Over the past 10 years New York’s Hudson Valley has had a resurgence of new homes. Once the summer destination of the country’s elite, now the Hudson Valley has become a place where artisans look for inspiration and families look for a sense of community.
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Comprising the valley of the Hudson River and communities north from Albany and Troy and south to Westchester County, the Hudson Valley encompasses a vibrant living experience for more than 3 million residents.
Popularized in the 1800’s by the stories of Washington Irving, the Hudson Valley became a center of tourism as visitors frequented the mineral water at Ballston Spa and Saratoga Springs for their health. With convenient steamboat connections in New York City, and numerous attractive hotels in romantic settings, tourism became an important industry.
Today many of the estates of the country’s most prominent figures such as Vanderbilt, Rockefeller and Roosevelt survive along with the tradition of the United States Military Academy and the Culinary Institute of America in the Hudson Valley. The area is considered to be is the oldest wine making and grape-growing region in the United States, with roots established as early as 1677, and has experienced a resurgence in viticulture in the 21st century. Many wineries are located in the Hudson Valley, offering wine-tasting and other tours. Numerous wine festivals are held in the Hudson Valley, with themes often varying by season.
The Hudson Valley boasts a high quality of life. From it’s beautiful views and picturesque towns to its proximity to New York’s financial and political centers. Many of the nation’s finest universities and institutions as well as cutting edge technology claim the area as its home. Simplex Homes is proud to be part of the resurgence of this historic area.
Key Cities: Rensselaer,
Troy (county seat)
Stretching for more than 30 miles along the scenic Hudson River, Rensselaer County is a mix of New England independence and close-knit communities in its picturesque 665 square miles. Just minutes from the bustle of the county seat in Troy, also known as the historic “Collar City,” are thriving suburbs and unspoiled countryside, including thousands of acres of parks and scores of lake and ponds.
Recreational activities abound with every season, from golf, fishing and hiking to skiing, skating and more. Arts centers and museums, as well as live performances, all thrive in Rensselaer County’s cultural climate. Like to shop? Stroll along downtown storefronts for unique gifts and exotic finds or explore wayside country stores and antique dealers for that one-of-a-kind gifts and collectibles. Whether you’re a gourmet or like to eat on the go, you find the perfect dining experience among out eclectic mix of cafes, eateries and award winning restaurants. Orchards, pick-your-own farms, farmers markets and family farms provide the backdrop for a scenic landscape. Buy local produce directly from the grower throughout the year at the popular Troy Waterfront Farmers Market held every Saturday. Fall festivals, corn mazes, hayrides, ziplines will entertain you. Rensselaer County has played a key role in American history from early Dutch settlers to the American Revolution, the Underground Railroad, Civil War and the Industrial Revolution and of course Uncle Sam. Troy has more Tiffany Windows per square mile than any other place and the many intact brownstones and Victorian architecture have proven the perfect backdrop for many Hollywood on the Hudson moments. The secret is out! Every season in Rensselaer County offers unique events and one of kind attractions to peak your interest.
Key Cities: Albany (county seat), Cohoes, Watervliet
Welcome to Albany County! Over the past four centuries, Albany has grown from a small Dutch settlement into New York State's Capital City in the heart of burgeoning Tech Valley. Albany is the oldest continuing settlement in the nation. The City of Albany still serves under its original charter, which dates back to July 22, 1686, and has been the capital of New York State since 1797.
Today, visitors to Albany County can enjoy a wide range of activities, both indoors and out. Nature lovers will enjoy the Albany Pine Bush Preserve, one of only 20 inland pine barren ecosystems that exist, while the Indian Ladder Trial at Thacher Park is one of the richest fossil bearing formations in the world. In May, don’t forget to head to Washington Park to see more than 100,000 tulips blooming for our annual Tulip Festival. Those seeking history and art have plenty of options between the New York State Museum, an impressive collection that reminds you why New York is the Empire State, the Albany Institute of History & Art, which is one of the nation’s oldest museums, and the Shaker Heritage Society - the founding location of the Shaker Religious Movement. Of course, Albany also boasts a great collection of galleries and evidence of this city’s burgeoning creative economy can be found in the wide array of public artwork as well. Head out for a night on the town at one of Albany County’s fine restaurants. Follow up your meal with a show at one of our many performing arts venues, including the Palace Theatre, Capital Repertory Theatre, Times Union Center, or the gravity-defying Egg at the Empire State Plaza. With so many things to do and see, Albany truly is An Amazing Discovery!
Key Cities: Catskill (county seat), Windham, Ashland
Nestled among the highest of the Catskill Mountains and the verdant Hudson River Valley, Greene County is the ultimate four-season location for fresh air and action-packed family adventures. Located just two hours north of New York City, the area offers a variety of attractions, unique events and festivals, and endless outdoor activities throughout the year—all in an incredible natural setting.
Regarded as “America’s First Vacationland,” the area has attracted visitors for over 400 years - and for good reason. There are mountains to climb, rivers to fish, and starry nights to enjoy. There are two premier ski resorts, nine golf courses, two state campgrounds, and 700,000 acres in the Catskill State Park to explore. The region is home to the longest, fastest and highest zip line tour in North America, the highest cascading waterfall in New York State and host to legendary festivals all year long. It’s the birthplace of the Hudson River School of Art, renowned landscape painter Thomas Cole, and Rip Van Winkle, the title character in Washington’s Irving’s famous 1819 short story. In the Great Northern Catskills of Greene County, you can take advantage of the beautiful landscape, old-world charm and cultural legacy.
Key Cities: Hudson (county seat), Canaan, Germantown
Nestled between the majestic Hudson River and the Berkshire’s Taconic Range, Columbia County is a place to kick back and relax. Only two hours north of New York City, Columbia County offers unsurpassed rural beauty, a rich cultural scene and active recreational opportunities.
Columbia County - Easy to reach, harder to tear yourself away. You’ll find yourself discovering worlds within worlds of pleasure, serenity, and entertainment. From world-class music and theater performances, state and national historic sites, art galleries, vineyards, distilleries and wineries to outdoor adventure geared to the whole family. You’ll fill your days and nights with memory-making for as long as you choose to stay. Agricultural roots run deep in Columbia County. Family farms have been growing heirloom vegetable strains for generations. Indulge your senses in a taste and leave with the makings of a feast and tips on how to fix it. It’s all here: five-star cuisine, extraordinary diner fare, ethnic treats and pizza as an art form. Columbia County - where farm-to-table cuisine is just how it’s done. Here’s a sampling of what Columbia offers, Martin Van Buren National Historic Site, Olana State Historic Site, Edna St. Vincent Millay home, Catamount Ski & Adventure Park, Helsinki Hudson, Lake Taghkanic State Park, five star restaurants, scenic hiking and biking trails - the options are endless.
Key Cities: Kingston (county seat),
It is hard to believe that less than 90 minutes from mid-town Manhattan lies 250,000 of forever-wild acres encompassing 35 peaks and 350 miles of hiking trails. From biking to hiking, from kayaking to wind surfing, from hitting the sweet spot on one of our 12 golf courses to horseback riding and fly-fishing, Ulster County is truly a four-season recreation area. Moreover, if all you want is to stroll along a back lane and view the fall colors we have rural vistas, which, well, will just knock you out with its beauty. The winter provides great downhill and cross-country skiing, ice skating and more.
The Hudson River Valley is ground zero for the resurgence in farmer’s markets and natural foods. The apple business is especially strong and when in season corn, fruits, and vegetables of all sorts are available at farm stands and markets. Ulster County has been able to take advantage of its farming community through its restaurants and the constant influx of new culinary delights created by chefs eager to attract both the local population as well as the adventurous tourist. In almost every town in Ulster County, you will find the table set for elaborate meals or simple rustic fare, in town, in a rural setting or by the great Hudson River. From biking to hiking, from kayaking to wind surfing, from hitting the sweet spot on one of our 12 golf courses to ice climbing and downhill skiing, Ulster County is truly a four-season recreation area.
Key Cities: Poughkeepsie (county seat),
Beacon, Hyde Park, Red Hook, Fishkill
We’re 800 square miles of natural scenic beauty, historic and cultural landmarks, and outdoor recreation. Stroll the Walkway Over the Hudson. Tour and taste along the Dutchess Wine Trail. Explore the homes of FDR and Vanderbilt. Explore estate gardens and hike their trails. Taste new creations at The Culinary Institute of America. Fill the pantry at farm markets. Enjoy the shopping without the dropping. Cruise the Hudson River. Discover art from masters, traditional and modern.
Not only can you step back in time, you can choose which time: Colonial and Quaker days, the Gilded Age, or the 20th century. Explore five historic Great Estates, including Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Home, and the FDR Presidential Library and Museum, with two floors of updated, interactive exhibits. Our museums tell unique stories, including the history of WWI and barnstorming era airplanes. Tour Dia: Beacon, and stay for Beacon’s Second Saturday, a city-wide celebration of the arts. Vassar’s Loeb Art Center invites you to stroll its galleries free of charge. Shop for treasures in village antique shops or specialty shops. Plenty of family fun awaits at SplashDown Beach and the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum. Get closer to nature at Sprout Creek Farm and the Trevor Zoo. The gift of nature is never far away. Our scenic beauty is perfect for nature lovers; formal gardens and nature sanctuaries are ready to explore. They represent the range of our relationship with nature, from the order of an ornamental garden to the naturalness of a forest preserve. Observe native birds and wildlife while hiking, including 30 miles of the Appalachian Trail. Explore woods, fields and ponds at six multiple use areas. Ramble or cycle three Rail Trails, including the Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park, the world’s longest pedestrian bridge! Learn skeet shooting or fly fishing at Orvis Sandanona. Commune with nature on the links at 16 championship courses. Drive our scenic byways. Find out what makes us Distinctly Dutchess.
Key Cities: Goshen (county seat),
Middletown, Newburgh, Port Jervis
Just 50 miles above the tip of Manhattan, the Hudson River cuts a crescent around Orange County, providing some of the most beautiful scenery in the Hudson Highlands. Charmingly sophisticated, experiences here range from international destinations to roadside farm stands. And everything in between!
Some of New York’s major attractions like West Point, Storm King Art Center, Woodbury Common Premium Outlets, Orange County Choppers, and Sugar Loaf Craft Village are found here. As one of the original New York counties, Orange has a vast history reflected in its museums, historic homes, and small towns. The oldest winery in America is here, joined by six others along with two breweries that all offer delightful tastings of their beverages. We have the designer dress you’re looking for, the perfect antique for your house, and that unusual handmade craft that speaks to you. One quarter of Orange County is open space with vast parks that offer recreation from golf and tennis to hiking and kayaking. We are the only county in New York located between two rivers, the Delaware for canoeing and rafting, and the Hudson for cruising. Between those rivers, the interior rolling hills of farmland provide numerous farm stands, and locavores will love the restaurants that source their menus from the county’s fields.
Key Cities: Carmel (county seat),
Just a short drive north of New York City sitting on the eastern bank of the Hudson River you’ll find Putnam County. Putnam County, from its eastern borders teeming with lakes and farmland, charming villages and protected heritage sites, to its western shoreline on the Hudson River, is a jewel among the Empire State's counties.
This is where, a little over a century ago, government leaders saw a pristine and natural watershed and chose to preserve its clean waters for generations to come; this is where so many national cultural institutions choose to come from theater groups such as the Hudson Valley Shakespeare festival to research centers and institutes both studying and protecting our heritage, as well as fostering a better understanding of the world around us; this is where great industrialists, artists, and leaders from around the country chose to build some of the Hudson Valley’s great castles and homes at the end of the 19th Century; this is where you’ll find the largest Buddha statue in the Western Hemisphere when you visit the Chuang Yen Monastery, a national religious heritage research center located in Carmel; Why have so many people over the past 200 years chosen Putnam County to live and work and raise their families? Because it’s where the charming villages, B&B’s, beautiful country byways and friendly people all meet to make this a County where you’ll be happy to live and work.
Key Cities: New City (county seat), Clarkstown, Orangetown
Just 30 miles north of New York City sitting on Hudson River you’ll find Rockland County - known for its quaint villages, spectacular river views, outdoor recreation.
So close to the bustling city, Rockland is everybody’s playground. There are no less than 32,000 acres of untouched parklands dotted with sparkling lakes and streams rushing down to the Hudson. Mile after mile of marked trails lead you right to the foothills of the Ramapo Mountains. There are all kinds of recreational opportunities: swimming and fishing, hiking and boating, camping, horseback riding, historic house tours, golf and tennis in Spring and Summer. Ice skating, sledding, and cross-country skiing in Winter. And a magnificent foliage display every Fall.
Key Cities: White Plains (county seat),
Purchase, New Rochelle
Just 30 miles north of New York City and surrounded by the beauty of the Hudson River and Long Island Sound you'll find Westchester County - known for its unique mix of rivertowns, bustling cities, quiet villages and beautiful atmosphere. There are endless things to do!