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5 Compelling Reasons Why People Love Moving from NYC to Lower Hudson Valley

Are you tired of the chaotic city life and dreaming of a tranquil escape that still offers plenty of opportunities and amenities? Look no further than the Lower Hudson Valley, NY. This picturesque region, just a stone’s throw away from New York City, has been gaining popularity as an ideal destination for those seeking a change of pace. In this blog post, we’ll explore the top five reasons why people are falling in love with moving from NYC to the Lower Hudson Valley. From stunning natural beauty to a thriving community, let’s dive in!

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  1. Serene Natural Beauty:

One of the primary reasons people are drawn to the Lower Hudson Valley is its breathtaking natural landscapes. Say goodbye to concrete jungles and hello to lush greenery, rolling hills, and scenic river views. From hiking and biking trails to beautiful parks and preserves, the region offers ample opportunities to reconnect with nature. Whether you’re exploring the Hudson River, visiting the Bear Mountain State Park, or admiring the colorful foliage in the fall, the Lower Hudson Valley provides an idyllic backdrop for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers alike. View our featured homes with breathtaking landscapes for sale.

  1. Accessible Proximity to NYC:

While seeking a break from the hustle and bustle of city life, many individuals still desire convenient access to urban amenities. The Lower Hudson Valley strikes a perfect balance, offering a refreshing escape from the city while remaining within easy reach of New York City. With a quick and straightforward commute, residents can enjoy all the benefits of the Big Apple, such as world-class dining, cultural events, and employment opportunities, while retreating to a peaceful suburban setting at the end of the day.

  1. Rich Historical and Cultural Heritage:

The Lower Hudson Valley is steeped in history, boasting a rich heritage that attracts history buffs and culture enthusiasts. From the historic estates along the Hudson River, such as Kykuit and Lyndhurst, to the charming towns and villages brimming with colonial architecture, there are countless opportunities to immerse yourself in the region’s past. Museums, art galleries, and theaters also contribute to the vibrant cultural scene, ensuring that there’s always something captivating to explore and discover.

  1. Thriving Community and Quality of Life:

Moving from a metropolis to a close-knit community is an appealing prospect for many individuals seeking a slower pace of life. The Lower Hudson Valley offers just that—a strong sense of community, where neighbors become friends and relationships flourish. The region is known for its excellent public schools, family-friendly neighborhoods, and a host of community events and festivals that foster a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere. Enjoy a higher quality of life, with less congestion, cleaner air, and a stronger connection to the local community.

  1. Diverse Recreational and Entertainment Opportunities:

When it comes to entertainment and recreation, the Lower Hudson Valley delivers a plethora of options. The region is home to an array of wineries, breweries, and farm-to-table restaurants, providing ample opportunities to savor delectable cuisine and locally crafted beverages. Outdoor enthusiasts can engage in a wide range of activities, including biking, boating, fishing, skiing, and golfing. Additionally, the Hudson Valley boasts a vibrant arts scene, with numerous galleries, live music venues, and theaters showcasing local talent. There’s never a dull moment in this dynamic and diverse region. Check out our featured waterfront properties for sale.

Conclusion:

As more people seek a change from the fast-paced urban lifestyle, the Lower Hudson Valley, is emerging as an irresistible destination for those looking to relocate from NYC. The combination of serene natural beauty, proximity to the city, historical charm, a thriving community, and diverse recreational opportunities make it a magnet for individuals craving a better quality of life. If you’re ready to trade the concrete jungle for scenic vistas and a vibrant community, consider making the move to the enchanting Lower Hudson Valley. Your ideal blend of serenity and urban accessibility awaits!

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Former Home and Studio of American Artist Jasper Johns Lists For $600K In Stony Point, NY

The former home and studio of renowned American artist, sculptor and printmaker Jasper Johns, located in the Lower Hudson River Valley town of Stony Point in New York’s Rockland County, is on the market for $600,000 with Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty.

Photo credit: Scott McMenamin

Johns, who lived in the home in the 1970s and 80s and turned 93 this month, is considered one of America’s greatest living artists. Well known for his depictions of targets, American flags and other U.S.-related themes, he is associated with abstract expressionism, the pop movement and Neo-Dada, known for the use of mass media and found objects. His iconic artwork sells for millions and hangs in museums, including the Whitney Museum of American Art and Museum of Modern Art in New York.

The rustic, 1930s retreat at 160 W. Main St., Stony Point, is perched on a slope overlooking a brook on nearly 1.3 wooded acres. The main residence features a two-floor, two-bedroom home and Johns’ former studio, with roll-up, windowed doors. There is a separate efficiency studio apartment with bathroom and kitchenette adjacent to a detached, wooden garage where Johns also may have worked. The artist expanded the main home with four floor-to-ceiling glass garage-doors, two of which open the space to the elements, giving the effect of being in a treehouse while flooding the interior with sunlight.

The original portion of the house is a converted barn with preserved hand-hewn beams, barn board walls, wide plank floors and handmade tile floors. Other features include a gas fireplace, wooden deck and gravel terrace with fire pit. Stone walls and terraced gardens enhance the privacy of this secluded retreat.

The home is co-listed by Jacob P. Matthews and Jody Atkinson of Nyack-based Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty, who described the listing as a “rare opportunity to own a piece of history, a home of exceptional provenance, beautifully sited and well balanced with antique, rustic and contemporary architectural features. It’s a work of art, in and of itself.”

Most recently, the home was owned by the late William Tucker, a prolific, veteran journalist and author whose work has appeared in Harper’s, The Atlantic, The American Spectator, The New Republic, Reader’s Digest and other publications. He also was a regular columnist for the New York Post. He lived in Stony Point with his wife, who continued to live in the home.

Stoney Point is 30 miles from the George Washington Bridge and less than 10 minutes to Harriman State Park and the Lower Hudson River Valley’s coveted lifestyle and amenities.

Jacob Matthews, Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty, Nyack, New York, 914-588-8001;or Jody Atkinson, 914-552-175.

 

Written by Evy Apostolatos, Vice President, RDR PR evy@rdrpr.com

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5 Fun Things to do in Nyack this Spring

Nyack, NY is a charming town located on the Hudson River and is a great destination for a day trip or weekend getaway. Spring is a beautiful time of year in Nyack, with blooming flowers and trees and warmer weather. Here are five fun things to do in Nyack, NY this Spring.

Main Street, Nyack

  1. Hike in Hook Mountain State Park

Hook Mountain State Park is a beautiful natural area with stunning views of the Hudson River. It offers several hiking trails of varying difficulty levels, making it an ideal destination for hikers of all ages and abilities. You can enjoy the beautiful scenery and fresh air while getting some exercise and experiencing the beauty of nature in the springtime.

  1. Visit the Edward Hopper House Museum & Study Center

Edward Hopper was a famous American painter who lived in Nyack for many years. His former home has been turned into a museum dedicated to his life and work. You can explore the museum’s collection of Hopper’s paintings and learn about his life and artistic legacy.

  1. Take a River Cruise

Enjoy a scenic river cruise along the Hudson River, departing from the Nyack Marina. You can choose from several different cruises, ranging from sightseeing cruises to dinner cruises, and take in the beautiful scenery while learning about the history and culture of the Hudson River.

Nyack Farmer’s Market

  1. Shop at the Nyack Farmers’ Market

The Nyack Farmers’ Market is a great place to stock up on fresh produce and locally made goods. It’s open on Thursdays from 8 am to 2 pm, from early May to late November. You can enjoy the fresh air and sunshine while supporting local farmers and artisans.

  1. Explore the Nyack Beach State Park

Nyack Beach State Park is a beautiful park located on the Hudson River. It offers hiking trails, picnic areas, and a beach area where you can swim, fish, or just relax in the sun. It’s a great place to spend a day enjoying the outdoors and taking in the beauty of the river in the springtime.

In conclusion, Nyack, NY is a wonderful place to visit in the spring, with plenty of outdoor activities, cultural attractions, cuisine, and opportunities to support local businesses. Whether you’re a nature lover, an art enthusiast, or just looking for a fun day out, Nyack has something to offer.

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Best time to list your home in the Lower Hudson Valley, NY

If you’re thinking about selling your home in the Lower Hudson Valley, you might be wondering when the best time to list it is. While there is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question, listing your home in the spring can be an ideal choice for many homeowners in the area. Let’s explore why listing your home in the spring is ideal in the Lower Hudson Valley.

  1. Spring is the season of renewal. Spring is a time when everything is fresh, new, and in bloom. As the weather warms up, people are more inclined to get out of their homes and start looking for a new place to live. By listing your home in the spring, you can take advantage of this renewed sense of energy and excitement.
  2. Buyers are more active in the spring. As the weather gets warmer, homebuyers tend to become more active in their search for a new home. This is particularly true in the Lower Hudson Valley, where many people are drawn to the area for its natural beauty and outdoor activities. By listing your home in the spring, you can tap into this increased level of buyer activity.
  3. School year is ending. Many families with children prefer to move during the summer months, when school is out. By listing your home in the spring, you give families ample time to find your home and make arrangements to move before the start of the next school year.
  4. Better weather for showcasing your home. Spring weather in the Lower Hudson Valley is generally mild and pleasant, making it an ideal time to showcase your home’s outdoor spaces. This includes your garden, patio, and other outdoor features that may not be as visible during the colder months. Plus, natural light is at its best in the spring, which can make your home look more inviting and spacious.
  5. Competition is lower in the spring. Listing your home in the spring means you’ll face less competition than you would during the peak summer months. This is because many homeowners wait until the summer to list their homes, which can lead to a more crowded market. By listing your home in the spring, you can get a head start on the competition and potentially attract more interested buyers.

In conclusion, listing your home in the spring can be an ideal choice for many homeowners in the Lower Hudson Valley. By taking advantage of the season’s renewed energy, increased buyer activity, and better weather, you can showcase your home in the best possible light and potentially attract more interested buyers.

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Iconic Pre-Revolutionary Snedens Landing Colonial Farmhouse with Celebrity Pedigree Lists for $6.5 Million

The iconic Ding Dong House, a pre-Revolutionary War Dutch colonial farmhouse in the exclusive Hudson Valley celebrity enclave of Snedens Landing, New York, is on the market for $6.5 million with Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty.

Originally built in 1750 with an addition in 1860, the historic 3-bed, 3.5-bath residence at 35 Washington Spring Road has been home to many celebrities including actors Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke, Margot Kidder, producer Jerome Robbins and composer Aaron Copland.

The home and property underwent a $2.5 million restoration over the last five years and is being sold fully furnished, with 18th– and 19th-century antiques, furnishings and a collection of Hudson River School paintings.

Situated on a gentle hill three houses from the river, Ding Dong House offers sweeping views of the Hudson River from inside and out. The home features three ensuite bedrooms, three living room/den areas, four working fireplaces, wide-plank pine floors, period moldings and doors and a traditional English kitchen. The oldest section of the house is constructed of sandstone blocks from a nearby former quarry. Exterior highlights include a rear porch overlooking the Hudson River, new slate roof, security system, property wide landscaping, stone retaining walls and steps leading to a private yard that features entertaining areas, arbors, pool and an outdoor shower.

“This is the ultimate Snedens Landing house: Historic, private, turnkey, with great provenance and extraordinary views of the Hudson River,” said listing agent Richard Ellis. “Nothing compares.”

The home was originally built by John Sneden, whose family ran the ferry from Snedens Landing to Westchester’s Dobbs Ferry and lived there for almost 200 years. Known as the Ding Dong House because of a great bell that hung over its gate, it also is sometimes referred to as The Watson House, after the Watson family offered the home and collection of 300 books to be used by the public as the first local library in the Palisades in the 1890s.

The secluded Snedens Landing neighborhood near Palisades is just 12 miles north of the George Washington Bridge and has been home to past and present celebrities. Laurence Olivier, John Steinbeck, Katharine Hepburn, Al Pacino, Bill Murray, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Angelina Jolie, Hayden Panettiere and Diane Sawyer are among those who have called Snedens Landing home.

Listing Contact: Richard Ellis, Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty, Nyack, New York: 914-393-0438; ellissothebysrealty.com

Written by Evy Apostolatos (Sept, 6, 2022)

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Rare Frank Lloyd Wright Home in Hudson Valley Lists for $1.525 Million

Photography by Adrian Gaut

A rare Frank Lloyd Wright-designed midcentury home on 2.5 private acres in the Hudson Valley hamlet of Blauvelt in New York’s Rockland County, is on the market for $1,525,000 with Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty.

The 1961-built Socrates Zaferiou House, a Wright prefab design produced by Marshall Erdman and Associates, can be found on Clausland Mountain at 48 Clausland Mountain Road, within the 500-acre Blauvelt State Park.

Wright passed away in 1959 before the home was completed. The project architect, who also worked on the Guggenheim Museum in New York, finished it. Wright is considered one of America’s most prolific and influential architects and played an important role in the evolution of midcentury homes. His visionary work, spanning over seven decades, cemented his place as the American Institute of Architect’s “greatest American architect of all time.”

Photography by Adrian Gaut

The premise behind Wright’s design is to be in harmony with the environment, bringing the outdoors in with ample light and open spaces. The home, built into a hill, incorporates rows of glass doors and windows to bring nature inside the dwelling. Geometric designs and patterns are repeated throughout the home. Other appointments include extensive built-in cabinetry, a period-style patio with planting areas and full walkout basement with high ceilings.

Referencing the home’s original drawings and Frank Lloyd Wright archives, current owner and architectural designer Sarah Anderson-Magness carefully renovated the home, preserving key features such as the period red Formica kitchen and handmade tile bathroom.

The home is co-listed by Brandon Wagner and Richard Ellis of Nyack-based Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty.

“I love the property for its classic Frank Lloyd Wright style and the drama it creates,” said Wagner.

“Sarah Anderson-Magness, the current owner, and Socrates Zaferiou, the original owner, share a passion about preserving this historic home, and a desire that future owners will respect it in the same way. Socrates wanted to sell his home to someone that appreciated Wright’s designs and would be a proprietor to maintain the original design intent. Accordingly, we’re looking for a caretaker as much as a purchaser,” added Ellis.

Blauvelt, a hamlet in the town of Orangetown, is 28 miles north of New York City and just three miles from the Hudson River and historic Nyack, New York.

Listing Contact: Richard Ellis, Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty, Nyack, New York: 914-393-0438; ellissothebysrealty.com

Written by Evy Apostolatos (Oct. 7, 2022)

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Annual Benefit Has Raised Over $180,000 for Hudson Valley Arts Education

Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty and the Edward Hopper House Museum & Study Center raised $31,285 during an annual fundraising event this month to support arts education programs benefiting more than 1,000 Hudson Valley public school students in grades K-12. The event has raised over $180,000 since its 2016 launch.

The benefit was held Oct. 9 at Treetops, a 7.5-acre private estate in Sparkill, New York, and drew over 80 attendees. Guests bid on several auction items, including original art and a tour of Edward Hopper’s New York exhibit at the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Speakers included Farris Wahbeh, the Benjamin and Irma Weiss Director of Research Resources at the Whitney Museum of American Art; Eric Shiner, former senior vice president of contemporary art at Sotheby’s, who served as the event’s auctioneer; and Phil Grabsky, an award-winning British documentary filmmaker and director who debuted an exclusive clip of “Hopper: An American Love Story,” a film that examines Hopper’s art, life and relationships from his early career to his critical and commercial acclaim.

Rothko, Banksy, Alfred Hitchcock and even The Simpsons have been influenced by the unique way Hopper captured American life.

 

From left to right: Eric Shiner,Richard Ellis, Cynthia Branca, Kathie Bennewitz, Farris Wahbeh and Phil Grabsky

“Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors and patrons, we have raised over $180,000 in the last seven years to nurture student engagement with the rts that foster peer interaction and socialization inside and outside of the academic setting,” said Richard Ellis, owner of Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty. “This special event supports the development of creative young minds by connecting students with the art and legacy of Edward Hopper through a thriving arts education program.”

Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty currently is listing Treetops for sale at $3.99 million. The circa 1859 Second Empire-style estate near Snedens Landing hosted many Hollywood stars, including Liza Minnelli, Joan Rivers, Helen Hayes, Joan Collins, Ginger Rogers and Brooke Shields. In recent years it was the weekend retreat of the late Arlene Dahl, a screen actress from the Golden Age of Hollywood, and her husband, Marc Rosen, an award-winning perfume bottle designer.

“The benefit was a tremendous success due to the generosity of event sponsor Richard Ellis of Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty and the gracious hospitality of Marc Rosen, who hosted this year’s benefit at his beautiful residence, Treetops, a truly and romantic property that transported guests to another era,” said Kathleen Motes Bennewitz, Edward Hopper House & Study Center executive director.

“The energy and optimism found among the event’s attendees translated into significant support for the Edward Hopper House & Study Center as it moves forward to 2023 and grows its art education series and Nighthawks mentorship program,” she said, adding that the annual benefit helps close gaps in arts education through partnerships with public schools, family workshops and its award-winning Nighthawks mentorship program. A portion of the monies raised will fund arts education classroom space, exhibitions and teaching curriculum.

Named after a 1942 painting by Edward Hopper by the same name, the Nighthawks mentorship and arts education program helps high school students develop professional skills, assume leadership roles and facilitate engagement with artwork and historic spaces.

The arts education program initially was funded in 2016 with proceeds from a fundraiser sponsored by Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty that benefited Nyack Public Schools, Nanuet School District, Clarkstown Schools, East Ramapo Schools, South Orangetown Middle School and Sleepy Hollow School District. The program expanded to Orange and Bergen counties in New Jersey this year.

Additional donations toward this initiative can be made by visiting https://www.edwardhopperhouse.org/donate.html.

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.

By Evy Apostolatos

NYACK, N.Y. (Oct. 18, 2022)

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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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