Prediction: The Hudson Valley is going to be hot stuff in 2019.
Ok, ok, we’ll admit that we’re just a little biased in the Valley’s favor. But, we’re not the only ones. According to a just-released announcement from Airbnb, the Hudson Valley is one of the top 19 trending destinations in the world for the platform’s users in 2019.
Surprised? Don’t be. New York’s riverside retreat is an in-demand destination for so many reasons, from leaf-peeping in fall and skiing in winter to picturesque hikes and music festivals galore come spring and summer. Unique to 2019, however, is the much-anticipated revival of Woodstock’s namesake festival.
“We believe that [the Hudson Valley’s ranking] is not only due to the overall growing popularity of the Hudson Valley, but also the fact that the Woodstock 50th anniversary festival will be taking place next year and is likely to draw a number of music fans,” notes Liz DeBold Fusco, Airbnb’s Northeast Press Secretary.
Through Airbnb, the Catskill Mountains and the Hudson Valley saw a 100-percent YoY (year-over-year) increase in bookings and a 130-percent YoY increase in searches between 2017 and 2018. Of all 19 places on the trending list, the only other U.S. destination to rank is the Great Smoky Mountain Range, America’s most-visited national park. Other popular points on the globe include: Kaikoura, New Zealand; Xiamen, China; Normandy, France; Buenos Aires Province, Argentina; Accra, Ghana; Mozambique; Outer Hebrides, Scotland; Wakayama Prefecture, Japan; Santa Catarina State, Brazil; Batumi, Georgia; Puebla, Mexico; Winnipeg, Canada; Pondicherry, India; Uzbekistan; Calabria, Italy; Andalucia, Spain; and Taiwan.
As for how Airbnb compiled the list, the overnight rental platform analyzed yearly searches and booking locations, as well as the popularity of destinations on user wish lists. In conjunction with the ranking report, Airbnb spotlights its newer “experience” programs, during which local hosts plan and organize special tours and workshops designed to give visitors a “day in the life” glimpse into a region.
“With its rich wildlife and hiking trails, and ski resorts to book and mountains to snowboard, the Catskills provide the perfect backdrop for a laid-back, season-agnostic retreat,” the report explains. “And along the Hudson River, aspiring second-career farmers and growers can find inspiration by visiting the area’s many vineyards, orchards, and farms.”
Whether it’s a day trip to a local winery, a hike to the top of a scenic ridge, or a weekend at a summertime music fest, the Hudson Valley has a little something for everyone – and visitors know it. In other words, it’s the perfect time for locals to get listing spare rooms and for daytrippers to book those staycation overnights for 2019.
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