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A quick look at the mid-Hudson Valley

Courtesy Orange County Tourism

Orange County Tourism

124 Main St.
Goshen, NY 10924

Dutchess County Tourism
3 Neptune Road
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601-5571

Ulster County Tourism
10 Westbrook Lane
Kingston, NY 12401-2937

What’s new: Bear Mountain State Park’s historic Bear Mountain Inn will reopen its first floor this fall after a $10 million restoration. West Point’s Thayer Hotel has renovated two meeting rooms and added a rooftop terrace. Catlin Gardens Inn opened in August with 40 suites and two large banquet halls. A $2 million renovation of the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel was completed in 2009.

The Rhinecliff Hotel reopened in 2008 after a $5 million rebuild. The Emerson Inn reopened in 2007, replacing the old inn that was destroyed by fire in 2005; it has a new spa and restaurant. The Mohonk Mountain House, 141 years old, opened its first bar and a green spa in 2005. A new high-speed water taxi shortens the trip between Poughkeepsie and Newburgh.

Rooms: Dutchess County has 2,800 guest rooms, Ulster County has 4,000, and Orange County has 3,400.

Getting there: The mid-Hudson Valley is served by Stewart International Airport, near Newburgh, N.Y. Amtrak trains from Penn Station in New York stop in Poughkeepsie and Rhinecliff. The Metro-North commuter railroad runs trains from New York City’s Grand Central Station to points north. Interstates 84 and 87 intersect in the Hudson Valley in Orange County near Newburgh.