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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 lives in Monte Carlo, but spent the past decade living in NYC, still considers herself a New Yorker, and visits regularly. She's always traveling, looking for hot new topics, destinations, and life hacks to bring to Urbanette readers.

Reader Discussion: 34 Comments

  1. Avatar of Caroline Zalog

    You’ve really convinced me to book a stay there. I really like how the Buttermilk Inn looks like. It’s plain and nothing really too fancy, but the surroundings and the views are really great. I will literally turn off my phone just so I can really relax during my stay here. No social media or gadgets aside from taking pictures. No WiFi for me and no data connection either. I just want a vacation that’s away from all the pressures of daily life and I just want to chill!

  2. Avatar of Lorena Suarez

    It must be very fun to travel to a lot of places. If only I had that luxury too.

  3. Avatar of Carol Ribeiro

    Sorry, but I’m not a fan of historic places. It’s just nice to take pictures but it just doesn’t feel fulfilling for me.

  4. Avatar of ERICA


    Rhineback looks like a very colorful place to visit. It’s an eye-candy to look at. I bet pictures and OOTDs would be amazing here. But I prefer the scenery in Buttermilk more than the Hamptons style one. Sometimes, luxurious hotels aren’t the key to a great vacation. It’s the amount of lush greenery that I see around me. We’re always surrounded by hotels in the city anyway and I want a change of scenery when I’m on a vacation. I don’t even mind sleeping in wooden beds.

  5. Avatar of Lorena Tucci

    Where’s the falls? Of all the things… That’s what you didn’t show.

  6. Avatar of Caroline Leonora

    I didn’t think drive-in theaters still existed. It’s a nice thing though! I want to experience it.?

  7. Avatar of Jeanette Cobb

    Jeanette Cobb

    A facial sounds really good right now. I agree with your philosophy that our skin will reflect what’s on the inside. I’ve never encountered Babor products, but if I ever encounter them I’ll avoid it because I don’t want toxic products on my skin. Cucumber toner sounds really great and refreshing on the skin, I would also want to try that apple honey mask. It probably smells like delicious pie. I really want to try. I’m asking my friends to go here with me.

  8. Avatar of KELLY


    If you enjoy places like this or museum like visits, this can be a good place. But if I wanted R & R, I would rather go elsewhere.

    • Avatar of Carol Hopkins

      Carol Hopkins

      I kind of feel the same. This place looks beautiful but there isn’t much to do.

  9. Avatar of Debora Candiotto

    The Vanderbilt mansion looks really cool. It looks like something from the movies. It would be really great to take pictures here.

  10. Avatar of Lorena Yoshi

    Llamas are so cute. I like that the wildlife here is very abundant. I really think that there should be more places that are like this– a sanctuary for wildlife and a haven for people to enjoy nature at its finest. I find it really rare for places like this to be frequently be visited by people, unless you’re a nature lover and you’re in a vacation. But places like this need regulars so they can appreciate the beauty of having nature around us instead of skyscrapers.

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