Today, Norm Goldman Editor & Publisher of Sketchandtravel.com is pleased to have as our guest Jack Trowell owner of Cromwell Manor Inn located in the Hudson Valley, a corridor of upstate New York. Jack is an expert on the Hudson Valley and he is here to tell us more
about this beautiful destination.
Good day Jack and thanks for participating in our interview.
What is the Hudson Valley Lodging Association and what is your role in the Association?
The Hudson Valley Lodging Association is an organization of 38 Bed and breakfasts, Small Inns, Guest Houses, Lodges and unique Motels. We promote tourism in the 8 counties that border New York's Hudson River by offering an outstanding variety of accommodations. We support each other as innkeepers by educational meetings and e-mails, and we make a special effort to visit and have a working knowledge of our regional attractions for our guests.
I am the communications and PR representative for the organization.
Jack, please tell us exactly where is the Hudson Valley and why is it a popular destination?
The Hudson Valley is considered the region along both sides of the Hudson River, from the Albany area to NYC. Our close proximity to major cities in the Northeast makes travel effortless. The reason it's so popular are as varied as the Hudson Valley itself: The natural settings - waterfalls, hiking trails, mountain paths, rock ledges; The water related activities - boating, touring, lake swimming, fishing. The Historic significance of its buildings and the Cultural venues are inspiring. The fresh air and wonderful farmland and fresh produce are always a hit. It's all here in the Hudson Valley
As a follow up, could you tell our readers something about the history of the area and if you were to choose 6 of the most unique historical sites, which ones would they be and why?
Henry Hudson journeyed up the river that now bears his name in 1609. The Whale trade flourished in Hudson, NY. Clermont steamboat navigated the River over 200 years ago. Famous painters such as Thomas Cole and Frederick Church established the Hudson River School of Art. Wealthy folks, such as the Vanderbilts, built many summer mansions along it banks.
A few of the many unique historical sites are:
- West Point: US Military Academy
- FDR's homestead and Library
- Washington's Headquarters in Newburgh where he actually did spend a lot of time!
- Gomez Mill House, the oldest Jewish home in the US
- Huguenot Street in New Paltz, the oldest Main Street in the US
- Boscobel, considered one of the finest restorations in the United States
- Kykuit, the glorious home of the Rockefellers.
What is there to do in the Hudson Valley?
*** Outdoor adventure: hiking, biking, rock climbing, kayaking, canoeing, sky diving, hot air balloon rides, just to name a few.
***Art: Storm King Art Center, the largest sculpture garden in the US. DIA-Beacon, a 300,000 square foot modern art museum. More art galleries than in NYC. Olana, the home of Frederick Church.
***The Thomas Cole House
****Colleges: Vassar, Bard, Marist, the Culinary Intstitute of America, Mt. St. Mary college, Suny, New Paltz, West Point.
*** Live theater - Bardavon Opera House.Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival.
*** Pick your own farms
*** Winery tours and tastings
*** Shopping at Woodbury Common: the largest premium shopping outlet center in the world.
If you were to choose 8 of the most romantic venues and wedding destinations in your area
excluding lodging establishments, which ones would you choose and why? eg. parks, trails, etc
*** West Park Winery- white tent, high on a hill, quaint winery for indoors
*** River Boat rides from Newburgh and Kingston
*** Opus 40 unique outdoor venue
*** Split Rock Mohonk preserve
*** Vanderbilt Mansion grounds
*** Sam's Point
What kind of restaurants can visitors to your area expect to find?
If you are looking for it, the Hudson Valley has it. There is an exceptional variety of restaurants
available due in part to the fact that the chefs from the Culinary Institute of America fall in love with the area and decide to stay and live in the Hudson Valley.
The Hudson Valley offers sushi that rivals Japan, Indian cuisine , Authentic Italian, Traditional French, Pub food, Great steak houses, Gourmet, eclectic American, Vegetarian, Greek, Mexican, Caribbean, Jamaican.
Could you share with our readers some of the cultural events that take place in your area throughout the year?
There are re-enactments of various battles, historic days, art trails, concerts, live theater, a Renaissance Faire, county fairs, and much, much more! You can find a calendar of events on each county's tourism website.
How easy is it to travel to the Hudson Valley and once there, to get around the area?
For those without cars the Trains travel both sides of the Hudson River and many of our establishments are within an easy taxi or rental car drive. There are major airports (Stewart and Albany). Bus depots are in most border towns.
Driving is an easy trip via the RT 87 -NY State Thruway. Interstate RT 84 brings our guests from the Eastern and Western areas of CT and PA. RT 90 from the Northern regions of Western NY, MA and Canada. Route 9 and 9W follow each side of the Hudson River. Once here, our well marked roads make touring very enjoyable and the sights are beautiful.
Is there anything else you wish to ad that we have not covered?
The Hudson Valley Region is a four season destination. There is much to do here year round. Enjoy the glorious fall colors, winery tours, skiing, snow shoeing, hiking, boating, world class
shopping. It's all here, come on out and visit the Scenic Hudson Valley.
To find out more about the Hudson Valley area CLICK HERE