Taste of Columbia County Bounty

AREA ATTRACTIONS & THINGS TO DO

Our Columbia County, New York innkeepers are located throughout the entire county (see our Map Page).

Each of our innkeepers will be happy to assist you in planning your upstate New York vacation. We can point you to everything from the very small - like a book fair and tag sale in Clermont - to the biggest - the County Fair in Chatham. We all know "the best" apple orchard in October or a maple sugaring barn in March to find the sweetest treats. Other treats to find, be they antiques, art galleries, theater, dance, music and blueberry festivals, wedding venues, or that special dinner for two can be found in our county seat, Hudson,  and throughout the many towns and villages in Columbia County, New York. Below are a few more ideas to help you plan your New York vacation with us.

THE HISTORY - Like many counties in the Hudson River Valley of Upstate New York, Columbia County has a good number of sites for those who like history with their holiday.


Olana House Tours

  • Olana State Historic Site - Hudson River Valley School of Painter Frederick Church's Persian fantasy castle - Olana has reopened its doors for house tours after extensive renovations. The grounds alone are worth the visit with their gorgeous views of the Catskills.

  • Martin van Buren National Historic Site - Lindenwald, home and farm of the eighth President of the United States.

  • FASNY Museum of Firefighting, Hudson - 50,000 square feet of fire trucks (!) and memorabilia from all over the state.

  • Clermont State Historic Site - One of the castles of the Hudson. The Livingston Family home for over 2 centuries has tours, and grounds are open for viewing.
  • Lindenwald - The home of President Martin van Buren re-opens in the Spring of 2006 after a three year restoration with many special events on the calendar.

  • Shaker Museum and Library - the Museum's property at Mount Lebanon, Shaker Village is open to the public on a seasonal, event-only basis, while the buildings and landscape are under restoration

  • Mt. Lebanon Shaker Village

  • Columbia County Historical Society - CCHS has information on many of the old homes as well as family genealogical records of the region.


THE ARTS - Columbia County has long been and still is the home to a vibrant arts community.



FESTIVALS - with good food, good weather, and good friends, why not celebrate?


THE OUTDOORS - Columbia County offers many options for the outdoor enthusiast from kayaking and fishing on the Hudson River and in its lakes to mountain biking, birding, and skiing in the Eastern regions. Below are a few of the many outdoor adventures that are available.


AND THE REST

  • HADA - Hudson Antique Dealers Association

  • Stair Galleries, Warren Street, Hudson - Two-tier auction house and one of the biggest on the East Coast. Great Friday night auctions held every six weeks. See Web site for future dates.

  • Copake Auction, Copake - Americana, Antique Auctions. Don't miss the Annual Antique Bicycle Auction or Annual Textile Auction.

  • Old Chatham Sheepherding Farm - Internationally acclaimed sheep’s milk cheese for sale on site while you visit the facilities.

  • Lebanon Valley Speedway

  • Hudson-Berkshire Beverage Trail - Columbia County has two wineries, an apple vodka distillery, and a micro brewery, and this trail continues into neighboring Rensselaer and Berkshire Counties.

For more information about Special Events and things to Do and See in Columbia County, visit www.columbiacountytourism.org and www.cocotodo.com.

Columbia County Lodging, PO Box 383, Copake, New York 12516
www.columbiacountylodging.com800-558-8218