New York’s Hudson Valley has much to offer the adventurous queer traveler

When most people think about New York, they think skyscrapers, Broadway shows and the hustle and bustle of Manhattan. However, New York City is just a small part of a the huge and beautiful state of New York. One of the most sought after areas of the state is a region that begins about an hour north of NYC, and lies against the majestic Hudson River. Dotted with mountain ranges including the Catskills, the Hudson Valley is an outdoorsy and sporty queer girl’s paradise. It also happens to be the hottest place for Manhattan and Brooklynites to relocate, start families and open queer friendly businesses. The Hudson Valley is vast, so whether you want to spend your time in the verdant and abundant hiking trails, or hang out, dine and shop in cool and artsy towns, there are plenty of ways to get your vacation on here.

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We’ll start in the lower Hudson Valley where visitors can visit the charming village of Cold Spring. An easy Metro North train ride from Manhattan, the weekends bring visitors from the city who are looking to gaze upon beautiful scenery, do some antiquing, and tackle the intense trails at Breakneck Ridge. If you aren’t quite looking to scale a mountain, then have a leisurely brunch at Hudson Hils, an organic cafe and bakery. The yummy food is enough of a draw (don’t miss the muffins or breakfast burrito) but the restaurant is always buzzing with happily brunching queer folks and families.

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Walk down the hill and through the tunnel to catch some spectacular views of the Hudson River and Storm King Mountain. Don’t forget to grab a Go-Go Pop on your way. These tasty, fresh popsicles come in a variety of flavors like Red Velvet, Mojito, Strawberries and Cream, and the store itself is super eco-friendly.

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The next town over is the hip and friendly Beacon. Home to the ultra modern art museum the DIA, a must see for art aficionados, the heart of Beacon is the Main Street strip, home to shops and restaurants galore. Stop by the bakery Ella’s Bella’s which makes some of the best gluten free and vegan treats around.

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For sci-fi lovers, there’s The Pandorica, a Dr. Who inspired restaurant where you can hang with fellow Whovians and nosh on some British fair. If you are a big beer fan, don’t miss Hop, which recently moved from it’s quaint little space to one that better accommodates its many fans. They boast a top notch and revolving tap and an impressive collection of bottled beers and ciders.