The Hudson Valley is home to a thriving arts culture. From the galleries of the Hudson Valley to music venues, artist associations, and various festivals, it is a great destination for art-lovers. In fact, there are so many ways to explore the Hudson Valley’s art that it might seem daunting picking where to start. That’s why we’ve made a list for you! Keep reading to find out some of the best places to start.
From the Hudson Valley River School on to today’s art scene, the Hudson Valley has seen its fair share of art and the artists who make it. Combine its closeness to the diversity found in New York City and its simultaneous removal that allows for natural inspiration, and you get a unique climate ripe for the arts. The Hudson Valley is brimming with opportunities to explore and enjoy all kinds of art—take a look below at some of the best places to begin.
Where to Experience Hudson Valley Art
Dia:Beacon is one of the largest museums of contemporary art in the United States and should be at the top of any art-lovers list of places to visit in the Hudson Valley. The museum in large part contributed to a transformation of Beacon into a place where the arts thrive.
Among its almost 300,000 square feet, you will find a collection spanning from the 1960s to now. A particularly unique feature you’ll notice at Dia:Beacon is the sheer scale of many of the exhibits. That is because Dia was founded with the vision of supporting artists whose projects might not otherwise be brought to fruition, leading to sprawling displays.
Live at the Falcon
Though Live at the Falcon doesn’t necessarily curate works from past famed artists, it does contribute to the modern art scene in the Hudson Valley. Tony Falco founded Live at the Falcon as a kind of jazz listening room, but Live at the Falcon largely defies simple categorization. Not only does it support a vibrant music scene in the Hudson Valley, but it also provides wall space for painters and photographers, resulting in a small gallery.
Storm King Art Center
The Storm King Art Center is an outdoor sculpture garden that spans 500 acres, making it one of the largest in the world. Stroll across the pastoral green expanses, and you’ll encounter both permanent and temporary exhibitions of modern and contemporary art.
The outdoor setting is not incidental; the Storm King Art Center aims to “nurture a bond between nature, art, and people,” so nature itself is a part of the experience. Keep in mind that since it is an outdoor garden, it is open seasonally. There is also a Visitor Center and Museum with a store where you can purchase everything from sunscreen to books on sculpture, landscape, and more.
These are just a few of the illustrious venues dedicated to the arts in the Hudson Valley. To discover what other galleries, museums, and theatres make their home here, request a copy of our free vacation guide!
Stay in a Beautiful Lodge
Return from a day of enjoying the art of the Hudson Valley to peaceful lodgings in a pastoral setting. Saint Hubert’s Lodge sits on 165 rolling acres complete with a championship sporting clays course, orchard, ponds, and multi-use barn (available for events). You can stroll through the lovely grounds or relax at the cozy lodge—it’s all up to you!
Our lodgings offer a balanced blend of rustic charm and modern luxury. Private bathrooms, soft bathrobes, and comfortable seating areas are just a few of the things you can expect during your stay at Saint Hubert’s Lodge. Some of our suites even feature romantic fireplaces and deep tubs perfect for relaxing.