Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Celebrate Autumn: Apple Picking, Scenic Drives, and More!

The Hudson Valley Catskills are celebrating another exciting harvest season, and gorgeous fall foliage has set the scene for apple picking, farm markets, corn mazes and more- just 90 miles from NYC! 

Our family owned apple orchards, farms and vineyards are ripe for the picking, where you'll find award winning apples, pumpkins, world-class wines and local craft ciders to enjoy.   

New York City may be “The Big Apple”, but this is the place to be for apple-picking in the fall. Now is the time to plan your autumn getaway, and we've put together some great ways for you to celebrate the season! 

A trip to nearby Jenkins - Luekin Orchards is the perfect way to get out into the crisp autumn air to enjoy the breathtaking fall foliage while selecting from over a dozen unique varieties of perfectly ripe apples. 

Set against the dramatic backdrop of Shawangunk Ridge, the orchard market also offers visitors an exciting variety of local gourmet produce, handcrafted jellies, jams, pickles, and more!

You’ll find delicious fresh corn, tomatoes, and other produce just down the road at Saunderskill Farms!  There’s something special at their farm market all season long, including homemade artisanal breads, handcrafted candles, fresh baked pies, and more.  

A great place to bring the kids to pick their own pumpkins, this family owned farm has been growing with pride since 1680!  While you’re there, check out the Corn Maze- kids love this local harvest attraction, and best of all, it’s free!

Guarded by the world’s 2nd largest garden gnome, nearby Kelder’s Farm invites visitors to pick their own pumpkins, apples, corn and more while offering a ton of classic fall activities like hayrides and a petting zoo. 

But their most popular attraction is a mini-golf course designed by artist Maria Reidelbach.  The whimsical course is constructed from re-purposed farm implements, and is lined with vegetables, herbs, grains, and fruit that kids can pick along the way!

Just minutes from these and other exciting autumn attractions, The Hudson Valley Resort & Spa is the perfect place to stay while enjoying the spectacular Hudson Valley Catskills fall foliage.

We're making it easy to get the most from your stay by offering guests a free Fall Foliage Driving Tour featuring majestic mountain vistas, gorgeous autumn leaves, quaint country farmer’s markets, apple and pumpkin picking, wineries, and excursions through pristine nature preserves & historic landmarks.

You can also explore our exciting new Hudson Valley Hard Cider Trail, a sixty mile self-guided tour featuring six of the region's best craft cider producers and tasting rooms!  You'll be able to sample and learn about this popular local beverage while enjoying the beautiful backdrop of the Shawangunk and Catskill mountains in full autumn array.

Nestled on 400 wooded acres in the heart of the Shawangunk Mountains and surrounded by gorgeous Catskill views, the Hudson Valley Resort & Spa features a challenging 18 hole golf course and a  European health spa.  Other resort amenities include crystal clear indoor and outdoor pools, a fitness center, arcade center, tennis and basketball courts, and so much more! With midweek room rates as low as $99, it's a destination within anyone's budget.

Now's the time to plan your autumn getaway, so give the Hudson Valley Resort & Spa a click or call today and we'll help you make the most your stay!



Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Hudson Valley Craft Cider Trail: Sixty Miles, Six Spectacular Cideries

Upstate New York is the 2nd largest and the oldest apple producing region in the US, so it’s no surprise that the area is leading the nation in a craft cider renaissance!  The Hudson Valley is home to more than a dozen cideries, and we’ve put together a local Craft Cider Trail for our guests to explore this apple season.

Did you know that cider was once the most commonly consumed beverage in America?  It’s true!  From the colonial era to prohibition, cider was enjoyed by all as a safe and delicious alternative to potentially contaminated water resources.

By fermenting the juice of New York’s abundant apple crop, growers were able to preserve their produce year-round as an off-dry alcoholic beverage known as cider.  During Prohibition, however, growers were unable to produce or sell their cider because of federal regulations against alcohol.

Resourceful orchard owners began offering “sweet cider” for sale instead.  By selling their unfiltered apple juice blends before fermentation occurred, growers were able to bypass these restrictions.  This allowed them to remain in business and preserve their precious orchards until Prohibition was repealed.

Since then, America has developed a bit of a cider identity crisis which has led to the modern association of the word “cider” with unfiltered apple juice.  While sweet cider is still produced and enjoyed today, it bears little resemblance to the delicate drink our forefathers imbibed.

But with new legislation in place that makes it easier for New York orchards to produce and sell “hard” cider, the venerable beverage is making a comeback in a big way, and the Hudson Valley is leading the way.  Our local Ulster County cider producers are using traditional methods and fresh local apples to craft world-class ciders for you to enjoy.

Cider is so deeply rooted in our region that nationally recognized cider producer Angry Orchard recently chose to establish their flagship Innovation Cider House just 30 minutes away!

We’ve put together a local craft cider trail which makes it easy for our guests to explore the region’s thriving cider culture this autumn- 60 miles, 6 cideries; a loop through beautiful country scenery with gorgeous Shawangunk and Catskill views showcasing the regions finest craft ciders.


215 Lower Whitfield Rd, Accord, NY 12404 (845) 626-0659 
Westwind Orchard Ciders are produced with traditional methods using true cider apples from their own orchard in the shadow of the Shawangunk Mountains. All of their ciders are unfiltered, bottle conditioned, and contain no added sulfites or sugar. The ciders are fermented with wild yeast and are naturally effervescent.   Serving ciders Saturday 11-8 and Sunday 11-6.

3012 NY-213, Stone Ridge, NY 12484 (845) 687-2587
Combining the resources of two orchards and a lifetime of learning and advocacy, Hudson Valley Farmhouse Cider produces a line of exceptional ciders which showcase a robust new-world flavor with style and character which draw on classic European techniques.   Their new tasting room has opened at Stone Ridge Orchard and welcomes visitors every day of the season from 9-6.

155 N Ohioville Rd, New Paltz, NY 12561 (845) 633-8657
Offering ciders born out of traditions from Spain, France, and America which are made as naturally as possible from apples hand picked on Twin Star Orchards.  These ciders are expressions of place, meant to be gulped not sipped.  Some are bubbly, some are dry, and some have a hint of natural sugar, but all are meant to celebrate the simple pleasures.  The tasting room is open and pouring free samples of hard cider Friday through Sunday, 11-7.

43 Baileys Gap Rd, Highland, NY 12528 (845) 236-0956
Bad Seed seeks to advance the craft cider industry by mixing old and new techniques with craft beer influences. Making ciders from 100% fresh pressed apples they grow on a 6th generation family farm- no alchemy used. After all, this is cider not science. You won't find an endless list of chemicals, artificial sweeteners, and excuses on the label because they don't use them.   The Tap Room is open Saturday - Sunday, 12-6, with tours ending at 5.

277 New York 208, New Paltz, NY 12561 (845) 255-7717
Reviving America’s first and greatest beverage- small-batch hard cider made from 100% hand-selected Hudson Valley apples.  Kettleborough Cider House was founded by the Dressel family, who have been growing apples in New Paltz for four generations- so they know that great hard cider begins with great apples.  Their ciders are on the leading edge, bringing back the unique, complex, and downright delicious beverage our ancestors knew and loved.  The tasting room is open Saturdays & Sundays in September and October from 10-5.

69 Yankee Foley Rd, New Paltz, NY 12561 (845) 255-0999
Two hundred and fifteen acres of orchard with 40 varieties of apples and eighty years of orchard experience.  That's what they started with.  Now they have some of the best hard cider out there; off-dry with a crisp apple taste- not that sweet cloying stuff.  At Jenkins -Luekins Orchard, first they grow the apples and then they make the cider.  Heirloom, hand-selected apples hand pressed to create a unique blend.  Real cider, at its best.  Bottles available at the farm market, Monday-Friday 9-6, Saturday and Sunday 9-7.

The Hudson Valley Resort & Spa is your first and last stop along our Craft Cider Trail, where you'll enjoy clean, comfortable and affordable accommodations in a peaceful setting with gorgeous Catskill views, a full-service European health spa with Jacuzzi, sauna and steam rooms, a heated indoor pool, golfing, tennis and basketball on site, and more.  Give us a call at 845-626-8888, and we'll help you make the most of your stay.    

Please note: these producers are not affiliated with the Hudson Valley Resort & Spa.  Guests are encouraged to call ahead to confirm availability and hours of operation.  Please enjoy responsibly.  Do not drink and drive. 

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

The Woodstock- New Paltz Art & Craft Fair

Come experience the Woodstock-New Paltz Art & Craft Fair this Labor Day weekend- it's become a nationally recognized event featuring handcrafted functional and decorative art from the most talented craftspeople in the northeast.

This groundbreaking crafts fair draws tens of thousands of visitors to the Ulster County fairgrounds twice a year to meet the artists while enjoying demonstrations, live music and entertainment, and more!

Whether you're decorating a country home, bringing some rural charm to an urban apartment, looking for something farm fresh to highlight a dinner party, or just need an excuse to get away, the Woodstock-New Paltz Art and Crafts Fair has what you’re looking for.

The carefully curated community of 300 independently juried artists and craftspeople from all over the country have developed a vibrant craft culture which makes this fair a unique experience and a pleasure for all.

Demonstrating ceramic techniques, jewelry making, ironwork, wood carving and turning, leather-working, broom-making, etching, weaving and more, many of the artists will be conducting continuous demonstrations throughout the show in addition to exhibiting their finished products..

Featuring beautiful handcrafted works in ceramics, fiber, fine art, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, photography, and wood, the fair also highlights excellence in hand crafted foods, the healing arts, musical arts, publishing, tourism, and local wineries.

Architectural craft exhibits include handcrafted built-ins, laminated hardwood lamps, woodware accessories, sculptural pieces, stained glass windows, hand-sewn patchwork wall hangings... even handcrafted tiny houses!


Looking for the finest in unique handcrafted specialty foods and healthcare products?  You’ll find a wide variety of all natural foods, beverages and health care specialties crafted with care by small artisan vendors with a focus on quality.

If you're a a crafter yourself,  be sure to check out the exhibits of crafting supplies which feature hand-spun yarns, fabrics, leather goods, jewelry supplies, tools and other quality equipment suited for the most discerning crafts person.

Of course, no fair would be complete without an eclectic mix of live music and entertainment!  Highlights of this year’s show will include performances by Gilles Malkine, Shep and the Coconuts, Sharon Klein, The Phantoms, The Judith Tulloch Band, All–She–Wrote featuring Larry Packer, Eric Erickson, and Bill Robinson’s Wildlife Show!

There’s something for everyone at the Woodstock-New Paltz Art & Craft Fair, and the Hudson Valley Resort & Spa is just minutes from it all!

Gracefully set in the heart of the Shawangunk Mountains and surrounded with gorgeous Catskill views, the Hudson Valley Resort & Spa offers 270 comfortable and well-appointed guest rooms, a challenging 18-hole championship golf course, and a full service European health spa.

Guests enjoy indoor and outdoor pools, Jacuzzi, sauna, and steam rooms, tennis and basketball courts, an arcade center, and so much more!  

We're planning an unbeatable Memorial Day Weekend getaway with free golf, games, planned activities, movies, a bonfire and more... so give us a call at 845-626-8888 when planning your trip to the Woodstock-New Paltz Art & Craft Fair this Memorial Day weekend, and we'll help you make the most of your stay!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Dominic J. Giamei Jr. Memorial Golf Tournament

Please join us on September 24th 2016 for  the 6th Annual Dominic J. Giamei Jr. Memorial Golf Tournament!

This golf tournament is held each year in memory of Dominic “Big Dom’ Giamei Jr, a local Criminal Justice major, volunteer firefighter, active member of our local first aid unit,  and avid football player who tragically lost his life at the young age of 20 as the result of a senseless farm accident.
Dominic is still helping others – through this scholarship fund – leaving a legacy of his own.
All proceeds of the tournament will benefit the DJG Jr. Scholarship Fund at SUNY Ulster, a sponsor of the President’s Challenge Scholarship which gives a local Rondout Valley High School graduate the opportunity to complete an Associate Degree at nearby SUNY Ulster Community College tuition free.   35 scholarships have been awarded to date, with an impressive $10,000 awarded this year!

Participants will enjoy:
  • 9:30 a.m. registration with coffee and donuts.
  • A full 18-hole scramble on the golf course at the Hudson Valley Resort & Spa
  • Delectable dining at the resort with lunch and dinner provided
  • On-course beverages with a cash bar after golf.
  • Trophies, awards, raffle, 50/50 drawing
  • A silent auction
  • Commemorative tee shirts
  • Music provided by D.J. Jimi
The cost is only $100 per person, which includes lunch and dinner. Teams or singles are welcome. $30 for dinner only.  

To register for the event or for additional information on the fund, email debchristiana@aol.com.  We hope to see you there!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Growing With Pride: Exploring Our Local Farm Markets

The Hudson Valley is home to a thriving farm-to-table culture, with fresh local ingredients in abundance from the first days of spring through last days of fall.

The region's rich fertile soil and fresh mountain air have kept our farmers growing with pride for more than 300 years!

No trip to the Hudson Valley would be complete without paying a visit to a local family owned farm-stand to sample the fruit of our grower's labor!  Our guests tell us they love visiting these rustic local markets, each offering a variety of fresh produce- just minutes away.

Kelder's Farm Market
5755 Route 209 Kerhonkson 12446 (845) 626-7137
U-pick fruits and vegetables from asparagus to zucchini. Farm market, greenhouse, petting zoo, field trips, school tours, corn maze, mini-golf. Open year-round, seasonal hours. 
Saunderskill Farms
5100 Route 209 Accord 12404 (845)-626-2676
U-Pick strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, pumpkins. Vegetables and fruits in season. Flowering annuals and perennials, herbs, vegetable plants, nursery stock. Bakery, maple syrup, honey, jams, jellies. Gift and holiday items. Horse-drawn hayrides in the Fall. Daily except Mondays 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Sheeley's Farm Stand
2752 Lucas Turnpike Accord 12404 (845)687-4497
Organic grown produce. Greenhouse open in May for bedding and vegetable plants. July - September 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Swenson's Organic Produce
Route 209 Accord 12404 (845)-626-3915
Family farm for 50-years. Organic produce, fresh free-range brown eggs. Vegetables and fruits in season. Chestnuts in season. Daily, May - November, dawn - dusk.
Want to more to explore?  There are dozens of growers within a stone’s throw of the resort, producing more than 17 million pounds of fruit, vegetables, meat, poultry, butter, milk and cheese, maple syrup, beer and more, every year!

Visiting a local farm-stand is a great way to spend the day while visiting the Hudson Valley Resort & Spa, where there’s always something new to discover just around the corner.

With an 18 hole golf course, Jacuzzi, sauna and steam rooms, full service health spa, indoor and outdoor pools, tennis & basketball and more, you'll feel a world away- just 90 miles from NYC.  Give us a call today, and we'll help make the most of your stay!

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