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6 Reasons to Visit Buttermilk Falls

One of our favorite areas in the Hudson Valley comes alive with these can’t-miss experiences.


The first thing that comes to mind when I think of getting some R & R that will tremendously rejuvenate me isn’t the beach nor some far Mediterranean seaside. When I close my eyes I want to hear chirping birds, the sound of rustling leaves, and probably the slow hush of a river. This is what I always envisioned as a perfect getaway. Far enough from the city to feel like you’re out in nature, yet close enough not to get exhausted during traveling.

6 Reasons to Visit Buttermilk Falls

Me, soaking in the scenery at Buttermilk in upstate NY’s Hudson Valley

So when I decided to go for a quick getaway from New York City, I found myself in the Hudson Valley area of upstate NY, about an hour and a half north of NYC. If you’re looking for more reasons why you should go to this side of town, here are just a few of them:


Storm King Art Center

On your way upstate (it’s right off the highway 30 minutes before you reach Buttermilk Falls Inn), make sure to stop in at this outdoor wonderland. This gorgeous art center spans over 500 acres of rolling lush hills, rivers, wildlife and beautiful sculptures ranging in size from tall to small – it almost feels extra-terrestrial! Sometimes there are no words to describe the feelings of tranquility while viewing these pieces except for seeing it yourself in person. The absolutely massive sculptures have space and distance to enjoy from all angles. The permanent sculptures of Moore, Calder, Nevelson, Noguchi, are large and yet also somehow small within the context of the vastness of nature.

6 Reasons to Visit Buttermilk Falls

Just one of the many incredible sculptures on display

Visitors to Storm King Arts Center are able to picnic on the grounds or rent bikes to better cover the picturesque layout. The perfect spot for a day date or to bring a group of fun-loving friends! I would certainly recommend coming in the afternoon (the daily 2pm tour introduces various aspects of Storm King’s collection and program), but with enough time to view the park as it closes around 5pm and takes at least 3 hours to view properly. There are fantastic shuttles that take you around to give you a quick overview. You can als experience outdoor yoga among Storm King’s sculptures Saturday mornings from June through September.

6 Reasons to Visit Buttermilk Falls

Call ahead to find out when special events are happening

Some tips: Don’t go at the end of the day (make sure to leave yourself plenty of time – this place is huge), leave the dog at home (as they’re sadly not allowed on the property – I’m guessing because they scare the ducks and other wildlife), bring your own healthy snacks (there is a cafe, but it’s small and only sells soups, sandwiches, hotdogs, and mac and cheese), and don’t bring your own bike (like a movie theater that makes you buy your snacks on premises, Storm King Art Center makes you rent and use their bikes).

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A writer, artist, and designer since she was young enough to put pencil to paper, Hilary taught herself code and created Urbanette when she was a teenager. Currently, she spends most of her time traveling around Europe, with pied-a-terre's in Zurich, London, Milan and Lyon, France. Hilary spent the past decade living in NYC, still considers herself a New Yorker, and visits regularly. She's always looking for hot new topics, destinations, and life hacks to bring to Urbanette readers.

Reader Discussion: 13 Comments


  2. Robin Collins

    Such gorgeous place. Another must go vacation spot that I have to see.

  3. I’ve only been to this area once, but I never thought about staying in this inn. Now I know where I can have some quality R and R.

    • Hannah Meyers

      I also didn’t know this place existed and its so close to the chaos that is NY. Don’t get me wrong, I love NYC. 😀

  4. Sarah Evanston

    I toured the Vanderbilt Mansion a few years ago — it’s incredible. Highly recommend it. Next time I’ll also check out Buttermilk – looks like heaven.

    • Francis Woods

      I’ve never been, but I adore the Gilded Age. Have you seen the new show on comedy central called Another Period?? It’s about that time period and people like the Vanderbilts — so hilarious.

      • Hannah Meyers

        I watch that, Francis! It’s so crazy funny. And it gives me an idea how life was before. Nothing different, to be honest. It’s still all about the fame and fortune 🙂

  5. Buttermilk Falls looks so picturesque! The next time I’m in NYC for an extended period (which should be soon, hopefully), I’ll make a trip up there. 🙂

  6. Oh wow – Buttermilk Falls sounds incredible! I’m always on the hunt for great weekend escapes from NYCrazy… thanks for this one! Sounds like fall would be the ideal time to visit, when the leaves are changing. Can’t wait!

  7. Wow, this place looks amazing! It’s so close to NYC, you’d think it’s in Montana or something like that. I have to talk my BF into booking us a trip up there. Looks like it’ll have to be after the summer, they’re crazy booked up right now! It’s all your fault Urbanette, haha 🙂

  8. Christine Muchoe

    Definitely adding this to my list of places to visit! So close to the city too, thanks for sharing!

  9. Trish Potter

    Terrific, comprehensive article on Butternut Hill and vicinity in the Hudson Valley. So much info, including Storm King Art Center, Vanderbilt Mansion, Rhinebeck, area inns and restaurants, it’s almost a mini travel guide (with great photos) to the region. Well done!

  10. I’ve always wanted to go to this part of the Hudson Valley. You’ve given me more reasons to go! Thanks, Hilary 😀

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