SENIORS TRAVEL THE HUDSON VALLEY



Seniors Enjoy A Top World Destination

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The Hudson Valley extends 150 miles above the tip of Manhattan. National Geographic Traveler has proclaimed the region as ONE OF THE TOP 20 DESTINATIONS IN THE WORLD.  Designated as a National Heritage Area, seniors find the Valley is steeped in history, natural beauty, culture and a burgeoning food and farmer’s market scene.

Among many attributes, it’s the oldest wine producing area in the country. The magnificent scenery inspired artists whose works became the Hudson River School of Painters. Start planning your visit today. Senior visitors will find lots to see and do in the Valley.

Covering 800 square miles, there’s an abundance of natural scenic beauty,  outdoor recreation, historic landmarks, restaurants and festivals. And yes, wine and lots of vineyards to discover. The Hudson Valley is famous for being the first wine producing region in the country, while the bountiful farms have been there for centuries.

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Seniors Meet Home of Environmental Movement

The scenery is remarkable and inspired the first arts movement in the U.S, the Hudson River School. These 1800′s artists/naturalists-on-canvas would not be surprised to learn that 20th century residents were crusaders in saving the Hudson Valley landscape at Storm King Mountain where the country’s environmental movement was born.

TripAdvisor has a list of places to not miss. And color. Only Mother Nature could improve on this region’s beauty, and autumn beckons. As fall blankets the landscape in reds, yellows and golds, the valley warms up the season with farmers’ markets, fall festivals, scenic tours, and lots of outdoor recreation.

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A great way to beat the summertime heat is to take a tour of the Old Croton Aqueduct Weir in Ossining.  Descend into the original 1842 brick water tunnel and learn its history in a tour led by the Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct.  No reservations are necessary, and its free.

Senior visitors are amazed by this great feat of 19th century American engineering and ingenuity, designed to bring fresh drinking water to New York City… and that’s a whole lot of aqua.

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 Seniors Take The Drive Of A Lifetime

The Valley abounds in history and senior travelers will discover one scenic site after another starting with Kykuit: The Rockefeller Estate. The Estate is a major Valley landmark featuring remarkable architecture and gardens, world-class art, enthralling history, and spectacular scenery.

National Geographic makes suggestions for senior travelers with its “Drive of a Lifetime. The suggested drive runs from the town of Nyack, on the Hudson’s western bank, northward to Kingston and Rhinebeck, then south along the Hudson to Tarrytown. Highlights include museums, grand estates, West Point, and an aerodrome.

Senior friends, Hudson Valley sounds like a great destination. My wife has it on her list.  jeb

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