Best 15 Engaging Things to Do in the Mid-Hudson River Valley

Best 15 Engaging Things to Do in the Mid-Hudson River Valley

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Go uphill for the riveting views, and stay for the house tour at Frederick Church’s home, Olana. Church, a significant artist in the Hudson River School of Art movement, built his Persian-influenced style home overlooking his beloved river. Posthumously, Church became an important player in the Hudson River conservation movement, when one of his paintings was employed in the effort to ban a nuclear power plant within view of here. Protesters in the 1970’s used one of Church’s winter landscapes to show exactly how an industrial facility would mar the perfect scene. The ploy worked and the plant was put elsewhere. You’ll see this landscape and a number of Old Masters on a fascinating tour of Church’s home and studio.

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Five Arty Upstate New York Towns To Check Out

Five Arty Upstate New York Towns To Check Out

If you’ve hopped around all the galleries the city has to offer, you can head out of the five boroughs and see what the more bucolic upstate towns have to offer in the way of art. From touring a former school that’s now a gallery in Columbia County to a day trip to Peekskill, there are many ways to sneak in some culture during a weekend escape.

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A Hotel with a Sense of Place: Rivertown Lodge in Hudson, NY

A Hotel with a Sense of Place: Rivertown Lodge in Hudson, NY

On a quick trip upstate a couple of weeks ago, we dropped in on the newly opened Rivertown Lodge on Warren Street in Hudson, NY. Located in a 1920s movie house, the hotel (and soon to be dining spot) is the first venture of Ray Pirkle and Kim Bucci, two friends and hospitality veterans who work under the name Ramshackle Properties. Rivertown Lodge solves the vexing neighborhood problem of where to stay on a visit upstate, beyond the usual hotels and Airbnb offerings, according to Ray, who relocated to Hudson a couple of years ago as a “full-time guy,” as he says, drawn to the sense of community: “It’s a different mentality.”

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Eye On Hudson: Five New Hotspots You Should Know About

Eye On Hudson: Five New Hotspots You Should Know About

You hear it all the time: those who occasionally visit Hudson will remark on the many changes they’ve encountered since their last swing through town. New businesses are always opening and the end of summer 2015 was an especially active time for the little city’s business district, with establishments of all kinds opening their doors. But it’s not just quantity. The quality of Hudson’s new businesses continue to elevate the Hudson experience for both residents and visitors alike. Here are five new hotspots to check out next time you’re there.

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A Hudson Valley Hotel – With a Brooklyn Twist

A Hudson Valley Hotel – With a Brooklyn Twist

In the last few years, Hudson has undergone a swift transformation from a charmingly sleepy river town — popular mainly for its antiques shopping — into the creative HQ of upstate New York. The growth is fueled by a stream of former city-dwellers who are opening expertly curated design shops, galleries, high-end restaurants and gourmet markets along Warren Street (Hudson’s main drag) seemingly every month. So it comes as no surprise that an equally stylish new hotel would follow, keeping up with the flow of weekenders looking for a brief respite from Manhattan and Brooklyn, just a two-hour drive (or Amtrak ride) north. Enter Rivertown Lodge, which opens this month at the top of Warren Street in a retro-cool, two-story 1920s building originally conceived as a movie theater.

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City Guide: A Weekend in Upstate New York

City Guide: A Weekend in Upstate New York

Earlier this month I traveled upstate to celebrate one of my friend’s (and one of our very own interviewees) Alisa Richter’s wedding in Hudson, New York. Having lived in the big apple for more than half my life I was hit with a realization that until this year, I had actually never been beyond the confines of the city – my first taste of life upstate was visiting Dia:Beacon this summer. Since, I’ve been itching to experience the beauty the rest of the state has to offer. With an opportunity to celebrate one of life’s most cherished events and the chance to explore more about local life in towns including Hudson, Phoenicia and Germantown I was able to truly discover some amazing destinations that are well worth checking out for a weekend getaway no matter the occasion.

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Basilica Soundscape’s Mad, Siren Squall

Basilica Soundscape’s Mad, Siren Squall

The upstate New York festival continues to provide a haven for the sound-obsessed.

Whenever someone tells you something is revelatory, take a teaspoon of salt. Basilica Soundscape has been wreathed in clover and sheathed with hosannas since debuting four years ago, most reports citing the beautiful setting and pedigree of its curation, focused on music and peppered with the visual and written arts. The event is named conjointly, for the fest’s dark brick home—a beautifully converted pencil shaving distillery and maple leaf sorting facility that now looks like a place Matthew Barney wouldn’t mind visiting (he did, actually, and has collaborated with fest curator Brandon Stosuy)—and, presumably, for the martian contours of its sonic output. Its list of performers have almost nothing in common sonically, but all live on the outskirts of town.

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