The Best Weekend Getaway in the Hudson Valley and the Catskills
New York’s Hudson Valley and Catskills regions offer an abundance of historic sites, outdoor adventures, and unique shopping experiences, all within easy reach of the city. If you’re looking to spend the weekend in this beautiful region, here are some of our top recommendations for things to do in the Hudson Valley and the Catskills:
- Stay at a Historic Bed & Breakfast near Tannersville
- Live an Airbnb experience in Saugerties
- Stay at VRBO in Highland Falls
Where to stay
AirBnB or VRBO/HomeAway? : If you’re planning a weekend getaway, it’s hard to beat staying at a house nearby. They can be cheaper than hotels and have more charm, but there are trade-offs. Many don’t have maid service or daily room cleaning, so some homes expect guests to clean up after themselves. And, like a hotel with reviews, it can be hard to tell what kind of experience you’ll have until you book. But if you’re looking for an authentic experience and aren’t so preoccupied with luxury amenities, then a home rental is worth considering.
Where to eat
There are many options for dining in Rhinebeck, from upscale eateries to local eateries and cafes. Discover Bistro on Main, which offers Italian dishes prepared with fresh, local ingredients or sample seafood at the Mastrelli Fish Market and Restaurant. For lighter bites and live music while sipping a cocktail, head to the Riverwatch Jazz Club & Restaurant. The full bar offers an extensive list of whiskeys, wines by the glass and a varied selection of beers. If you’re looking for a quick bite before bed or just want a great coffee to start your day off right, head to Brunch Café and Coffee House.
How to get there
From New York, take a one-hour train ride north to Poughkeepsie, where you’ll pick up your Airbnb. In Poughkeepsie you can walk to restaurants and bars. If you want to venture out of town, but still be convenient to come back for dinner or drinks, try a cabin rental on Airbnb. And if you’re interested in nature and history, as well as breathtaking views, spend some time at Mount Beacon Park. You can also spend the night at a bed-and-breakfast in Cold Spring or Beacon; both towns are charming and offer plenty of other activities nearby.
If you are traveling to The Catskills, I highly recommend looking into a Vrbo instead of staying at a traditional bed and breakfast. Vrbo is a vacation rental network that covers every corner of the Hudson Valley and the Catskills. There are dozens of options available to rent each weekend, which means it’s easy to find something close to the places you want to visit. Even better, staying at a Vrbo will save you money: prices start from $300 per weekend. Best yet? You can book directly with hosts through Airbnb/VRBO; or check out our Airbnb recommendations here >> there are hundreds of great homes with rental rates as low as $50 per night!