The graceful Hudson Valley region, less than an hour's drive from Manhattan, is celebrated for its scenic beauty, historic homes, charming river towns, delightful cultural attractions, and fascinating history. Reserve your lodging at one of our Hudson Valley country inns, and enjoy the enchanting landscapes of mountains, rivers, rolling vineyards, apple orchards, and peaceful countryside that have, for centuries, inspired artists and authors. This is the home of the Hudson River School of painting and the birthplace of many well-known stories and legends.
The gorgeous scenery provides a perfect backdrop for a number of appealing attractions including the Brotherhood Winery in Washingtonville, the American Museum of Fire fighting in Hudson, Yonkers Raceway, and, in Goshen, the Harness Racing Hall of Fame. You can explore historic colonial homesteads and opulent estates established by famous men and women who helped shape our nation.
If any one home defines the magic and mystery of the Hudson Valley region, it's Washington Irving's Sunnyside in Tarrytown. In 1835, the author, whose Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Rip Van Winkle have enthralled generations of readers, designed this romantic cottage at the river's edge. In Sleepy Hollow (formerly North Tarrytown), visit Kykuit, home to three generations of the Rockefeller family. The house is furnished with antiques and fine art, and the extensive gardens offer panoramic views of the Hudson River. Touring through the gardens, you will discover Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller's extraordinary collection of 20th century sculptures, which includes works by Picasso. In Hyde Park visit Franklin D. Roosevelt’s ancestral home; the Rose Garden where Franklin and Eleanor are buried; the FDR Library; Eleanor Roosevelt’s home, Valkill (weekends only); and the Beaux Arts Vanderbilt Mansion with its European furnishings and Italian gardens.
Across the Hudson River, you'll find West Point, the United States’ oldest service academy, founded in 1778. This Revolutionary War site, the nation's oldest continuously manned Army post, offers tours, pageantry, a military museum, and a gift shop. But for the 2.5 million annual visitors, West Point is also a living postcard that dazzles with spectacular views of the Hudson Valley region.
Shopping in the region is fabulous, whether you’re hunting for antiques and hidden art treasures or shopping for bargains in Central Valley, one of the world's largest outlet centers. An ideal tour destination, brand-new Palisades Center in West Nyack, where traditional mall anchors and nontraditional retailers combine with 170 specialty storesmany not found anywhere elseoffers great shopping, food, entertainment, and recreation. Unique entertainment and recreation options include an IMAX Theater with a 6-story-high screen, an antique carousel, a 63-foot-high indoor Ferris wheel, and an NHL-size skating rink.
The explorer Henry Hudson, the region's namesake, discovered this area in the 1600s. Today, the innkeepers at ESBBA invite you to discover it as you explore the region's many exciting offerings, meander through the majestic scenery, and tour historic estates, magnificent castles, and quaint river towns. It’s a magical place. While visiting, let our Hudson Valley inns work their magic with their gracious hospitality.