Hudson Valley
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The Five Road Trippers 🚙🎡🎢🧳
Long Island, NY16,163 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Business
I traveled to the Hudson Valley for a business trip in May. During the trip, I visited Beacon twice. A very trendy town with plenty going on (see my Beacon trips). We hung out the first night at Hudson Taco on the river in downtown Newburgh. Then spent two days on a retreat to Angry Orchard in Walden. Definitely a wonderful experience in the country. I also visited a winery. Plenty to take in within this region. It is an oasis to us downstate residents.
Written July 3, 2019
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Oceanwalker
NJ253 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
The New York Hudson River Valley is a great area to explore for a etaway weekend.

You can choose between 30 wonderful wineries and sample a variety of wines, all made with locally grown grapes and other fruits. There are a ton of historical sites in the area to explore. You can also visit several historical mansions, the FDR Presidential Library, or shop at the many antique or unique shops in the area. Both sides of the Hudson River offer wonderful restaurants, as well. The drive is only about an hour north of NYC, and if you're looking to get away for the weekend, why not go exploring in the Hudson River Valley (Dutchess, Rockland, Orange, counties). I had never been here before, and enjoyed myself tremendously. In the summer, there are lots of parks for the kids to enjoy. Fall is a wonderful time to enjoy the foliage and local farm produced vegetables and fruits. The weekend before Thanksging proves to be slow, which is a great time to visit the wineries! There are numerous art, music and holiday festivals year round. I loved the area, as there are so many nice people and great places of interest. I highly recommend a weekend trip to this area!
Written November 19, 2007
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Myriam B
NYC2 contributions
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We were pleasantly pleased with our two-day outing in the Hudson Valley. We used Hudson-Valley-Traveler.com to get a customized itinerary, and they were absolutely right on the money. My husband and I do not always share the same interests and finding things to do together can sometimes be a challenge, especially if the weather is not stellar, like we had during our weekend. The itinerary they prepared for us offered a lot of flexibility, so my husband could drop me off antiquing while he checked out the local brewery, to mention just this one example. As a result, we had great conversations during dinner about our day. They also found acitivites we could actually enjoy doing together, like our visit to the glass museum in Beacon. The time alloted for the activities were approximates, but they were pretty close our experience. The travel time between locations were right on. All these little attention to details made for a wonderful weekend, and we never had to worry if the restaurant we chose was good or not, as their recommendations were all excellent. Great travel service - but most importantly, great location to visit. We are looking forward to our next outing, as it is very accessible to our home, in New York City.
Written May 9, 2008
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gcosta58
New York City, NY232 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2013 • Solo
Took a day trip up to Hudson, NY - about 125 miles, north of NYC. Very relaxing train ride from NY Penn (about 2 hours) with great views of the Hudson River.
Hudson is the county seat of Columbia County and sits on the Hudson River, south of Albany.
The town has been described as a dictionary for architectural styles in New York State and rightly so - it's a gem.
A short walk from the Amtrak Station is Warren Street, the main commercial street in town. It's lined with grand buildings, all reflecting a variety of architectural styles: Greek Revival, American Federal, Carpenter Gothic, Second Empire, Colonial Revival and Classic Revival. The majority of the buildings date to the 19c and are constructed of brick or stone - some 300 historic buildings, in all.
What makes Hudson so unique is the density of antique stores: the New York Times has deemed it the best antique shopping in the Northeast. Wealthy clients from NYC and Albany frequent the shops alone or with their decorators - sometimes you can spot a celebrity.
Some stand outs are Hudson Super Market, Elijah Slocum, Fern (a favourite), Naga North (asian) and there are some great shops, as well.
Dining is not an issue, a variety of options. My favourite is Cafe Le Perche (see my review). A lovely boulangerie and cafe with amazing bread! Check out their oven brought from the Le Perche region in Normandy and rebuilt.
Since it was a day trip, I didn't overnight so cannot comment on accommodations, but The Barlow, on Warren and Union Street looked very nice.
Before you leave, take a walk down Warren to Promenade Hill for spectacular view of the Hudson and you can actually see Hudson-Athens Lighthouse, sitting on a granite caisson on the river.
Written October 26, 2013
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TheGlobetraveler
Ladson, SC84 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2016 • Family
I booked this trip because my nearly 7 y.o. loves trains and we thought it would be a nice scenic trip and we wanted to explore Montreal, which we spent 5 days doing. It was very reasonable at $115 round-trip each and while the trip was scheduled to be 11 hours, we thought that wouldn't be too bad. Well we were wrong. We arrived at Penn station over an hour early with our tickets and checked in at the Amtrak to Canada immigration desk where they told us to just watch the big board to find out our track assignment, so we sat down for a good 45 min. or so before I realized that there was a sign to line up for boarding for the train to Canada already in place a short distance away to the left of the desk we had checked in at. How ridiculous is that? The line was now pretty long and still no info on the big board.

We boarded the train on schedule and were guided to the front train cars which as I found out later while walking through the train are designed for longer trips and have more comfortable seats with a footrest and better recline. The trip up and back is a rather slow slog along at minimal speeds much of the way, but what was a greater concert was that they kept the A/C blowing the whole time and therefore the train was freezing cold in all the train cars so folks had to bundle up. While the trip was scenic and tranquil everything pretty much looks the same and since the fall leaves weren't out yet there wasn't a whole lot of color. Certainly not enough different things to see to justify what turned out to be a 13 hour trip for us.

When we got to the border we had an 1 1/2 hour delay while they removed one passenger, who another passenger said she saw ditch something in a trash container when the border agents entered the train. He wasn't permitted entry and another girl was taken off to process her visa paperwork. On the way back we experienced a 2 hour delay at the border while they removed several young guys who had brought back some pot and some others for further questioning before allowing them to proceed.

We also found it disappointing that on the way back they guided us to short trip train cars rather than the more comfortable long trip ones that were now at the rear of the train. When I walked back an noticed this they told me we could not move back there as they had more short trip passengers than expected and wanted to keep the newly boarding passengers in the rear of the train. C'mon really? There is only the dining car separating the different car types so I don't see how it would have made much of a difference if we had moved and we paid more for our tickets and could have used the added comfort.

From talking with other travelers who take the train with some regularity, the cold temperatures and border delays we experienced are not unusual and the trip can take even longer... Subsequently we took a 1 1/2 hour local Virginia VRE Christmas train trip with our son, which he found more exciting.
Written January 24, 2017
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MrsRehoboth
Lewes, UK243 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2014 • Friends
Between Albany and New York City is a gorgous stretch of wide blue river, lined with towns and mansions and escarpments worthy of any five star destination. We drove up from West Point along HIghway 218, around a massive rock hanging right over the river. After that stunning view, we drove to Storm King Arts Center, Poughkeepsie (where there is a walkway right over the river), Hyde Park (home and library of FDR), and ended up in Hudson, founded in 1790 and full of antique stores and chic b&bs. You can get there by train from New York City, by ferry and by car. Easy, varied, excellent restaurants and accommodation, and perfect for a weekend.
Written October 19, 2014
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OBE94347
Blackwood, NJ202 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2011 • Couples
...and easily accessible from all points South.

I87 is a nice ride through NY State. One quick tip: Resist the temptation to take 9D or 9W. I'm always looking for scenic routes where I can get-off the Interstate and enjoy some of the local charm. Forget it! I rode both sides of the Hudson, up and down, and I come to the conclusion that I87 is more scenic! We spent 3 days exploring the area and wasted a whole lot of gas meandering around winding country roads waiting for "something-to-look-at" to pop-up.

We stayed in Poughkeepsie (that was clutch) and we rode up Route 9 and visited "The Waterfront" (Poughkeepsie) near the Poughkeepsie RR Station. There are a couple of real nice restaurants and a little public park where you can sit and enjoy the river. There are launches to put a kayak in the water. It's a nice section of the river, between the two bridges, with gentle currents.
They have this real high pedestrian bridge. You follow the signs from The Waterfront, inland a few blocks, to the entrance to the walking bridge. There's a parking lot for $5 but many folks were parking beside it for free.
Next we stopped at Marist College. ""What am I doing touring college campuses?...you might ask. This is the most beautiful campus I have ever seen! Rolling-green manicured lawns extending all the way down to the Hudson. I might have been a 2.0 in these surroundings!
Upstream we stopped at Springwood: FDR's boyhood estate. He and Eleanor are buried there, in the Rose Garden. Not to wax philosophical but you can almost FEEL the DEMocracy! From there it was on to the Vanderbilt Mansion. I'm not a Monarchist but it's awesome to see the haunts of the "Old Money." Old AMERICAN Money, I mean.
CIA...The Culinary Institute of America...is regarded, by some, as THE most prestigious "cooking" school in the world! This magnificent campus was formerly the Jesuit Monastery, St. Andrew's on the Hudson. Make reservations to lunch or dinner there.
We, then, hopped-over to the West Bank and visited New Paltz. It was very busy with tourists. I think they were antique-ers. I don't know, but they were there for something that's wasted on me! Actually, we drove thru new Paltz on our way to Mohonk Mountain House...another attraction I didn't-get! See my review.
All-in-all, I'd go back there again. East Bank Hudson River, that is.
Written July 7, 2011
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Michael W
Albuquerque, NM150 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2014 • Couples
I took the Amtrak Adirondack train which runs from New York City to Montreal. I only went as far as Albany on my trip, but I was overwhelmed by the raw beauty of the Hudson River Valley along which the train runs. I only wih I had more time to linger in some of the small, old, New England style towns along the way. Sit on the river side of the train. The free wifi and available electric plugs for charging devices were great.
Written November 29, 2014
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PM6
Fremantle, Australia258 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2016 • Friends
Wow - the scenery heading south from Montreal is just stunning.
I love train trips and this was just great.
We got off at Saratoga Springs which was probably a good thing as I am not rating my trip from Albany to Penn Station as it was not so good.
Tips
Pack your own food - the line for the cafe cart was ridiculously long.
Smuggle wine and plastic cups on board- it makes the ride much more pleasant.
Sit on the right side and make sure you get a double window without obstruction.
The toilets were fine on this part of the journey but I am always a hand sanitiser supporter in situations like this.
Go in the Fall it is really stunning.
Get off before it gets too crowded around Albany.
The border crossing takes as long as it takes so just chill.
Take loads of photos
There is also free wifi on the train - how good is that!!
Take your adapter plugs to charge your phone etc
Oh and did I mention take your own wine and food but don't get caught.
Have fun and enjoy!!
Written October 18, 2016
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sdyoung
Orlando, FL257 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2015 • Couples
We took this ride from Montreal to NYC after a cruise. As seniors, we were treated royally and put in the early boarding line - even though we are youngish seniors and not in any physical trouble (although I was suffering from sciatica at the time). We were escorted on board before the huge line and found a couple of roomy seats on the left side of the train - so we could have a full view of Lake Champlain. The last half of the trip is along the Hudson and that is on the right side of the train. The seats were extremely comfortable with plenty of legroom. Our carryons went up on the shelf overhead and there was plenty of room for our other carryons below. We could charge our phones and tablets with a couple of electrical plugs next to our seat. We were warned about the bathrooms, they were stinky. Hint: Use the handicapped one, it was a bit more easy to maneuver into. Just make sure you take hand sanitizer! The line to the dining car was usually long right after it opened and again after the customs stop at lunch time. We chose to eat later and got a couple of hot dogs, and brought them back to our seat. The customs stop took a bit longer than usual and set us back almost an hour. There were many people with issues and it took awhile to get those issues settled. When the agent got to us he asked a few questions and we were done. Perhaps it took longer as one of those escape prisoners was still in the NY/Canada boarder area and they were being extra cautious. The rest of the trip was speedy. Sometimes you'll sit for a bit while waiting for another train to pass in the opposite direction. One of the stops allowed us to get off and stretch our legs and get some fresh air but all the smokers took advantage of this and there was no fresh air to breathe so hopped back on. By the time we got to Penn Station we were ready to get off the train. Overall, the trip is reasonably priced. It was cheaper for us to fly home to Orlando out of Newark than Montreal so we decided to check it out and spend a night in the city. It was a good choice, unless you're suffering from sciatica and have difficulty with walking after sitting so long..but that's another story!
Written July 2, 2015
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