The Hudson River Valley includes a number of delightful towns that makes for a nice and relaxing weekend getaway. Take a rental car and drive up to the Catskills especially during the months of October and November where the area is at its most scenic. Take part in the various fall festivals featuring some of the season’s favorite harvests and sample an array of amazing food and drinks along the way. Once there, prepare to be in awe of these Hudson River Valley charming towns. See for yourself what enchantments these small towns provide to the thousands of city dwellers that keep them coming back.
Hudson River Valley Charming Towns
Famous for being the site of the horror story The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, penned by renowned American novelist Washington Irving, Sleepy Hollow is a beautiful town just a 45-minute drive up by rental car from New York City. Located on the banks of the Hudson River, the town is home to a number of historic sites. Visit Irving’s home, Sunnyside Estate and take in the gorgeous views of the surrounding valley. Take a Sleepy Hollow Cemetery tour where industrialists the likes of Andrew Carnegie, Vincent Astor, and William Rockefeller are interred. Ticket prices begin at $9.99 for the Original Knickerbocker series tours. Finally, don’t miss the picture perfect Philipsburg Manor. This colonial-era farming and trade center was once owned by Frederick Philipse, a carpenter who crossed the Atlantic in 1653.
Another one of those Hudson River Valley charming towns include Hyde Park, the birthplace of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Tour Springwood, the Roosevelt family home where he was born and buried. Afterwards, head to the FDR Presidential Library & Museum where you can view hundreds of letters, photographs and other multimedia exhibits of FDR and his wife, Eleanor during their years of service.
In addition to the Roosevelts, the Vandebilts also called Hyde Park home. Visit the Vanderbilt Mansion, built for Cornelius Vanderbilt’s grandson, Frederick William. It features some of the finest Beaux Arts architectural style in the United States and is the Vanderbilt home owned and operated by the National Park Service.
Hyde Park is also a culinary haven. It is home to the East Coast branch of the Culinary Institute of America. Take a tour when the school is in session and watch as these crafty cooks hone their skills to become one of the country’s best chefs.
Which of the several Hudson River Valley charming towns will your road trip from New York take you this fall?