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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 $110 per night from Apr 19 to Apr 20
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! (383 reviews)
"It was a great stay"

Reviewed on Apr 16, 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 $109 per night from May 9 to May 10
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! (976 reviews)
"Great location, friendly staff, overall great place to stay!!"

Reviewed on Apr 17, 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 $295 per night from Apr 19 to Apr 20
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! (98 reviews)
"The spa was wonderful !"

Reviewed on Apr 5, 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 $115 per night from Apr 20 to Apr 21
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
A Tree Lover's Wooded Escape!
A Tree Lover's Wooded Escape!
Gardiner, NY
The price is $110 per night from Apr 20 to Apr 21
Located in the heart of Gardiner, this romantic vacation home is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Minnewaska State Park and within 3 mi (5 km) of DM Weil Gallery and Whitecliff ...
5/5Exceptional! (11 reviews)
Great House
"We enjoyed our stay. Clean and comfortable house near so great hiking trails."

Reviewed on Apr 15, 2021

A Tree Lover's Wooded Escape!
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Reviews of Poughkeepsie

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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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