HUDSON VALLEY, NY
Encompassing over 11,000 sq km, the Hudson Valley is a breath of fresh air—charming visitors from all over the world with its abundance of natural beauty, one-of-a-kind experiences and authentic Americana.
From magnificent hiking trails to mouthwatering culinary encounters, micro-breweries to massive outdoor sculpture gardens, luxurious designer outlets to quaint riverside villages—there’s something truly exceptional for everyone to discover.
Transportation options in and around the Hudson Valley are extensive and enjoyable. Plenty of planes, trains, and automobiles—plus convenient buses and ferries—are ready to go when travelers are.
Local international airports like Stewart (SWF) and Albany (ALB) make flying a breeze. With service from Grand Central Station and Penn Station in NYC—Metro-North and Amtrak trains soothe travelers with picturesque rides along the shimmering Hudson River.
Rail and bus lines offer multiple stops for easy access to many locations throughout the Hudson Valley. Bus and rail schedules and stops can be found here for Metro-North, Amtrak, Shortline, and New York Trailways.
Places To See
Whether groups want to spend a day or a week exploring the area—they have a lot to look forward to. Travel plans can revolve around adventure, art, ales or all sorts of Hudson Valley attractions…and often are refreshingly affordable!
Here are a few helpful insights and reminders for easy, enjoyable group travel to the Hudson Valley:
• Safety first—Rest assured, Hudson Valley restaurants, hotels and tourist destinations are going above and beyond to ensure the safety of all during this unprecedented time. Stay informed by regularly checking venue websites or www.cdc.com.
• Be flexible, patient and kind—Make back-up or alternate plans. With so many fun things to choose from in the Hudson Valley, it’s effortless to do and can help travelers get the most out of their time in the Hudson Valley.
• Consider traveling at off-peak times—Buses and trains are less crowded during off-peak hours. Plus, tickets are less expensive, too.
• Outdoor options abound—From kayaking on the Hudson River to walking over it via the world’s longest pedestrian bridge—al fresco attractions offer groups a chance to spread out and enjoy the Hudson Valley’s inviting wide-open spaces.
• Call ahead—Most venues love welcoming big groups. Give them a call at least a day or two before the group arrives to ensure adequate parking and give the venue time to prepare.
• Tipping is greatly appreciated—A simple gesture of 15% to 20% can be gifted to restaurant wait staff or bartender at the end of your meal. Hotel porters often receive $1 to $2 per bag, valet parking attendants $2 to $5, while housekeepers are offered $2 to $5 per night. Taxi drivers can also receive 10% - 15%, and spa associates, hairdressers or nail technicians are generally given 10% - 20%.
• The drinking age for alcoholic beverages is 21 and older—Purchasing alcohol for a minor is strictly prohibited and punishable by law. Those 21 and older are required to present a photo ID at the time of purchase.
• Sales tax isn’t included in the listed price of an item—It’s added at the time of checkout. Sales tax varies from county to county.