Explore These Hidden Corners of the Hudson Valley

Fascinating places to visit this spring.

Photos by Joanne Michaels

Think you’ve explored every corner of the Hudson Valley? Here are a few locations in the area you may not have explored quite yet.

Wethersfield Estate and Gardens


Chauncey Devereux Stillman purchased abandoned farmland in 1937 and transformed it into this 1000-acre oasis with panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. Named after the town in Connecticut where his ancestors lived, Wethersfield Estate has a magnificently planned Italianate garden, which encircles the mansion.

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Even if you aren’t interested in a house tour, make sure to take a walk on the scenic trails. Stillman passed away in 1989, but his foundation ensured the estate would be maintained for the enjoyment of the public.

Old Hurley Stone Houses & Burial Ground


Old Hurley’s Main Street is on the National Register of Historic Sites, and for good reason. Its well-preserved stone houses have been residences for more than 300 years. After the British burned Kingston, New York State’s capital, in 1777, Hurley then became the State’s capital, albeit briefly.

Settled by the Dutch in 1662, the town was taken over by the British, along with the entire New Netherland colony, in 1664. Make sure to amble down Main Street, and detour to the burial ground where headstones date back hundreds of years. It’s a short walk to the O&W Rail Trail from Main Street, so bring bicycles and enjoy an autumn ride. Stop for refreshments at Hurley Country Store, an authentic old-fashioned emporium chock full of model trains, local books, toys, and sweet treats.

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Wiltwyck Golf Club



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The Robert Trent Jones-designed course (18 holes, par 72) is considered one of the most challenging places to play golf in the Hudson Valley. The surrounding scenery is stunning, and a full-service pro shop offers lessons for both adults and children. There is also an on-premises restaurant with outdoor seating for those who don’t indulge in the sport.

Maurice D. Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center

Mount Tremper

Situated on 60 acres of forest, fields, and wetlands, this visitor center, tucked away in one of the Hudson Valley’s hidden corners, features nearly two miles of walking trails, a sculpture park showcasing local artisans, a covered picnic pavilion, access to the Esopus Creek, and a fine selection of local books.

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Three half-mile loop trails beckon exploration, including one that tells the story of the Catskills; another that ends at a picnic area; and a third that meanders along the banks of the Esopus Creek, offering stunning mountain views.

Hobart Book Village


Five eclectic bookstores with an informal atmosphere and friendly proprietors line Main Street in this delightful hidden corner of a village in Delaware County. Blenheim Hill Books offers thousands of titles and hosts an annual Festival of Women Writers in September.


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Creative Corner Books specializes in baking and crafts; Liberty Rock Books, located in a 5,000-sq-ft building, includes an art gallery with rotating exhibits. Wm. H. Adams Antiquarian Books has three floors of inventory at all price levels. And Butternut Valley Books will interest the collector and map lover. 

Franny Reese State Park


This 251-acre state park is a gem in our midst, taking walkers under the Mid-Hudson Bridge! The trails wind through picturesque woods and afford wonderful views, particularly in early spring when the foliage doesn’t get in the way.

From the parking lot at Johnson-Iorio Park on Haviland Road, you will descend a steep staircase. A detailed map directs you to the yellow, white, and blue trails, all marked by blazes and easy to follow. There are scenic overlooks and incredible ruins reminiscent of the region’s manufacturing past — and you can make a complete circle in a little over an hour.

Joanne Michaels’ guidebooks have been regional best sellers for decades. The author, who passed away in 2020, visited hundreds of hidden corners, inns, restaurants, and attractions over the years. Her books include The Hudson Valley & Catskill Mountains: Only the Best Places, Let’s Take the Kids, Hudson River Towns, Hudson River Valley Farms and Hudson River Journey.

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