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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.


A 1790s Saw Mill Farm Hits the Market at $899,000

Amenities for this New City property include a pool and a 2-story barn with a 3-car garage.

A 1790s Saw Mill Farm in New City


Location: 53 Saw Mill Road, New City, NY

Description: Saw Mill Farm boasts a circa 1790 farmhouse that has been extensively updated and renovated along with a 3,200-square-foot two-story barn that also holds a three-car garage. The property was once a popular saw mill, hence the name of the road on which it is located. It was owned by the Jersey family from the mid-1800s through the turn of the last century, according to listing agent Richard Ellis.

The 3,426-square-foot house has four bedrooms and three full bathrooms. It sits on a 1.47-acre scenic lot with mature trees. New and original architectural and design details include wide-board pine floors, tile work by internationally recognized artist Henry Varnum Poor, brick floors, massive hand-hewn beams in the barn, and a custom-designed kitchen with top-of-line appliances and an adjacent sun porch with a large fireplace.

Continue reading on Hudson Valley Magazine.


Homes built in the 1990s

Living room of 503 N Broadway in Nyack

Nyack, N.Y. Wonder Falls, named for its 80-foot waterfall with five wading pools, overlooks the Hudson River. The colorful four-bedroom house, built in 1996 of steel, mahogany and teak, features a two-story great room with a wraparound balcony and large stone fireplace and multiple patios and decks. The 6.5-acre property has a river rock-walled drive and a sandy tidal beach. $3,995,000. Richard Ellis, Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty, (914) 393-0438

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The tiny suburb that’s cool enough to lure Brooklynites

Family at their home in Nyack, NY

Elizabeth and Ethan Finkelstein, with son Everett, relocated from Park Slope to Nyack in 2014. (Zandy Mangold)

When you begin descending the hill at the top of Main Street into Nyack, a homey village on the Hudson River roughly 20 miles north of Manhattan, it’s just a matter of moments before its small-town charm smacks you in the face.

That’s exactly what happened to Elizabeth Finkelstein in 2014, who was adamant about not wanting to give up her beloved Brooklyn turf for the suburbs — at least not without a fight. With a baby on the way, and a dire need for room to grow, she agreed to explore properties outside of the city, never quite believing she would leave Park Slope for somewhere else.

Continue reading on New York Post.


Rockland County home of Hollywood actress on the market for $6.5M

Talk about a celebrity hangout.

Treetops, a gated Victorian estate in Sparkill, played host to a who’s who of Hollywood celebs including Will Smith, Liza Minnelli, Brooke Shields, Joan Rivers, Helen Hayes, Joan Collins, Ginger Rogers, and many more.

Treetops, a white victorian home located nine acres at the end of a long tree-lined lane in Sparkill, New York

Treetops has been home to Hollywood actress Arlene Dahl and her husband Marc Rosen since 1981. It’s on the market. (Photo: Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty)

It’s the longtime weekend retreat of actress Arlene Dahl — Dahl is the mother of actor Lorenzo Lamas — and her sixth husband, Marc Rosen. Rosen is founder of Marc Rosen Associates, which specializes in the design and packaging of luxury cosmetic products.

Continue reading on Rockland/Westchester Journal News.

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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.


Edward Hopper House Honors Longtime Benefactor

Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty was also honored at the Annual Spring Benefit June 1.

Pictured left to right: Executive Director, Jennifer Patton and Honorees Raymond F. Wright and Richard Ellis

Pictured left to right: Executive Director, Jennifer Patton and Honorees Raymond F. Wright and Richard Ellis (Edward Hopper House)

From The Edward Hopper House Museum & Study Center: The Edward Hopper House Museum & Study Center honored long-time benefactor and Photographer Raymond F. Wright, and Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty during the Annual Spring Benefit held on June 1.

Over 160 attendees gathered in the garden to celebrate the honorees. Guests were invited to participate in the silent auction, including an original pastel piece by James Kimak called Refuge. The John Malino Band and light refreshments from Mimi’s Plate set the event’s vibrant ambiance.

Continue reading on Patch Nyack-Piermont.


From ashes and scandal: Tuxedo glass house was built on the ruins of grand estate

Tear-downs are a common sight in the Lower Hudson Valley, where old, outdated homes are demolished to make room for modern masterpieces.

The Gallery, an elegant modernist home in Tuxedo Park, was built on the site of a previous structure, but it wasn’t technically a tear-down.

According to newspaper accounts at the time, the property held a mansion built in 1903 for Col. Frank R. Keech, a World War I hero and aid to Gen. John J. Pershing who made his fortune on Wall Street. The property was known for its grand-scale entertainment and its landscape, which was designed by Ferruccio Vitale. In its heyday, the estate was maintained by 12 gardeners.

An international-style glass house was built amid the ruins of a 1903 GIlded Age mansion that burned in an arson fire

In Tuxedo Park, an international-style glass house was built amid the ruins of a 1903 GIlded Age mansion that burned in an arson fire. (Photo: Robert Socha)

Continue reading on Rockland/Westchester Journal News.


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.


$2.25 Million Homes in New York, Rhode Island and Georgia

A 1886 hilltop home in Tuxedo Park, a modernist house on the coast in Little Compton and a Queen Anne Victorian on Forsyth Park in Savannah.

Exterior of an 1886 stucco house with seven bedrooms, six full bathrooms and three half bathrooms in Tuxedo Park, New York

Bruce Price, who designed many of the so-called cottages in this gated Gilded Age community (and was also the father of Emily Post) conceived this house in the shingle style he helped to innovate. It was sold to Travis Van Buren, the grandson of President Martin Van Buren. In 1907, Charles W. Clinton, a later owner who was an architect, expanded it with a pair of wings, clad it in stucco and decorative timber, and replaced the roof shingles with slate. The hilltop setting offers views of Tuxedo Lake and the Ramapo Mountains. Midtown Manhattan is an hour away by train or car.

Continue reading on The New York Times.