Things To Do In The Hudson Valley
Start writing a post
Arts Entertainment

8 Hudson Valley Places You Need To Explore, Through The Eyes Of A Local

A list of hiking spots, waterfalls, coffee shops, and villages in the Hudson Valley of New York.

8 Hudson Valley Places You Need To Explore, Through The Eyes Of A Local
Erin Forbes

Poet's WalkPoet's WalkSo, you're a city dweller or an incoming student from outside the Hudson Valley? Well then, I suppose it is my obligation to welcome you...for I am one of the genuine locals.


Erin Forbes

Ah, yes! Rhinebeck, New York, my hometown...and the perfect destination for the hipster 'weekender'. You can't blame anyone, really. It is a historic, picturesque town, full of cute shops and restaurants. The village is surrounded by endless forests and farmland. If you're looking for a place to explore, or just visit for the day, Rhinebeck will always be there to welcome you.

Poet's Walk

Erin Forbes

Not just a place for poets, although it is sure to provide writers with a fresh perspective. This walking trail winds through the dappled woodlands and meadows of Red Hook, NY. In the middle of the park, visitors discover a gazebo, crafted from gnarled driftwood. The path leads to a lookout point beside the Hudson River, before winding down into the forest. It's the perfect place for a walk in the sunset or a photo shoot with friends. In addition, the park is not far from the village of Red Hook, which is home to Annabelle's Village Bake Shop and an assortment of cafés.

Greig Farm

Erin Forbes

Growing up in Northern Dutchess County, so many of my childhood memories trace back to the pumpkin patches and apple orchards of Greig Farm. It has always been one of those autumn staples, like crisp air, pumpkin spice, and warm tea. There is nothing like an evening spent feeding goats and swinging under the willow trees. During the summer months, locals roam the fields, picking fresh berries to fill their buckets. The Hudson Valley Farmer's Market can be found in one of the barns on every weekend. If you are searching for a place to spend a Sunday afternoon, look no further. Greig Farm is also home to Papa's Best Batch, a local 'sammich' stand that is open throughout the warm months of the year.

Split Rock

Erin Forbes

This swimming hole is located in the Mohonk Mountains of New Paltz, NY! On hot summer days, locals drive up to Split Rock and take a dip under the little waterfall. It isn't far from the parking lot, so there is no need to fret over a long walk in the heat. It's a wonderful place to explore.

Bash Bish Falls

Erin Forbes

Another waterfall! This one is not open to swimmers; however, that doesn't mean you can't dip your toes in the water. If you enjoy hiking, don't miss the chance to visit Bash Bish Falls, which is located on the edge of the New York/Massachusetts state border.

Hyde Park Drive-In Movies

Erin Forbes

Not far from Marist College, there is a classic drive-in movie theatre, just across from the F.D.R. estate. So pack up the trunk with some popcorn and warm blankets! Most of the latest films are shown on the big screen at Hyde Park Drive-in, under the countless stars.

Bannerman's Castle

Erin Forbes

Have you ever taken the train through Beacon, NY? If so, perhaps you have noticed the castle ruins that rest on a small island in the middle of the Hudson River. Pollepel Island is quite abandoned; however, Native Americans once believed it to be haunted. The remainder of the castle is an echo of Hudson Valley history, which you can learn more about on one of the boat and hiking tours of the island.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.

I just recently got engaged and planning a wedding during a pandemic is actually kind of a nightmare.

A lot of venues are taken for 2021 because of corona brides and grooms who have had to reschedule their weddings and the same goes for other vendors and literally everything else.

Keep Reading... Show less

While promoting her most recent movie, "Work It," Sabrina Carpenter has divulged some of her favorite beauty products to interviewers.

Keep Reading... Show less

When I say we can't stop thinking about the relationship advice Miley Cyrus dropped on "Call Her Daddy" today, I mean it literally.

Her truth bombs hit me (and most who listened) like a wrecking ball and coupled with the release of her new song "Midnight Sky," we're going to need some time to process the greatness. In case you haven't listened yet (what are you waiting for?), here are 10 relationship tips Miley shared that we should all live by for the rest of time.

Keep Reading... Show less

Founders Of Color: Rec Room's Dre Taylor On What Blackness Can Look Like And Not Working For Free

"It mattered to me that when we were depicting racial diversity for Rec Room, we showed the broad spectrum of what Blackness can look like."

Rec Room

The world of sustainable fashion is inundated with marketing gimmicks, false advertising, and large corporations cutting corners — Rec Room is the pure antithesis of that.

Keep Reading... Show less

"New Girl" is one of the best sitcoms of all time. Honestly, it is so much fun to watch, so much fun to relate to, just all around a great show.

Not only is a great show, it has so many different great settings, obviously including the loft. If you live by Nick Miller quotes and desperately tried to learn how to play "True American," you need to buy these things because you are a true "New Girl" fan.

Keep Reading... Show less

You know those items you've been pinning to your Home board on Pinterest for [insert amount of time]? Well, it's officially the moment to turn that wishlist into a married life reality, and it's going to be SO fun.

But, before you get to shopping and adding things to your upgraded bridal wishlist (sorry, Pinterest, it was lovely while it lasted), you'll first want to decide where you want to open your registry (or registries, if you want options). Here are 17 of the best websites and stores to consider saying "I do" to for your wedding registry, to have and to hold for as long as people are buying you wedding gifts.

Keep Reading... Show less

If you've ever been in the dating game, or currently are, chances are you've had a date gone wrong. These are often times super embarrassing, but they are always funny to look back on.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

5 At-Home Therapy Tips You Need, No Matter What Your Therapy Routine Is

Whether you're in a Zoom session or live-chatting, make sure your home therapy space is good to go.

No matter what stigmas you held about therapy before this year, I'm sure 2020 has affirmed that we could ALL use a nice long therapy session. Between wildfires that took over an entire continent, a global health crisis, and what's sure to be one giant circus of an election in the United States, we need help and we need it now.

The fact of the matter is, therapy has been a helpful, valid resource long before the world decided to become one giant dumpster fire. Having a safe space to discuss what's going on in your life, worries you have, and struggles you're facing has become a very normal thing for individuals' mental health.

Keep Reading... Show less

Dunkin' just announced that they'll be releasing their fall menu earlier than ever — set to debut on August 19 — and that it'll include new menu options this season, including a new signature pumpkin spice latte. Let me just say, Starbucks has some fall-menu competition now.

Keep Reading... Show less

When it comes to wedding planning, each and every detail is customized to the style of the couple. From venue and decorations to food and beverages, nothing gets overlooked — whether your wedding is big, small, or virtual.

The same thing goes for invites, which are getting more and more beautiful every wedding season. If you're looking to customize your wedding invitations, the options are endless... you can add pictures if you wish, opt for fancy artwork, or keep it simple with just text).

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments