How lucky are we to live in the Hudson Valley, right?  Beautiful sights, scenery (especially now that the leaves are changing), the history, museums and parks, great local businesses and restaurants to take advantage of, and the list goes on and on.  The list is so inclusive, in fact, that the Hudson Valley towns was cited in a recent New York Daily News article about 'breezy scenic day trips' to escape the hustle and bustle of the city.

Who made the list?  Woodstock, of course!

A half-century after its namesake festival, Woodstock has blossomed into a quietly affluent Ulster County town and an alluring weekend destination. Stroll down Tinker Street, where “minimalist clothing” boutique Woodstock Design abuts beloved indie bookstore Golden Notebook and artisan treat maker Fruition Chocolate Works . Woodstock’s artsy spirit still looms large: lose yourself at Opus 40, a 6-acre sculpture maze just outside town, or the resplendent Buddhist monastery, the Karma Triyana Dharmachakra  atop Overlook Mountain. Dine at Silvia, whose wood-fired grill churns out delectable, locally sourced chicken, beef, and veg. And stay at the just-opened Herwood Inn, with sleek, serene suites inspired by Stevie Nicks, Aretha Franklin, Manhattan native Carole King, and “Woodstock” crooner Joni Mitchell.

I love a good stroll around Woodstock, but I definitely think that there are other areas of the Hudson Valley that could have been highlighted.

New Paltz obviously tops my list of great escapes from city life, what's on yours?