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Postcard: The Hudson Valley

by Penny Sadler

A long time travel wish was recently fulfilled when I visited the Hudson Valley during peak foliage season.

Little did I know the Hudson Valley has a lot more going on than foliage, though it is easy to see why that is a big draw. The Hudson Valley is spectacular any time of year, but mother nature really does a nice job of decorating with autumn color.

Nature lovers have been painting, photographing, hiking, sailing, and exploring the Hudson Valley for centuries. Heavily wooded with dramatic cliffs, waterfalls, and the Hudson River, the valley has provided inspiration for artists, writers, presidents, actors, and travelers who come to relax and enjoy the abundant natural beauty.

Postcard The Hudson Valley, New York

View towards Poughkeepsie from the Hudson River

In 1610, an English explorer named Henry Hudson discovered the Hudson Valley quite by accident, while looking for a short cut to China. The Hudson River runs north-south through the valley along the eastern border of New York state. Comprised of ten sections, or counties (I was mainly in Dutchess County),Hudson Valley is further divided into upper, mid, and lower Hudson Valley. The entire valley has been designated a National Heritage Area.

Though I only had a few days to explore, it was enough for me to relax into the slower pace of life that exists there. It was easy to see why President Roosevelt and Washington Irving, important and worldly men who could make their home anywhere they chose, built their homes in the Hudson Valley.

Postcard from the Hudson Valley

Walkway over the Hudson

I discovered friendly people, some of the best food I’ve had anywhere (yes, that includes Italy), and the rich history of this part of the United States. I learned to appreciate Colonial architecture, swooned over scenic waterfalls, and found myself more than once on a country road so beautiful, I forgot I was lost.

I visited historic estates, had my first taste of New York-produced wines, walked across the Hudson River, ate dinner at the CIA (not that CIA), sailed under the Mid-Hudson Bridge, and finally visited THE Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, made famous by American writer Washington Irving. No, I never saw the headless horseman.

Postcard from the Hudson Valley

Burial site of Washington Irving, author of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.

Though I’ve not traveled as much this year as last, I’ve been so lucky to have traveled several places that were on my bucket list. That doesn’t mean I’m taking them off my list. Nope. When I find a place I like, we become friends for life. Just as I continue to travel to Italy and California, the Hudson Valley is one of my new best friends.

Have you been to the Hudson Valley?

Check back for in-depth stories on hotels, tours, vineyards, and the historic homes of the Hudson Valley.

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13 comments

Mary @ Green Global Travel November 9, 2014 at 9:07 am

The Hudson Valley is a beautiful charming place. I’m glad you had the opportunity to have dinner at the dinner at the CIA. I took a tour, but never got the chance to have a meal.

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Penny Sadler November 9, 2014 at 8:17 pm

We should compare notes. I missed the tour, but had a lovely dinner.

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Aleah | SolitaryWanderer.com November 9, 2014 at 1:38 am

Never been there. Yet. I would love to visit given the chance though. It looks lovely!

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Penny Sadler November 9, 2014 at 8:17 pm

It is!

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Cat of Sunshine and Siestas November 5, 2014 at 6:52 am

I have to admit I’ve not see much of the US, but it seems that my list of destinations keeps growing!

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wandering educators November 4, 2014 at 10:53 am

Not yet! But it looks amazing – and so friendly!

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Penny Sadler November 4, 2014 at 11:23 am

Definitely Both!

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Valen-This Way Paradise November 3, 2014 at 11:15 pm

I love New York and spent almost every summer there….and, oh, yes, the food!! Hudson Valley is one of the best areas!

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Penny Sadler November 4, 2014 at 6:04 am

Said by a foodie.

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Lillie - @WorldLillie November 3, 2014 at 10:00 pm

My Aunt moved to the Hudson Valley a while back, but moved away before I could visit. She raved about how beautiful it is, and now I know I have to see it!

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Penny Sadler November 4, 2014 at 6:04 am

It really is. You’d love it based on what I’ve seen of your articles on Boston.

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Sand In My Suitcase November 1, 2014 at 11:37 pm

Nice to hear that the Hudson Valley has so much to offer :-). We look forward to hearing more about the historic homes, hotels and things to do there…

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Penny Sadler November 3, 2014 at 8:46 am

Not sure where you two are these days, but I recommend a visit if you are in the area.

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