As a native Floridian I did not realize how centrally located NYC was until I moved here. Although the City bustles with action, only 30 minutes out of town and you find yourself in the suburbs. 30 minutes farther and you're in the country. Now considering myself a Manhattanite, I know the value of a getting away from it all.
Reminiscent of the Rhine River Valley in Germany, the Hudson River Valley has a sense of romantic elegance and rustic charm. Since the first Europeans settled here, the area has witnessed much of our nation's history including the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. West Point Academy calls it home and the Hudson River School of American artists developed here during the 19th c. In addition to it's rich history, the attractions change with the seasons. This makes the Hudson River a year-round destination to New Yorkers and tourists alike.