Five Leaf Peeping Adventures in the Hudson Valley


The Hudson Valley is springing into fall with a blaze of rust, red, copper, and gold. For all of us at Hudson Valley Happenings, this is when we load up our bikes, put on our boots, gas up the car, and take off for the hills. Here are five fun ways to treat your peepers and enjoy our woodsy wonderland.


Stroll: Hudson River Skywalk

Rip Van Winkle Bridge, Catskill, NY

Take a leisurely walk across the Hudson River to enjoy the colorful bluffs on both sides. The Hudson River Skywalk, a six-mile round-trip pedestrian walkway on the Rip Van Winkle Bridge, connects the national landmarks of two Hudson River School artists Thomas Cole and Frederic Church. Nearly 200 years ago, they met as students and teachers and developed a love of our magical river views. Tour the grounds and take in the beauty of the Thomas Cole Site on the western bank and Frederic Church’s Olana, on the eastern shore. Be sure to check out the Cross-Pollination Exhibit at Olana.

Info: Olana State Historic Site, 5720 State Rte. 9G, Hudson, NY 12534 (518) 828-0135; Thomas Cole National Historic Site, 218 Spring St., Catskill, NY 12414 (518) 943-7465

Eat: Hudson, NY, is a quaint little city of boutiques, eateries and galleries. Great for a day or even a weekend. Pick up freshly baked baguette and pastries at Le Perche with a coffee to start your stroll. Then have lunch or cocktails at the bakery’s sister bar/restaurant Swoon Kitchenbar.

Le Perche, 230 Warren St., Hudson, NY (518) 822-1850, Thursday-Sunday, 9 am to midday,;

Swoon Kitchenbar, 340 Warren St., Hudson, NY (518) 822-8938, Thursday-Sunday, opens 4 pm, reservations required to dine indoors, takeaway available,

Stay: Wind up your day at The Maker, a beautiful boutique hotel. A complex of three buildings – a Greek Revival from 1840s and a Georgian mansion and carriage house dating from the 1890s make an exquisite place to dine, refresh and sleep. Inspired by the artistic history of the area, owner Alina Roytberg and Lev Glazman designed the rooms and public spaces after artists, architects, gardeners, and writers. We describe this place as elegant bohemian and beautifully delicious. It has just 11 rooms, a restaurant, café and 24-hour room service.

The Maker Hotel, 802 Warren St., Hudson, NY 12584, (518) 509-2620,