Lower Hudson Valley River Towns

Travel down through the Hudson Valley's river towns, visiting must-see attractions, eating and staying on the waterfront, and enjoying the best views of the Hudson.
Lower Hudson Valley River Towns Day 1

1. Attraction 1: Vanderbilt Mansion Historic Site

Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site, located in Hyde Park, New York, is one of America's premier examples of the country palaces built by wealthy industrialists during the Gilded Age.

119 Vanderbilt Park Rd, Hyde Park, NY 12538
(845) 229-7770 •

2. Attraction 2: Walkway Over the Hudson

At 212 feet above water and 1.28 miles long, the Walkway Over the Hudson is the longest, elevated pedestrian bridge in the world, offering walkers, hikers, bicyclists and those with disabilities spectacular views of the Hudson River Valley. Once you’ve crossed the bridge, continue on hiking or biking the Dutchess Rail Trail, a 13-mile stretch that opens at the end of the Walkway.

Parker Ave, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
(845) 454-9649 •

3. Dine: Ship Lantern Inn

Recently voted Best Ulster County and Most Romantic Ulster County Restaurant, the Ship Lantern Inn is a fine dining American restaurant in Milton serving Continental Cuisine in an intimate atmosphere. Located in a building that dates back to the Revolutionary War, The Ship Lantern Inn is ideal for romantic date nights, birthday celebrations or client meetings.

1725 Rte. 9W, Milton, NY 12547
(845) 795-5400 •

4. Stay: Buttermilk Falls Inn and Spa

Hudson River estate. Escape and indulge on 70 acres, just 70 miles from New York City. Spa services and whirlpools. There are 17 rooms. Private baths and fireplaces. Gourmet breakfast and tea.

220 North Road, Milton, NY 12547
(845) 795-1310 •


Lower Hudson Valley River Towns Day 2

5. Attraction 1: Storm King

500 acre world-renowned outdoor sculpture park and museum known for its harmonious, yet dramatic interaction between sculpture and the surrounding landscape.

1 Museum Road, New Windsor, NY 12553
(845) 534-3115 •

6. Attraction 2: Washington’s Headquarters State Historic Site

Hasbrouck House, where Gen. George Washington spent more time than anywhere else during the Revolutionary War. Interactive “Unpacked and Rediscovered” museum exhibit. Nation’s first public historic site. Open year-round.

84 Liberty Street, Newburgh, NY 12550
(845) 562-1195

7. Dine: Cena 2000

Choose a table outside in the shade of the awning, or under the umbrella at the oyster bar, and enjoy a view of the Hudson River and the Highlands until your food arrives. Or dine inside and let burnt umber tones, fleur-de-lis wallpaper, and contemporary art, transport you to modern Italy.

50 Front St, Newburgh, NY 12550
(845) 561-7676 •

8. Stay: Thayer Hotel

151 rooms with 23 recently renovated executive suites. 10 elegant venues for meetings, weddings and special events. MacArthur’s Riverview Restaurant and outdoor Zulu Time Rooftop Lounge.

674 Thayer Road, West Point, NY 10996
(845) 446-4731 •

Lower Hudson Valley River Towns Day 3

9. Attraction 1: West Point USMA

Visitors Center and Museum open 7 days a week. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Visitors Center 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Museum 10:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Guided tours daily by West Point Tours.

2107 New South Post Road, West Point, NY 10996
(845) 938-2638 •

10. Attraction 2: Boscobel House & Gardens

Built between 1804 and 1808, Boscobel is considered to be one of the finest examples of Federal-style architecture in New York.

1601 Route 9D, Garrison, NY 10524
(845) 265-3638 •

11. Dine: Hudson Water Club

The Hudson Water Club sits within a beautiful waterside setting, against sweeping views of the Hudson River, serving Contemporary American cuisine with a strong emphasis on seafood, designed by its CIA-trained Executive Chef Michael Dobias.

606 Beach Road, West Haverstraw, New York 10993
(845) 271-4046 •

Institute of Ecosystems: Mary Flagler Cary Arboretum, Millbrook. This site features 1,900 acres of meadow, forest, swamp, glacial outcroppings, hilly uplands and trout streams. Best is the Perennial Garden with its 4,500 plus varieties, one of the largest collections in the Northeast. (845) 677-5343

Locust Grove, Samuel Morse Historic Site, Poughkeepsie. Stately trees, rolling hills, and picturesque views from the house and gardens combine to create a natural landscape garden. The Main Perennial Garden is a one-of-a-kind garden in the Hudson Valley. An heirloom vegetable garden reflects a long history of self-sufficiency. (845) 454-4500

Wethersfield Estate and Gardens, Amenia. A country gentleman’s estate consisting of over 1,400 acres, with more than 10 acres devoted to formal gardens. Enjoy the Cutting Garden, the Arborvitae Allee with the Naiad Fountain, the Peacock Walk, the Belvedere, the Rose Garden, and several water gardens. (845) 373-8037