Best Day Trip Destinations in the Hudson Valley

My top picks when staying in the Hudson Valley

Whether you are from out of town visiting the Hudson Valley, or a seasoned veteran resident, this area is packed with things to do for every type of personality. So many of my wonderful families are from out of town, visiting this area for a special occasion- so if you are looking for fun things to do locally, here are my best recommendations for every type of person!

For the Outdoor Enthusiast:

  • Lake Minnewaska, New Paltz NY
  • The Catskills- Kaaterskill Falls area
  • Falling Waters Preserve, Saugerties, NY
  • Ferncliff Forest
  • Ashokan Reservoir
  • Berger Hill, Rhinebeck NY
  • Poet’s Walk, Red Hook NY

The History Buff

  • Olana State Historic Site, Hudson NY
  • Vanderbilt Mansion, Hyde Park NY
  • FDR site, Hyde Park NY
  • Kingston Waterfront Museums

For a relaxing atmosphere with local drinks (and kid friendly!):

  • Lasting Joy Brewery, Tivoli NY
  • Tousey Winery, Clermont NY
  • Rose Hill Farm, Red Hook NY
  • Greig Farm, Red Hook NY
  • Hudson Valley Distillery, Clermont NY

Best Food/ Restaurants

  • The Amsterdam, Rhinebeck NY
  • Le Petit Bistro, Rhinebeck NY
  • Santa Fe, Tivoli NY
  • Traghaven Whiskey Pub, Tivoli NY
  • Rojo Tapas and Wine, Tivoli NY
  • Flatiron Steakhouse, Red Hook NY

This is just scratching the surface! There is so much to do and see in this beautiful area! Looking for something that you don’t see here? Send me a message, and I am happy to point you in the right direction!



I wholeheartedly believe in the power of authentic documentation. Our stories and truths are not only a gift for ourselves, but also through the generations, becoming treasured keepsakes as proof of our place and time. My passion lies in storytelling that focuses on your present moments. Whether our adventures take us deep into the Hudson Valley, high in the Catskill Mountains, or within the comfort of your home, it is always about where you are meant to be and where you feel the most alive.