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Top 10 Things to Experience in the Hudson Valley

  |   May 5, 2011  |  Comment

Spring is in the air and there are so many things to Experience in the Hudson Valley. We came up with a Top 10 list of just a few things that will keep you busy!

1. Walkway Over the Hudson – A 1.3 mile walk over the Hudson River and a NYS Park that locals and tourists like to walk, jog,  bike or just enjoy a picturesque view.  Bring your camera – no two days are the same!  Access from both Poughkeepsie and Highland.  Will feature a Farmers Market May 20th – late October on Fridays from 3-7pm.  Also hosts a monthly community night. For more info visit www.walkway.org

2. The Hudson Valley Renegades – The Hudson Valley’s own baseball league that’s just good family fun!  Opening night June 20th and games run through September 4rth. Some games include fireworks and other family fun themed nights. Great for Birthday parties, fundraisers, luxury sky-box seats, Little Rascals Club and  community seasonal fundraising program “Pitch for Kids”  For more info see www.hvrenegades.com

3.  Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival – Critically acclaimed Shakespearian Theatre under the tent in a picturesque setting at Boscobel in Garrison overlooking the Hudson River. Now in their 25th season, events are from June 14th – September 4rth.  This year’s plays include: Hamlet, The Comedy of Errors and Around the World in 80 days.  For more information see www.hvshakespeare.org

4. Bethel Woods Center for the Arts is not only home of the original Woodstock Festival but home to the museum and every season they bring the best of music to the area. The Museum  is a multi-media experience that combines film and interactive displays with artifacts that tell the story of the 60’s and Woodstock. Outdoor concert venue open  May 6th – September 2nd. For More info on the museum and shows visit www.bethelwoodscenter.org

5. Woodstock New Paltz Craft Fair celebrating their 30th Anniversary year and  is a “destination” for collectors of quality art and fine crafts. Attracting the finest artists and crafts people from across the United States. One of America’s largest variety of art  & craft demonstrations, entertainment by the best regionally based musicians as well as experience the very best the Hudson Valley has to offer in both NYS wines and locally produced handcrafted specialty foods.  For more info visit www.quailhollow.com.  This event is held twice a year on Memorial and Labor Day weekend and is a favorite in the tri-state area and beyond.

6. Rhinebeck Aerodrome is one of the area’s most unique tourist destinations.  Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome has one of the world’s greatest collections of flying, Pioneer, WW1 and Lindbergh era aeroplanes. Started by Cole Palen over half a century ago. Museum and grounds open for the season Saturday, June 4rth (no airshows this date) Airshows every Saturday and Sunday (weather permitting) June 11th – October 16th. Biplane Rides available during the week by appointment. For more info visit www.oldrhinebeck.org

7. Culinary Institute of America –  For more than six decades the CIA had been setting the standard for excellence in professional culinary education. The CIA also offers non credit boot camps for your cooking pleasure as well as dining in The Apple Pie Bakery Cafe, American Bounty, Caternia de’ Medici, Escoffier and St. Andrews Cafe.  For more info visit www.ciachef.edu

8. Hudson Valley Wine Country – The country’s oldest vineyards can be found in the Hudson Valley dating back to the French Huguenots who planted the first vines in New Paltz in 1677–100 years before any vines were planted in California. They originally planted their vines on the hillsides of the Hudson Highlands and started a tradition of grapes and wine that continues to this day!  There are more than 26 wineries to visit in the region for info on the Shawangunk, Dutchess and Hudson Berkshire Wine Trails  visit www.hudsonvalleywinecountry.org

9. New York Renaissance Faire – Eat Drynke and be Merrie Where Fantasy Rules! This year open  Saturday,  Sunday and Labor Day from August 6th – September 25th. The Faire is a rollicking romp through Elizabethan England complete with 16th century games, rides, arts, crafts, food, music and dance. Located at Sterling Forest in Tuxedo. Also available as a destination wedding or party site.  For more information and tickets in advance visit www.renfair.com

10. Minnewaska State Park Preserve – Historic State Park Preserve offering biking, boating, cross country skiing,  fishing, hiking, horseback riding, hunting, nature programs,  rock climbing, scuba diving and swimming. Situated on the dramatic Shawangunk Ridge with numerous waterfalls, three sky lakes, forests, cliffs, world class rock climbing and 35 miles of carriageways and 25 miles of foot paths to enjoy! For more info visit www.lakeminnewaska.org

by Melissa Tyler

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