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Poughkeepsie, NY
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Enjoy the charms of the Hudson Valley in this city with a college-town feel. Tour one of the many wealthy estates in the area or enjoy an event at Vassar College.

Poughkeepsie is a city in the heart of the Hudson Valley in Dutchess County, New York. Its name is derived from the phonetic interpretation of the local Native American phrase for “the reed-covered lodge by the little water place.” Although reed-covered lodges are relics of the past, the phrase is very accurate for the city, which sits on the bank of the Hudson River.

The area is home to several estates built in the years before and during America’s Gilded Age. Vanderbilt Mansion is a short drive outside the city. The grounds feature formal Italian gardens and a small park with beautiful views of the Hudson River, particularly at sunset. Walk through the halls of this Beaux-Arts mansion on a guided tour. Take guided tours or enjoy the grounds of other nearby estates like Maple Grove or Locust Grove.

Vassar College, an elite liberal arts institution, is located in Poughkeepsie. The college grounds feature an arboretum with over 200 varieties of trees. Explore the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, which houses an extensive display of Asian, European and American art and artifacts. The college also hosts plays, concerts, dance performances and other acts throughout the year.

Explore the natural beauty of the Hudson Valley at one of Poughkeepsie’s many parks. Peach Hill Park is the city’s largest park. It has 4 miles (6.4 kilometers) of trails that go past an apple orchard, the scenic highest point in town and woods bordering the Hudson Valley. Take a step back in time at Springside, the former estate of Vassar College founder Matthew Vassar. The grounds, gardens and farm are open to the public and provide a wonderful family excursion.

Investigate the lively downtown scene in Poughkeepsie. Check out the various restaurants and shops or take a stroll along the riverfront. Poughkeepsie’s combination of Hudson Valley beauty and college town cultural scene makes it a city well worth visiting.

Hyatt Place Poughkeepsie
Hyatt Place Poughkeepsie
3 out of 5
2165 South Road, Poughkeepsie, NY
The price is ¥12,838 per night from May 18 to May 18
Located in the heart of Poughkeepsie, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Casperkill Golf Club and Poughkeepsie Galleria. Bowdoin Park and Locust Grove are also ...
4.4/5Excellent! (401 reviews)
"The room was nice and the hotel was beautiful! The room was very clean and modern. I would stay again!"

Reviewed on May 11, 2021

Hyatt Place Poughkeepsie
Hampton Inn by Hilton New Paltz
Hampton Inn by Hilton New Paltz
2.5 out of 5
4 South Putt Corners Road, New Paltz, NY
The price is ¥13,300 per night from May 18 to May 18
Located in the heart of New Paltz, this hotel is 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from Historic Huguenot Street and 8.4 mi (13.4 km) from Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (978 reviews)
"I appreciated all the precautions being taken."

Reviewed on May 3, 2021

Hampton Inn by Hilton New Paltz
Mirbeau Inn & Spa
Mirbeau Inn & Spa
4 out of 5
45 West Market St, Rhinebeck, NY
The price is ¥30,159 per night from Jun 7 to Jun 7
Situated in Rhinebeck, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Northern Dutchess Hospital and St Francis Hospital. Dutchess County Fairgrounds and Ferncliff ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (99 reviews)
"There was construction of the front property during our stay causing daytime noise but other than that it was fine."

Reviewed on Apr 30, 2021

Mirbeau Inn & Spa
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Historic Garrison Farmhouse
Historic Garrison Farmhouse
Garrison, NY
Situated in Philipstown, this vacation home is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Garrison Art Center and within 3 mi (5 km) of Hudson Highlands State Park and Manitoga The ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (9 reviews)
Such a beautiful updated home.
"Everything about the property is perfect. Quiet, private location that is minutes to anything you need. Modern update to a old farmhouse. The hot tub is perfectly placed in the patio for easy access. Big property that is gorgeous. Will be going back."

Reviewed on Mar 30, 2021

Historic Garrison Farmhouse
Tentrr Signature Site - Grotto View at Stone Mountain Farm
Tentrr Signature Site - Grotto View at Stone Mountain Farm
New Paltz, NY
The price is ¥12,612 per night from May 16 to May 16
Situated in New Paltz, this campground is 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Rosendale Public Library and 2.8 mi (4.6 km) from Century House Historical Society. State University ...
4/5Very Good! (4 reviews)
"Total isolation! Great! I recommend to arrive in a daylight. It is really secluded place."

Reviewed on Jun 1, 2020

Tentrr Signature Site - Grotto View at Stone Mountain Farm
Enchanting Hudson Valley Cottage Near Hiking!
Enchanting Hudson Valley Cottage Near Hiking!
Garrison, NY
Situated in a rural location, this cottage is within 1 mi (2 km) of Hudson Highlands State Park and Graymoor - The Holy Mountain. Clarence Fahnestock State Park ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (12 reviews)
Charming Storybook Getaway
"Yulin Cottage couldn’t have been more perfect for a weekend getaway with my two best friends. The home was spotless, and as charming as a storybook cottage. The decor was the loveliest mix of beautiful and whimsical. The beds were so cozy. The linens, so pretty. The kitchen accommodated all our needs. ..."

Reviewed on Apr 17, 2021

Enchanting Hudson Valley Cottage Near Hiking!
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Reviews of Poughkeepsie

3.9

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jun 2, 2020

It has many small town areas that give it a relaxing quaint feel. Alot of farmers markets too.

4/5 - Good

Dott

May 26, 2020

Walk over the Hudson is great view. The long dock in Beacon is a must visit.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 26, 2020

It’s a beautiful place to visit. I go often, I have family living there

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Apr 25, 2020

The area is lovely. The lifestyle is excellent. I hope to move there soon

5/5 - Excellent

Christie

Apr 18, 2020

Great town. Lots of choices in shopping during normal times.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 9, 2020

Very friendly people.

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