Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Upstate Escapes: Summer Events and Attractions

Summer is just around the corner, and travel to the Hudson Valley Catskills is really starting to heat up!  With endless opportunities for outdoor adventure, an exciting lineup of fairs and cultural festivals, and a thriving farm-to-table and craft beverage movement it’s no wonder the Hudson Valley is quickly becoming one of the top US summertime escapes! 

Outdoor Adventure

Immortalized by the masterpiece landscapes of Hudson River School painters, the epic untamed beauty of the Hudson Valley Catskills offers endless opportunities for outdoor adventure and exploration.

Winding through an unspoiled natural wilderness, the extensive hiking trails  and waterways of the Catskill State Park bring the traveler through serene forests, over cool, clear creeks and up to majestic views so beautiful they inspired an art movement.

The nearby Shawangunk Ridge is a hiking and climbing mecca, and you can experience its beauty at Minnewaska State Park Preserve.  Recognized by The Nature Conservancy as “One of the Last Great Places”, Minnewaska is famous for it’s stunning white cliffs, sapphire blue sky-lakes and unique ecosystem.  It definitely deserves to be on your summer "to do" list.
Canoeing, mountain biking, kayaking, fishing, golfing- the Hudson Valley has something to offer everyone.  Other popular summer-time activities in the region include skydiving, river tubing, hang-gliding, and more!  

Fairs and Festivals

Home to countless fairs, festivals, and cultural events throughout the summer, there’s always something exciting going on in the Hudson Valley.  

Visitors have been flocking to the Ulster County Fair for more than 125 years, and it’s no surprise. There’s nothing like a good, old-fashioned country fair to celebrate the summer!  Featuring rides, games, agricultural exhibits, local crafts and specialties, musical events and entertainment, the Ulster County fair is fun for all!

America's longest running continuous summer chamber music series has been pleasing audiences since 1916, and this year is heating up to be their most exciting season yet! Maverick Concerts invites you to celebrate 100 years of glorious music performed and heard in the historic 1916 concert hall which has echoed in the surrounding woods for visitors to enjoy.  

Growing in popularity each year, the Hudson Valley Rib Fest is the regions largest and most unique BBQ food festival for whole family!  Featuring live music, demonstrations, and of course- the best BBQ ribs in the North East, it’s a two day summer event which is sure to have you coming back for more.

Farm to Table

A recent shift in consumer awareness towards healthier and more sustainable food options has put the Hudson Valley in the spotlight as more and more people are learning what our local growers have known for years- the secret to great food is fresh, locally sourced ingredients.

From fruits & vegetables to honey and maple syrup, artisan breads to small-batch cheeses, the Hudson Valley is producing some of the finest culinary delights on the market today.

Many local farms are inviting people to experience the farm-to-table movement hands-on. Nearby Kelder’s Farm offers educational events, fun for kids, and pick-your-own fruits and veggies allowing visitors a greater appreciation of Hudson Valley produce.
Open rain or shine, the Ellenville Farmers' Market is a small, family friendly market featuring fresh locally grown produce and regional products from Hudson Valley growers.  Live music, monthly visits from Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Master Gardeners, kids activities, cooking classes and more are offered to visitors each week.

Looking to quench your thirst?  The Hudson Valley is home to a thriving winemaking, brewing, distilling, and craft cider-making culture which is redefining the American drinks scene.  Explore the Shawangunk Wine Trail for tastings at 14 local wineries, or stop in any number of local craft beverage producers for demonstrations, tours and tastings. 
Whether you're visiting one of the regions many farmer’s markets, picking your own fruits and vegetables right from the vine, or taking time to savor the flavor of a craft beverage- visitors to the Hudson Valley are sure to the taste the difference.

Summer Escapes

Each summer, hundreds of thousands of visitors escape to the Hudson Valley for outdoor adventure, to experience the  fairs and cultural festivals and to enjoy the region’s agricultural bounty, and the Hudson Valley Resort & Spa is at the center of it all!  Ideally nestled in the heart of the Shawangunk Mountains and surrounded by gorgeous Catskill views, the Hudson Valley Resort is within minutes of the best summer Hudson Valley attractions

Offering guests clean, comfortable accommodations with world-class mountain views, the Hudson Valley Resort & Spa features a full service European Health Spa and so much more! Tennis and basketball courts, fitness and arcade centers, and a spacious conference center make the Hudson Valley Resort the ideal choice for your Hudson Valley Getaway, so call or click today, and we'll help make the most of your stay!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

7 Reasons Why You Need to Visit the Shawangunk Mountains This Summer

Just 90 miles from the hustle and bustle of New York City lies a serene, enchanting landscape of unsurpassed natural beauty which beckons visitors to slow down and indulge their senses with an unforgettable visit to one of the world’s Last Great Places.

Here are seven reasons why you need to visit the Shawangunk Mountains this Summer, and one great incentive to get your family on the road!

1. Jaw Dropping Natural Beauty 
The Shawangunks feature crystal clear sky-lakes, unbelievable waterfalls, glistening rock ledges, and miles-wide panoramic views. Visitors to the popular Minnewaska State Park can get a taste of it all with a peaceful stroll along well managed carriageways.

2. Unbeatable Outdoor Adventures

A hike around nearby Sam’s Point Preserve will reward visitors with an unforgettable crawl through unique “ice cave” caverns, a refreshing stop atop a spectacular 180 foot waterfall, unparallelled scenic views of the southern Catskill Mountains, and a tour around a glacial carved sky-lake.

3. Wonderful Wineries

The Shawangunks offer ideal conditions for a number of varietal vineyards, and local wineries have been producing extraordinary vino for centuries. The Shawangunk Wine Trail offers visitors a taste of the region’s best with stops at fourteen wineries offering demonstrations, cellar tours and wine-tastings year-round!

4. Life on the Edge

The impressive ledges of the Shawangunk Ridge have long been regarded as the Northeast technical rock climbing Mecca, and scaling the world-famous routes  throughout "The Gunks" remains a rite of passage for daring climbers everywhere.

5. Historic Houses

A trip to the Shawangunks region offers visitors an opportunity to step back in time and explore the Oldest Street in America.  An avenue of centuries old colonial buildings which have remained virtually unchanged since before the country was born, Historic Huguenot Street offers visitors tours and special events throughout the year which are sure to engage the imagination.

6. Hands-on Agriculture

Want to take part in a true farm-to-table experience? The Shawangunks region features dozens of family-friendly farms offering pick-your-own fruits and vegetables throughout the season. Nearby Kelder’s Farm invites guests into their fields to hand harvest everything from fresh greens, corn, potatoes and beans to fresh herbs, raspberries and apples. It honestly doesn’t get any fresher than this!

7. Delectable Dining

With the world-renowned Culinary Institute of America in the Shawangunk’s backyard and local growers offering the best fresh produce, meats and cheeses, it’s no surprise that the region boasts some of the most delicious and innovative eateries in the north-east. Offering a surprising array of world cuisines, the funky Shawangunks town of New Paltz has something for everyone, with an emphasis on farm-fresh and locally sourced ingredients.

You’ll find a hundred more reasons to return again and again when you explore the Shawangunks this summer, and we're offering an unbeatable $99 midweek room-only rate so you can stay in the center of it all!

Join us in the heart of the Shawangunk Mountains this summer and we’ll help you make the most of your stay, so call or click today to start planning your upstate family getaway!

Friday, May 12, 2017

The Woodstock- New Paltz Art & Craft Fair

Come experience the Woodstock-New Paltz Art & Craft Fair this Memorial 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 thousands of visitors to the Ulster County fairgrounds who come twice a year to meet the artists and enjoy demonstrations, live music, 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 offers the opportunity to enjoy healing arts, musical arts, local wines, and landscape arts.

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 Chris Wilson, The Myles Macuso Bank, All-She-Wrote, The Cupcakes, Helen Avakian, and the Ravensbeard 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 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 games and activities, movies with popcorn, a bonfire with s'mores and much 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!

Thursday, May 4, 2017

5 Hot Tips for an Unforgettable Memorial Day Cookout

Memorial Day weekend is just around the corner, and for many people it's the official start of the backyard grilling season!

You can get the most from your Memorial Day gathering with a little planning, a few precautions, and by following these five hot tips for an unforgettable Memorial Day cookout.

If you’re hosting a back-yard cookout this Memorial Day weekend, plan things out well before the guests arrive.  Do your shopping far in advance and you will avoid a lot of stress by being properly prepared.

After gathering your supplies, it's time for a safety check.  Nothing can ruin a good cookout like a trip to the emergency room.   Familiarize yourself with how to operate your grill, and remember: safety first!

So what’s the secret to the perfect back-yard cookout?

We asked our expert catering team how to guarantee grilling success, and they came up with these five hot tips for an unforgettable Memorial Day cookout.

Make sure your equipment is clean and well maintained.  Your grill should be spotless: completely free of grease, grime, rust, old ash and other hazards. Confirm that everything is in proper working order well before your event to guarantee success. 

Use fresh, locally sourced ingredients whenever possible. Today’s  marketplace makes it easier and more affordable than ever to work with healthier, more sustainable food options which deliver far superior results than mass-market products.

Season your ingredients before you light your grill.  Allow enough time for rubs and spices to work their magic before grilling or you’ll just end up dumping them into the flames. 

Remember- good things come to those who wait!  Let your meat rest out of the fridge for 20 minutes before grilling to guarantee they remain tender and juicy. This is the key for even cooking and perfect grill-marks.  

Find time to enjoy your guests!  Nothing is more successful in creating the perfect backyard cookout than the company of family and friends, good music and great food. Don't let the stress of cooking ruin your day.
Your best option? Let us do all the work! Join us this Memorial Day Weekend, and make the most of the holiday! Your family will enjoy games and activities, swimming in the outdoor pool, an evening bonfire with s'mores, face painting for the kids and more while our expert catering team grills up all your favorite summertime fare.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Hands-On History: Explore our Local Antique Shops

Antiquing has become a popular pastime in the historic Hudson Valley, and many travelers enjoy the opportunity to discover tangible treasures from the past which speak to our region’s rich cultural history.

 You never know what you'll find hidden among the shelves of a great country antiques shop!  From vintage clothing, furniture and jewelry to pre-industrial farm implements, tin toys, old-fashioned technology and unusual curiosities, our local antiques and collectibles dealers have something for everyone.

So where to begin?  Our guests simply love these nearby antiques shops and vintage dealers- they’re just minutes away and you’re sure to find a special treasure you’ll cherish for years to come.
Old Brick House Antiques 
5858 Route 209 Kerhonkson, NY 12446 (845) 626-5206
Interesting, fun, relaxing shopping experience with something for everyone to enjoy. Antiques, collectibles and home accents. Americana, art, country, ephemera, furniture, glass, primitive and textiles. Open daily, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. or later. Year-round, except Wednesday.
Rose Hill Antiques
5066 Route 209 Accord, NY 12404 (845) 626-7155
Buying and selling antiques and collectibles. 1500-square-feet of 19th and early 20th Century antiques and used furniture. Something for everyone.
The Vintage Barn
174 Lower Whitfield Road, Accord, NY 12404 (845) 706-5796
Antiques and collectibles, vintage housewares, ephemera, toys and more.  Open most weekends, noon - 5 p.m., or by appointment. Closed December - April.
Downtown Antiques 
23 Main Street Accord, NY 12404 (845) 706-1070
Primitives/rustic to decorative for home, cottage and garden. Cupboards, ironstone, lighting, art and more. Open Sunday 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. and by appointment.
Want more to explore?  Head to the nearby town of New Paltz where you’ll find a half-dozen other exciting shops to check out, including The Antiques Barn, Medusa Antiques, Horsefeathers, and more!

Antiquing 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 a full service health spa on site with Jacuzzi, sauna and steam rooms as well as 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'l l help make the most of your stay.

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