Read Our Top 10 Hudson Valley Stories From 2021

From an abandoned Catskill zoo and LEGOLAND New York updates to the Hudson Valley’s top schools and a Poughkeepsie psychiatric hospital, here’s what you read most this year.

Have you read all of our top stories in 2021?

From guides to exploring the mighty Catskills and boutique hotels to new bakeries and amusement parks, here’s what you read most this year.

In 2021, we returned to our roots in the Hudson Valley. As the pandemic lived on from Albany to Westchester, Hudson Valleyites new and old sought refuge in the natural beauty of the region. From exploring nearby trailheads and parks to trekking up fire towers and going apple picking, locals savored the Hudson River region like never before. So, without further ado, let’s take a moment to reflect on all the meaningful stories that came out of 2021. Here’s what had the region buzzing over the past year:

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Get Ready Newburgh, This Hudson Valley Café Is a Coffee Paradise

Ready Coffee adds a second location in Orange County to follow up on the success of its Wappingers Falls hotspot, pouring brown sugar lattes, blackberry-peach teas, and pup cups galore.

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Kelly’s Bakery Is an Artisanal Bread Hotspot in Poughkeepsie

This fan-favorite bakery café on Delafield Street opened in early 2021, serving sourdoughs and pastries with ingredients sourced from the Hudson Valley.

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Photo by Winona Barton-Ballentine, Shelter Upstate

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Your Comprehensive Guide to the Boutique Hotels of the Hudson Valley

Whether you’re dreaming of an upstate escape or a local staycation, these charming Hudson Valley hotels and inns are the perfect retreats.

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Photos by Steven Dolinsky Photography | Courtesy of Diane Mitchell, Wright Bros. Real Estate, Inc.

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Live Like a Yankee at Derek Jeter’s Hudson Valley Castle

 The future owners of Tiedemann Castle—the childhood home of Derek Jeter’s grandfather—will bask in the glory of lakeside views, infinity pools, five kitchens, and so much more.

Photo courtesy of LEGOLAND New York

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LEGOLAND New York Will Open in the Hudson Valley This Year

The Hudson Valley eagerly awaited rides and interactive experiences galore at the new LEGOLAND New York park and hotel, a must for local families seeking adventure (which opened in time for summer 2021).

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7 Drivable Beach Getaways From the Hudson Valley

Ready for a beach trip this summer? Plan a day trip or overnight to one of these nearby destinations for fun-filled days on the sand.

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Illustration by Michael Hayes

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Your Comprehensive Guide to the Catskills in the Hudson Valley

Discover 100-plus places to explore, eat, stay, shop, and even buy a home in New York’s most magnificent mountainside region.

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Photo by Gary DiMauro Real Estate

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Bask in the Natural Beauty of This Red Hook Farm Home

Seated on almost four acres of scenic Hudson Valley farmland, this Dutchess County abode offers an abundance of space, character, and views.

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These Are the Most Affordable Towns in the Hudson Valley

Renters and buyers will love this comprehensive guide to the best, cheapest cities to live in around the Hudson River.

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These Are the Best Places to Live in the Hudson Valley in 2021

Ready to find and buy your dream home in the Hudson Valley? Here are the top spots to settle down along the Hudson River.

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