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Winter Activities in the Lower Hudson Valley

Escape the city and ward off the winter blues with an activity-packed weekend getaway to the scenic Hudson Valley. Whether it’s hitting the slopes, meeting an owl or lacing up your skates, opportunities for winter fun abound. Check out some of our favorite winter delights that promise fun for all ages.

Thunder Ridge Ski Area

Patterson, New York

Embrace the frigid temperatures and hit the slopes at Thunder Ridge Ski Area (137 Birch Hill Road, Patterson. 845-878-4100, thunderridgeski.com), which offers 30 trails to accommodate all skill levels and interests as well as ski school. From the glass atrium at the base lodge, you can see almost the entire mountain.

Mount Peter

Photo credit: Mount Peter

Warwick, New York

Conveniently located in Warwick, just one hour from New York City in the Hudson Valley of Orange County, New York, Mount Peter (51 Old Mt. Peter Rd, Warwick. 845-986-4940) is famous for its free beginner ski and snowboard lessons, racing programs for kids, two lodges and night skiing. Originally opened by Macy’s department store in 1936 for a ski apparel fashion shoot, this family-run establishment is the oldest operating ski area in New York State. This winter destination may seem small compared to Windam and Hunter Mountains, but don’t let looks deceive you. It has long been the go-to hill for many area families, Long Islanders, New Jerseyans and city slickers. It also is home to tubing fun that any age can enjoy, even offering its popular Little Tikes Tubing Area, a dedicated section complete with kid-size tubing for little adventurers under the usual 42-inch height requirement. The expansive views of the Warwick Valley, just feet away from the Appalachian Trail, adds to the overall appeal.

Sterling Forest State Park

Tuxedo Park, New York

Join Doc Bayne, educator and environmentalist, for an approximately three-mile hike to the site of a beaver lodge in Tuxedo Park’s Sterling Forest State Park. If deemed safe, participants walk on the ice to get an “up-close and personal” view of the beavers’ sanctuary while taking in the natural beauty of the area’s great outdoors. Or visit sites such as Southfields Furnace, the Sterling Furnace and the Sterling Forge, and learn about the group’s special outdoor activities including snowshoeing and ice fishing. Registration is required. For more information or to register, call the Friends of Sterling Forest at 845-351-5907.

Palisades Center Ice Rink

West Nyack, New York

Hit the ice at Palisades Center Ice Rink (4900 Palisades Center Drive, West Nyack. 845-353-4855, palisadescentericerink.com), located in Palisades Mall in West Nyack, New York. The shopping and entertainment mecca offers public skating lessons and serves the recreational and professional ice-skating needs of Rockland County. Skating schedules and rates may vary, so call ahead or check their website before you lace up.

The Ardsley Curling Club

Dobbs Ferry, Westchester, New York

You’ve seen it in the Winter Olympics, but did you know that you could learn to curl right in Westchester, at Dobbs Ferry? Despite the ice, you’ll find a warm atmosphere at The Ardsley Curling Club, which has been in operation since 1932 and offers curling classes for all skill levels. Meet Olympic Gold Medalist Tyler George Feb. 2-3 and witness some serious curling skills in action. Visit ardsleycurling.com or call 914-591-8019 for more information.

Hudson Valley Nature Museum's Owl Prowls

Cornwall-on-Hudson, New York

Have a hoot of time on a woodland excursion at Hudson Valley Nature Museum’s Owl Prowls, where guests can learn about these fascinating creatures then bundle up and head outdoors looking for owls in the wild. Or kick off maple sugaring season on Feb. 23 with special seasonal events. Learn to identify and tap sugar maple trees and discover techniques used by Native Americans, pioneers and modern-day farmers. Finish with a taste test. More info at hhnaturemuseum.org. Wildlife Education Center, 25 Boulevard, Cornwall-on-Hudson. 845-534-7781.


Upper Nyack riverfront estate highest priced sale in Rockland since 2013

UPPER NYACK – A 6.42-acre waterfront estate has been sold for $5.2 million, the highest residential transaction in Rockland County since 2013, according to real estate agents involved in the deal.

“This prominent sale is the perfect start for 2019,” said Laura Weintraub of Weld Realty, who represented the seller of the property at 641 N. Broadway.

Real Estate Upper Nyack

The Hudson Riverfront estate at 641 North Broadway in Upper Nyack has been sold for $5.2 million. (Photo: Vinny Garrison)

The 4,488-square-foot, five-bedroom modern home features 30-foot ceilings and a wall of windows overlooking views of the Hudson River and Hook Mountain. The property has 723 feet of shoreline, a private boat dock, a sandy beach and an in-ground pool.

The estate is set in an old sandstone quarry from the 1800s; artist and Nyack native Edward Hopper is said to have painted views of Hook Mountain from this location, according to the listing.

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Ellis Sotheby’s Reports Record Sale of $5.2 Million Estate in Upper Nyack

NYACK, N.Y. (Jan. 16, 2019) – Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty today announced the record-setting sale of a 6.5-acre, waterfront home on the Hudson River in Upper Nyack, New York, for $5.2 million.

641 N. Broadway

The luxurious estate at 641 N. Broadway, one of the largest privately owned parcels on the west bank of the Hudson, represents the third-highest selling price recorded by the Hudson Gateway Multiple Listing Service for all of Rockland County and the highest selling price recorded by the service since 2013, when Ellis Sotheby’s sold neighboring 649 N. Broadway, Upper Nyack, for $6.2 million.

“Upper Nyack, Nyack and South Nyack on the Hudson River are strongholds for estate properties selling at peak prices,” said Richard Ellis, owner of Nyack-based Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty, which also listed and sold the home of comedian, actress and TV personality Rosie O’Donnell for $5.1 million in South Nyack in 2018.

“Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty has sold the highest-price homes in Rockland County during 12 of the last 13 years,” he said. “This sale gives us confidence in the 2019 luxury market. In the last 10 days, we’ve seen more properties over $1 million dollars being shown and several offers made.”

Just 40 minutes from New York City, 641 N. Broadway occupies 723 feet of shoreline in a private setting that was a sandstone quarry during the 1800s. The home offers spectacular vistas of the river as well as Hook Mountain and features 30-foot ceilings with glass walls, antique barn beams and blue stone floors.

The five-bedroom, three-and-a-half bath home also includes a spacious master bedroom suite that opens to the Hudson River and a rear yard that also faces the water. Amenities include a dock, in-ground pool and sandy beach.

Local artist Edward Hopper, widely acknowledged as one of the most important painters of 20th century America, painted the view from the home, and the British came on shore and fired their cannons there during the Revolutionary War, as documented in a letter to George Washington. “A cannonball was found at the property – truly a trophy home,” said Ellis.

Seta Tunnel of Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty was the selling agent. For more information, contact 917-575-2694.

About Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty

Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty is a leading luxury real estate broker located in the Hudson Valley village of Nyack, approximately 22 miles from New York City at 76 N. Broadway. The firm lists and sells extraordinary properties in New York’s Rockland and Orange counties, specializing in the lower Hudson Valley, from Upper Nyack through Snedens Landing to Tuxedo Park. The firm sells the area’s most extraordinary real estate, from fine country estates, waterfront homes, historic properties, farm houses and contemporaries to Victorians, Greek Revivals and log cabins. Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty associates have extensive knowledge of the lower Hudson Valley, including Nyack, Piermont, Grandview, Palisades, Snedens Landing, New City, Tuxedo Park, Warwick, Goshen, Cornwall, Greenwood Lake, Pierson Lakes, Suffern, West Nyack, Blauvelt and Tappan.


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Rosie O’Donnell sale, Bill Gates purchase among 2018’s biggest residential real estate stories

Celebrity deals

1 Gesner Avenue in South Nyack

Rockland’s priciest residential transaction in 2018 was the $5.1 million sale of a former home of Rosie O’Donnell at 1 Gasner Avenue in South Nyack.

The comedian and actress, who called South Nyack home for more than a decade, listed her riverfront mansion for $5.3 million in the late 2017, along with her four other nearby properties.

The seven-bedroom Dutch Colonial estate was sold in February, according to the property records filed with Rockland County Clerk’s Office.

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