Spring is nearly upon us, and the time is ripe to plan a getaway or two! One destination worth highlighting is New York’s Hudson Valley. The Hudson Valley is an area rich in natural beauty, historic charm, and welcoming gatherings and events. Extending 150 miles above Manhattan, it’s an expansive area. It’s been a region that has inspired the likes of poets, authors, and artists for centuries, and spring is the perfect season to discover exactly why.
To give you a taste of what you can expect to enjoy this spring in The Hudson Valley, here’s a list of upcoming events and highlights in the area.
What to Do in Hudson Valley
St. Patrick’s Day Parade in White Plains
The City of White Plains kicks off it’s 20th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade at noon on March 11th. Last year’s event featured more than 26 musical performances, five floats, and 90 groups. This year they are expecting even more participants. Learn more at http://www.whiteplainssaintpatricksday.com.
Walkway Over the Hudson
Take a stroll across the world’s longest elevated pedestrian bridge in the country. The Walkway Over the Hudson stretches 1.28 miles long and sits 212 feet above the water. You can walk, hike, or bike your way across and be treated to magnificent views of the Hudson River Valley!
Embrace The Immense History
Designated as a National Heritage Area, the Hudson Valley is rich with history and culture. There are numerous museums and cultural centers, a few of our favorites include:
Boscobel House & Gardens
Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome
Albany Institute of History & Art
Top Cottage – Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt
Hudson River Maritime Museum
Sip on Wine Made From The Oldest Grapes
What many may not realize, is that The Hudson Valley is the oldest wine-producing area in the country! Tour a winery, enjoy the offerings of the tasting rooms, go on a wine trail, this area is a wine lover’s paradise! For information on every winery and activity in the region, visit here. We highly recommend the Shawangunk Wine Trail, which is home to 15 wineries between the Shawangunk Mountains and the Hudson River.
Dine Exclusively on Farm to Table Offerings
Few areas in our great nation are as committed to the farm to table movement as the Hudson Valley, and what better season to enjoy such offerings than spring? Some of the richest farmland in the nation lies in the Hudson Valley, which is why there are so many farm-to-table restaurants to choose from! With such fresh ingredients, each dish is vibrant and so tasteful your palette won’t soon forget! A few of the most critically acclaimed restaurants are:
Blue Hill at Stone Barns
American Bounty Restaurant at the Culinary Institute of America
Grazin’ Farm-To-Table: Direct
The Garden Cafe
Tour a Historic Mansion
With so many important historical figures being from The Hudson Valley or retiring here, there are plenty of incredible historical mansions worth a visit.
Kykuit, the Rockefeller Estate
Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt
Get Your Adrenaline Fix
Outdoor adventure abounds in this part of New York, and if you crave adrenaline-inducing activities, we’ve got a few in mind.
Indoor Skydiving at iFly Westchester
New York Zipline Canopy Tours
In between all of the tours, excitement, and history, you’ll appreciate having a luxurious room set within a peaceful countryside setting to return to. Doral Arrowwood lies within the Hudson Valley in Westchester County. Situated on 114 acres of rich Hudson Valley land, Doral Arrowwood is a retreat of the finest caliber. Not only will the accommodations, amenities, and surroundings further enhance your relaxation and vacation, but the knowledgeable hotel team can continue to help guide and advise you on your excursions.
Spring and summer are popular seasons to visit the Hudson Valley so book your stay ASAP