Hudson Woods - Where Design Meets Nature – 7 Picturesque Towns To Visit this Spring

Hudson Valley Towns

As the weather gets warmer and there are more sunny weekends in store this Spring, we wanted to share some of our favorite neighborhoods just around the corner from Hudson Woods. We collected these 7 historic and picturesque towns in the area.

Hasbrouk House In Stone Ridge, NY
Hasbrouck House in Stone Ridge, NY

Stone Ridge
To Hudson Woods: 12 Miles | 20 Minutes
To Manhattan: 95 Miles | 105 Minutes

Just a short scenic drive from Hudson Woods, the sleepy hamlet of Stone Ridge is the closest Main Street town to Hudson Woods. Some of our favorite activities dot the surrounding area including the recently renovated Hasbrouck House, Saunderskill Farms, West Wind Orchard, Davenport Farms, Nectar Housewares and a number of our favorite dining establishments; Lekker, Friends & Family and Kitchenette.

Bread Alone in Woodstock, NY
Photo: AndNorth | Bread Alone, Woodstock NY

To Hudson Woods: 30 Miles | 15 Minutes
To Manhattan: 110 Miles | 60 Minutes

Woodstock is one of the Catskill’s best-known enclaves, known for its iconic eponymous 60s music festival. In recent years the town has experienced a major revival while holding on to its historic roots. It boasts a thriving arts scene, a robust culinary revival with restaurants headed by chefs who have relocated from New York City. Summer and fall still present the perfect time to catch weekend concert series and arts festivals.

Phoenicia Diner, Phoenicia NY
Photo: AndNorth | Phoenicia Diner, Phoenicia NY

To Hudson Woods: 20 Miles | 30 Minutes
To Manhattan: 105 Miles | 130 Minutes

Phoenicia has been undergoing a transformation since the 1990s with a number of creative individuals settling in the area and establishing shops, restaurants, and small small lodges. Many out-of-towners come to Phoenicia to go tubing down Esopus Creek, and the Hunter and Belleayre ski resorts are an easy trip from here through the High Peaks area.

The Village Tea Room, New Paltz NY
Photo: AndNorth | The Village Tea Room, New Paltz NY

New Paltz
To Hudson Woods: 22 Miles | 35 Minutes
To Manhattan: 90 Miles | 100 Minutes

New Paltz is home to a vibrant cultural scene and abundant outdoor activities. The small college town produces artists, craftspeople, writers, and musicians who have helped cultivate an energetic environment with diverse shopping, dining, and arts offerings. New Paltz food festivals are particularly noteworthy with thousands of folks making pilgrimages for events like the Gardiner Cupcake Festival at Wrights Farm in May, the Taste of New Paltz at the Ulster County Fairgrounds in September, and the Ulster County Fair in late July.

To Hudson Woods: 25 Miles | 40 Minutes
To Manhattan: 100 Miles | 110 Minutes

As New York state’s first capital in 1777, Kingston now boasts the historic Stockade District (also known as “Uptown Kingston”) and a waterfront area which has exploded with a lively arts scene in recent years. Gorgeous stone houses built shortly after the American Revolution line the streets. The intersection of Crown and John streets is the only one in the United States with 18th-century stone houses occupying all four corners. A bevy of high-quality restaurants have also joined the ranks making it another hot spot for foodies with a picturesque Rondout Disctrict that hugs Rondout Creek as it joins the Hudson River.

To Hudson Woods: 35 Miles | 50 Minutes
To Manhattan: 100 Miles | 110 Minutes

Rhinebeck is know as the home many celebrities located in New York. This area offers serene views of the Catskill Mountains and historic village with a dose of city sophistication. Victorian, Greek Revival, colonial, and other architectural treasures are scattered throughout the village. Some two dozen, including the early Dutch-style post office, are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Meanwhile churches, early educational institutions, and other repurposed buildings provide the backdrop for modern shops, restaurants and theaters.

To Hudson Woods: 45 Miles | 60 Minutes
To Manhattan: 140 Miles | 150 Minutes

The town of Windham is popularly known for its landmark Windham Mountain, a fantastic place to visit for skiing or even weddings, this town can be found in Greene County. With a population of just over 1,700 residents, this quaint town is filled with picturesque long roads, winding through the Catskill mountains. Often referred to as the “Gem of the Catskills,” Windham has twice been the host of the World Cup Mountain Bike Race.