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Summers In Hudson Valley: A Visitors Guide

The Hudson Valley is a region filled with stunning natural beauty, great places to eat and drink, and plenty of things to do.

The Hudson Valley is a region filled with stunning natural beauty, great places to eat and drink, and plenty of things to do. The area offers visitors everything from mountain biking at the Mohonk Preserve in Ulster County or hiking along the Poughkeepsie River's many trails to exploring historic sites such as West Point or Ghent. Summers in Hudson Valley is the best time to enjoy all that this region has to offer. 

The best time for vacation here is during summer - especially June-September with temperatures ranging from 70°F-85°F (21°C-30°C) . Most visitors prefer to go during spring/fall too but that's about all because we already have snowfall during those seasons here normally (mainly in November through December). It's also nice just after winter ends when flowers start blooming again since they don't last very long anyway. As an added bonus the fall foliage display makes it look like Christmas has come right before Halloween.

No matter what you choose, there are plenty of ways to enjoy your vacation in this gorgeous part of upstate New York.

Locust Grove

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Locust Grove is a small town in the Hudson Valley, located just off of Rte. 22. It's home to many seasonal residents, who rely on its location for convenience and access to outdoor recreation. The community offers several restaurants and bars as well as an array of activities for visitors year-round. Locust Grove is also known for its natural beauty: it has a large park with hiking trails, ponds filled with fish and frogs that can be seen from roadsides or from boats on lakes nearby (the town even hosts kayak races.)

The village itself has some interesting history—it was founded by Dutch settlers who settled here around 1720 before moving further north into New Jersey where they built Fort Beversfort.

Mohonk Preserve

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Mohonk Preserve is one of the most popular summer destinations in New York State. The preserve offers hiking and horseback riding trails, as well as a museum, library and more.

The preserve is located at the base of Mt. Tremper on the eastern shoreline of Lake Mohonk (which means “land where one can fish”). It takes about 45 minutes to hike up from Lake Mohonk to reach where all three waterfalls are located—Chimney Bluffs, Cascade Cascades and Roaring Brook Falls.

Beacon Farmers Market

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The Beacon Farmers Market has a large selection of produce and meats, as well as an assortment of deli items. They believe in food justice, that means that the selection of locally grown produce is affordable to buy and the vendors are paid well too.

You'll find the Beacon Farmers Market at 223 Main Street in Beacon, NY—just look for it down the street from the Beacon Historical Cemetery. 

It is also a year long market, so enjoy watching the seasons change through the produce. And you get to do this while enjoying delicious food from local vendors.

Bruderhof Peace Barn

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Bruderhof Peace Barn is a nonprofit organization that promotes peace, justice and sustainability through the arts. It is located in the Palisades region of New York State.

Founded by a group of artists and activists in 2009, Bruderhof Peace Barn offers an alternative to mainstream culture through its focus on spirituality, self-reliance and social activism. The barn itself was built over three years by volunteers who worked together with local farmers to ensure that their land would be sustainably harvested while still allowing them access to farm equipment needed for harvesting crops like wheat or corn (which they grow on site).

The Bellvale community is located within walking distance from one another across two counties—Rockland County to the north and Orange County southward—the barns have become popular destinations for visitors seeking respite from soulless tourist traps like Times Square or Central Park; however some people may find themselves disappointed once they arrive because although these structures look like something straight outta' Hollywood but inside there isn't much going on except sitting around talking about how great life would be if only everyone could live just like us.

Westwind Orchard

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Westwind Orchard is a family-owned and operated orchard in the Hudson Valley. They grow more than 20 varieties of apples and pears, as well as a variety of stone fruits (peaches, plums, nectarines) that are not usually seen on an apple or pear farm. Westwind also sells cider and syrup made from their apples.

The farm features a farm store where you can buy fresh produce for your kitchen; a bakery offering pastries made with their own homemade dough; an outdoor cafe serving lunch items like salads or sandwiches along with breakfasts such as pancakes. They also have picnic tables where you can eat outside under shade trees while enjoying views of fields full of crops growing by your side!

Ulster & Delaware Railroad

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The Ulster & Delaware Railroad is a train ride through the Catskill Mountains, which offers a great way to see the Hudson Valley. It's family-friendly, and visitors can take turns driving the train or riding in one of its cars. The U&D operates on weekends from June through October, so it's an excellent option if you want to spend an afternoon exploring this scenic region.

Hudson River Adventures

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Hudson River Adventures offers a variety of cruises, including the glass-bottom boat. They also have three large boats that accommodate up to 300 people and a smaller vessel for smaller groups. The museum and gift shop are located on the same property as the tickets office, so you can easily purchase tickets there before or after exploring their unique offerings.

Hudson River Adventures is open year-round; however, they only operate in summer months as it isn't possible to get enough water during winter months due to ice flows from Lake Champlain (the lake outside their dock).

Benmarl Winery and Vineyard

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Travelers who want to visit the oldest vineyard in America can visit Benmarl Winery and Vineyard. Nestled in the lush green hills of Marlboro you will find Benmarl Winery. Overlooking the historic Hudson River Valley, it’s 37 acre estate lays claim to the oldest vineyard in America.

Sample their locally grown Seyval Blanc and Cabernet Franc, or their Riesling sourced on Seneca Lake, and Merlot from the north fork of Long Island.

They have an outdoor wine tasting that allows guests to take in the majesty of the Hudson Valley. Reservations can be made here

Basilica Hudson

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Basilica Hudson is a music venue, restaurant and art gallery that has a capacity of 900 people. It's in the heart of downtown Hudson Valley, so it's a great place to go if you want to take in some live music while enjoying your food and drink.

Here are some other things you'll find at Basilica Hudson:

  • A wine bar with 20 wines on tap or by the bottle

  • A bistro with dishes such as salads, soups, sandwiches and more (including gluten-free options)

  • Several outdoor spaces for performances including an outdoor courtyard


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