Things to Do in Columbia County

Exploring the Upper Hudson Region

The Inn at Green River is located within easy reach of all the best that Columbia County and the Upper Hudson Valley have to offer. Just 35 minutes from Hudson, 15 minutes from Chatham, and 50 minutes from Rhinebeck, it’s an easy day trip to world-class culture, dining, shopping, and outdoor activities.

The innkeeper is your concierge. A 30-year resident of the area, Deborah is ready to offer recommendations and suggestions with planning your stay, before or after you arrive. Regardless of the purpose of your stay, be it a romantic getaway, family holiday, or friendly reunion, Deborah can help you make the most of your time.

Let the adventure begin.

Columbia County & Upper Hudson Valley

To the west of the Berkshires, that part of the Appalachian range known as the Taconics begins sloping down to what becomes the Hudson Valley. In the eastern part of the county the scenery is similar to the Berkshires of Massachusetts. Further west, hills become gentler, yielding to farms and orchards. The majestic Catskill range across the Hudson is often visible. Like their eastern neighbors, Columbia County residents have often been drawn here by the beauty of the place. Second-home owners from Manhattan live next to fourth-generation farmers. An afternoon visit to Olana, the home of Hudson Valley School painter Frederic Church, might be followed by a swing by Agway to pick up garden supplies, followed by dinner at Swoon and an evening show at Club Helsinki in Hudson.

The combinations are limitless and there is something for every taste in this neck of the woods.

History & Culture / Museums & Art

John Davis Gallery, Hudson, NY
Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY
Art Omi, Ghent, NY
FASNY Museum of Firefighting, Hudson, NY
Shaker Museum Mount Lebanon, New Lebanon, NY
Jack Shainman Gallery’s The School, Kinderhook, NY

Things to Do in Columbia County and the Upper Hudson Valley of New York: Olana State Historic Site
Olana | Photo: B. Docktor

Houses & Gardens

Clermont, Germantown, NY
Olana, Hudson, NY (My #1 must see)
Steepletop, Austerlitz, NY
Open Days, The Garden Conservancy

Music, Dance & Theater

Basilica Hudson, Hudson, NY
Cafe Helsinki, Hudson, NY
Mac-Haydn Theatre, Chatham, NY
PS21, Chatham, NY
Stageworks Performing Arts Theater, Hudson, NY
The Theater Barn, New Lebanon, NY
Time & Space Limited, Hudson, NY
Walking the Dog Theater, Hudson, NY

Things to Do in Columbia County and the Upper Hudson Valley of New York: Olana State Historic Site: BashBish Falls
Bash Bish Falls | Photo: B. Docktor

Outdoor & Adventure

Aerial and Obstacle Courses Catamount Aerial Adventure Park, Hillsdale, NY
Hiking Bash Bish Falls in Copake Falls, NY
Grounds of Olana
Harlem Valley Rail Trail
Taconic State Park
Fishing on the Hudson or tributaries
Skiing at Catamount

Antiques, Auctions & Shopping

Beginning in Hillsdale at the Hillsdale General Store, C. Herrington Home + Design, Casana, Mirror, Mirror and Passiflora, one could make several days nice work out of shopping in this part of Columbia County. Head to Warren St. in Hudson for the best curated shopping around, from Face Stockholm and Verdigris Tea to art and antiques that draw people from a distance. A side trip to Main St. in Chatham will yield eclectic independent stores and businesses, including the beloved, c. 1926 Crandell Theater to catch a film, or the FilmColumbia Festival held each October.

For antiques and auctions, a few favorites are:
Copake Auction, Copake, NY
Hillsdale Barn Antiques, Hillsdale, NY
Hudson Antique Dealers Association, Hudson, NY
Stair Galleries, Hudson, NY
Lili and Loo, Hudson, NY
Ida’s Eye, Hudson, NY
Finch, Hudson, NY
Red Chair on Warren, Hudson, NY
Lindowens American Country, Kinderhook, NY

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Winter Walk in Hudson, NY | Photo: B. Docktor

Special Events

ArtsWalk, Hudson, NY (October)
Blueberry Festival, Austerlitz NY (July)
Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, Hillsdale, NY (August)
FilmColumbia, Chatham, NY (October)
Pumpkin Festival, Hillsdale, NY (October)
Winter Walk, Hudson, NY (December)

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Photo: B. Docktor

Columbia County Food Destinations

Columbia County is known for its fresh, innovative, and locally sourced food. Options for high-quality, farm-to-table establishments in the region regularly receive national attention. While you stay at the Inn at Green River, your home-cooked gourmet breakfast is taken care of. That leaves lunch, dinner and in-between choices open for exploration. Here are some of the delectable options that await you. Several award-wining breweries, wineries, and distillers are now in the region. A visit could easily be part of your relaxing stay. Deborah will be happy to help with reservations.

Columbia County Restaurants

Hillsdale
CrossRoads Food Shop
Casana T House
Swiss Hutte

Hudson
Baba Louie’s
Ca’ Mea
Café Le Perche
The Crimson Sparrow
Fish & Game
Mexican Radio
Swoon Kitchenbar
Vico Restaurant & Bar

Philmont
Local 111

Lunch & Snacks

Chatham
Daily Bread (gluten free and gluten)
PieconicNY
benGablesavories

Hillsdale
CrossRoads Food Shop
The Village Scoop

Hudson
Café Le Perche
Lick Ice Cream
Olde Hudson
Verdigris Tea & Chocolate Bar

wine

Breweries, Wineries, Distillers

Columbia County
Harvest Spirits, Valatie, NY
Hillrock Estate Distillery, Ancram, NY
Hudson-Chatham Winery, Ghent, NY
Tousey Winery, Germantown, NY
Sundog Cider, Chatham, NY
Chatham Brewing, Chatham NY