"I used to love visiting the Dan Flavin Art Institute in Bridgehampton and if you like Dia:Chelsea, Dia: Beacon is well-worth the drive. This 300,000-square-foot former industrial building, now houses one of the world’s most distinguished collections of contemporary art along the banks of the Hudson River."
“Many people combine a trip to Storm King with a trip to Dia. While you could spend a day (or more) exploring each, experiencing both allows you to see works by some of the same artists in two very different settings.”
"My friends have raved about (and created great instagram envy from) this celebrated sculpture park located in the town of Cornwall. The center boasts a collection of more than 100 carefully sited sculptures nestled in the midst 500 acres of rolling hills, woodlands and fields of native grasses and wildflowers. Maybe I’ll see you there!"
“Although it is self-serving to mention, I do feel that Storm King Art Center is an essential Hudson Valley destination. Our 500-acres have been sculpted over the past 58 years specifically to display outdoor artwork. It is a unique destination where visitors can experience large-scale sculpture and site-specific commissions under open sky.”
"Visiting the house and landscape at Olana transports you to the world of Frederick Church, a core member of the Hudson River School. You can feel the painter’s hand and eye—and his love for this place—in every inch of the house and the landscape, which he created with the help of Calvert Vaux. His sensitivity for that Hudson Valley light we still treasure and his tremendous sense of place are a constant inspiration. Plus, we love those striped awnings!! Bring a picnic and stay a while."
"The Columbia Land Conservancy, which I support, has wonderful ‘conservation areas’ with hiking trails throughout the County. My favorite ‘High Falls’ happens to be only a couple miles from home. It is a short hike to an amazing waterfall, and of course there are countless other beautiful options."
"You'll find me at Blooming Hill Farm with my family most weekends for brunch. Blooming Hill is all organic and their brunch and dinner menus feature their fabulous produce. Founder, Guy Jones, is a fountain of information regarding farming and growing a vegetable garden."
"Cherries, lettuce, rhubarb, peas or peaches—whatever they’re growing, whatever’s in season, it’s all fresh, all local, and all delicious from these wonderful family-run farms. Plus, I can never resist a taste-test of the jam selection."
"In Cold Springs there is truly one of the chicest collections combined with exceptional architecture created just for the collection. This is a private warehouse art space created by Nancy Olnick and Giorgio Spanu for their personal collection of Italian Post-war and Contemporary art."
“Because it’s not all about eating, drinking and shopping, walk or bike the very handsome Rip Van Winkle bridge which connects Hudson and Catskill. The bridge is about one mile long and the views of the Hudson and the mountains are beyond rewarding."