The Hudson Valley is one of the most popular regions that New York City dwellers flock to. It’s especially beloved by city residents during summer due to its ease of access from Manhattan and surrounding areas. It’s a beautiful destination for a weekend getaway. A friend and I hit the road for a girls weekend. Here’s Your Complete Guide to Saugerties, New York.
How to Get There
The easiest way to get to Saugerties is by car. It takes between an hour and a half to two hours to reach from the NYC area, including Long Island and Westchester.
Where to Stay
Saugerties is a small town. There are a few chain hotels nearby but we absolutely adored our Air BnB in the heart of its quaint downtown area. Another option we happened upon was the Diamond Mills Hotel. Even if you don’t stay there there’s quite a view! (Read on for more on that.) There’s also just a couple rooms at the Saugerties Lighthouse for those looking for more of a remote, unique, B&B feeling option.
Where to Eat and Drink
I was pleasantly surprised by the food options here. My friend has a severe gluten allergy and we were worried our options would be limited but they were plentiful! We ended up eating at Love Bites Cafe several times because we loved it so much. Another option is Rock Da Casbah where we enjoyed a lovely meal with pasta bolognese (also made gluten free for us) and a delicious Grilled Portobello Mushroom Napoleon dish. I also heard that Miss Lucy’s is excellent though we didn’t have time to have a meal there.
There are also a few pubs or bars around the downtown area and a great wine and liquor store called Partition Street Wine Shop. Be sure to do all your at-home adult beverage shopping there for your stay. They have tastings and assorted events sometimes too so be sure to check their website.
What to Do
It’s such a quaint town you’ll love simply being at your hotel and reading, watching tv, enjoying wine and conversation with your partner or a friend. But there’s also things to do there if you wish to be adventurous!
- See the falls at Esopus Creek: right behind the Diamond Mills Hotel is the prettiest scene of waterfalls below a picturesque red bridge. Park in the hotel’s lot and you’ll be able to navigate towards the sound of the rushing falls.
- Head to Saugerties Lighthouse: built in 1869 and really beautiful. The biggest surprise was the beautiful walk there through a little park area, perfect for photos!
- Go on a Photowalk: before I hit the road to head back down south I decided to explore a little more with my camera in hand. I LOVED the buildings and scenery I found within a few blocks around our Air BnB, right in the heart of downtown.
- Visit Crafts People: about 15 minutes from Saugerties is a little village of 5 houses that are home to art pieces available for sale. The bulk of what we saw there included things like jewelry, pottery, and some additional knick knacks. It represents 500 contemporary artisans. It’s a great destination and pleasant environment to spend some time. On the drive home we spotted a flower field we couldn’t resist stopping at for some photos!
- Hit up a local farmers market: if you’re there on a weekend in the right season for it, there will likely be a farmers market. We headed to the Saugerties farmers market just a short walk from where we stayed. It was great to support local and get some fresh veggies!
- Walk around the town: there’s really cute shops in the area. Vintage finds, cute cafes, chocolate and candy shops, galleries and restaurants were amongst some things we saw. It’s a manageable scale so even if you drive there park the car and explore on foot.
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Have you been to the Hudson Valley region of New York?