25 More Things Every Hudson Valleyite Must Do!

Back in 2007, we told you about 20 local activities — from dining at the CIA to taking a swim in the Hudson — that help separate true Valleyites from the out-of-town tourists and weekend wannabes. But — we now realize — that list wasn’t half long enough. Here are 25 more can’t-miss Valley pursuits to spice up your late summer/early fall weekends


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14. Visit Olana

Historic houses — while not exactly a dime a dozen — are certainly not difficult to come by here in the Valley. But Olana, Frederic Edwin Church’s Persian-style home near Hudson, is different from those familiar Beaux Arts mansions and 18th-century Dutch stone structures. Church — a prominent member of the Hudson River School of painters — designed the building himself, after a family trip to the Middle East in the late 1860s. With its turrets, arches, and stencilled decoration, it took more than 20 years to build (and cost Church $90,000, a veritable fortune in those days). Both a state and national historic site, the house is situated atop a high hill, so the building and its 250-acre grounds offer spectacular views of the Hudson and Catskills. Earlier this year, renovations to the mansion’s second floor were completed; now visitors can tour the master bedroom (along with other second-floor rooms) for the first time since the 1960s.

Olana State Historic Site
518-828-0135 or www.olana.org
5720 State Rte. 9G, Hudson

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