With longer days and warm summer nights, the Hudson Valley has some exciting new places to check out. From a heart-racing zipline and a picturesque winery to refreshing breweries and innovative ways to experience unique festivals, there’s much to see this season. Discover what’s new on your next trip to the region!
Catamount Zip Tour located at Catamount Mountain Resort in Hillsdale offers thrilling adventure with a breathtaking landscape. Soar high above the treetops on the “CataMonster”—the longest zipline in the United States! You’ll enjoy incredible views of the surrounding mountains as you zoom down the zipline. The ziplining experience is approximately two hours.
The Path on the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge is now open! Walk, run, or bike along The Path for impressive views of the Hudson River. You’ll find six scenic themed platforms at various points throughout the more than three-mile path—the perfect place to catch your breath or simply enjoy the beauty of the river. The path can be accessed at the Rockland Landing in South Nyack and the Westchester Landing in Tarrytown.
Rockland Cider Works located at Van Houten Farms in Orangeburg is the first and only cidery in Rockland County! Enjoy a refreshing cider in their bier garden or get some bottles to try at home—the cider is made on-site at their farm. Nearby in New City, RH 241 “Farm to Family” is offering a drive thru window for fresh menu options, such as salads, sandwiches, and roasted vegetables—simply place your order and drive to their parking lot during “window” hours to pick it up.
The Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice held in Phoenicia will take place on Saturday, August 29 at the west campus of Kingston’s Tech City. New this year due to COVID-19, the festival will be a one-day event featuring a drive-in performance of Puccini’s Tosca. The first-of-its-kind event allows you to relax in the comfort of your own car as you watch the moving performance, which will be performed live on stage and broadcast on the Jumbotron screens. The production will also use Augmented Reality to enhance the audience experience.
City Winery Hudson Valley in Montgomery is offering outdoor dining in a beautiful setting. The restored historic Montgomery Mills location provides a rustic, yet refined atmosphere. The newly opened winery features two outdoor patios—ideal for a meal and a glass of wine under the sun—along with The Barrel Room restaurant with indoor seating. From ancho chili-dusted Faroe Island salmon and the Hudson Valley Old Charcuterie Board to a buttermilk fried chicken sandwich and duck tostadas, delight in City Winery Hudson Valley’s exquisite dishes—new items are added weekly.
Zeus Brewing Company located in Poughkeepsie’s Queen City Lofts now has a rooftop bar. Take in sweeping views of the Hudson River as you sip a craft beer and enjoy a delicious meal on the rooftop this summer. Next door, check out Slate Point Meadery located on the ground floor of Queen City Lofts. Get mead to-go from their tasting room! Head over to The Vale Fox Distillery, also in Poughkeepsie, for a tour and to purchase some of their hand-crafted gin—they are currently open by appointment only. Visit Megabrain Comics’ new location in Rhinebeck to find a wide variety of comic books for all ages, and to experience their arcade. While you’re in Rhinebeck, get a sweet treat from Del’s Roadside—a new ice cream shop offering homemade ice cream from their farm in Red Hook. Double Dutch chocolate, lavender honey, mint brownie, and smores are just a few of their decadent flavors! Del’s Roadside also offers handcrafted burgers, hot dogs, salads, and sandwiches.
Begin planning your trip to explore some of the Hudson Valley’s latest offerings.
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