Sometimes people who are not familiar with the Hudson Valley have a hard time figuring it out. It’s so long and so chock-a-block full of things to see and do! What’s the best way to enjoy it without getting stressed by too much driving? My suggestion is to focus on one area at a time, rather than trying to see it all.
Recently, friends and I chose to stay in Beacon, a nice mid-point on the river. We stayed at the Botsford Briar Bed and Breakfast, a fine old Victorian with a panoramic river view. Day one, we lunched across the river on the Newburgh waterfront, and then boarded The River Rose for a cruise down to Cold Spring and return. We dined at the new restaurant Swift at Beacon Falls.
Day two, we headed north to try the Walkway over the Hudson, and then into Poughkeepsie for brunch at Brasserie 292. On our way south, we stopped at Locust Grove, a beautiful historic site that contains portraits of my ancestors! In the evening, we enjoyed a picnic supper at Boscobel and a performance of Love’s Labor’s Lost by the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival.
Day three, we explored minimalist art at Dia:Beacon and after lunch in the museum cafe, we headed home. What a wonderfully relaxing taste of the Hudson Valley!