While “Jerseyites” love their shore points, every once in a while friends who don’t want to fight the traffic and crowds ask, where can you for a quick trip? The Hudson River Valley offers incredible scenery, amazing views, historic homes, great hiking and biking, fishing, rafting, farm to table food and countless other activities.
The lower portion of the Hudson is home to the Catskill Mountains and spectacular scenery. In fact the landscape, the light and the overall feeling gave birth to the Hudson River School – the mid 19th century artist movement of landscape painting. The movement captured American life at that time, pastoral, explorative, the new frontier.
Today the very same scenery is equally as breathtaking as it was back then. The sunsets, the river views, the parks and the mansions make it a great destination for almost everyone to enjoy.
On a recent trip to the Hudson River Valley, I explored along the Waterfront in Newburgh. It takes no more than an hour and a half from northern New Jersey–just as long as it takes to go for dinner in Manhattan. It is a very special spot- ideal on a summer evening. Here you can dine outside at restaurants that are right on the banks of the Hudson, stroll along the promenade and do some shopping.
Where Can You Go for a Quick Trip?
There are many great restaurants to choose from, but friends in the area took us to dinner at a scrumptious Italian restaurant called Cena. They have a large deck that sprawls out over the banks of the river and a marina. The river is about 2 miles wide at this spot- and you have a perfect view of the Catskills across the river. Before dinner you can take the ferry across to the town of Beacon which is also beautiful and home to the Dia Beacon modern art museum and Storm King – the outdoor art center .
We enjoyed shrimp cocktail, sauteed calamari, veal Milanese, soft shell crabs and shrimp risotto. It wasn’t cheap – but then again when the food and the view are that good you can’t expect it to be.
For more travel ideas click here.
For more information about the Hudson Valley:
Great Drives by National Geographic- http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/road-trips/hudson-valley-new-york-road-trip/
Dia Beacon – http://www.diaart.org/sites/main/beacon
Storm King Art Center – http://www.stormking.org/