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5 Trendy, Instagrammable Spots in the Hudson Valley


If you follow us on Instagram (if you don’t, you totally should), you know that we’re obsessed with sweet photographic depictions of local life. And though the Hudson Valley is always ready for its close up, we found these trendy destinations to be particularly post-worthy. So whether you’re a filtering fiend, or an au natural kinda gal, we can practically guarantee that a snap of one of these places will get you to Insta-fame.

Somewhere Alley, Kingston

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Lingering traces of O+ Fest’s past can be found in practically every corner of Uptown Kingston. And while murals and other painted public art forms are scattered aplenty, light installations are scarce. This 2015 piece by artist Erika DeVries is situated in perhaps one of the last places you’d expect to find something meaningful. It’s perched behind famed music venue, BSP Kingston, atop a brick alleyway that’s lacquered in faded white paint and graffiti. Written in the handwriting of her own son, DeVries aims to “crystallize the moment when language, meaning, and experience coalesce,” according to her website.

Pink Olive, Cold Spring

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Sure, there’s plenty to ogle over at this whimsical corner gift and stationary shop in Cold Spring (after all, it was a 2017 Best of Hudson Valley winner), but the most Instagram-able shot is actually right under your nose. Be sure to watch your step as you enter — no really, check out the front step. Mosaic tiles read out, “You are loved,” making for the perfect downward shot to show off fresh new sneaks or a somehow still in-tact pedicure. And if you’re looking for a little Insta inspiration, peep at Pink Olive’s own account, run by its Insta-famous founder, Grace Kang.

Mexican Radio Mural, Hudson

Forget food-stagrams and snatch a quick pic of Mexican Radio’s facade before heading inside for some of their legendary margaritas. Nestled among Hudson’s scattered 1950s antique stores and incredible restaurants, the mural lines a pocket park on the side of the building, depicting a colorful courtyard scene of an instrument-playing mariachi band of lizards. It’s weird, but we like it… and your followers will too.

Dia:Beacon, Beacon

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Warning: You will want to photograph practically everything at DIA:Beacon from the moment you pass the perfectly trimmed row of hedges in the garden out front. But in case you’re too mesmerized by the works of Richard Serra and John Chamberlain, there’s one piece you cannot — and should not — leave without snapping a photo of. This untitled fluorescent light installation by Dan Flavin is iconic on Instagram, along with many of his other pieces. What makes it so click-worthy? It appears to be white light in person, but on camera, the installation beams in soft hues of pink, yellow, blue, and green. Don’t believe us? Gram it for yourself.

Pronkstilleven Mural, Kingston

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A gift to the city by artist, Gaia, the 289 Fair Street mural features the faces of abolitionist, Sojourner Truth and neoclassicist painter, John Vanderlyn, perched atop intertwining Dutch flowers. It was a 2015 O+ Fest initiative that only took a week to complete, but it’ll permanently overlook Kingston’s North Side. Gaia also painted another Insta-famous Kingston mural on Crown Street in 2013. Titled, Artemis Emerging from the Quarry, it too deserves an honorable mention, and perhaps a #latergram.

Related: Kingston’s O+ Festival Gets Artists the Healthcare They Need For Free

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