Lining both sides of the Hudson River, New York's Hudson Valley is a hot honeymoon contender due to accessibility (it's only 90 minutes away from Manhattan) and one-of-a-kind attractions. Home to some of the most visited sites in the entire nation, a Hudson Valley honeymoon will be spent soaking in culture, history, and some of the most beautiful historic homes and landmarks.
What the Hudson Valley Has to Offer Honeymooners
Known to be a cultural crockpot with class, sites include the home of FDR to the sprawling beauty of the Mohonk Preserve. But regardless of your itinerary, choose to stay in one of the many cozy B&B's, country inns, or four-star resorts between outings (The Fairlawn Inn and The Tarrytown House Estate are a couple of honeymoon faves). Just a stone's throw away from Manhattan, the Hudson River Valley is the city girl or guy's answer to getting away from it all without having to go very far.
Popular Attractions in Hudson Valley, NY
The mountain views dappled with historic estates, wine trails, shopping, and charming villages make this area feel more like Napa in New York. The key to a Hudson Valley honeymoon is variety, and couples who choose to spend their first days as a married couple exploring won't be disappointed.
Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz, NY: Preserving over 7,000 pristine acres along the Shawangunk Ridge, couples can spend the day hiking, climbing, biking, skiing, horseback riding, and nature studying before they stop off at the Mohonk Mountain House. The Mohonk Mountain House is a 259-room Victorian castle built on the cliffs overlooking a lake of the same name. Exhilarating outdoor adventure by day and romance in a castle by night? Sounds like honeymoon perfection.
Walkway Over the Hudson, Poughkeepsie, NY: Often ranked as the number one thing to do in the Hudson Valley, this is definitely a walk to remember. Soaring 212 feet above the Hudson River, the 1.28-mile long deck spans across some of the most breathtaking scenery in the valley. With trees bursting with color and the river rushing below, free parking and plenty of picnic spots make it one of the most romantic places to make some vivid memories.
Historic Homes: Unique Honeymoon Tours in the Hudson Valley
You don't have to be a history buff to appreciate beautiful homes and houses with famous lineages. Hyde Park may be the area with the most stunning homes. To begin with, the Roosevelt Estate is known worldwide for its amazing architecture and gorgeous gardens, but be sure you don't miss the Val-Kill Cottage on the grounds which is an homage to Eleanor Roosevelt.
Also, let's not forget the beauty of the National Historic Site, the Vanderbilt Mansion, with its 50 rooms, formal terraced garden, carriage roads, manicured lawns, and a three-mile-long riverside hiking trail.
In Garrison, NY the Boscobel House and Gardens was once called "one of the most beautiful homes ever built in America by Governor Rockefeller. With a gorgeous view of the Hudson River, guided mansion tours, rose and herb gardens, a woodland trail, and the summer procession of the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival performance, it's a day trip all its own. To be or not to be? A romantic walking waltz through these homes is an absolute must.
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