Hudson Valley Named One of the Top 20 Must-See Destinations in the World; Blue Hill at Stone Barns Gets a Shout-Out


Along places like Uganda, with its exotic and diverse topography of savanna, lakes, rainforests and glaciers; the verdant and shimmering Caribbean island of Grenada; and Bodø, the snow-covered captial of Norway’s Nordland Province, National Geographic Traveler Magazine has chosen the Hudson Valley as one of the top 20 places in the world to visit.

Blue Hill at Stone BarnsThe magazine cited the region’s art, music and food as destination-worthy, mentioning the Hudson River School Art Trail, Clearwater Festival in Croton-on-Hudson, the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park and the restaurant Blue Hill at Stone Barns, left, a leader in the locavore movement.

It also gave a shout-out to shopping, including at “mom-and-pop shops, ‘u-pick’ wildflower fields, and organic farm stands where “chain” is a four-letter word.” The village of Woodstock, Bread Alone Bakery and Sleepy Hollow Cemetery were recommended stops on a tour.

“The Hudson must surely be one of the world’s most extraordinary streams,” 93-year-old musician Pete Seeger, the founder of Clearwater, was quoted as saying in the story. “Other rivers are longer and start higher, but my wife and I and our daughter look every day from the windows of our two-room house and see the Hudson. Bless it!”

St. Augustine, Memphis, the Missouri River Breaks were other U.S. destinations in the article. Find it at


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Liz Johnson is content strategist for The Journal News and, and the founding editor of lohudfood, formerly know as Small Bites. As food editor, she won awards from the New York News Publishers Association, the Association of Food Journalists and the Associated Press. She lives in Nyack with her husband and daughter on a tiny suburban lot they call their farm — with fruit trees, an herb garden, and a yardful of lettuce, tomatoes, onions, shallots, cucumbers, zucchini, radishes, cabbage, peppers, Brussels sprouts and carrots and four big blueberry bushes.

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