The New York Optimist
March 2009
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The Hudson Valley is in a state of accelerated renewal. Considering most of this pristine region is within a few hours of NYC and will
work with most any budget, you will have no excuse but to pamper yourself! Whether you go by Metro North railroad (
www.mta.
info/mnr), and/or hop on your bike when you arrive, you will find so much to do so close to home. For a day trip or a weekend
getaway, the Hudson Valley is the place to be!
In today’s stressful times, it is good to know you can get away, if even for the day, to enjoy the splendor of the seasons.
Spring is my favorite time of year upstate New York. Watching the leaves change, picking a flower or an apple..IN the “big apple?”
Nothing like it!


Lower Hudson Valley-

“Rivertowns”

Tarrytown, NY

The Village of Tarrytown brings together the charm of an historic Hudson River town with the vibrancy of a living community - a place
where parents raise their children, where seniors retire, and where a full range of businesses thrive each day.

The sunsets over the Tappan Zee Bridge are amazing and the nearby Sunset Cove Boat Club is friendly and filled with seasonal events
and fundraisers.

Tarrytown Music Hall-
Known as Westchester’s best Music Venue, this famous Music Hall is located in the heart of town and plays host to local and nationally
recognized artists alike. Artists such as Chris Botti, Herb Alpert, and Kathy Mattea .
Visit:
www.tarrytownmusichall.com

TEAC's Annual Village Wide Clean-Up will be held April 18th.  Meet at Neperan Park for dispersal to clean-up points around the village.
Tools, gloves, and safety vests will be provided as necessary by Tarrytown DPW.  Please contact TEAC with questions at
info@tarrytownenvironmental.org

COLD SPRING, NY and BEACON, NY

Right on the Hudson River and stops along the Metro North line, Cold Spring, NY (Putnam County) and Beacon, NY (Southern
Dutchess County) offer endless amounts of arts and culture, river tours and seasonal food and wine events.
A day trip to Cold Spring is a great idea and so close to NYC by Metro North. There
are quaint antique shops and a large variety of restaurants. In Beacon, NY you
will find more unique antiques, The Bannerman Island/Castle Tour
(
Bannermancastle.org), and the Second Saturday events. Log onto
www.cityofbeacon.org for event and town information.

Close by, off Route 9 is
The FDR home and museum. There are tours and
historical re-enactments. Great for kids and adults alike. Nearby you will find the
Culinary Institute of America, where you can dine for lunch as our chefs of the
future prepare wonderful dishes for every palate.


Newburgh, NY
Just across the river from Beacon, NY is Newburgh. Long known as an industrial town, Newburgh on the waterfront is now filled with
cafes, a wide variety of fantastic restaurants such as Torches on the Hudson, and daily narrated river tours, which take you down to
West Point and back!

The entire Hudson Valley region has historically been known to be environmentally friendly and “green loving”. The famous Clearwater
Revival and Cleanup, led by iconic folk singer Pete Seeger, will again be in full swing later this summer.


So now more than ever, a visit to the Historic Hudson Valley is both healing and helping.
Heal yourself, help your environment. Hop on the train, rent a bike, take a hike!

For more information on the entire Hudson Valley region visit:

www.rivervalleytours.com
www.hudsonriver.com
www.balloon-rides-ny.com
www.hrmm.org
Ellie Robyns: The Hudson Valley