Warm summer days have arrived in New York State causing a mad dash to the scenic shores of Hudson Valley’s rivers, lakes, and streams. Cool down in the silky waters of our lakes and pools, or stay topside by kayaking the Hudson River. After such an active day, a real treat is dining at one of our many shoreline restaurants in the glow of the setting sun.
Get on the Water in the Hudson Valley
WAY COOL! Try the hot new paddleboards at Paddlehead Boards in Athens. It’s like surfing, but with a paddle. Roll out from their riverfront docks and into the Hudson River where you’ll dip your paddle gondolier-style, gliding as you go. (518) 755-4052
Experience some Hawaii on the Hudson! Summer is the perfect time to be on the river, plying the cool waters with Hudson Valley Kayak Tours in Cold Spring. The gazebo overlooking the river is a charming backdrop for tours to Constitution March, Garrison Landing, and other fun trips. Beginners and advanced kayakers all paddle together with the added bonus of lunch during the tour. (845)265-0221
Closer yet to the waves, settle into an inflatable for a whitewater tubing adventure with Town Tinker Tube Rental in Phoenicia. Cruise the tree-lined Esopus Creek for a 2 hour thrill ride that will have you laughing and bobbing in the waves all the way. (845) 688-5553
Those who prefer not to paddle their own canoe will appreciate a Dutch Apple Cruise on the Hudson River. Bask in the sunshine and cool breezes of this triple-decker boat as it sails you through the canyons of Albany. You’ll hear tales of the capitol city, but bring your binoculars for the farther reaches of the tour to catch sight of our national symbol, the bald eagle. (518) 463-0220
Relax further at Beacon Institute’s photography show, “Watershed: How Industry Has Changed the Water of the World.” Robin Dana’s exhibit is a vivid collection of images from the Hudson, Potomac and other watersheds around the world, each reflecting a unique serenity found in nature’s persistence in extreme conditions. (845) 838-1600
If all this water fun has made you sleepy, spend a restful night listening to the rhythm of the waves on the shores of Greenwood Lake. The New Continental Hotel will first make sure you’re well fed as you dine on their patio overlooking the sparkling waters. It’s a country inn filled with charming atmosphere and warm hospitality. (845) 477-2456
Any experience is better when it’s waterside, including shopping for farm fresh ingredients. Take a Saturday stroll down Troy’s River Street where 65 food growers, bakers, chefs and artisans gather to offer their finest at the Waterfront Farmers Market. Pop into the boutiques and restaurants along the way for a unique shopping and dining experience.