Hudson Valley, NY (January 2013) – Ah, romance. The stuff that makes the world go round has couples coming from all over, popping the question at gorgeous sites within the lush landscape of the Hudson Valley. There are so many special places here they’ve even captured the attention of National Geographic Traveler which named the Hudson Valley one of the hottest spots to visit in 2013. With Valentine’s Day around the corner and love in the air, these are a few places to consider for that most poignant question.
Make it a weekend, a getaway for two that will set the stage for a life together. The Gregory Housein Averill Park has twelve uniquely themed guest rooms for a cozy rendezvous. Stay in “Touch of Italy” or “Country Getaway,” then bask in the glow of a candlelit dinner at the inn’s restaurant, La Perla. Authentic Italian cooking with an extensive wine menu will undoubtedly melt the heart of your intended. Maybe you’d like to get engaged and preview a place for your wedding all at the same time. Catlin Gardens in Slate Hill has produced stellar nuptial events for years. They’ve recently opened a beautiful boutique hotel to compliment their catering space. The Victorian style inn is surrounded by acres of colorful gardens, perfect for that special day, whether engagement or wedding!
Something old, something new; experience both at Albergo Allegria B&B in Windham. Italian for the “Inn of Happiness,” this graceful 1892 Victorian has the original stained glass windows and handcrafted woodwork (the old) that compliment the well appointed guestrooms with modern amenities (the new). Wake to the delicious aromas of a hearty gourmet breakfast, then step outside the inn’s front door and enjoy a wide variety of all-season activities. When there’s not time for a weekend but only an evening to profess your love, bring your intended to Restaurant X in Congers. Sit by the roaring fireplace in the bar before dinner, a romantic setting for any twosome. The stylish restaurant serves American cuisine flavored with international seasonings, all served within an elegant country atmosphere.
The French have a way with love, and anything French is very romantic! Brasserie 292 in Poughkeepsie combines old-world charm with classic brasserie fare. From the black and white tile to the restored tin ceiling, the feeling is both familiar and charming. Their delicious dishes combine local ingredients with traditional cookery to create an exceptional dining experience. It’s just what’s needed to win a heart.
Adventurous proposers who prefer the outdoors to profess their love can carve figure eights or even hearts into the ice at the Empire State Plaza Ice Rink in Albany. Hold hands under the stars as you glide around the rink with the glow of the city as a backdrop. Pause for a moment, drop down on one knee amid the icy sparkle, and ask that all important question! For a real high, take the trail up Breakneck Ridge in Cold Spring. The first peak of the mountain, marked by an American flag, sits nearly one thousand feet above the Hudson River and offers scenic views of Storm King Mountain and the villages that lie below. Take in the breathtaking sight, catch your breath, and then ask for your lover’s hand in marriage.
Beautiful panoramas have always inspired Cupid. Among them is the landscape at Olana in Hudson looking almost exactly as it did in the 1800’s when artist Frederic Church created it. The grassy stepped terrace beneath the house is your viewing platform. Like a symphony, the land falls away at one’s feet, the Hudson River bends deeply stretching off toward infinity, and the Catskill Mountains rise up from the south with their majestic peaks. The glory of this visual composition will bring music to your beloved’s ears when you ask them to marry you. Historic homes maintain their popularity with lovers, perhaps because many a mansion was built for newlyweds. RiverWalk in Tarrytown winds through the grounds of Lyndhurst, an 1838 gothic Revival mansion overlooking the Hudson River. The esplanade offers views of the river and the Palisades stretching to the Manhattan skyline. In this dramatic setting, who would dare say no?
Call us old fashioned, but few places are more romantic than a covered bridge. The bucolic setting, the privacy to steal a kiss, all make for a perfect spot to ask for someone’s hand on a starry, moonlit night. Perrine’s Bridge outside of New Paltz is a fully restored 1844 enclosed bridge, a 154-foot single span on the Wallkill River next to a lovely park. Closed to vehicular traffic, the bridge is lit inside so you can gaze lovingly at each other when the answer is YES!
Plan the excitement of “Will you marry me?” at a special location in the Hudson Valley. Make it memorable with a weekend getaway, a cozy fireside dinner, a scenic spot. Everyone remembers the day they said “I will.” Marriage proposals made in the Hudson Valley turn “Marry me?” into “I do.”
Additional information can be obtained from the Hudson Valley Tourism web site at www.followthehudsonriver.com. On the go, tap into http://travelhv.mobi from your cell phone. Hudson Valley Tourism, Inc. is the 10-county region designated by I LOVE NEW YORK to promote tourism for the area. Counties include Albany, Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rensselaer, Rockland, Ulster and Westchester. Regional information can be obtained from any of the county tourism offices, or by calling 845-615-3860.
- The Gregory House/La Perla, Averill Park. 518-674-3774, www.gregoryhouse.com
- Catlin Gardens Inn, Slate Hill. 845-562-7477, www.catlingardens.com
- Albergo Allegria B&B, Windham. 518-734-5560, www.albergoUSA.com
- Restaurant X, Bully Boy Bar, Congers. 845-268-6555, www.xaviers.com
- Brasserie 292, Poughkeepsie. 845-473-0292, www.brasserie292.com
- The Empire State Plaza Ice Rink, Albany. 518-474-2418, http://ogs.ny.gov/plaza/CCE/skating.asp
- Breakneck Ridge, Hudson Highlands State Park, Cold Spring. 845-225-7207, https://parks.ny.gov
- Olana State Historic Site, Hudson. 518-828-0135, www.olana.org
- RiverWalk, Lyndhurst Mansion, Tarrytown. 914-631-8347, www.scenichudson.org
- Perrine’s Bridge, Route 213, Rifton. (4.9 miles from New Paltz off Rt. 32 North)