Hudson Valley Parent

HVP - June 2014

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42 Hudson Valley Parent n June 2014 Warm, Child Friendly Atmosphere Children with Special Needs Welcome! Specializing in Children from Infancy to Teens Emergencies Treated with Courtesy & Kindness Nitrous oxide (laughing gas), oral sedation and general anesthesia available By BRIAN PJ CRONIN S ure, you know where all the hidden swimming holes are in the Shawangunks. You know about the best, out-of-the-way farm stands and orchards where you can pick your own fruit. You've got the scoop on the "secret" menu at your local Italian restaurant and you can always find good parking spots in New Paltz and Beacon. Yes, you're a Hudson Valley local and proud of it. When friends and family come to visit, you've got a whole list of amazing, undiscovered places to take them. But what about the more obvious "tourist" places? When your fami- ly members ask about our historic mansions and famous museums, maybe you roll your eyes and quote Yogi Berra: "Nobody goes there any- more, it's too crowded." Like New Yorkers who live their whole lives in the five boroughs and never set foot inside the Empire State Building, you may be missing out on the best the Hudson Valley has to offer. So this summer, hike up your socks, strap on your fanny pack, and finally check out those places that everybody else goes to Be a tourist at home 5 destinations locals tend to overlook when they visit the Hudson Valley. And if you've already visited some of these sites, we've got some tips about new features and a few lesser-known details that you should know about. Because, you know, you're a local. Olana When most people think of the Hudson River, they think of the 19th Century Hudson River School of landscape painters. And there's no better way to get acquainted with this important American art move- ment than visiting Olana, the mag- nificent estate of landscape painter Frederic Edwin Church. Perched on a hill outside Hudson, this 250-acre estate features inspi- rational views of the Hudson Valley along its many walking trails. The house itself was designed by Calvert Vaux, the co-designer of New York's Central Park and houses Church's museum-quality collections of art and artifacts from all over the world. Details: The estate is located at 5720 Route 9G. Tours of the house itself cost $12 for adults, $10 for students and seniors, and free for kids 12 and under. Tours are kept small and fill up quickly, so it's strongly recommended that you make a tour reservation in advance by calling 518-828-0135. Been there, done that? If you've

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