Hudson Valley

The Hudson Valley is one of America’s greatest and most beautiful treasures with historic landmarks detailing the way from Upper to Lower valley areas, relaying tales of the past and the people who lived them. The unparalleled scenery, incredible accommodations, wealth of history, and look at how life has changed over centuries is all part of a trip through the Hudson Valley.

History & Geography

History & Geography

History & Geography

The Hudson Valley was first settled by Native American tribes who were also called the “River People.” The Fort Nassau trading post was established by the Dutch upon their arrival in 1610. Throughout the 17th century, the valley comprised the New Netherlands communities.  In the 1750s, during the French and Indian War, the valley’s north end was occupied by British forces defending against French invasion. It played a key role in the American Revolution: the British planned to dissect the colonies by way of the river. Industrialization occurred post Erie Canal which opened up New York City and the Hudson Halley to a commercial relationship with several regions. One of America’s first best-selling international writers, Washington Irving, popularized the Hudson Valley through his stories during the 19th century.

The Hudson River carves right through the valley, which is broken into three distinct regions: upper, middle, and lower. The river source begins in the Adirondack Mountains. The Hudson joins the Mohawk River north of Albany, passes the Catskill and Taconic Mountains and finally flows between New Jersey Palisades and Manhattan Island into the Atlantic.

Historic Sites

Historic Sites

Historic Sites

There are many historic landmarks throughout the Hudson Valley including one of the best-known: Kykuit. Kykuit was home to the Rockefellers for more than four generations. It showcases remarkable gardens and architecture, high-profile art, rich history, and breathtaking scenery surrounding a six-story full stone home. Sunnyside was the home of writer Washington Irving and set within the Hudson Valley along the Hudson River. As the writer of the now-famous story The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Irving had a very creative mind used to describe both his home and surroundings. Philipsburg Manor spans more than three centuries, beginning with the Philipses who were merchants of Anglo-Dutch descent. Originally the family rented out the land to a diverse array of Europeans and depended on a small community of African slaves to run the complex. Additional important historic sites in the valley include Union Church of Pocantico Hills and its famous stained glass by Matisse.

Hudson Valley Hotels

Hudson Valley Hotels

Hudson Valley Hotels

A wealth of hotels are located in the Hudson Valley. Dependable chain hotels include well-known names like Hilton, Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza and Marriott. Specialty lodging includes quaint inns, historic estates turned into hotels, and pretty boutique guesthouses. On the north end of Mohonk Lake southeast of Rochester is Mohonk Mountain House (pictured), a Victorian castle and historic landmark and also a luxury resort and spa. Castle on the Hudson features sprawling acreage north of Manhattan directly on the Hudson River in a setting inspiring the regality found throughout the hotel. In Chappaqua it’s Crabtree’s Kittle House Inn raising eyebrows with a vast and fascinating history from guesthouse to school house to roadhouse to revered inn.

Hudson Valley Map

Hudson Valley Map

Hudson Valley Map

Today there are scores of Hudson Valley maps available, from lodging maps to scenic driving maps and walking and hiking maps. Detailed maps offer insight into the Hudson valley’s Upper, Middle, and Lower areas from Catskill to Hyde Spring to Yonkers. Some of the most popular Hudson Valley maps available offer the best road trip details beginning on the west bank in Nyack north to Rhinebeck and Kingston and down south along the river down to Tarrytown with highlights including West Point, dozens of museums, impressive old estates, and camera-worthy scenery

 

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