The Saugerties Lighthouse
- Reward for a Short Hike
168 Lighthouse Dr.
Best of Hudson Valley Winners: 2008
Pick: Editors' Picks
About: If hike sounds strenuous, don't worry -- the half-mile nature trail to this local landmark is an easy, breezy stroll (though you'll want to wear sensible shoes). Birds and butterflies bob among wildflowers lining the trail, but what's even more delightful is the lovingly restored lighthouse, set at the mouth of the Esopus Creek. The 1869 red-brick building is furnished as it might have been 100 years ago, with a little museum and a gift shop. Take a picnic and enjoy the views. Book ahead, and you can even stay overnight: it's a quirky B&B, too.
Best of Hudson Valley History:
2008 Editors' Pick — Best Reward for a Short Hike