A longtime favorite for those looking to escape the city, the Hudson Valley is becoming a hot spot for younger urbanites. Beautiful, quiet, charming, and picturesque, it’s an excellent place to reset and recharge. The area, located north of New York City, stretches up the Hudson River and along the Catskill Mountains. It’s home to charming towns, a burgeoning art scene, breweries, delicious restaurants, and antique shops for days not to mention the breathtaking landscape and outdoor activities. Most must-see spots are accessible off the Metro-North railway but, to really explore, it’s best to bring a car. Here are some of our favorite stops.
Far From The Madding Crowd
Hudson is the mecca for upstate trips from New York City. Artsy and hip, it’s home to great breweries, galleries and shops. Check out the massive Basilica for your fix of art, music, film, flea markets, and more.
Photo: The Basilica
The tiny town of Phoenicia is nestled along the Catskills and is a perfect jumping-off point for all sorts of outdoor activities. Stay at the Graham and Co., a hip hotel with a pool to boot, and grab some grub at the Phoenicia Diner.
Photo: The Phoenicia Diner
Beacon is a massive art city and home to a ton of galleries and the renowned Dia:Beacon Art Foundation. Just across the river is the up-and-coming city of Newburgh where you’ll find the fantastic Newburgh Brewing Company.
Photo: Newburgh Brewing Company
Cold Spring, NY
An antique junkies dream—this town has more shops than you'll know what to do with. Stroll down the beautiful main street and grab a bite to eat at the Hudson House Inn or the Hudson Hil’s Cafe & Market. Hike the nearby Hudson Highlands or cross the river to check out the Storm King Art Center.
Photo: Storm King Art Center
The Great Outdoors
The proximity of the Hudson Valley to the Catskill Mountains means there are plenty of great outdoors adventures to be had. Check out Peekamoose Blue Hole, one of the best swimming holes in the country. If you enjoy hiking, head out to Overlook Mountain for a loop that will take you past an abandoned hotel, Buddhist Temple and a fire tower.