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.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Six Hiking Safety Tips You'll Be Glad You Learned Today

Outdoor adventure has never been more popular, and the Hudson Valley Resort & Spa is just minutes away from some of the best hiking areas in the region.  The Catskill and Shawangunk Mountains each have a special allure for hikers from all over the Northeast, and tens of thousands of people travel to the area each year for a chance to explore the outdoors.

Part of the adventure of hiking in the wilderness is the novelty of leaving civilization behind.  Escaping the relative safety, convenience and predictability of our modern world can be exhilarating, but it can also present a few risks for the unprepared.

Following these Six Hiking Safety Tips can get you into the woods for a great day on the trail, and help you safely return to civilization at the end of the day.


1. Carry a compass and a map, and learn how to use them.  Don’t rely on a GPS or other electronic device for navigation- you can’t charge your smartphone on the trail! Topographical maps of the Shawangunks and Catskills can be purchased from the NY / NJ Trail conference and are well worth the price- some people planning a simple day trip have gotten lost in the woods by hiking just a few minutes away from the road!  Practice with the compass near home, and make sure that it’s in good working order before you head out on the trail.

2. Come prepared!  Bring the proper clothing, necessary safety equipment and a first-aid kit.  Dress in layers so you can adapt your clothing to changing weather conditions. Never underestimated the time needed for the trip, and be prepared for the possibility of the hike taking longer than expected.  Check the weather forecast before heading out, and try to account for any scenario.

3. Take care of your feet while on the trail!  You’ll have a hard time hiking out safely if your feet are cramped and covered in blisters.  While regular fitness training will keep your feet in top shape for the trail, you should rest them frequently while hiking.  Wear sturdy boots and bring extra socks in case you get wet- remember: you can’t call a cab in the woods so you’ll have to be able to rely on your own two feet.

4. Always carry matches and learn how to properly build a fire. If something goes wrong in the wilderness, a fire really can save your life.  People rarely die from starvation in the woods, but they often die from exposure. Keep yourself warm and dry when hiking, carry matches, and learn proper fire safety.

5. Let people know where you are going.  If you experience any problems on the trail, it's best if someone knows your plans. Sign in and out of trail-head registers, and always leave an itinerary behind with someone you trust.  It doesn’t hurt to carry a phone, but don’t rely on it!  Fully charge your battery before you head out, but be aware that you may find yourself miles from the nearest cell-tower.

6. Learn some basic survival skills.  Knowing how to get by in the wilderness doesn’t only make hiking more safe, it makes it more interesting!  Try to spot common edible and medicinal plants along the trail and notice possible shelter sites as you hike- it's a fun way to keep prepared for emergencies.

Hiking in the Hudson Valley can be a richly rewarding experience, and with just a few precautions and a little knowledge you can explore the outdoors like a pro.  Reading tips like these can help, but it’s up to you to put them into practice!

If you’re planning a hiking trip to the Hudson Valley, check out the Hudson Valley Resort & Spa.  Perfectly situated in the heart of the Shawangunk Mountains and just minutes away from the Catskills, you’ll love returning to resort accommodations after a long day on the trail!

With a full service Health Spa on site, you’ll enjoy soothing those tired legs in the bubbling Jacuzzi or taking a refreshing swim in the crystal clear swimming pool.  

So go ahead, get out of the city and and explore the outdoors- call 845-626-8888 today, and we'll help make the most of your stay. 

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