Have you ever been to visit New York City? As a lifetime Central New Yorker I am almost ashamed to admit I have never visited NYC. However, a visit to the big apple is at the top of my bucket list! The time has come for me to make some plans. There are so many things to do and see on my big New York City trip I was a little overwhelmed planning my trip. As a Savvy traveler one of my first concerns is the price and I was very happy to come across some affordable hotels in New York City. With lodging covered I am now free to concentrate on my activities.
While researching for my trip, I found some interesting information about the Hudson Valley area. Visiting the Hudson Valley sounds like a great day trip while I am in the city. Wine, music, food and beautiful surroundings sounds like a great day!
6 Great Things About the Hudson Valley
Visiting New York City for the first time? If you have a spare day or two, considering taking the train to Poughkeepsie, which is located in the Hudson Valley. From there, you can visit a variety of small, artsy towns. Here’s why you’ll love the Hudson Valley.
1. People are friendly. It’s not that Manhattan-dwellers are not friendly, it’s just that they’re so rushed and busy, there’s barely any time to chat. In the Hudson Valley, people are more open and willing to strike up a conversation practically anywhere.
2. There’s a serious wine and craft beer scene. With more and more craft breweries popping up every year, and with fantastic wine trails, anybody who loves sipping and tasting won’t be at a loss in the Hudson Valley. Part of why these industries are so booming is because there’s a lot of farmland in the are, making local ingredients easy to acquire.
3. It’s a quick train ride from the city. If you hop on the train somewhere in the Hudson Valley, you’ll be in Manhattan in two hours or less. You can easily spend an entire day in the area and then head back to the affordable hotels in New York City. Whether you plan a trip to the city New York or you just decide last-minute, you can get to the Hudson Valley without any hassle.
4. The Hudson Valley has a pretty solid music scene. Between locals bands that often play at the area’s bars and restaurants, to bigger acts that travel to The Chance in Poughkeepsie, there’s some type of live music happening most nights a week.
5. The food is pretty great in the Hudson Valley, again thanks to the local ingredients and focus on regional foods. There are several types of events for foodies throughout the year, from cupcake tastings to discounted dinners at restaurants during Hudson Valley Restaurant Week.
6. There’s tons of great hiking. Scenic Hudson has a number of free parks that you can hang out in from sun up until sun down. There are also plenty of New York State parks that you can access for the day for a small fee. Most Hudson Valley parks have everything from hiking and biking trails to fishing and picnicking. Some even have extras, like horseback riding accommodations and kayaking launch points.
Between New York City and the Hudson Valley, you won’t be at a loss for ways to keep busy. I was happy to find affordable hotels in New York City, you can search New York City Hotels at up to 60% off! If you have been to the Big Apple leave me a comment and some tips for my trip!