Day Trips and Weekend Getaways In and Around NJ
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The towns along the Hudson River have a long and rich tradition dating back centuries. Exploring these small towns can yield wonderful surprises in terms of antiques, food and lodging.
One of the best destinations along the river is the town of Cold Spring in Putnam County, New York. This quiet little community, just a 60-minute drive from Bergen County, offers spectacular views of the water while providing a host of day-trip/weekend activities.
The Hudson House River Inn is on the National Register of Historic Places and is the perfect spot for a quiet weekend getaway or a wonderful meal at the end of a long day of shopping in the waterfront village. The Inn has 11 intimate rooms and a pair of suites in a wonderfully restored 1832 building. Many of the rooms, some of which have balconies, provide spectacular views of the Hudson River.
The Pig Hill Inn is also a wonderful place to spend a night or a weekend. This three-story building was constructed in 1825 and has nine rooms decorated with antiques and quality reproductions.
If you’re looking for a fine meal try Cathryn’s Tuscan Grill, which is open every day and offers a Sunday brunch. Most entrees are under $30. For a more laid back meal in a sporting atmosphere, try The Stadium Bar and Grill in Garrison, where you can see a pair of Heisman Trophies, Mickey Mantle’s Triple Crown and Babe Ruth’s 1934 contract.
“Cold Spring and Garrison have great places to visit that often go unrecognized,” said Vinny Tamagna, who is the president of the Hudson River Heritage Rivers Alliance. “The historic main street has shops and New York City-class restaurants that are open for business every day. We have trolley tours on weekends where you can just hop on and off and see everything.”
While you’re in the area, there is much to do. A complete list of events and activities can be found at www.visitputnam.org. Here are a few other suggestions from Tamagna on what to do in and around Cold Spring.
- Visit West Point. The United States Military Academy is just over the Bear Mountain Bridge and is a trip worth making.
- Constitution Island is located on the shores of the Hudson near Cold Spring. It is part of the Military Academy and a National Historic Landmark, which includes the Warner House built in 1836. The Island is closed for restoration work this winter and will re-open in the spring.
- The Russell Wright Design Center in Garrison is a remarkable way to learn about the America most people don’t ever consider. Wright revolutionized the American home and the way people lived there. His inexpensive, mass produced dinnerware, furniture, appliances, and textiles were innovative and provided a way for "easier living".
- Boscobel House and Gardens was completed in 1808 and is considered one of the finest examples of Federalist architecture in the country. It has also been the home of the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival for more than two decades.
- Foundry Dock Park provides kayaking tours through the protected Constitution Marsh.
- The Dia Art Foundation in Beacon. It’s a short ride from Cold Spring and houses a unique permanent collection of major art works from the 1960s to the present.
- Downtown Cold Spring should be experienced on foot. It’s been restored to its 19th century appearance and has a host of fine collectible markets. You can buy everything from antiques to books, trendy clothing, tasty treats, artwork and so much more. The trolley runs Friday through Sunday from 11 am until 6:45 pm depending on your destination.
- St. Basil’s Greek Academy in Garrison. It’s the former estate of Jacob Ruppert, who owned the Yankees in the 1920s. It is part of “Millionaires Row” on the Hudson River.
- Tompkins Corner in Putnam Valley. It’s on the National Register and is home to several historic sites, including the Methodist Church and a general store dating back more than 150 years. Franklin Roosevelt spoke here when running for governor of New York.
- The Putnam Historical Society and Foundry School Museum is a remarkable place that is currently exhibiting “Traveling the Hudson in the Wake of Robert Fulton: 1,000 Postcards From America’s First Working River”.
- Visit the West Point Foundry Preserve, where ammunition and Parrott guns were produced during the Civil War. The foundry operated from 1818 until 1911.