These localities in the Hudson Valley among the “most charming little towns” near New York


As New York turns the calendar in the fall and many begin to flock from the city to the suburbs, several Hudson Valley communities have been named among the state’s “most charming” small towns. released a new report highlighting New York’s top 16 small towns which are all within hours of Manhattan and much less densely populated than the city as the country continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Hudson Valley occupied the majority of the list, according to the new report, with 10 locations ranking in the top 16, including Tivoli in Dutchess County in third place.

The complete list of the 16 ‘most charming’ small towns in New York:

  • Skaneateles (Onondaga County);
  • Hudson (Columbia County);
  • Tivoli (County of Duchess);
  • New Paltz (County of Ulster);
  • Aurora (Cayuga County);
  • Sausages (County of Ulster);
  • Narrowsburg (Sullivan County);
  • Cold spring (Putnam County);
  • Rhinbeck (County of Duchess);
  • tag (County of Duchess);
  • Greenport (Suffolk County);
  • Croton-sur-Hudson (Westchester County);
  • Canandaigua (County of Ontario);
  • Woodstock (County of Ulster);
  • Sag Harbor (Suffolk County);
  • Kingston (Ulster County).

The baptized report Tivoli (third) as one of New York’s emerging neighborhoods, with unique shops and restaurants.

“What Tivoli lacks in size, it makes up for in quality,” they wrote. “The city has experienced a renaissance in recent years, with new, hip businesses making this approximately 1.5 square mile village popular with New Yorkers who stumble upon it.”

New Paltz (fourth), just a 90-minute drive from Manhattan has been highlighted for the Mohonk Mountain House, “the Victorian-era all-inclusive hotel that sits on 40,000 acres on Shawangunk Ridge and resembles to a castle. The sumptuous accommodation offers dozens of fun outdoor activities. ”

Sausages (sixth) has been dubbed a “quintessential Hudson Valley town”.

“The village, on the west bank of the river at the mouth of Esopus Creek, is a historic landmark with a main street full of buildings – antique shops, restaurants, mom-and-pop shops – preserved as themselves from the 19th century , indicates the report.

Narrowsburg (seventh) a town known for its canoeing and outdoor activities on the Delaware River also showcased its Main Street, as well as some of its popular restaurants in the area.

“You will feel completely transported back in time” in Cold spring (eighth), according to the report, “thanks to its 200 preserved buildings from the 19th century listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

The report further emphasizes Rhinbeck’s (ninth) presidential ties, as former first daughter Chelsea Clinton got married there.

“Its popularity is deserved as it is arguably home to many of the best restaurants, decor and antique shops in the Hudson Valley, and even a charming bookstore for your next big read.

The artistic scene in tag (10th) was highlighted in the report, which states that the city “is home to contemporary and modern art, (which) opened its doors and put this small Hudson Valley town on the map.”

The only town of Westchester on the list, Croton-sur-Hudson (12th) “will transport you to a completely different world.”

Woodstock (14th), which is a few miles from Saugerties (sixth), is more than just a footnote in music history, the report says.

“The town is perhaps best known for its name for the iconic music festival – which funnily actually took place 100 km from Bethel – but it is also home to a thriving arts scene and offers excellent nearby hiking opportunities, such as the scenic Kaaterskill Falls. ”

According to the report, Kingston (16th), is one of the “most popular and evolving cities” in the Hudson Valley and was once the capital of New York State.

The full list of can be found here.

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