horror film, and chances to dig some blues while cruising the Hudson and sample some craft beer at the 1969 Woodstock Festival site. See all of these event picks below—and see our event listings for more fun fall fare.

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Five Fabulous October Events in the Hudson Valley

Add these plum picks to your Fun Stuff to Do This Month list: a street festival, live music, a gallery opening, and a whale of a one-man show.

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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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Faces of Kingston: 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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Faces of Kingston: 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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Faces of Kingston: 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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Faces of Kingston: 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.

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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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Conscious, Creative Curation in Warwick

The towns and hamlets of Warwick Valley are fertile ground for enterprise and recreation.

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7 Key Moments in Warwick's History

A list of defining moments in Warwick's history.

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Editor's Note: Beauty and the Bureaucracy

Our editor Brian Mahoney talks about how Kingston, a once hidden town is experiencing a boom, attracting new business and posing questions never before considered.

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Effortless Ideal: The Village of Rhinebeck

Rhinebeck, NY’s elegant, historic architecture enrobes a diverse array of restaurants and shops, and a vibrant, engaged community.

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The Inaugural Phoenicia Magic Festival

If you're looking for magic this summer, look no further than the Phoenicia Playhouse, which will host its debut Phoenicia Magic Festival this July 26-28.

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Inaugural Poughkeepsie Pride Weekend to be Held June 7-9

Save the date: Poughkeepsie will be celebrating its first Pride Weekend celebration June7-9. The event will be hosted by the Dutchess County Pride Center who is organizing a series of events over a two-day period. There will be poetry readings, live music, and a theatrical performance, all leading up to a LGBTQ pride parade. Numerous local businesses and politicians will be in attendance to show support for the cause. Dutchess County Pride Center hopes to foster a safe space for the queer community and its allies to express themselves freely.

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Co-Work Kingston: Your Office Awaits in Uptown Kingston's New Coworking Space

The upstairs of the Senate Garage, a historic industrial building in Uptown Kingston, has been transformed into Co-Work Kingston.

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Development in the Spotlight: Beacon, NY

Fifteen years after the launch of Dia, Beacon is no longer a “best-kept secret,” drawing tourists, artists, and developers in droves.

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Kingston Greenline Gaining Ground, Opening New Vistas

As progress continues on the Kingston Greenline project, residents and visitors are gaining a newly interconnected city. One of the great bonuses of urban life is the ability to do all of the things, meet all of the people and have all of the fun without being tethered to two tons of automobile. But 20th-century car worship didn’t make walkability a priority, and urban centers everywhere have paid the price, Kingston very much included. Its three major neighborhoods have long felt almost like separate communities. Several years ago, the city and county joined forces with the Kingston Land Trust to begin developing a 13.5-mile network of linear parks, bike lanes, urban trails, and complete streets to connect Kingston’s recreational, cultural, historic, and commercial assets with attractive, user-friendly trailways for walkers and bikers. “People had been eyeing the upper Kingston Point rail line that goes past Rondout Gardens and tunnels under the Hasbrouck intersection for a long time,” says Ted Griese, Kingston Land Trust operations manager. “From that energy came the concept of a Greenline. We realized that the rail trails formed a hub that would work as a non-motorized transit system.” In 2014, a conceptual plan was developed: the Greenline would connect with county rail trails, the Hudson River Valley Greenway, and the Empire State Trail (then, barely a gleam in Governor Cuomo’s eye, now scheduled for completion in 2020). “We’re tackling each segment as its own animal, and down the road, it will all come together,” Griese says. “There has been some opposition from rail supporters to pulling up the track, and we understand the sentiment, but within the city limits it seems unlikely that rail will be coming back anytime soon. When you experience it on the ground, the city’s a lot more compact, walkable and bikeable than people realize, and people are loving it. We recently got done re-grading the section from Midtown to the Kingston Plaza, and every time we post about it people say how pleased they are.” The Kingston Greenline, besides connecting the city’s assets—making it possible to walk from dinner on the Rondout to a show at UPAC, or from a Midtown apartment to the supermarket—will connect to the northern end of the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail leading to Rosendale and New Paltz and from there to the Walkway Over The Hudson. The western end will connect to the O&W/Hurley Rail Trail and the Ashokan Rail Trail, slated for a grand opening this May. “This spring our main focus is fundraising for the Hasbrouck/Delaware Parklet, a small green space near that intersection that was all overgrown with brambles, useless, and ugly,” says Griese. “It’s small, but there’s potential for a community gathering space, and there hasn’t been a park in that neighborhood. We’ve cleaned an old railway tunnel, and you can walk through it now. Bit by bit—cleanups, hardscape, plantings—the pieces are coming together, and I think people are going to be more and more amazed. There are bustling urban parts, peaceful walks where I’ve seen all kinds of wildlife, and eventually there will be benches and informational kiosks. It’s taking shape—Kingston Point is finished, Midtown is usable, and by this fall we’re going to be releasing a whole new map with our much more solidified system.” ...

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Planning a Trip to Harriman State Park? Here's Where to Eat and Stay

Nail Your Next Rockland County Getaway
Sloatsburg, NY and the nearby Harriman State Park, offer countless opportunities for outdoor adventuring from hiking and camping to rockclimbing and downhill biking; plus a wide range of restaurants, cafes, shops, and inns.

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Hudson Valley Events

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Sleepwalker Project @ Denise Gianna Designs

Sleepwalker Project

Oct. 12-Nov. 10, 6-8 p.m. — A Non-profit Textiles Recycling Project Supporting $20/hr Local Labor. Sleepwalker challenges the...
Open Figure Drawing for Adults @ Art Omi

Open Figure Drawing for Adults

Thu., Sept. 26, 5-7:30 p.m., Thu., Oct. 3, 5-7:30 p.m., Thu., Oct. 10, 5-7:30 p.m., Thu., Oct. 17, 5-7:30 p.m. and Thu., Oct. 24, 5-7:30 p.m. — $8/class drop-in; ages 16 and up Located in the Benenson Center Gather...

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