There is no trace of the industrial past in the Hudson Valley today. The region, which stretches between Westchester and Albany on the banks of the river of the same name, is characterized by charming small towns and combines majestic nature with colorful shopping opportunities and a productive art and cultural scene.
From internationally renowned contemporary art to advanced methods of farming and grocery procurement, the Hudson River Valley is anything but dusty – despite the numerous antique shops. In addition to quaint boutiques, fantastic art and excellent specialties from regional cuisine, overwhelming natural landscapes, and endless outdoor activities await you. Here we introduce you to some of the most rewarding destinations in the magical Hudson River Valley, New York.
Beacon, New York
After the decline of local industry, the small town reinvented itself as an artist hub and is now home to some of the most impressive examples of modern art in the world. On the first day, you should visit the Storm King Art Center, located just across the river, whose larger-than-life outdoor sculptures blend idyllically into the extensive natural landscape. As a program for the second day, we recommend the exhibitions in Dia: Beacon, followed by a panoramic walk-in Mount Beacon Park. The “farm-to-table” specialties in the Kitchen Sink Food & Drink are just as creative and innovative as the exhibits in the museums.
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In world-famous Woodstock, New York, there is still a touch of flower power in the air.
Strictly speaking, Woodstock is not the home of the legendary music festival of the same name from the summer of 1969. (That took place about 100 km away in Bethel, New York.) Nevertheless, Woodstock exerts a downright magical attraction on artists, music lovers, and Zen seekers of all Shades off. The diverse shops, art galleries, and music stages will easily keep you busy for a whole day and are also ideal for people-watching and/or making new friends. On the second day, you can expect further cultural offers, historical sights, and a cultivated gastronomic scene in nearby Kingston.
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As the last stage destination for your tour through New York State, you should make a note of the ultra-cool little Hudson – and bring along plenty of appetites as well as time.
In the first half of the 20th century, Hudson had a rather dubious reputation. At that time, over 50 bars were crowded here at times. Today the small town only makes a name for itself with its fabulous restaurants, quaint shops, and numerous antique shops.
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