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Community Spotlight: Unique Homes of Tuxedo Park, New York 

Community Spotlight: Unique Homes of Tuxedo Park, New York 

Once the home of tycoons, Tuxedo Park is recognized as the first gated community in the United States. Both J.P. Morgan and William Waldorf Astor had homes there, and the village gave its name to the revolutionary tuxedo that modernized formal wear by inspiring men to replace their traditional tailcoats with shorter dinner jackets. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the village was built in the 1880s by Pierre Lorillard, the tobacco heir, as a rustic hunting and fishing retreat for his affluent New York friends. Considered one of the nation’s finest examples of pre-World War I architecture, Tuxedo Park is home to some 300 historic residences nestled in a very private nature sanctuary of scenic valleys and stunning glacial lakes, several suitable for swimming and stocked with trout and bass for fishing. The 2,600-acre private compound also offers an abundance of hiking, biking and riding paths. The commute to New York Penn Station via New Jersey Transit rail service is just under 50 minutes.

House on hill with river in backyard

160 Continental Road, Tuxedo Park, New York

Much like the tuxedo itself, historic Tuxedo Park and its architecture never seem to go out of style. Available for the first time in 40 years, the circa 1891 Horace Waldo Cottage epitomizes the beauty of early Tuxedo Park architecture, with its natural materials, preserved details and timeless style. A walk through the Federal-style doorway with fanlight and leaded glass sidelights leads to the first level, which offers formal rooms and cozy gathering spaces. Eight fireplaces with early millwork grace the first floor. A light-filled, professional-grade chef’s kitchen beckons serious cooks and family gatherings. Enjoy dinners or morning coffee in the sun-soaked, enclosed porch accessible from three core living areas. The second and third levels have five bedrooms, including a master suite with sitting room. Recreation rooms on the lower level have radiant heat floors, a wood-burning stove and access to a covered patio. Set on 1.2 acres of rolling lawns and walking distance to key Tuxedo Park amenities, this beauty is ready to be called home.

Living Room of 14 Butternut Road

14 Butternut Road, Tuxedo Park, New York

Tuxedo Park has a rich history and surprisingly diverse inventory of homes, many designed by famous architects from the Gilded Age, but also converted stables and carriage houses as well as a sampling of contemporary homes. Nothing shows off distinct architecture quite like a juxtaposition of two styles, a hallmark of 14 Butternut Road, a three-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath home that is one of the area’s first Gilded Age mansions. Designed in 1970 by artist Edgar Bertolucci, the elegant 6.8-acre, gated, international-style glass house known as The Gallery, is framed by dramatic stone foundations. The private and serene property features breathtaking, west-facing, panoramic views of Tuxedo Lake, 14-foot, floor-to-ceiling windows and exquisite grounds, featuring tall oaks, stone terraces, intricately built stone fountains, ponds and walking paths, all designed by Ferruccio Vitale, landscape architect for 19th century tycoons including Condé Nast, Mellon and Guggenheim.

122 Circuit Road, Tuxedo Park

122 Circuit Road, Tuxedo Park, New York

What is so compelling about Tuxedo Park? “It’s simply a magical place,” said Barbara du Pont, a veritable expert on the gated enclave’s real estate sales, trends and historic homes as well as a resident for nearly 25 years. “Homebuyers are captivated by the beauty of the scenery: the serenity of the community’s three lakes, hills and winding roads, vistas of private gardens and untamed natural surroundings,” she said. This magnificent historic estate at 122 Circuit Road originally was built as a summer cottage around 1890 for John H. Foster, with beautiful architectural details on a grand scale. The stone and cedar shingle home, renovated with modern amenities, sits on 2.2 acres and features majestic lawns and an elegant interior, with hand-painted murals, a 17th century English fireplace, oak-paneled living room, grand dining room and five en suite bedrooms.

23 West Lake Road, Tuxedo park

23 West Lake Road, Tuxedo Park, New York

If you feel inspired by majestic sunrise views and unique waterfront settings, The Old Fish Hatchery is a quaint cottage that checks off both boxes. Built in 1887 by the Tuxedo Club as a fish hatchery to stock the Tuxedo Lake with bass, salmon and rainbow trout, it was converted into a home in the early 1920s and renovated in 2008. This magical 1.7-acre retreat features a lively brook that flows from Tuxedo Lake to the smaller Wee Wah Lakes, stone walls and massive trees. A charming wood plank bridge leads to the home which features former hatchery beds that cascade down from shallow to deep where fish once were raised. With over 200 feet of lakefront to enjoy boating, fishing and swimming, you will feel like you have your own private park. The cottage has ceramic tile and hardwood floors throughout, chef’s kitchen with dining area, fireplace, master suite and sitting rooms looking out to the lakes and a recently added heated swimming pool. Although only 40 miles from midtown Manhattan, the surroundings feel like a world away.

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Hudson Valley Spa and Winter Wellness Escapes

Need a little TLC this winter? New York’s Hudson Valley provides the perfect backdrop for a cozy winter wellness getaway, just north of New York City. Visitors can look to wellness centers and spas primed for snow-day pampering, just a stone’s throw from the hustle of the city. Sit back and relax with a massage, facial or aromatherapy, or some zen water views. If you’re craving a winter facial or rejuvenating massage, check out these delightfully indulgent experiences.

colorful yoga mats on wall at Birchwood Center Yoga & Massage, Nyack, New York

Birchwood Center Yoga & Massage, Nyack, New York
Perfect your downward dog and get your “om” on at Birchwood Center, a combined yoga and massage facility in Nyack that offers a full schedule of public, private and semiprivate sessions. Open seven days a week, classes are held in two sunlit studios with views of the Hudson River. Several hatha levels are offered along with vinyasa, restorative and prenatal varieties. 85 South Broadway, Nyack.; 845-358-6409. www.birchwoodcenter.com.

Avellino Esthetics Organic Skin Care massage oil on table in New City, New York

Avellino Esthetics Organic Skin Care, New City, New York

Offering a full line of organic skin care products and treatments, this Rockland County women-only spa housed in a cozy stone cottage in New City offers an array of treatments. Patrons enjoy beauty and full-body skin care services including massage, facials, nonchemical organic peels, LED hair removal, reflexology, sunless tanning, aromatherapy and more. Whether it’s your birthday or you just feel like indulging without the extra calories, Avellino Esthetics offers its signature Birthday Cake Body Polish, an exfoliating treatment made with Dead Sea salt, sugar, cocoa powder, crushed cocoa beans and assortment of oils. The caffeine in the cocoa is designed to stimulate circulation and improve blood flow, while the chocolate scent can help release serotonin, which makes you feel happy. Sixty-minute sessions are priced at $90. Half-hour versions of the body polish also are available. The spa also has a Tranquility Room with an infrared sauna and a shower. 123 Park Ave., New City, 845-634-6352; www.AvellinoEsthetics.com.

Riverview Salon & Day Spa massage with candle and oil in Newburgh, New York

Riverview Salon & Day Spa, Newburgh, New York

This downtown spa on the Newburgh waterfront offers a host of services, from aromatherapy massage and manis and pedis to microdermabrasion treatments for the removal of dull skin. Special packages, starting at $155 for two hours, include The Spa Sampler, Gentleman’s Day and Couples Escape and 6 Front St. www.riverviewsalonandspa.com; 845-569-0700.

Glenmere Hotel & Spa, Chester, New York

Glenmere Hotel & Spa, Chester, New York

For the discerning traveler looking for an extraordinarily luxurious setting, the spectacular hilltop mansion known as Glenmere sits deep in the rolling farmlands of the Lower Hudson Valley on a 150-acre estate overlooking Glenmere Lake in Chester. The circa 1911 Gilded Age retreat of the Goelet family, Glenmere was one of America’s finest country homes, once host to royalty, aristocracy and leading artists. Now, it’s an 18-room luxury boutique hotel and spa noted for European-style elegance, sophistication and personalized service. The Spa at Glenmere Mansion reflects the luxury and opulence of the Gilded Age, with its signature
Carrara marble bath house and Turkish-style hammam cleansing treatments as well as therapies from around the world, including an herbal steam room, dry heat sauna, stimulating Swiss shower and more for guests 18 and over. 634 Pine Hill Road, 845-469-1900; www.glenmeremansion.com.

Wholeness Center waiting area with seating in Valley Cottage, New York

Wholeness Center, Valley Cottage, New York

Founded by Valley Cottage natives Ariana Breganti and Kristin Giacopelli in 2016, the Wholeness Center is designed to rejuvenate and restore their clients’ sense of self. The elegant healing sanctuary bridges the luxury spa experience with state-of-the-art clinical “medi-spa” services including peels and laser skin treatments. The space and services were designed to create ease, inspire relaxation and make guests look and feel their best. 7 New Lake Road. www.wholenesscenter.com; 845-268-7532.

Lucky Elephant Yoga and Wellness women sitting in seated pose in New City, New York

Lucky Elephant Yoga and Wellness, New City, New York

This yoga studio in the heart of New City focuses on mindfulness with yoga, massage, meditation, Ayurveda, AromaTouch technique, craniosacral therapy, essential oils, nutrition and reiki. Thanks to beginner options like chair yoga, Lucky Elephant is great for newcomers who want to ease into the practice. Patrons can attend a group workshop or book an individual session. 132 Park Avenue. www.luckyelephantyogaandwellness.com. 845-538-5826.

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Lower Hudson Valley Holiday Gift Guide

Now through New Year’s Day, New York’s Lower Hudson Valley glistens with the sights and sounds of the holiday season: festive shop windows, stunning art galleries, eclectic shops and a plethora of diverse restaurants that make the region a foodie and shopper’s destination. On the west side of the Hudson River, New York’s Rockland and Orange counties offer a unique mix of scenic villages, fine dining and antique and novelty shops. It’s the perfect antidote to the monotony of retail mall madness. Shop for distinctive gifts and experiences for everyone on your list with some of these local finds.

storefront of fine antique shop in the historic Hudson Valley

Colin Holmes, Nyack, New York
The historic Hudson Valley has many fine antique shops and galleries promising something for all tastes and occasions. Poke around Colin Holmes, a Nyack staple specializing in an eclectic mix of furniture, art, lighting fixtures, French clocks, jewelry, upholstery, garden décor and more. Visitors can expect personalized service and an array of unique gift ideas, home décor treasures and inspiration. 87 Main St, Nyack, 845-358-2565; www.colinholmesnyack.com

The Shops at Jones Farm, Cornwall, New York

The Shops at Jones Farm, Cornwall, New York
Located in Cornwall, New York, the family owned and operated Jones Farm has been supplying the Hudson Valley with quality food and gifts for over 100 years. John H. Jones originally purchased the picturesque acreage in 1914 from Miss Emily Cromwell, a direct descendent of Oliver Cromwell, the 17th-century English military and political leader. Jones Farm is still owned by the same family, with three generations working together side by side. The multifaceted homestead that greets visitors today includes a charming country store, gift shop, art gallery and bakery, Grandma Phoebe’s Kitchen, known for its swoon-worthy pies. Everything in the shop is proudly made from scratch, from the crust to the filling. Try a classic slice like apple or blueberry pie or venture out and taste the chocolate chip pecan pie served hot with a heaping scoop of ice cream. 190 Angola Road, Cornwall, 845-534-4445; www.jonesfarminc.com

colorful yarns

Photo credit: Knitting Nation

Knitting Nation, Nyack, New York
As the temperatures dip lower, “cozy season” is in full swing in the Hudson Valley. The age-old hobby of knitting is a great way to connect with local crafters and is perfect for gift-giving, staying warm or passing the time. Whether you’re a beginner or veteran, Knitting Nation offers classes for all skill levels. Buy a package of classes or a single session, like Fixing Mistakes or Sock Sundays, with materials included. With its wide selection of luxury yarns, make sure to buy materials on location. 30 N Broadway, Nyack, 845-348-0100; www.knittingnation.com

various food items on table at restaurant

Photo credit: 8 North Broadway

8 North Broadway Restaurant, Nyack, New York
Treat a loved one to an authentic culinary experience this holiday season in one of Nyack’s many casually elegant restaurants. Known for its boutique- and restaurant-lined thriving downtown and proximity to New York City, Nyack offers visitors a variety of international cuisine such as 8 North Broadway, a seasonal Mediterranean restaurant overlooking the Hudson River. Inspired by locally sourced seafood, beef, lamb, poultry and organic produce, the menu reflects the freshest ingredients from the Hudson Valley, while a swerving copper bar, exposed brick and large store-front windows are design focal points. Don’t miss the meze and sizzling octopus platters. 8 N Broadway, Nyack, 845-353-1200; www.8northbroadway.com

woman walking through fine art gallery

Photo credit: Piermont Straus

Piermont Straus, Piermont, New York
For the fine art and literary aficionado in your life, visit Piermont Straus, a gallery, foundation and specialty bookstore celebrating the natural beauty, history and culture of the Hudson Valley. Located in Piermont, 15 miles north of Manhattan, the cozy storefront specializes in one-of-a-kind and limited-edition, artist-made prints, paintings, pottery, woodworking, textiles, jewelry, sculpture and an array of plants in unique, handmade earthenware. This magical find, the vision of award-winning photographer Laura Straus, now represents more than two dozen artists and offers an ever-changing, sophisticated selection of treasures to explore that capture the spirit of a creative mind. The gallery is open on weekends or by appointment. 10 Round House Road, Piermont, 845-459-3124; www.piermontstraus.com

front desk at spa

Photo credit: Hand & Stone

Hand & Stone, New City, New York
Treat yourself or a friend to the gift of self-care with Hand & Stone’s many spa services, which range from traditional Swedish massage to new treatments like the Himalayan salt-stone massage, which uses salt crystal stones to soothe away stress and tension. First-time guests can snag a one-hour massage or facial for $59.95. Hand & Stone, 170 S. Main St., New City, 845-708-0808; handandstone.com/locations/new-city

women admiring painting at art gallery

Photo credit: Edward Hopper House Museum and Study Center

Edward Hopper House Museum and Study Center, Nyack, New York
This holiday season, give a gift that can be enjoyed year-round while benefitting arts education in Hudson Valley public schools: a membership to the Edward Hopper House Museum and Study Center in Nyack. Hopper, widely acknowledged as one of the most important painters of 20th century America, was born in Nyack, and his restored residence is on the National Register of Historic Places. Memberships, which can range from $35 for seniors to $70 for an entire household, offer exclusive benefits, including unlimited free admission, 10 percent discount in the museum shop, discounts on museum programs and invitations to member-only events, exhibits and programs. 82 N, Broadway, Nyack, 845-358-0774; edwardhopperhouse.org

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Historic Lower Hudson Valley Towns

With its rolling hills, majestic mountains, river views, rich culinary heritage and significant place in shaping American history, New York’s Lower Hudson Valley is dotted with scenic and historic towns. Distinct and diverse architecture characterizes the region with centuries-old buildings among its villages, from cliffside retreats and elaborate Hudson River mansions to unique farmhouses that add to the region’s allure. From the quaint village of Nyack and secluded, celebrity-laden enclave of Snedens Landing to historic Tuxedo Park, there is suburb for everyone to call home.

Circa 1857 Greek Revival farmhouse in Snedens Landing, New York

“Denike House,” an extraordinary renovation and expansion circa 1857 Greek Revival farmhouse, is situated in a bucolic setting in the Palisades historic district, near Snedens Landing and NYC transportation. Completely rebuilt, it features reclaimed antique wood floors, massive barn beams and 300-year-old stone sink. 667 Oak Tree Road, Palisades.

Snedens Landing, New York
Nestled among the steep cliffs of the Palisades in Rockland County, just 12 miles north of the George Washington Bridge, Snedens Landing is a secluded enclave dating back to the 1700s offering a coveted lifestyle just a short hop from the city. The landing takes its name from the Sneden family, which for generations in colonial times maintained a ferry across the river to the east shore at Dobbs Ferry in Westchester County. With renovated turn-of-the-century homes, including 18th- and 19th-century cottages and farmhouses in historic districts, its sense of old-fashioned Americana makes it one of Rockland County’s most-sought-after markets. The rural hamlet has attracted widely known residents for decades. It’s history of A-listers dates back to George Washington who reportedly used one of the houses in Snedens Landing as an office. Angelina Jolie spent part of her childhood here as did Hayden Panettiere. Laurence Olivier, John Steinbeck, Katharine Hepburn, Mick Jagger, Al Pacino, Bjork, Bill Murray and Diane Sawyer are among those – to name a few – who have called Snedens Landing home at one point or another, while Scarlett Johansson is reportedly the area’s latest resident.

dramatic stone foundations of a former magnificent Gilded Age mansion in historic Tuxedo Park

Featuring breathtaking panoramic views of Tuxedo Lake, “The Gallery,” is framed by the dramatic stone foundations of a former magnificent Gilded Age mansion in historic Tuxedo Park, the nation’s first gated community founded in the 1880s. 14 Butternut Road, Tuxedo Park.

Tuxedo Park, New York
Once the home of tycoons, Tuxedo Park is one of the oldest gated communities in the United States. Both J.P. Morgan and William Waldorf Astor had homes there, and the village gave its name to a new kind of dinner jacket, the tuxedo. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the village was built in the 1880s by Pierre Lorillard, the tobacco heir, as a hunting and fishing retreat for his affluent New York friends. Considered one of the nation’s finest examples of pre-World War I architecture, Tuxedo Park also offers an abundance of hiking, biking and riding paths within the private compound’s acres of bucolic parks. Several stunning lakes, suitable for swimming, also are stocked with trout and bass for fishing. The commute to New York Penn Station, via New Jersey Transit, takes under 50 minutes.

The Bennett-Deyrup House, an extraordinary 1887 Queen Anne Victorian on the Hudson River

The Bennett-Deyrup House, an extraordinary 1887 Queen Anne Victorian on the Hudson River, underwent a $4 million renovation that preserved its period features. 309 North Broadway, Upper Nyack.

Nyack, New York
Steeped in the region’s rich history and architectural tradition, the village of Nyack is a gem on the Hudson just 20 miles from Manhattan. Nyack’s unique character is the result of many special parts of its history, including its contributions to the country’s Revolutionary War efforts. The Nyacks were attacked by the Redcoats several times – not by land, but from British war vessels. In fact, the very first naval battle of the American Revolution would take place near where the Tappan Zee Bridge crosses the Hudson today. Later, the first acknowledgement of the United States of America as a sovereign nation would come as the guns of a British warship fired a seventeen-gun salute to General Washington, not far offshore from Nyack’s Memorial Park. Nyack was also the headquarters of the Whaling Fleet, a fleet of rugged ships who supported the Patriots and vigorously defended the Nyacks from a multitude of British attempts at landings. Today, the eclectic and energetic village is a creative hub for music, film, theater and art enthusiasts, complete with vibrant dining, entertainment and unique shops. Farmers markets and street fairs add to the charming old-style town appeal.

The Hingle Estate in Suffern, New York

The Hingle Estate, once part of the landmarked Cobblestone Farm and former home of character actor Pat Hingle, is a renovated gem complete with a separate four-room guest cottage, saltwater pool, tennis court and three-car garage. 41 Viola Road, Suffern, New York.

Suffern, New York
Suffern, a Rockland County village dating back to 1796, is steeped in history, with an urban vibe. Accessible by trains, buses and highways, Suffern is home to a thriving business district and array of diverse restaurants, shops and a growing arts, film and cultural activities center, most recently serving as the backdrop for the CBS television show, “Instinct.” Lafayette Avenue, Suffern’s main street, is named in honor of Revolutionary war hero Marquis de Lafayette. Other notable guests have included George Washington, who made camp in the village several times during the war, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton. The scenic village, framed by the Ramapo Mountains and Ramapo River, offers numerous hiking, biking and running trails.

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The Best Farms for Pumpkin Picking in Lower Hudson Valley

October is the pumpkin’s time to shine, and what better way to celebrate this colorful fruit than by picking your own at one of the many farms and orchards throughout the Hudson Valley. A stroll through vine-covered fields in the region’s picturesque hillsides in search of the perfect pumpkin makes for a great day trip with friends and loved ones. In addition to pumpkin-picking, many of the farms offer hayrides, corn mazes and other seasonal fruits and vegetables for plucking perfection. Be sure to stop by the orchards’ shops for apple cider doughnuts and fresh-pressed cider.

little girl sitting on pumpkins at Orchards of Concklin in Pomona, New York

Orchards of Concklin
2 South Mountain Road, Pomona, New York
845-354-0369

The Orchards of Concklin have been a prominent fixture in Rockland County for over 10 generations. Families come to Orchards of Concklin to pick their own produce and visit the popular on-site bakery. After enjoying a day of apple and pumpkin-picking, families can refuel with hot cider, coffee and other delectable treats. The on-premises bakery offers everything from pies and quiches, cookies and cakes from century-old traditional recipes, delicious apple cider donuts and fresh-pressed cider, local honey, and a wide variety of organic, sugar-free and wheat-free foods. If you don’t have the opportunity to visit the orchards, they will ship apples and baked goods directly to you. The orchards are open daily 8 a.m.to 6 p.m., www.orchardsofconcklin.com.

pumpkin display at Pierson’s Farm

Photo credit: Pierson’s Farm

Pierson’s Farm
1448 Route 211, Middletown, New York
845-386-1882

Settled in 1790, Pierson’s Farm is one of the Hudson Valley’s historical landmarks. The 270-acre farm hosts an annual festival in October that’s a great opportunity to get outdoors and enjoy the crisp autumn air. Hop on a hayride to the pumpkin patch, snack on some tasty baked goods and wash them down with some hot cider or hot chocolate. When you’re all set with your pumpkin, be sure to explore the four-acre corn maze, three-quarter acre mini maze, petting zoo and play area. The farm also sells pasture-raised pork, lamb and chicken, grass-fed Black Angus beef and free-range eggs. Open daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The festival is held from the last weekend in September to the end of October. www.piersonsfarm.com

little boy running through corn stalks at Dr. Davies Farm

Dr. Davies Farm
306 Route 304, Congers, New York
845-268-7020

Family-run since 1891, Dr. Davies Farm offers pick-your-own apples on over 35 acres of orchards with 4,000 apple trees; pumpkin-picking, hayrides, farm stand, corn maze and more, all in a beautiful farm setting in Rockland County’s scenic lower Hudson Valley. The Davies Farmhouse was built in 1836, part of a 450-acre farm that ran from Rockland Lake to the Hudson River. Visitors can take in the views on a trailer ride to the pumpkin patch and enjoy fresh cider and apple cider donuts, made fresh daily. The Dr. Davies Corn Maze is the perfect activity for families and backdrop for fall selfies. For more information, visit www.drdaviesfarm.com.

wagon full of gourds at Lawrence Farms Orchards

Photo credit: Lawrence Farms Orchards

Lawrence Farms Orchards
39 Colandrea Road, Newburgh, New York
845-562-4268

Lawrence Farms Orchards is managed by three generations of a family that has been running pick-your-own orchards for over 30 years in the Hudson Valley. This scenic, family-owned farm features a hay bale maze, petting zoo, including its “show chickens” and playful goats as well as a “little village” that’s modeled after an old-fashioned New England farm town. Visitors can eat at the concession stand, which has freshly made food for sale. Open daily, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pick pumpkins from late September through end of October. www.lawrencefarmsorchards.org

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Fun Fall Festivals and Activities in the Hudson Valley

Fall is in the air, and there’s nothing like fall in the scenic Hudson Valley. With the temperatures getting crisper and cooler, it is easy to imagine sweater weather, apple cider, pumpkin picking and pumpkin pie. From its magnificent greenery and stunning fall foliage to the abundance of events and activities, a visit to New York’s Hudson Valley during the autumn months strikes the perfect balance between nature and culture. And fortunately for us, festivals abound just in time to usher in the fall season. Here are some worth a visit:

apples on a tree at Warwick Applefest

Warwick Applefest
Oct. 6
Warwick, New York

Named one of the top 100 events in the country, over 30,000 visitors are expected to attend the Warwick Applefest Oct. 6, traveling from neighboring states to experience the extraordinary variety of this historic town’s apples, culture and entertainment. Toast the region’s signature fruit at this annual get-together by eating, drinking and enjoying over 200 craft vendors. The event features music and entertainment on several stages, a children’s carnival, farmers’ market and apple pie-baking contest. Admission is free. www.warwickapplefest.com

view of Hudson River from Bear Mountain State Park

Bear Mountain State Park
Palisades Parkway, New York

It’s not too early to plan a leaf-peeping trip. The Lower Hudson Valley parks and preserves offer plenty of opportunity for Instagram-worthy shots a stone’s throw from Manhattan. Bear Mountain State Park, a 5,205-acre park located on the west side of the Hudson River in Rockland County, New York, offers biking, hiking, boating, picnicking, carousel, skating rink and more. It also features the Perkins Memorial Tower at its summit, complete with spectacular 360-degree views of the Hudson River, Harriman State Park, the Palisades and, on a good day, the New York City skyline. Perkins Memorial Drive is open through late November, weather permitting, and can be accessed via Seven Lakes Road: turn onto Perkins Memorial Drive and continue to the top for the breathtaking vistas. From Sept. 27-Oct. 20, visitors to Bear Mountain also can celebrate Oktoberfest with German food and beer, traditional entertainment and local artisan craft vendors.

pedestrians at Nyack’s Famous Street Fair

Nyack’s Famous Street Fair
Oct. 13
Nyack, New York

Looking for a great way to spend an autumn day? There is something for everyone at Nyack’s Famous Street Fair, which returns on Oct. 13 to picturesque Main Street, Broadway and Cedar Street in downtown Nyack. Visitors can peruse wares from over 300 vendors offering quality handmade arts and crafts, antiques, retail items, collectibles and home décor. To top it off, delicious festival foods will be available along with fair specials from Nyack’s popular restaurants and outdoor cafes. Musician Ritchie G will perform live, and children will be entertained at the Kid’s Zone, featuring a variety of inflatables. This free event will be held 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., rain or shine. www.pjspromotions.com, 201-666-1340.

Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze

Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze
Croton-on-Hudson, New York

The wildly popular Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze, featuring over 7,000 hand-carved, illuminated pumpkin lanterns, takes place in the evenings from late September through November against the stunning backdrop of the 18th-century Van Cortlandt Manor in Croton-on-Hudson. About an hour’s drive from New York City, the annual event is hailed as one of the best Halloween events in the tri-state area, thanks to breathtaking displays such as the Pumpkin Promenade, Pumpkin Zee Bridge, Pumpkin Planetarium star show and show-stopping 25-foot-tall jack-o’-lantern Statue of Liberty. Tickets go on sale Sept. 3. hudsonvalley.org/events/blaze/.

militiamen at Heritage of West Nyack Fall Festival

Heritage of West Nyack Fall Festival
Oct. 20
West Nyack, New York

See how militiamen and women of the American Revolutionary War lived in the 1770s. Visitors can expect a colonial theme with living history demonstrations and crafts like pen-turning and lace-making, plus sheep-shearing, pumpkin-picking and decorating, horse-drawn hayrides, spooky storytelling, music, crafts, minigolf, country dances, a magic show and more. Food will be available for purchase. Free parking at Germonds Park, 131 Germonds Road.

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Family Summer Fun in Lower Hudson Valley

Located just 30 miles north of New York City, the Lower Hudson Valley offers a wealth of family attractions and activities easily reached by car, train or boat. Trust us, there is far more than just amazing real estate in the Lower Hudson Valley. With a mix of historic sites, walkable villages, outdoor adventures and homemade culinary treats, there’s always something to do. Whether you hike the Appalachian Trail or stop for destination-worthy homemade ice cream, let’s just say, a visit here will check off many of the boxes for a weekend getaway in the Hudson Valley.

Sail boats on Hudson River

Sail Through Art History, Various locations

For a unique experience, embark on a Hudson River voyage aboard historic sailboats to benefit Nyack-based Rockland Center for the Arts and the Edward Hopper House Museum & Study Center. Join fellow artists and friends for a three-hour sunset sail on wide-decked authentic working historic sailboats, the Clearwater and the Pioneer. Each cruise will feature a different expert speaking on topics such as Hudson River School paintings, the bridges, Edward Hopper’s love for boats and the ecology of the Hudson River. Participate in raising the sails and learn from the crew what it is like to live onboard. The Hudson River Clearwater Sloop, a majestic 106-foot long vessel christened in 1969, will leave from Piermont for two sails Aug. 23 and 24 by the Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge. The Pioneer, a restored 1885 iron-sided schooner owned by South Street Seaport Museum, will leave from Haverstraw for two sails on Sept. 15 to Croton Bay north of Hook Mountain. Bring your own art supplies, sketch books and cameras and make your own art on board. Anyone ages 14 and older can participate. Tickets are $70 (for Hopper House or RoCA members) and $85 for nonmembers and can be purchased at www.edwardhopperhouse.org/sail.html or by calling Edward Hopper Museum at 845-358-0774.

Hikers at Tallman Mountain State Park, Sparkill, New York

Tallman Mountain State Park, Sparkill, New York

New York’s state parks offer countless opportunities to explore the Hudson Valley’s natural environment, escape the everyday grind and experience exciting new adventures. Tallman Mountain State Park, a 687-acre state park in Rockland County, New York, located adjacent to the Hudson River in the Town of Orangetown just south of historic Piermont, offers a running track, tennis courts, playfield, cross country skiing, a walking trail, hiking and picnic areas. parks.ny.gov/parks/119/details.aspx.

View of Hudson River from high in Hook Mountain State Park, Upper Nyack, New York

Hook Mountain State Park, Upper Nyack, New York

Nyack’s proximity to the Hudson River makes it an ideal recreational destination for sailing, kayaking and fishing, while nearby Hook Mountain draws cyclists and hikers throughout the year with over 675 undeveloped acres for hiking, biking and picnicking. Located behind Rockland Lake State Park, the park system can be accessed from the end of North Broadway in Upper Nyack. Open dawn to dusk. 845-268-3020; www.nynjtc.org/park/hook-mountain-state-park.

Bellvale Farms Creamery, Warwick, New York

Bellvale Farms Creamery, Warwick, New York

Few traditions are as timeless as indulging in a tasty ice cream treat on a hot summer day. Though ice cream stands, shops and chains are plentiful throughout lower Hudson Valley, there are a few standouts that use handmade or locally sourced ice cream for their traditional favorites. Bellvale Farms Creamery, established in 1819, churns out fresh ice cream thanks to the dairy farm’s cows, offering a dozen or so flavors daily, each incredibly rich and heavenly. Located on 450 acres atop Mount Peter only 50 miles from New York City, the shop is a “must stop” even for hikers on the Appalachian Trail. The lines can get quite long on extra-hot days, but patrons don’t mind taking in the stunning valley views while they wait. 845-988-1818; www.bellvalefarms.com.

Entrance to Stony Point Battlefield and Lighthouse, Stony Point, New York

Stony Point Battlefield and Lighthouse, Stony Point, New York

Rockland County was once home to members of the Delaware and Lenape nations and a key position for General George Washington’s Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. The Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site, where Gen. Anthony Wayne defeated the British in a surprise attack on July 16, 1779, is the location of one of the last battles of the American Revolutionary War in the northeastern colonies and a National Historic Landmark. With a lighthouse (the oldest in New York state) and on-site museum, visitors can learn about the history of the battlefield and lighthouse through exhibits and interactive reenactments, demonstrations and family activities on weekends through Oct. 845-786-2521; parks.ny.gov/historic-sites/8/details.aspx

Freshly popped popcorn at Warwick Drive-In

Warwick Drive-In, Warwick, New York

For a one-of-a kind experience, catch a flick at one of the region’s family-favorite outdoor entertainment spots: the Warwick Drive-In. Established in 1950, the theater continues to show top films to movie-loving Hudson Valley patrons. This open-air theater has three screens, each of which show double features seven days a week in the summer. The snack bar offers burgers, fries, nachos and mozzarella sticks as well as candy, popcorn (of course!) and ice cream. Pets are welcome, though be sure to keep them on their leash when outside. Credit cards are accepted for tickets: $12 for adults, $8 for seniors and ages 4-11; and kids under four are free. For movie times and more info, call 845-986-4440 or visit www.warwickdrivein.com.

Young girl on a horse at Juckas Stables, Pine Bush, New York

Juckas Stables, Pine Bush, New York

Discover the fun and tranquility of horseback riding with friends and family while taking in New York’s beautiful Hudson Valley countryside on a trail system spanning 117 acres of breathtaking farmland, forests and lakes. Established in 1965, Juckas Stables specializes in trail rides for all ages and abilities. The family-owned and operated business also hosts summer camps and a kids’ overnight camping trip. Look out for the snapping turtles sunning themselves on the rocks and other Hudson Valley wildlife. Visitors can also check out barnyard animals, a fun diversion for the younger set. For more information, call 845-361-1429 or visit www.juckasstables.com.

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Summer Fun in the Lower Hudson Valley

Summertime is a season that’s meant to be savored, and there’s no better place to do so than in the picturesque Hudson Valley. While there are some tried-and-trues, such strolling the region’s winding riverside roads, visiting charming farmers markets and annual festivals or finding the perfect ice cream cone, there are also some unique experiences to add to your Hudson Valley bucket list this summer. Check out some of our favorites:

People walking at Nyack’s Famous Street Fair

Nyack’s Famous Street Fair
July 14, 2019, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Nyack, New York

There is something for everyone at Nyack’s Famous Street Fair, which returns on July 14 to picturesque Main Street, Broadway and Cedar Street in downtown Nyack. A proud venue for over 300 vendors from several states, the fair offers quality handmade arts and crafts, antiques, retail items, collectibles and home décor. To top it off, delicious festival foods will be available along with Fair Specials from Nyack’s popular restaurants and outdoor cafes. Musician Ritchie G will perform live, and children will be entertained at the Kid’s Zone, featuring a variety of inflatables. This free event will be held rain or shine. For information about the street fair, go to www.pjspromotions.com or call 201-666-1340.

Instrumentalists at Jazz in the Garden at the Edward Hopper House

Photo credit: Robyn Silverstein

Jazz in the Garden at the Edward Hopper House
Thursday evenings, July – August 2019
82 North Broadway, Nyack, New York

Bring a picnic blanket or lawn chair and groove to some great music as Edward Hopper House Museum & Study Center presents Jazz in the Garden every Thursday from July 11 to Aug, 15, at 7:30-9:30 p.m. The lineup includes Scott Reeves, Mayra Caseles & Cocomamas, Don Falzone Quartet, Adam Kolker & Scott Wendholt Quartet, Judi Silvano & the Zephyr Band and a celebration of Dick Voigt. A $5 entrance donation will support preservation of the House & Garden, which focuses on the life and work of iconic 20th century American artist Edward Hopper. Refreshments are available for purchase prior to the concert and during intermission. If it rains, the event will be held at Grace Church, 130 First Ave, Nyack. The center also offers its Hop Into Art ongoing family art workshops on weekends. For more information, visit www.edwardhopperhouse.org.

Dancers at Bastille Day in Piermont

Bastille Day in Piermont
July 13, 2019
Piermont, New York

The charming village of Piermont will host its annual Bastille Day celebration, July 13, promising guests a fun-filled day of French culture, costumes and even a reenactment of the storming of the Bastille, which kicked off the French Revolution on July 14, 879 leading to the country’s independence. The celebration will feature French history as well as history of the town presented by Piermont’s Historical Society. French flags will flap along Piermont Avenue where restaurants and shops will have outdoor seating and offer traditional French, Irish and American cuisine. Artists and vendors will line the street selling French-themed items and live music will play throughout the day. Attendees are encouraged to wear period clothing and to not lose their heads — there will be a guillotine on display, albeit with a wooden blade. Vive le 14 de juillet! Long live the 14th of July!”

Fireworks and crowd at West Point Band and Fireworks Display

West Point Band and Fireworks Display
July 6, 2019, 7:30 p.m. (Rain date July 7)
Trophy Point Amphitheater, United States Military Academy, West Point, New York

There’s no better way to celebrate America’s independence than with the U.S. Army’s oldest band. The West Point Band presents its annual Independence Day Celebration, a 90-minute patriotic program capped off by a spectacular fireworks salute over the Hudson River, as part of its 2019 Music Under the Stars summer concert series. Grab a blanket, bring a picnic and enjoy world-class music at West Point’s majestic Trophy Point Amphitheater overlooking the waters that George Washington called “the key to the continent.” Audiences are welcome to visit the beautiful and historic grounds of the United States Military Academy and enjoy scenic Hudson River views. Best of all, the concerts are free and open to everyone. In the event of inclement weather, the performance will move to July 7 at 7:30 p.m. For concert information, cancellations and updates, call 845-938-2617 or visit www.westpointband.com.

Swing at Orange County Fair

Orange County Fair
July 18-28, 2019
Middletown, New York

For over 100 years, the Orange County Fair has entertained families in the Hudson Valley and beyond. The 179th annual Orange County Fair, July 18-28, will feature amusement rides, concerts, games, petting zoo, animal shows, vendors, Friday night fireworks, favorite fair food, antique fire truck display and amazing acts, such as Animal Planet’s Gator Boys Road Show and Knights of Valor Extreme Jousting Show, all included with admission The fairgrounds are also home to the Orange County Fair Speedway, the oldest continuously operating dirt track in the United States, where stock car races, demolition derbies and monster truck shows are held during the summer months. Fair admission is $10 for adults, $7 for ages 65 and older, $7 for ages 7-12 and free for ages 6 and younger. For more information, visit www.orangecountyfair.com or call 845-343-4826.

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Hudson River Valley Summer Activities and Events

With spring in full swing and summer just around the corner, it’s time to get outside and enjoy some fun in the sun. Just a short hop from Manhattan, New York’s Lower Hudson Valley, and its river towns are complete with vibrant dining, entertainment, and shopping, but their proximity to the Hudson River also makes the region an ideal recreational destination for boating, kayaking, fishing, cycling, and hiking. Year-long events and activities, from farmers markets to food festivals, add to the area’s charm. Whether you choose to go paddle boating on the river or biking through sculpture parks, the scenic Hudson Valley is loaded with activities all season long. Kick-off Memorial Day weekend with some of our favorite picks:

Deck of boat and sunset

Charter a Boat

Love being on the water but don’t own a boat? Explore the Hudson Valley with Nyack Boat Charter, launched last June, offering public and private tours and charters between Nyack and Croton to anyone who wants to see the river towns and experience the Hudson River from a whole new perspective. Located at the Nyack Municipal Marina, it is one of the few waterfront options in the Lower Hudson Valley where the public can try sailing or head out on a sunset cruise without owning a boat. Groups of two, four or six can go out for two-hour charters, The $85 per-person cost gets you on the Hudson River on a sailboat with a captain and crew, Thursdays through Sundays. Guests can get a closer look at the new Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge, Hook Mountain and the natural beauty of the valley. The charters, which run from early May until mid-October, range from one hour to all day long and include local craft beer and Hudson Valley wines. 845-535-1675; nyackboatcharter.com.

 

Sign at Piermont Pier that reads fishing access site

Observe Wildlife 

When it comes to the perks of living in the Hudson Valley, few things delight as much as the views of the Hudson River. That’s probably why the village of Piermont is such a gem. Located in Rockland County, the picturesque town sits right along the riverside. Stroll along the Piermont Pier and promenade, a hotspot for bikers and joggers that runs a full mile along the Hudson River. Fishing and crabbing are allowed during warmer months, while visits to the Piermont Marsh, located on the westside of the pier, are fun year-round for bird-watchers and power-walkers. Be sure to check out the trails at The Tallman Mountain path or the scenic overlooks at the Tallman State Park.  Paradise Boats in Piermont, located in the Hudson River Reserve, also offers kayaks, canoes and rowboats for rent and for sale, as well as guided tours and sailing lessons by appointment. 845-359-0073; paradisecanoeandkayak.com.

 

Table full of plated burgers and fries at the Westchester Magazine’s Wine & Food Festival

Westchester Magazine’s Wine & Food Festival

If you’re looking for the ultimate foodie event, Westchester Magazine’s Wine & Food Festival kicks off June 4 and continues for five days at various locations across the county. Drawing more than 7,000 visitors from the tristate region, the festival is one of the most anticipated culinary events of the year. With seven events over six days, the annual shindig honors the leading chefs, sommeliers and food purveyors who shape Westchester’s cuisine. Events range from wine tastings and burger fests to junior chef demos and food-truck gatherings, so there’s a little something for everyone. On Saturday, June 8, the wining and dining reaches its peak with the Grand Tasting Village, the festival’s signature event, which brings together more than 50 local restaurants and 200 wine and spirits for a truly unforgettable afternoon. For more info, visit: winefood.westchestermagazine.com.

 

Stand-Up Paddleboarder on the Hudson River

Stand-Up Paddleboarding

One of the hottest recreational activities in the Hudson Valley is stand-up paddleboarding, or SUP, a pastime ideal for the region’s many lakes, ponds, and — of course — the Hudson River. Part paddling, part balancing and part surfing, the sport is considered easy to learn and offers a great core workout with great vistas. The waterways of New York’s Hudson Valley region are lined with a range of scenic offerings, from lush landscapes to historic sites. Adept paddleboard enthusiasts can even practice yoga poses on their floating “yoga mats.” Hudson River Recreation has several locations and offers SUP lessons, rentals and guided water tours. Call 914-682-5135 or visit www.kayakhudson.com. Hudson River Expeditions, www.hudsonriverexpeditions.com, also offers kayak, canoe and stand-up paddleboard tours, rentals and instruction ​for the novice to the experienced paddler.

 

River Rose Cruise ship on the Hudson River

Take a River Cruise

What better way to experience the Hudson Valley than from the river itself — cruising past the stately mansions, riverside communities and picturesque mountains? Come aboard an authentic New Orleans paddlewheeler with Captain John “Duke” Panzella, who has been navigating the Hudson for nearly 20 years, and you will experience the majestic river in a whole new way. Two-hour sightseeing cruises head south from Newburgh and include a narrated tour of historically significant sites such as Bannerman’s Island, the Catskill Water Aqueduct, the village of Cold Spring and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. A buffet and dance party are offered on Friday nights, and Sunday’s ride serves brunch. A popular choice is the A Day in Cold Spring cruise, which shuttles guests to the scenic village where they can enjoy the sights for three hours before being ferried back to Newburgh (where all cruises begin and end). 845-562-1067; www.riverrosecruises.com.

 

Two people rowing on Hudson River

Learn to Row

During the 19th and early 20th centuries when crew was popular on the Hudson River, thousands of spectators lined its banks to watch regattas. The sport has prevailed as one of the oldest traditions in the world and thanks to local rowing clubs is available for outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy, no experience needed. The Mid-Hudson Rowing Association, founded in 1950, is a not-for-profit rowing club located in Poughkeepsie. Its mission is to promote adult and scholastic rowing. The club’s Learn to Row program operates under a simple concept: learn to row while having fun. Or head to the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge for a different rowing scene. Scan the shoreline beyond restaurant row and you might spot a dock and Adirondack pavilion, home of the Newburgh Rowing Club, which has been teaching adults and kids to row for more than two decades. Club members meet year-round in a 6,000-square-foot boathouse. Popular summer camp programs tend to sell out, so be sure to call early. The Mid-Hudson Rowing Association, Poughkeepsie. www.midhudsonrowing.org; 845-452-2970. The Newburgh Rowing Club, Newburgh. www.newburghrowclub.org; 845-541-2313.

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Beautify Your Home’s Curb Appeal for Spring

Spring is the perfect time to think about outdoor spaces and how to increase your homes curb appeal. The old adage that you only get one shot at a first impression is true, so make your home’s exterior shine from the moment someone walks up to your door. Instead of fretting over the patchy grass and overgrown plants and bushes, map out a plan of action to transform your landscape into an oasis. Even if you lack a green thumb, there are many ways to spruce up your yard to make it warm and welcoming. As a bonus, research shows that gardening can lower stress, boost your mood and even add value to your home. So, embrace the season and show your pride of ownership with these outdoor tips:

Seven Oaks Palisades New York real estate

Seven Oaks, the oldest estate property in Snedens Landing, is cherished for its romantic gardens and bucolic setting. 64 Ludlow Lane, Palisades, New York.

Simplify Your Style

“When it comes to a front foundation, generally less is more,” said Blythe Yost, co-founder of Tilly, an online landscape design service with roots in the Hudson Valley that helps homeowners design the exterior of their dreams. “Rather than installing a few plants of many varieties, consider using only a limited palette with significant repetition,” she said. “This will help provide more cohesion and allow for a cleaner, more updated look.” Use seasonal hues to bring instant color to your curb appeal to life. One simple way to add radiant color is with annual color bowls set out on your porch or entryway.

 

Tuxedo Park New York real estate

The verdant gardens and charm of this natural landscape, a hallmark of homes in Tuxedo Park, New York, surrounds a lovely 1939 cottage, making it a desirable respite for city dwellers who crave solace in the country. 2 Stable Road, Tuxedo Park, New York.

Garden Planning

While weeding and keeping lawns well-watered and manicured is a great way to make a positive visual impression, experts say careful pruning and clearly defining plant beds are key design elements critical for curb appeal. “Clearly designating where a planting bed stops and the lawn begins can make a big difference in the perceived cleanliness of a home,” said Yost, who also notes that some people may prefer to define borders with stone or alternative materials. Put your lawn in order or add a new patch of lawn with sod for instant green. Remember, lawns are plants, too. As a finishing detail, an inch or two of mulch can be added after planting to make your garden bed look neater and accentuate the color of your flowers.

 

Upper Nyack New York Real Estate

Wonder Falls, a Hudson riverfront home on six-plus private acres, features natural landscaping including an 80-foot waterfall with pond, five wading pools and sculpture art. 503 North Broadway, Upper Nyack, New York.

Utilize Garden Art

French painter Claude Monet once said, “My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece.” Indeed, a yard can be an aesthetically pleasing work of art as well as a peaceful retreat. Strategically placed antiques, sculptures, unique furniture and lawn ornaments can all lift the look of your garden. For example, convert copper pots into plant-holders by drilling holes in them. Consider playing with color and art that exhibits your personality. A home garden should be a source of joy and inspiration.

 

Palisades New York real estate

The Henry Dobbs House, built and named for a Hudson River boat captain, is the quintessential rustic Snedens Landing home. The renovated 1812 stone-and-clapboard home features a terraced yard with double porches, stone walls and river views. 63 Washington Springs Road, Palisades, New York.

Grow Your Home’s Value

In addition to boosting mood and relieving stress, gardening can make a big impact on homeowners hoping to put their homes on the market. A few small investments can go a long way to increasing a home’s perceived value. According to HGTV, landscaping can add as much as 10% in value to your home. Keep the grass cut and free of clutter. A few hearty, potted plants and inviting seasonal flowers or shrubs around the walkway will go a long way. If you aren’t planning to sell your house anytime soon, plan for the future with a landscaping improvement that will mature over time. Planting shade trees, for example, not only makes your home more desirable, but a fully grown, properly placed tree can significantly cut your cooling costs. Not into gardening? Hire a lawn service expert to trim your lawn and shape your hedges without breaking the bank. Invest the time now to get your yard clean and organized and you will be able to kick back and enjoy your outdoor living spaces by summer!

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