Fall Weekend in the Hudson Valley

This region still has more than enough natural and cultural treasures to fill a three-day weekend. Here are some suggestions.


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Just 35 minutes northeast of Hudson is the Shaker Museum. Here one can learn about Shaker life and culture and view a fine collection of Shaker furniture, oval boxes, textiles, craft machinery, art, tools and agricultural machinery.

Old Chatham Sheepherding Company

A little farther beyond the Shaker Museum is the largest sheep dairy farm in the United States, with more than 1,000 ewes and rams and an original Shaker barn. The farm makes some of the country’s finest sheep’s-milk yogurt and cheeses, all produced in small, handcrafted batches.

This idyllic site is the last stop on your trip, which is just an introduction to the region. Make sure to take some of the local farm goods home so the tastes of the Hudson Valley can linger for a while.

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