New York state’s Hudson Valley region has a series of interesting towns nestled along the shoreline of the Hudson River. Here are three to check out.  

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Croton Dam in Croton-on-Hudson on the Hudson River
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New York’s Hudson Valley is a popular destination for New Yorker’s looking to escape the city. It makes for an ideal setting for a one day getaway or a weekend trip. You’ll enjoy beautiful views of the Hudson River and the Catskill Mountains.

Hudson Valley: New Paltz

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Antiques Barn in New Paltz, New York in the Hudson Valley
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New Paltz is a village in Ulster County, New York. It is home to the State University of New York at New Paltz. New Paltz has an impressive Main Street area with many interesting shops, bars and restaurants. Beyond the downtown, there are beautiful views of the nearby Shawangunk Mountains.

Here are some activities to enjoy in New Paltz:

Water Street Market: The open-air shopping area is located on Main Street. The cute shops are all independently owned and operated. Check out the Antiques Barn for an extensive collection of treasures.  

Mountain Brauhaus Restaurant: A German restaurant that has been dishing up traditional eats like schnitzel and spaetzle since 1955. Enjoy seasonal entrees plus a variety of German wines and beers in a fun atmosphere.   

Tuthilltown Spirits: This is New York’s first whiskey distillery since prohibition. Stop by for a tour and tastings of the whiskeys, vodkas, gins, liqueurs, and handmade spirits. It is located in nearby Gardiner, New York. 

Hudson Valley: Woodstock

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The Catskill Mountains overlooking the Hudson River in Woodstock, New York
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Woodstock is so much more than tie-dye, hippies and peace signs. Located among the Catskill Mountains, Woodstock is the ideal getaway for art and nature lovers. The town is full of unique shops, galleries, performing arts, and recreational activities.

Check out these things to do near Woodstock:

Woodstock Brewing: The microbrewery is the perfect place to enjoy a beer while taking in the gorgeous views of the Catskill Mountains. Woodstock Brewing offers a variety of beers on tap plus delicious bar bites. They also make a tasty house made lemonade for non-drinkers.

Rail Explorers: Ride the rails on a rail explorer. This pedal powered vehicle rides on the historic Ulster & Delaware Railroad tracks. You’ll travel alongside the Esopus Creek through the beautiful woods of the Catskill Mountains. Rail Explorers is located in nearby Phoenicia, New York.

Ashokan Reservoir: Stroll around the 2.7-mile paved walkway and take in the panoramic views of the reservoir and Catskill Mountains. The reservoir supplies 40% of New York City’s drinking water and was established more than 100 years ago.

Hudson Valley: Saugerties

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Saugerties Lighthouse in Saugerties, New York on the shore of the Hudson River
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Saugerties is a quaint town that borders the Hudson River. The picturesque destination is a nice place to spend a relaxing day taking in outdoor activities, shopping at antique stores, and visiting the historical sites.  Also check out The Omega Institute across the Hudson River in Rhinebeck, New York. This retreat center offers programs for growing, learning, and finding a greater sense of purpose.

Have some fun in Saugerties going to these sites:

Opus 40: The world-famous sculpture park was created by sculptor Harvey Fite in 1978. Visitors can walk the sprawling series of dry-stone ramps, pedestals and platforms covering 6.5 acres of a bluestone quarry.

Falling Waters Preserve: The pleasant preserve is on the shore of the Hudson River. Walk the trails to discover a beautiful meadow, a gorgeous waterfall, and breathtaking views of the river. There are also remains of an old icehouse which used to harvest ice from the frozen river.

Saugerties Lighthouse:  This landmark beacon on the Hudson River was constructed in 1869. Take the half-mile nature trail to reach the Lighthouse. The top of the Lighthouse has panoramic views of the Hudson Valley and Catskill Mountains.


New Paltz, Woodstock and Saugerties are just some of the many charming towns in New York’s Hudson Valley. There is much more to explore in this beautiful and interesting region. Plan your trip today and enjoy all that the Hudson Valley has to offer!