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5 reasons to ditch New York City for the hills of the Hudson Valley

Josh Grossberg, contributor
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Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz, New York.
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73棋牌Accommodations range from elegant rooms with lake and mountainside views to suites with private balconies, rustic cottages with full kitchens and the stunning Grove Lodge, a house for families or groups seeking a more private experience.

For the outdoor adventurer, the area is a hiker's dream thanks to 85 miles of private trails and guided nature walks. Among the all-inclusive activities are kayaking, canoeing, rock scrambling, archery and Tomahawk throwing — plus tennis, basketball, golf and lawn games.

There's also swimming at an indoor pool and private beach, and in the winter, ice skating and cross-country skiing.

Cross-country skiing at Mohonk.
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For an additional fee, guests can enjoy scenic carriage rides, horseback riding and spa services.

73棋牌Executive Chef Jim Palmeri recommends a farm-to-table approach at the resort's new dining venue, Surrey. Guests can also enjoy cookouts at The Granary, a casual outdoor venue overlooking Lake Mohonk.

Nightly entertainment abounds with live music, dance parties, magic performances and more. And, history buffs can lose themselves in the nearby Mohonk Barn Museum.

Stay in a castle

73棋牌Perched atop one of the highest points in the lower Hudson Valley, Castle Hotel & Spa in Tarrytown combines old world majesty with a tranquil, luxurious atmosphere.

It is renowned for its Sankara Spa and Equus Restaurant, where contemporary French cooking earned the latter an "Excellent" from The New York Times.

Castle Hotel & Spa.
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73棋牌The estate boasts 31 guest rooms and suites, including its Castle King Parlor and two Castle Royal Suites in the original wing of the , built in 1897. There's also butler service, a 24-hour fitness center, an outdoor swimming pool and a host of signature activities.

73棋牌"We often create in-house events such as murder mystery dinners, casino royal wine and dine galas, summer poolside parties and more," said Alison Yassky, Castle Hotel & Spa's maître d'hôtel.

73棋牌The hotel is also a great jumping off point to take in Hudson Valley's storied history — places like author Washington Irving's Sunnyside home, Lyndhurst Mansion, Tarrytown Music Hall and the , said to be the oldest winery in the U.S.

Castle Hotel & Spa hosts casino-themed galas and other special events.
Jason Laboy Photography | Castle Hotel & Spa

Luxury travelers short on time can book door-to-door service via helicopter, offering a swift trip from Manhattan and a scenic aerial tour of the area. Bookings can also include an intimate Chef's Table experience prepared by Equus' Executive Chef Christopher Colom.

Go glamping

Collective Retreats has perfected the art of glamping — no more so than at Collective Hudson Valley at Liberty Farms. Guests stay in soaring outfitted with 1,500 thread-count linens and antiques from the area. Ensuite private bathrooms feature rain showers, Beekman 1802 bath amenities, parachute towels and Frette robes.

Interior of a summit tent.
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Breakfast is served with locally-baked goods, while farm-to-table dinners are based on a rotating seasonal menu. And let's not forget gourmet s'mores — with chili-dusted marshmallows and sea salt caramel chocolate — served around the campfire.

Collective Hudson Valley is located on a working organic farm.
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73棋牌Collective's full concierge service will arrange winery and brewery tours, agri-culinary classes and hot air balloon rides. There's also Saturday Night Sangria & Sunset events, seed-to-table tours, apple picking and cider making.

73棋牌Collective Hudson Valley closes during the winter, but bookings — which start in late April — can be made now.

Boutique chic

For those seeking a more in-town vibe, Diamond Mills Hotel & Tavern fits the bill. This luxury in the heart of downtown Saugerties has 30 guest rooms, each with their own balcony and scenic views of the waterfall in Esopus Creek.

Suites are furnished with European flair and hand-crafted antique vanities.

Diamond Mills Hotel & Tavern in Saugerties, New York.
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73棋牌Diamond Mills made its mark in the culinary world with The Tavern, hailed as one of the region's best restaurants. New American fare is prepared by Executive Chef Giuseppe Napoli in an elegant setting overlooking the falls or alfresco on the Grand Terrace.

Diamond Mills has won a "Best of Weddings" award from wedding website The Knot three years in a row.
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73棋牌The hotel is just steps away from a myriad of shops, restaurants and fun outings like the Saugerties Farm Market, horse shows and the town's annual Hudson Valley Garlic Festival.

Cruise at a slow speed

For those eager to take in the Hudson River itself, American Cruise Lines provides an eight-day from New York City aboard two 100-passenger ships and the new, 175-passenger American Constitution.

The trip organizes guided tours both on board and on shore making stops such as the Vanderbilt Mansion, Sleepy Hollow and West Point.

The American Constitution cruise ship.
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Each ship sports spacious suites with private furnished balconies, king beds and full-sized bathrooms, and guests eat meals that highlight .

The best time to go is during the peak fall foliage season. The itinerary includes one night docked in New York City.

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