“Biking through the Storm King sculpture garden is otherworldly, one of the great outdoor museums is in our backyard.” - Michael Bruno
"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!" - Georgina Schaeffer
“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.” - John Stern
“I like to bring a picnic and spend the afternoon wandering through this world class sculpture park.”
- Claudia Hanlin
"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." - Sabine Rothman
“Visiting this estate, you to step back in time and soak in views that Hudson River School painter that inspired the work of Frederic E. Church." - John Stern
"Of course I love historic houses and Olana is the queen of the Hudson Valley." - Randy Correll
"Blooming Hill makes me feel connected to the land and I know I am eating fresh, delicious and beautiful food that was probably picked the same day." - Michael Bruno
"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." - John Stern
“Although I plan plenty of events at Blue Hill, I never grow tired of touring the farm, learning about sustainability and visiting my favorite animals. Get a healthy little lunch at the cafe while you’re there." - Claudia Hanlin
"I recommend the Brook Trail if you want a beautiful and very doable zen trail along the brook until you get to hidden Pine Lake. It's an out and back and takes about 2.5 to 3:00 hours.
For a more adventurous hike, I take the 7 Hills trail. I often do the first four hills, then come back along the brook, 2.5 to 3 hours. I usually do it in under two hours. There is about a 1,400 ft elevation gain. If you would like to extend the hike go to the fifth hill across the brook and loop back. The fifth hill will also add another 60-90 minutes and make the total elevation gain about 1,800 ft.
We recommend that you download All Trails App before heading out." - Michael Bruno
"It's hard to believe Harriman State Park and adjacent Sterling Forest is so close to Manhattan with 70,000 acres of forever wild parkland. There are mountain to climb and lakes to kayak" - Michael Bruno
“We’re so lucky to have the Fisher Center just down the road! World-class performances—incredible stuff from opera and dance to futurist puppet plays—in a Frank Gehry-designed building. In the summer, they bring a fabulous Spiegeltent onto the grounds and Mx. Justin Vivian Bond hosts a cabaret series and dance parties, which are a real treat—it can get a bit rowdy, certainly bawdy! Not what you expect from 'the country.'"
- Sabine Rothman
"Another great outdoor adventure is Art Omi, which is a large outdoor art park that has recently added an area of outdoor architectural installations. There’s a pleasant visitor’s center and gallery that serves coffee and snacks, not to mention great kids programs and the park is dog friendly. Something for everyone!"
- Randy Correll
"A museum dedicated to Thomas Cole and the Hudson river school beautifully sited in Cedar Grove,Coles home overlooking the Hudson river valley."
- Christopher Knight
"Thomas Cole house and studios, which is well worth a visit. On the outskirts of Hudson is the Oliver Bronson house, undergoing a slow restoration and only occasionally open, but an architectural orgasm of fantastic mid 19th century details. In my town, Claverack, there is a wealth of early Dutch architecture starting with the Dutch Reform Church at the center of town. Other period houses line the Main Street, route 9H/23B, so it’s worth taking a slow drive or walk through town." - Randy Correll
“My favorite museums are always situated in the houses of the artists or collectors (Frick Collection, Sir John Soane Museum, Luis Barragan house). Cedar Grove will transport you to the world of romanticism of the Hudson River School.” - Juan Carretero