Lakehouse guidebook

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Lakehouse guidebook

Sightseeing

The temple is home to the largest indoor statue of a Buddha (Vairocana) in the Western Hemisphere! https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/new-yorks-chuang-yen-monastery
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Chuang Yen Monastery
2020 New York 301
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The temple is home to the largest indoor statue of a Buddha (Vairocana) in the Western Hemisphere! https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/new-yorks-chuang-yen-monastery
An amazing park with hiking, access to the Appalachian trail, a lake with a beach and swimming.
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Fahnestock State Park
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An amazing park with hiking, access to the Appalachian trail, a lake with a beach and swimming.
Nestled on the banks of the scenic Hudson River lies Cold Spring, a timeless town, filled with 19th century architecture, overflowing with ageless elegance, yet modern and fashionable enough for every generation. You can day-trip to Cold Spring to hike Breakneck Ridge or to do some kayaking, but you can truly appreciate this idyllic setting without having to scramble up steep inclines or paddle out into the Hudson. With majestic Storm King Mountain ablaze in shades of yellow, red and orange, late fall is always a great time to visit Cold Spring. The site of a thriving foundry in the 1800s, this little village is well preserved and very laid-back. Main Street in Cold Spring offers the most classic antique shopping alongside numerous art and craft galleries. Used extensively in the filming of "Hello Dolly," Cold Spring is a very picturesque town also known for its fine restaurants, riverfront concerts, theatre productions and historical monuments. https://www.planetware.com/new-york/top-rated-things-to-do-in-cold-spring-us-ny-102.htm
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Cold Spring
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Nestled on the banks of the scenic Hudson River lies Cold Spring, a timeless town, filled with 19th century architecture, overflowing with ageless elegance, yet modern and fashionable enough for every generation. You can day-trip to Cold Spring to hike Breakneck Ridge or to do some kayaking, but you can truly appreciate this idyllic setting without having to scramble up steep inclines or paddle out into the Hudson. With majestic Storm King Mountain ablaze in shades of yellow, red and orange, late fall is always a great time to visit Cold Spring. The site of a thriving foundry in the 1800s, this little village is well preserved and very laid-back. Main Street in Cold Spring offers the most classic antique shopping alongside numerous art and craft galleries. Used extensively in the filming of "Hello Dolly," Cold Spring is a very picturesque town also known for its fine restaurants, riverfront concerts, theatre productions and historical monuments. https://www.planetware.com/new-york/top-rated-things-to-do-in-cold-spring-us-ny-102.htm
White Pond Multiple Use Area contains 276 acres, 125 of which include White Pond. There is a trail which runs from the parking lot on White Pond Road and ends at the road at the other end of the pond. This property was previously a New York City reservoir and was transferred to State ownership. An old stone sluiceway runs from the dam toward the middle of the pond. Bass and sunfish often gather along the stones. The pond itself can become weedy in summer and large stones are submerged in piles along the roadside edge. Facilities include a large parking lot, boat access, and an accessible fishing pier. Car-top boats and boats with electric motors are allowed on this pond. Fishing is permitted, but swimming is not encouraged. From the parking area, there is an entrance to an accessible path along the water, with a resting area. At the end of the path is an accessible fishing pier. Fish present at this site are Largemouth Bass, Chain Pickerel, Walleye, Yellow Perch and Bluegill. Hunting is prohibited. Do not litter. Please carry out what you carry in.
White Pond
White Pond Multiple Use Area contains 276 acres, 125 of which include White Pond. There is a trail which runs from the parking lot on White Pond Road and ends at the road at the other end of the pond. This property was previously a New York City reservoir and was transferred to State ownership. An old stone sluiceway runs from the dam toward the middle of the pond. Bass and sunfish often gather along the stones. The pond itself can become weedy in summer and large stones are submerged in piles along the roadside edge. Facilities include a large parking lot, boat access, and an accessible fishing pier. Car-top boats and boats with electric motors are allowed on this pond. Fishing is permitted, but swimming is not encouraged. From the parking area, there is an entrance to an accessible path along the water, with a resting area. At the end of the path is an accessible fishing pier. Fish present at this site are Largemouth Bass, Chain Pickerel, Walleye, Yellow Perch and Bluegill. Hunting is prohibited. Do not litter. Please carry out what you carry in.
In the 1930s, 40s and 50s, the signature on a set of dinnerware or piece of furniture elicited instant response. At that time, Wright was one of the top designers in the U.S. At the apex of his career, Wright left New York City and moved his base of operations to Garrison, New York. It was here that he created a unique home and designed breathtaking landscape. He named it Manitoga, meaning "Place of the Great Spirit" in Algonquin. Wright shared the Native Americans' respect for the earth. When Wright first found this property in 1942, it had been damaged by a century of quarrying and lumbering. Over the next three decades, until his death in 1976, he carefully redesigned and re-sculpted Manitoga's 75 acres using native plants. His extensive training as a theater designer and sculptor, coupled with his innovative design ideas propelled the landscape forward. Though the landscape appears natural, it is actually a careful design of native trees, rocks, ferns, mosses, and wild flowers. Wright created over four miles of paths that wind over creeks, into woods, among boulders, and through ferns and mountain laurel. Manitoga is the only 20th century modern homesite open to the public in New York, and one of few on the east coast. Wright considered it his most important creative effort. In 1996 it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Manitoga's mission is to preserve the legacy of pioneer designer Wright - his home, landscape, products, archives and philosophy, and share them with professionals and the public. Manitoga is a National Historic Landmark. House and Landscape Tours, April – October. 11:00AM daily, beginning at the Visitors Guide Bldg. Admission $15, seniors $13. children under 12 $5. Also offering self guided tours of over 4 miles of artfully designed trails.
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MANITOGA / The Russel Wright Design Center
584 New York 9D
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In the 1930s, 40s and 50s, the signature on a set of dinnerware or piece of furniture elicited instant response. At that time, Wright was one of the top designers in the U.S. At the apex of his career, Wright left New York City and moved his base of operations to Garrison, New York. It was here that he created a unique home and designed breathtaking landscape. He named it Manitoga, meaning "Place of the Great Spirit" in Algonquin. Wright shared the Native Americans' respect for the earth. When Wright first found this property in 1942, it had been damaged by a century of quarrying and lumbering. Over the next three decades, until his death in 1976, he carefully redesigned and re-sculpted Manitoga's 75 acres using native plants. His extensive training as a theater designer and sculptor, coupled with his innovative design ideas propelled the landscape forward. Though the landscape appears natural, it is actually a careful design of native trees, rocks, ferns, mosses, and wild flowers. Wright created over four miles of paths that wind over creeks, into woods, among boulders, and through ferns and mountain laurel. Manitoga is the only 20th century modern homesite open to the public in New York, and one of few on the east coast. Wright considered it his most important creative effort. In 1996 it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Manitoga's mission is to preserve the legacy of pioneer designer Wright - his home, landscape, products, archives and philosophy, and share them with professionals and the public. Manitoga is a National Historic Landmark. House and Landscape Tours, April – October. 11:00AM daily, beginning at the Visitors Guide Bldg. Admission $15, seniors $13. children under 12 $5. Also offering self guided tours of over 4 miles of artfully designed trails.
Boscobel is situated on a bluff on the east bank of the Hudson River opposite the United States Military Academy at West Point. The house museum and surrounding grounds and gardens are situated on 45 acres. They offer visitors memorable views of the Hudson Highlands and the Hudson River. The house was completed in 1808 for the States Dyckman family and is widely regarded as one of the finest examples of Federal architecture in the country. It contains one of the nation’s leading collections of furniture and decorative arts from the Federal period, much of it made by premier New York cabinetmakers such as Duncan Phyfe and Michael Allison. Take a guided tour of Boscobel House. Hours begin at 10 AM and the last tour begins at 4:15 PM April through October, 3:15 PM in November and December. Tours last approximately 45 minutes or, enjoy a self-guided tour of the magnificent rose garden, orangery, herb garden, springhouse, gatehouse, and the Woodland Trail, with its rustic cedar structures and glorious scenery. There is also a fascinating exhibition on the rescue and restoration of Boscobel in the Visitors’ Center. An excellent museum shop is located in the Center as well. Boscobel is open every day except Tuesdays, Thanksgiving and Christmas. The museum and grounds are closed during January, February, and March. Boscobel is also the home of the acclaimed Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival.
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Boscobel House and Gardens
1601 New York 9D
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Boscobel is situated on a bluff on the east bank of the Hudson River opposite the United States Military Academy at West Point. The house museum and surrounding grounds and gardens are situated on 45 acres. They offer visitors memorable views of the Hudson Highlands and the Hudson River. The house was completed in 1808 for the States Dyckman family and is widely regarded as one of the finest examples of Federal architecture in the country. It contains one of the nation’s leading collections of furniture and decorative arts from the Federal period, much of it made by premier New York cabinetmakers such as Duncan Phyfe and Michael Allison. Take a guided tour of Boscobel House. Hours begin at 10 AM and the last tour begins at 4:15 PM April through October, 3:15 PM in November and December. Tours last approximately 45 minutes or, enjoy a self-guided tour of the magnificent rose garden, orangery, herb garden, springhouse, gatehouse, and the Woodland Trail, with its rustic cedar structures and glorious scenery. There is also a fascinating exhibition on the rescue and restoration of Boscobel in the Visitors’ Center. An excellent museum shop is located in the Center as well. Boscobel is open every day except Tuesdays, Thanksgiving and Christmas. The museum and grounds are closed during January, February, and March. Boscobel is also the home of the acclaimed Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival.
Stonecrop Gardens is located in Cold Spring, New York and was originally the home of Anne and Frank Cabot. Stonecrop became a public garden in 1992 under the direction of Caroline Burgess. At its windswept elevation of 1,100 feet in the Hudson Highlands Stonecrop enjoys a Zone 5 climate. The display gardens cover an area of approximately 12 acres and comprise a diverse collection of gardens and plants including woodland and water gardens, a grass garden, raised alpine stone beds, cliff rock gardens, and an enclosed English-style flower garden. Additional features include a Conservatory, display Alpine House, Pit House with an extensive collection of choice dwarf bulbs, and systematic order beds representing over 50 plant families. Stonecrop's plant collections and display gardens not only demonstrate what can be achieved by horticultural enthusiasts, but also serve as an educational resource which, together with its professional staff, constitute the foundation upon which is based a developing School of Practical Horticulture. Mission Statement: Our mission is to uphold and demonstrate the highest standards of horticultural practice and to promote the use of such standards among amateur and professional gardeners through aesthetic displays and educational programs.
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Stonecrop Gardens
81 Stonecrop Lane
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Stonecrop Gardens is located in Cold Spring, New York and was originally the home of Anne and Frank Cabot. Stonecrop became a public garden in 1992 under the direction of Caroline Burgess. At its windswept elevation of 1,100 feet in the Hudson Highlands Stonecrop enjoys a Zone 5 climate. The display gardens cover an area of approximately 12 acres and comprise a diverse collection of gardens and plants including woodland and water gardens, a grass garden, raised alpine stone beds, cliff rock gardens, and an enclosed English-style flower garden. Additional features include a Conservatory, display Alpine House, Pit House with an extensive collection of choice dwarf bulbs, and systematic order beds representing over 50 plant families. Stonecrop's plant collections and display gardens not only demonstrate what can be achieved by horticultural enthusiasts, but also serve as an educational resource which, together with its professional staff, constitute the foundation upon which is based a developing School of Practical Horticulture. Mission Statement: Our mission is to uphold and demonstrate the highest standards of horticultural practice and to promote the use of such standards among amateur and professional gardeners through aesthetic displays and educational programs.
Hudson Highlands State Park
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West Point Academy
2107 New South Post Rd
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Bike or walk over the Hudson.
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Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park
87 Haviland Rd
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Bike or walk over the Hudson.
Enjoy this 5.4-mile loop trail near Cold Spring, New York. Generally considered a moderately challenging route, it takes an average of 2 h 45 min to complete. This is a very popular area for hiking, so you'll likely encounter other people while exploring. The best times to visit this trail are April through October.
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Bull Hill
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Enjoy this 5.4-mile loop trail near Cold Spring, New York. Generally considered a moderately challenging route, it takes an average of 2 h 45 min to complete. This is a very popular area for hiking, so you'll likely encounter other people while exploring. The best times to visit this trail are April through October.
Amazing views await after a short hike to the tower.
Nimham Mountain Fire Tower
Amazing views await after a short hike to the tower.

Food scene

Nearby good Thai.
Thai Golden
5 Seminary Hill Rd
Nearby good Thai.
"With one of the prettiest views of any restaurant in the Hudson Valley — it overlooks a waterfall from floor-to-ceiling windows — the menu here is worth a stop all on its own." "The Roundhouse Restaurant serves modern American cuisine inspired by the agricultural richness of the Hudson Valley. Our menus highlight local farms, wineries, distilleries, and all of the amazing food and beverage craftsmen of the Hudson Valley."
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The Roundhouse
2 E Main St
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"With one of the prettiest views of any restaurant in the Hudson Valley — it overlooks a waterfall from floor-to-ceiling windows — the menu here is worth a stop all on its own." "The Roundhouse Restaurant serves modern American cuisine inspired by the agricultural richness of the Hudson Valley. Our menus highlight local farms, wineries, distilleries, and all of the amazing food and beverage craftsmen of the Hudson Valley."
Hudson House River Inn is renowned for its exquisite dining. Our culinary team is led by executive chef John Guererro. Our River Room is truly a gastronomic delight! Just 100 feet from the Hudson River you will enjoy dining with amazing views. Our menu specializes in prime dry aged hand cut steaks and market fresh fish. The chefs daily specialties are always a treat as well. For more casual dining you may enjoy our Tavern Room. The Tavern menu is a lighter menu feauturing pub like fare. You may also enjoy the River Room menu as well if you choose to dine in the Tavern. We have received the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for our outstanding wine list and are highly rated in Zagats for our fine food, service and ambiance. Whether you choose fine River Room dining or casual tavern dining the Hudson House River inn is sure to leave a lasting impression.
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Hudson House River Inn
2 Main St
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Hudson House River Inn is renowned for its exquisite dining. Our culinary team is led by executive chef John Guererro. Our River Room is truly a gastronomic delight! Just 100 feet from the Hudson River you will enjoy dining with amazing views. Our menu specializes in prime dry aged hand cut steaks and market fresh fish. The chefs daily specialties are always a treat as well. For more casual dining you may enjoy our Tavern Room. The Tavern menu is a lighter menu feauturing pub like fare. You may also enjoy the River Room menu as well if you choose to dine in the Tavern. We have received the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for our outstanding wine list and are highly rated in Zagats for our fine food, service and ambiance. Whether you choose fine River Room dining or casual tavern dining the Hudson House River inn is sure to leave a lasting impression.
A Contemporary American Restaurant with Seasonally Inspired Menus featuring Market Fresh Seafood, Brick Oven Pizza, and Creative Daily Specials in a casual, Friendly Atmosphere. Spectacular Views of The Hudson River and Storm King Mountain. A Cold Spring Landmark since 1941
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Riverview
45 Fair Street
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A Contemporary American Restaurant with Seasonally Inspired Menus featuring Market Fresh Seafood, Brick Oven Pizza, and Creative Daily Specials in a casual, Friendly Atmosphere. Spectacular Views of The Hudson River and Storm King Mountain. A Cold Spring Landmark since 1941
France on the Hudson. Le Bouchon is a lovely little French bistro.
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Le Bouchon
76 Main Street
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France on the Hudson. Le Bouchon is a lovely little French bistro.
Tuscan fare and an extensive wine list at a refined, mellow eatery with a lounge and outdoor garden.
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Cathryn's
91 Main St
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Tuscan fare and an extensive wine list at a refined, mellow eatery with a lounge and outdoor garden.
Delicious authentic Argentinian empanadas. A little cafe with Argentinean flair! Yes, get your coffee, but don't miss the homemade sweets and the delicious gelatos
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Rincon Argentino
21 Main St
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Delicious authentic Argentinian empanadas. A little cafe with Argentinean flair! Yes, get your coffee, but don't miss the homemade sweets and the delicious gelatos
Ok, this is about 40 minutes away but it's worth the drive! Upscale, $$$$, make a reservation first! Chef Jean‑Georges introduces a casually elegant restaurant ensconced in the picturesque town of Pound Ridge, New York. Here, Jean‑Georges cultivates a truly seasonal, farm-to-table cuisine, with ingredients sourced from the Hudson Valley and New England, whenever possible. Constructed in 1833 as a residence and serving later as an inn, the building has been painstakingly renovated to preserve as many of the original materials as possible, including four working fireplaces. Thomas Juul-Hansen designed the restaurant’s interior with a modern yet rustic sensibility; zinc and marble accent stone and reclaimed wood. The restaurant’s lighting, artfully conceived by Hervé Descottes, employs paper shades and Edison fixtures to create warmth throughout. The down-to-earth food and contemporary country feel makes the Inn at Pound Ridge a convivial, family friendly restaurant frequented by neighbors and tourists alike. Stop in for a glass of wine and a pizza, or come out for a special occasion dinner. With two dining rooms, two full bars, and a candle only illuminated wine cellar for private dining, we are equipped to accommodate events of all sizes, from intimate dinner parties to full-scale weddings. Jean‑Georges welcomes you, to the Inn at Pound Ridge and looks forward to providing you with a thoroughly enjoyable culinary experience.
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The Inn at Pound Ridge
258 Westchester Avenue
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Ok, this is about 40 minutes away but it's worth the drive! Upscale, $$$$, make a reservation first! Chef Jean‑Georges introduces a casually elegant restaurant ensconced in the picturesque town of Pound Ridge, New York. Here, Jean‑Georges cultivates a truly seasonal, farm-to-table cuisine, with ingredients sourced from the Hudson Valley and New England, whenever possible. Constructed in 1833 as a residence and serving later as an inn, the building has been painstakingly renovated to preserve as many of the original materials as possible, including four working fireplaces. Thomas Juul-Hansen designed the restaurant’s interior with a modern yet rustic sensibility; zinc and marble accent stone and reclaimed wood. The restaurant’s lighting, artfully conceived by Hervé Descottes, employs paper shades and Edison fixtures to create warmth throughout. The down-to-earth food and contemporary country feel makes the Inn at Pound Ridge a convivial, family friendly restaurant frequented by neighbors and tourists alike. Stop in for a glass of wine and a pizza, or come out for a special occasion dinner. With two dining rooms, two full bars, and a candle only illuminated wine cellar for private dining, we are equipped to accommodate events of all sizes, from intimate dinner parties to full-scale weddings. Jean‑Georges welcomes you, to the Inn at Pound Ridge and looks forward to providing you with a thoroughly enjoyable culinary experience.
Juanita's is not fancy and does not have a liquor license (so BYO Bottle). What it does have is fantastic authentic Mexican food. Food made from scratch, delicious tacos, tamales, flans.
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Juanita's Kitchen
289 Main St
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Juanita's is not fancy and does not have a liquor license (so BYO Bottle). What it does have is fantastic authentic Mexican food. Food made from scratch, delicious tacos, tamales, flans.
Beautiful views over the water. Solid Mediterranean cuisine with nice cocktails in Carmel.
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LIMNI - Mediterranean Kitchen
47 New York 311
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Beautiful views over the water. Solid Mediterranean cuisine with nice cocktails in Carmel.
Great restaurant to stop at if you are driving up from the city and need a lunch stop.
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Village Social Kitchen & Bar
251 Main Street
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Great restaurant to stop at if you are driving up from the city and need a lunch stop.
Another excellent restaurant to stop at on your way from the city or on your way back.
The Cookery
39 Chestnut Street
Another excellent restaurant to stop at on your way from the city or on your way back.

Outdoor Entertainment

Nearby water park!
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SplashDown Beach
16 Old Route 9 West
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Nearby water park!
Nearby skiing and tubing!
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Thunder Ridge Ski Area
137 Birch Hill Road
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Nearby skiing and tubing!
Horse farm very close to our lake house: Located 1/4 mile from the Taconic State Parkway on Peekskill Hollow Road in scenic Putnam Valley, we offer riding lessons for all ages. We specialize in lessons for children, but beginners and experienced riders of all ages are welcome and encouraged. Come ride with us—our horses are great and our loving staff has over 35 years of experience. We can match you to a horse to suit your talents and desires. We offer western riding lessons, summer riding programs, trail rides/lessons, pony rides, and horse sales. We offer summertime trail rides for experienced riders—call us!
Hollow Brook Riding Academy
890 Peekskill Hollow Road
Horse farm very close to our lake house: Located 1/4 mile from the Taconic State Parkway on Peekskill Hollow Road in scenic Putnam Valley, we offer riding lessons for all ages. We specialize in lessons for children, but beginners and experienced riders of all ages are welcome and encouraged. Come ride with us—our horses are great and our loving staff has over 35 years of experience. We can match you to a horse to suit your talents and desires. We offer western riding lessons, summer riding programs, trail rides/lessons, pony rides, and horse sales. We offer summertime trail rides for experienced riders—call us!
If you are looking for a place to cool off, take a drive over to Canopus Lake in Clarence Fahnestock State Park. A large sandy beach and swimming area with a beautiful backdrop await you.
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Canopus Beach Complex
1498 New York 301
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If you are looking for a place to cool off, take a drive over to Canopus Lake in Clarence Fahnestock State Park. A large sandy beach and swimming area with a beautiful backdrop await you.
Rail Trail
26-44 Creek Road
The Breakneck Ridge Hike is one of the most beautiful trails in the region. Located along the Hudson River, between the charming cities of Beacon and Cold Spring, Breakneck Ridge is a mountain known for its steep, rocky trails and sweeping views of Hudson Valley. It’s also considered one of the most challenging hikes in New York, which means climbing the mountain gives hikers all sorts of bragging rights.
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Breakneck Ridge
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The Breakneck Ridge Hike is one of the most beautiful trails in the region. Located along the Hudson River, between the charming cities of Beacon and Cold Spring, Breakneck Ridge is a mountain known for its steep, rocky trails and sweeping views of Hudson Valley. It’s also considered one of the most challenging hikes in New York, which means climbing the mountain gives hikers all sorts of bragging rights.
This is my kids' favorite playground.
Julie’s Jungle
5 Old Lime Kiln Rd
This is my kids' favorite playground.
Large state park with an outdoor pool, hikes, playgrounds. About 20-25 minutes away.
Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park
2957 Crompond Rd
Large state park with an outdoor pool, hikes, playgrounds. About 20-25 minutes away.

Grocery

Closest groceries and small deli.
Boyd's Corner Store
2737 New York 301
Closest groceries and small deli.
Close large supermarket
ShopRite of Carmel
184 NY-52
Close large supermarket
Upscale Grocery with good prepared foods and excellent beer selection
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DeCicco & Sons
50 Independent Way
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Upscale Grocery with good prepared foods and excellent beer selection

Arts and entertainment

Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival
1601 New York 9D
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Located in a former Nabisco box-printing factory, Dia Beacon presents Dia's collection of art from the 1960s to the present. Reservations recommended.
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Dia:Beacon
3 Beekman St
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Located in a former Nabisco box-printing factory, Dia Beacon presents Dia's collection of art from the 1960s to the present. Reservations recommended.