I know, I know. "Is it really a secret if it's plastered all over social media?" Probably not, but it could make for a fun staycation Hudson Valley adventure if you didn't know about it.

With the warmer weather en route, many Hudson Valley residents are hitting the hiking trails. Some are going to their go-to spots, others are searching for that hidden gem in the Hudson Valley. If you're looking to skip the hike and maybe take in a nice relaxing staycation in the Hudson Valley, Saugerties may be the way to go.

The Instagram account HVHAPPENINGS shared a 'secret staircase' that leads to a beautiful scenic spot.

I think anyone looking for an adventure would chase down an opportunity to take in these views:


Saugerties Not so Secret Staircase

Okay, so the staircase isn't a big secret. It's actually a part of the Diamond Mills Hotel. The stairs lead to the beautiful Esopus Falls and depending on the finicky Hudson Valley weather, you'll be treated to raging waters.

Thankfully, it being a part of a hotel will help it avoid becoming a tourist trap. To visit the secret staircase, you must be a guest or dining at Diamond Mills Hotel.

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In February 2023 Diamond Mills Hotel and Tavern announced changes set for spring of 2023. According to a social media post the Diamond Mills Tavern would be closed from February 2023 until April 2023 for renovations. Post renovations the Diamond Mills Tavern will become a sister restaurant to the very popular New York City Farm-to-table seasonal food establishment called Black Barn.

SEE MORE: Tavern At Diamond Mills Is Undergoing Big Exciting Changes

A quick peek at the Diamond Mill Instagram page explains that BlackBarn  should be opening its doors on April 13th, 2023.

While we wait for Black Barn to open at Diamond Mills Tavern, check out these Hudson Valley restaurants with an exceptional bar area to dine at:

Hudson Valley Restaurants Where You'll Want to Eat at the Bar

Chances are your favorite Hudson Valley Restaurant in Kingston, Poughkeepsie, Newburgh, and beyond has an awesome bar. Next time you are at your favorite lunch or dinner spot consider a seat at the bar for your meal. I tried it once because the dining room was booked and now the restaurant bar for food and drinks is sometimes my preferred choice. Here a some of the ones I have discovered that you can enjoy.

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