Every November In New Jersey our kids have two days off of school for a teachers convention and every year I think, “Crap why didn’t I plan a trip for this 4 day weekend? Well, this was the first year I got my act together and piled my family into our minivan to head an hour north to Upstate, NY’s beautiful Hudson River Valley. We were hosted by the newly renovated and uber stylish Four Points by Sheraton Newburgh, NY.
WHERE IT IS- To be honest I wasn’t even really sure where The Hudson River Valley was. Now I know the region runs north to south down the eastern edge of New York State. Discovered by Henry Hudson in 1609 it’s one of America’s most important scenic and historic areas.
WHERE WE STAYED-
We parked our buns at the Four Points Sheraton near the Stewart Airport. The hotel recently underwent a multi million dollar renovation, so each part of it is brand spanking new. The moment my husband stepped foot in the lobby he turned to me and said, “This is what I want our living room to look like.” The lobby is outfitted in a modern yet cozy style. We loved the rich and dark toned woodwork, the warm fireplace and the awesome poufs. My kids favorite part of the hotel were the computers stationed in the front lobby.The computers became our bargaining tool for good behavior. It wasn’t long before we were all sprawled out on the couches and chairs watching TV just like were in the living room of our own home. Friday night my kids were thrilled to be up past their bedtime in order to play the trivia game hosted by Hudson Valley Trivia. After the kids went to bed I headed to the hotel bar to enjoy one of the best Cosmos I’ve had in a long time. The hotel added a great touch when it put a fire pit in the outside space. It gave us a chance to talk about our day, relax and veg out.
WHAT WE SAW –
I love a trip that’s fun AND educational. We started out our Saturday by touring Washington Headquarters in Newbourgh along the Hudson River. Here were able to tour the site and home where General George Washington lived after during the revolutionary war. In the picture above my daughter is standing on some stairs that are remaining from Washington’s time, they were used to climb up into the stage coach.
After Washington’s Headquarters we drove to check out the views at Bear Mountain State Park. We forgo-ed hiking the 2.5 mile trail and instead drove up Perkin’s Memorial Drive to the summit of Bear Mountain. At the top there is an observation tower. The views are incredible and the kids loved being out in nature and climbing on the rocks.
After our long day we enjoyed a delicious lunch at Cosimo’s Brick Oven Restaurant & Bar. Because our family are The Leone’s e we are super picky when it comes to pizza and Italian food but this place was spot on. After a great weekend we headed home to take care of our little poochie Bella. It’s nice to know there’s a fun place only an hour away we can sneak off and get away to.