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Home Travel Guide Travel Guide Topics Travelin' Grandma Hudson River Valley Region - I

Hudson River Valley Region - I

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Travelin' Grandma ...on the road with Myrna Oakley
New York State’s Vintage Hudson River Valley Region, Part I           

    Given the events of last fall on the East Coast I’m planning a trip to the Vintage Hudson Valley region of upstate New York, in order to introduce the grandkids to some of our country’s early history. Then, in support of all New Yorkers, we’ll take the train into New York City to visit lower Manhattan, Ground Zero, and the informal monuments there for those who lost their lives on September 11.
    “Can we really see places where George Washington slept?” asks 12-year-old Marisa.
    “I’d like to see the West Point Military Academy,” says 15-year-old Bradford.
    “Are there any ski areas where we can snowboard?” asks 14-year-old P.J.
    “Yes, to all three questions,” I say as I unfold the large map of New York State and the Vintage Hudson Valley map. We’ll plan to fly into Newburgh NY located in
Orange County and from there we’ll rent a car for several days of exploration. Here’s our list of places to visit:

    Johathan Hasbrouck House, site of George Washington’s headquarters and home from April 1782 through August 1783. Located in Newburgh, NY the house is situated on a bluff overlooking the Hudson River, to the east. The kids can see several restored rooms inside the stone house including dining room, parlor, aides’ office, Washington’s office, and George and Martha’s bedroom. The rooms are arranged and decorated as they would have been during the time that the couple lived here. Next door to the stone house visit the small museum which contains artifacts of the period and a large color portrait of George Washington. Ask about the two enormous chains that were forged nearby and stretched across two sections of the Hudson River; these chains halted British ships from overtaking the mid and upper Hudson River Valley areas. A section of the chain is displayed in the museum. Information: Washington’s Headquarters State Historic Site, 84
Liberty Street, Newburgh, NY 12550. Telephone (845-562-1195). Website: enjoy/ histlink.htm

    U.S. Military Academy at West Point is just south of Newburgh. Stop at the Visitors Center to sign up for the guided bus tour of the academy grounds. Plan to tour during the morning hours in order to watch the cadets gather and move into formation for lunch, which takes place every day just before noon. From the cadet’s chapel impressive views of the Hudson River are seen, including the site where one of those enormous chains across the river halted British ships from entering
the mid and upper river area.
Information: (845-938-2638).

    Stony Point Battlefield Lighthouse, south of West Point, oldest lighthouse on the Hudson River (845-786-2521). Other lighthouses on the river include Tarrytown Lighthouse, in service from 1883 to 1965 (914-864-PARK) located south of West Point; Esopus Meadows Lighthouse and Rondout Lighthouse, both located south of Kingston Rhine-cliff Bridge and the city of Rhine-beck near Dutchess County (845-338-0071); Saugerties Lighthouse located north of the bridge and near Ulster County (914-247-0656); and, Hudson Athens Lighthouse located north of Rip Van Winkle Bridge, Olana State Historic Site, and between Greene County and Columbia County (845-338-0071). To see several of the river’s lighthouses and historic sites from the water check out one of the river cruises from Newburgh Landing; for current information call Hudson River Adventures, Inc., (845-782-0685). To sail on an historic vessel, Commander, May through October check with Hudson Highlands Cruises, (845-534-SAIL); departs from South Dock at West Point.

    Weather permitting be sure to include Storm King Art Center and Sculpture Garden on your itinerary. Located near West Point and Newburgh the kids can oogle at some 120 outdoor sculptures some as high as two or three story buildings! One of the best times to visit is spring and fall. For current information contact the center at (845-534-3115). Visitors park their cars at the visitor center and walk the many trails through the 600-acre preserve and its picnic areas.

    Hudson Valley ski areas are accessible north of Newburgh and can be accessed from such cities and towns as Poughkeepsie, New Paltz, Kingston, and Albany. Families and ski enthusiasts can try Windham Mountain (800-SKI-WINDHAM), and Hunter Mountain (800-775 4641), www.huntermtn. com. Both are located in the Catskill region of Greene County.

    For current information about parks, preserves, hiking, hotels, inns, bed & breakfast inns, cafes, bakeries, coffee shops, and eateries along the lower Hudson River Valley contact the friendly staff at Orange County Tourism,(800-762-8687);

    Additional information about lower Hudson River Valley, including train schedules into New York City, can be obtained from www., www.westchest, and
Next Time: Mid-Hudson River Valley including Ulster County, Dutchess County, Greene County, and Columbia County home to Samuel B. Morse Historic Site, The Culinary Institute of America, Franklin D. Roosevelt Home, Vanderbilt Mansion and formal gardens, and 125-year-old Mohonk Mountain House and Preserve.


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