Outdoor Adventures in the Hudson Valley

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The Hudson Valley is known for its pastoral wineries, fishing holes and rich history.

During your next stay at Mount Merino Manor, we would like to suggest taking part in some of the great outdoor adventures in Hudson Valley, NY.

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Here are a few examples.

Hudson Valley Wine Country

The Hudson Valley is America’s oldest wine making and grape-growing region.

Tour the Hudson Valley Wineries and wine trails to taste award-winning wines made from classic European varieties, regional hybrids and fruit wines. One winery of note in the Hudson area is the Hudson-Chatham Winery. There’s so much history here waiting to be explored!

Olana State Historic Site

Located in the Upper Hudson Valley, the home and estate of Hudson River School painter Frederic Church is one of the most popular outdoor adventures in the Hudson Valley. The 250-acre grounds of the Olana State Historic Site are open year round from 8 a.m. until sunset. You can take part in hiking, picnicking, birding, snow shoeing and cross-country skiing, depending on the season. In addition, fishing (with a valid NYS fishing license and permit), kayaking and non-motor boating are available on the pond. Tours are also available of the house from April through October.

Hudson Cruises

Featured in USA Today’s Travel Tips, Hudson Cruises, Inc. operates May through October. Cruise and charter services, along with dockside events, are offered seven days a week. They offer many types of cruises and events, ranging from Sunday jazz to a dance party or one with live entertainment. You can take an open and customized scenic cruise to view the Hudson River Valley and see the wall of Manitou and The Sleeping Giant of the Catskills. Bald eagles, osprey and herons are also frequent and exciting to see.

Another must-see on your trip is the northern-most lighthouse on the Hudson River. Tours of the Hudson-Athens Lighthouse are available on the second Saturdays of July, August, September and October. Located in the middle of the Hudson River, the lighthouse was built in 1874 to guide ships safely around the Middle Ground Flats. This tour is a great opportunity to learn more about the role the river had in the development of the upper Hudson River towns and the role that the lighthouse plays in the safe navigation of the river transportation. Click here for the schedule.

Martin Van Buren National Historic Site: Lindenwalk

This was the home of the 8th president of the United States. The historical site is complete with furnishings and has been restored to its grand appearance during Van Buren’s occupancy. The grounds include 12.8 acres of the original farm. Get out and stretch your legs on the hiking trails after a short history lesson.

Kykuit: The Rockefeller Estate

Home to four generations of the Rockefeller family, this hilltop paradise is now a historic site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. It has been continuously and meticulously maintained for more than 100 years. A tour will take you to the main rooms of the six-story stone house then through the expansive, terraced gardens. Don’t miss out on this preeminent Hudson Valley landmark.

Thomas Cole National Historic Site: Cedar Grove

Take a guided tour of the main house and art studio or stroll through the gorgeous flower gardens at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site. The Catskill Mountains provide an awe-inspiring view for any tourist.


The New York Golf Park offers a Start to Finish Golf Academy from April through October. You can access the disc golf course, driving range, and miniature golf course or take golf lessons. New York Golf Park is just outside of Hudson, in the town of Greenport.

As you map out your activities in the Hudson Valley, don’t forget to reserve your room at Mount Merino Manor. We are a luxury bed and breakfast in a private, country setting. Contact us now for more information!

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