After seeing much of the World on our own, we bumped into each other and fell in love right here in the Hudson Valley, and ever since calling it our forever-travel and staycation destination just because you’ll need more than a lifetime to explore it all around here.
Top 5 Reasons Why We Moved to the Hudson Valley – Hudson Valley Travel Adventures with Max and Dino
If you’re thinking about moving to the Hudson Valley, you’re in luck: there are plenty of great reasons to live here. From the region’s natural beauty and thriving arts scene to the easy access to New York City and beyond, the Hudson Valley offers you something that not many other places can. Here are our top five reasons why we love living in the Hudson Valley and why we think you will too.
1) There’s no traffic, and there’s only sweet freedom in the air
Located about an hour north of New York City, one of Hudson Valley’s big draws is its proximity to one of America’s biggest metropolitan areas, without all the smog that comes with it. If you work in or around NYC, your commute could be significantly shortened, or eliminated entirely—and if you don’t work in New York City, a move here means easy access and tons of options for entertainment and leisure opportunities. Plus, Stewart International Airport in Newburgh, is your direct escape route to Canada, in case if you are fed up with US politics and chasing even finer things in life 🙂 Oh, also? There are no traffic jams! Get ready to say goodbye to NYC’s rush-hour gridlock and hello to stress-free commutes from your kitchen to the home office nook in the living room. You might even have time left over at day’s end for that creative pursuit you love so much!
2) Hudson River views are gorgeous
Nestled in between mountains and hills and right by a body of water, there’s nothing like taking in beautiful views of nature as you enjoy your morning walk in Beacon’s Long Dock Park. Hudson River views are also breathtaking at sunset, making them an even more enticing way to start and end your day.
Living here means that you are on or near one of New York State’s many scenic byways: If a view isn’t enough to make you fall in love with where you live, then get ready for some of New York State’s best-designated state park hiking trails. The Hudson Highlands is one example—and it has acres of natural beauty that are just waiting for you to explore.
3) There’s always something going on (even during the never-ending pandemic!)
Many Hudson Valley towns and cities host a wide variety of festivals and events throughout the year. Whether you’re into food, arts, music, or sports – there are always options for enjoying yourself here in The Hudson Valley. If there’s something specific you want to do or see while you’re here, let us know on Instagram.com/hudsonvalleystylemag! We’ll be happy to give you and everyone else a virtual tour. We just love being able to welcome people into our community – it’s what we love doing most!
4) Wineries in the Hudson Valley, What You Need to Know
When you think of the Hudson Valley, do images of the Catskills or the countryside come to mind? While these are beautiful places, did you know that the Hudson Valley has an active wine industry as well? While some wine-making spots have been around for hundreds of years, more wineries have sprung up in recent years with the increasing popularity of winemaking in New York. Scientists suspect that climate change has moved the “perfect wine-making weather” to our area, so why don’t we cheers on that 🙂 Whether you’re interested in history or fine wines, the area around the Hudson River has plenty to offer. To find out more about wineries in the Hudson Valley and what they have to offer, keep reading below!
Benmarl Winery in Marlboro, NY
A Beginner’s Guide: Benmarl Winery is an idyllic spot for beginning wine-lovers; it sits along a picturesque river valley with a spectacular view of Slate Hill that looks like something out of a painting. The family-owned and operated winery sits on acres of beautiful farmland and specializes in estate vineyards. Their wines run from earthy reds to crisp whites and everything in between. Check out what makes Benmarl one of the most popular wineries around at benmarl.com!
New owners Dan & Jacqui Heavens took over the operation in January 2020 and together with the team of seasoned winemakers, this winery produces a wide variety of wines. Located atop the hill, the tasting room features a large selection of wines and has a beautiful view of the surroundings.
The staff are very welcoming and friendly; they are ready to explain how wines are made, and how each one is different from others. Their wine varieties include classics such as Cabernet Franc, Syval Blanc, Chardonnay, and contemporary fruit-inspired wines like Spring Berries Dry Strawberry, and Ice Cider. The other varieties include Blackberry and Grapes and Peach Wines which give a sweet taste that makes them popular among many locals.
Other wineries in the Hudson Valley
The wineries of New York are a special part of what makes our state great. With so many farms and vineyards open for tourists and local residents to visit, it’s easy to learn about all of your options when it comes time for choosing a place for your celebration or event. If you are interested in learning more about any specific winery or vineyard located within New York, we have compiled an extensive list of wineries that might be of interest.
5) Hudson Valley Restaurants
Tucked into the Hudson Valley region in Upstate New York, you’ll find some of the most charming small towns and cities in the United States. Hudson, for example, boasts an excellent selection of restaurants ranging from casual to upscale, perfect for spending an evening or two with friends or family on your next vacation.
Whether you are a local or visiting from out of town, there is something for everyone in our beautiful Hudson Valley. On your next trip to New York, take advantage of our diverse dining scene! Our region is home to some of New York’s best restaurants. Whether you like exotic seafood, authentic Italian, classic American, or exquisite French fare, Hudson Valley restaurant options offer something for everyone!
With dozens of award-winning wineries dotting its hillsides, it’s no surprise that wine is a key ingredient in Hudson Valley cuisine. In fact, many restaurants and bistros not only offer dishes with wine pairings but also incorporate local wines into their menus. Dining in these scenic upstate New York areas should be part of every visitor’s itinerary.
When you travel to a new location, one of your main concerns is often figuring out where to eat. Oftentimes, that means spending time reading reviews and scouring restaurant guides in an attempt to find something suited for your tastes. Check out one of our Restaurant Reviews here >>
I had never thought of myself as much of a countryside person, but Hudson Valley is different. It’s small enough that you can move through it quickly, with enough activities that you don’t get bored, but large enough that there are plenty of ways to meet new people and try out new things. I haven’t looked back since I left Manhattan—why would I? Hudson Valley is amazing.