Along the Hudson Valley and about an hour and a half from New York City (with no traffic) is the city of Newburgh, NY.
To see it on its surface, one might see what most people refer to as “up and coming”. However, look deeper and you will see a historic city, with much of its architectural structures dating as far back as the 1800s. Some of them definitely need some TLC, but anyone who loves history will truly appreciate it all.
A must-see is Washington’s Headquarters, where General George Washington set up residency during April 1, 1782, to August 19, 1783, marking his longest stay at any building during the Revolution. There are many historic decisions made here, all of which you learn about during a guided tour, which I recommend.
The views of the Hudson River are breathtaking from here, and the grounds during the fall months
It’s also a community of artists, many of which support and host various artistic events, such as Open Studio tours and the Art Along the Hudson which happen every year in Hudson Valley.
Black Rock Forest, Bear Mountain, and Mount Beacon are all a nearby drive and great for hiking and picturesque views.
It’s easy to drive in from the city and head back on the same day, but if you wanted to spend the night, the brand new Four Points by Sheraton on Lakeside Road is close to everything, even the airport. The rooms are airy and comfortable, the design is fresh and contemporary, and they have all the amenities to make for a comfortable stay.
The food in their in-house restaurant is still a work in progress, I can’t say I enjoyed it, but they have a nice bar.
I did enjoy my meal at the Cosimo’s Brick Oven. Their pizza and salad, paired with a nice glass of wine makes for a fabulous lunch break.
Speaking of wine, the highlight of our day trip for me was our visit to the Brotherhood Winery, established in 1839, making it America’s oldest winery. Because of its sacramental wines it remained open and survived Prohibition. It produces champagne and owns the right to call it so because they were grandfathered in before the French laws demanded exclusivity of the name to wines produced in the Champagne region. Needless to say, this place is historic. And beautiful. There was a wedding happening when we visited, as there often are, because the setting is just perfect for it.
There is a small vineyard in place, where there is hope that, with the help of Cornell University, there will be a way to grown wines on site.
Definitely take the tour. Walking through the ancient cellars and taking a peek into the reserve is such a treat if you are a wine-lover like myself. Then follow that up with a wine-tasting.
I walked away with a case full and have to say I am itching to go back. Because I prefer reds, I thoroughly enjoyed their Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, but I really also enjoyed their Blanc de Blanc Champagne (which you can only purchase onsite. It is called Sparkling B when purchased off-site, but it’s the same product).
I am a huge fan of road trips to the Hudson Valley. I think it is one of the most beautiful and easiest to get to areas from the city. If you’d like to read more about my adventures in and around the area, check out:
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Disclosure: I was a media guest of Four Points by Sheraton. All opinions are my own.