The area is home to our nation's pivotal historical events. In the early 1700's, the new world was being formed, and nowhere was it more evident than right here in the Hudson Valley and Highland Falls / Ft. Montgomery area. By the late 1700's the "Americans" in the area were becoming a bit unruly for the British...the British wanted to break the growing spirit of independance.
In order to stop the British from squashing the growing independence movement, there were several forts built in the area; Ft. Montgomery, Ft. Clinton, and Ft. Constitution. General Washington decided this was the area where a "stand" would be made, to include a large chain placed across the river to stop the British ships from sailing up the river to the early capitol and Saratoga. Had the chain not held, the British would have been able to sail up the river to consolidate territory and continue rule over the colonies in America.
Many of these historical sites are noted in the area and open for Tourist visitation.
Culinary Institute of America
CIA is world reknown for the training of expert chefs. Located in the Hudson Valley at Hyde Park, It has been called the "Harvard" of culinary schools by Julia Child. Visit the american, French or Italian fare restaurants and book early for a meal of memories.
Acknowledged as the oldest operating winery in the U.S., Brotherhood produces a variety of world-class wines. The unique soil conditions and near presence of the Hudson River to temper the winter conditions allows the winemaster to produce special blend of wines, although not without difficulty.Tour the underground caverns with wine storage barrels, or visit the beautiful tasting room, capped off by a excellent meal in the Vinum Cafe.
Play a round at the world class West Point golf course. Designed by Robert Trent Jones, the 18 hole course has a rating of 68 and slope of 126; a challenge for most of us. For details, please consult the website.
United States Military Academy
The U.S. Government purchased land in the area of the current West Point around 1790. By 1812, Congress established the rules and requirements for entry into the USMA, making the graduates a part of the U.S. Army. Some of its more famous graduates include Robert E. Lee, Ulysses S. Grant, Stonewall Jackson, John J. Pershing, Douglas McArthur, Dwight D. Eisenhower, George S. Patton and others. Visit West Point while you're in the area and take a tour.
Shopping and Antiques
If you're a shopper and you have not been to Woodbury Common, you have to go...it has over 220 outlets, one of the largest in the world, and is a mecca for tourists worldwide.
If antiques are your interest, than Coldspring, Peekskill, and Nyack are the places to go and explore the many shops.
Storm King Art Museum
Totalling over 500 acres, you can walk or take a golf cart and tour over 100 sculptures by reknown artists. The carefully manacured grounds and woodlands constantly change from every viewpoint for your visual appeal.