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Time Names the Hudson Valley One of the World’s Greatest Places

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Storm King Art Center in Orange County is one of the many standout destinations in the Hudson Valley. Photo by Sabrina Sucato

The magazine ranks our beloved 10-county region alongside global destinations like Cannes, Costa Rica, and Seattle.

Maybe we’re biased, but, when asked about the best places in the whole wide world, the Hudson Valley would hands down rank at the top of that list.

Happily, Time magazine agrees.

In its third annual list of the “World’s Greatest Places,” Time amassed an impressive list of 100 unique destinations across the globe. Spanning from the creative hub of Accra, Ghana to the remote beauty of Antarctica, the locations that make up the behemoth list are as magnificent and varied as the planet itself.

While all of those destinations are well and good (OK, they’re stunning), our hearts sing to see the Hudson Valley smack dab in the middle of the list. According to Time, the Hudson Valley stands out not only for its “country charm and succulent agriculture,” but also for its burgeoning growth into “one of the most popular locales in New York.” In addition to its allure for prospective homeowners and longtime residents, Time mentions that the region is attractive to visitors as well, thanks to the presence of new hotels like Hutton Brickyards in Kingston and The Maker in Hudson. For families, Legoland in Goshen is the top ticket in town, while foodies adore Blue Hill at Stone Barns and its chefs-in-residence program in Westchester County.

Of course, as any Hudson Valleyite can attest, that’s just the start of all the region has to offer. As a look at any of our day trip guides will reveal, the area spanning the Hudson River is packed to the brim with art centers, charming storefronts, historic sites, outdoor attractions, top-tier eateries, and more. From Hudson and Troy all the way down to Cold Spring and Suffern, the cities and towns that dot the landscape act as hubs for locals and visitors alike.

Plus, did we mention all the things there are to do each season? Whether it’s picking berries in spring and summer or apples (and cider donuts) come fall, the Hudson Valley is a must for farm-fresh experiences. Add to that stunning golf courses, elegant boutique hotels, and picturesque outdoor dining, and it’s no wonder why the Hudson Valley truly is one of the greatest places in the world.

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