Historic Hudson Valley NY

at Serene Vista Spa Bed and Breakfast

Serene Vista Spa Bed and Breakfast offers a superior location to visit Historic Hudson Valley attractions. If your looking for things to do in Upstate NY and you like visiting the historical sites that made this area famous then Stay at our Serene Vista Spa Bed and Breakfast retreat.Combine historical sightseeing with spa services at the best Spa B&B in the mid Hudson Valley. Have an array of spa services with our in-house Miracles Day Spa such as Massages, Facials and Body Treatments. Check out our Miracles Day Spa 

Don’t have a car? Take Adirondack Trailways Bus Station to New Paltz and we can provide transportation services to the B&B.

Don’t have a way to get bikes up to us? We have Bike Rentals here at Serene Vista Guest House, the best Spa B&B in the Hudson Valley.

Huguenot Street, New Paltz NY

Huguenot Street New Paltz NY is just 13 miles from Serene Vista Spa B&B. Founded in 1678, on the banks of the Wallkill River by French refugees, as on the banks of the Wallkill River it is now one of the oldest settlements in NY State. Huguenot Street is accessible from the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail.

http://www.huguenotstreet.org/

Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz NY

Just 3.5 miles from Serene Vista Spa B&B is the Mohonk Preserve with its many entry points and trailheads, some within biking distance from our B&B. After great bike riding and hiking in the New Paltz and surrounding Shawamgunk area come home to great spa service options, such as a range of massages, facials and body treatments at the best Spa B&B in the mid Hudson Valley, Serene Vista Guest House. Check out the Miracles Day Spa website or check out our Spa Specials offer for guests who stay at our Spa B&B.

Mohonk Preserve was named one of the five best city escapes nationwide by Outside magazine.

Mohonk Gatehouse, New Paltz NY

Just 13 miles from Serene Vista Spa B&B is the Mohonk Gatehouse. The Mohonk Gatehouse is one of the entrances to the Mohonk Preserve. The Testimonial Gatehouse, located on Route 299 West in New Paltz, was built in 1907 and once served as the main eastern entrance to Mohonk Mountain House. It led visitors down a stately pin oak allee. Mohonk Preserve plans call for the restoration of the long corridor of oak trees back to its former glory.

Walkway over the Hudson, Highland NY

Walkway over the Hudson State is just 20 miles from Serene Vista Spa B&B. Walkway over the Hudson is a New York State Park that is beautiful, exciting and great for moderate exercise. Combine interesting engineering with sightseeing

As a span over the Hudson River, this 212 feet tall and 1.28 miles long bridge is the longest, elevated pedestrian bridge in the world. This bridge was built in 1888. Twenty years after a 1974 fire ruined the tracks of the Poughkeepsie-Highland Railroad Bridge, Bill Sepe began advocating to make the rail bridge to a pedestrian and bicycle trail. The dream became a reality when the walkway opened in October 2009, celebrating the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson’s voyage in his ship, the Half Moon.

Warnings on the walkway Web site note that the temperature of the concrete can be up to 20 degrees hotter than the air, so people are advised to carry water, especially for pets, and to be careful of the dogs’ paws on the hot surface.

http://walkway.org/visit-walkway

Washingtons Headquarters, Newburgh NY

Washingtons Headquarters Newburgh NY is just 17 miles from Serene Vista Spa B&B. Combine historical sightseeing with Hudson River views. Out of all the homes that Washington called headquarters, this one was his for the longest time period of any during the war — 18 months. For 12 of these months, his wife Martha lived here also.

http://www.nysparks.com/historic-sites/17/details.aspx

River Cruises on the Hudson

Serene Vista Guest House is just 17 miles from the Newburgh Landing and many options for River Cruses on the Hudson. River Cruises on the Hudson, offer a way to have a relaxing excursion on the historic hudson River. If you desire a memorable evening out on the river, have your spa services in the morning at Serene Vista Spa Bed and Breakfast and then a romantic night with a River Cruises on the Hudson.

Ruins of a 19th century castle on Bannerman’s Island can be seen on special guided history and walking tours departing from Newburgh Landing and Beacon.  (845) 220-2120.

Hudson River Adventures operates the “Pride of the Hudson” out of Newburgh, offering sightseeing and sunset cruises throughout the season.  www.prideofthehudson.com  (845) 220-2120)

The “River Rose,” a New Orleans-style paddlewheeler, offers sunset and moonlight cruises, as well as afternoon sightseeing cruises, evening dance parties and dinner cruises, all departing from the Newburgh waterfront.River Rose Cruises (845) 562-1067.

Also see: http://www.hudsonriver.com/hudson-river-cruises

Olana House 

Over the Hudson River from Serene Vista Spa B&B is Olana House about 50miles away it is a great day trip.

Olana House is the home, studio and designed landscape of Hudson River School painter Frederic Edwin Church (1826-1900). Frederic Church used landscape painting to convey the expansionist, optimistic worldview of mid-19thcentury America. Church wanted to use art to reconcile the latest revelations of the natural sciences and the age-old evidence of the divine in nature. Today, Church is acknowledged as a leader within the Hudson River School, often called the first truly American style of painting.

The 250 acre historic estate features a Persian-inspired mansion filled with original sketches, studies and paintings by Church.

A diverse decorative arts collection includes objects from around the world. Five miles of carriage drives traverse a property developed in much the way Church created his canvasses, with planned vistas of the Hudson River Valley.

www.olana.org/

FDR House in Hyde Park

See FDR House in Hyde Park! From Serene Vista Spa B&B is only 26 miles away for a wonderful day Trip.
The home of Franklin D. Roosevelt in Hyde Park, New York, called Springwood, was the birthplace and home of the 32nd President of the United States. It is also his burial place. It is also the location of several other historic sites:
The Franklin D. Roosevelt Library is the first of the presidential libraries and was built in 1939-1940 to house the vast quantity of historical papers, books, and memorabilia the President had accumulated during a lifetime of public service and private collecting.
Also available, FDR’s Top Cottage retreat the place he built in 1938 to, “escape the mob” at Springwood. He also brought close friends and political allies here to discuss the state of the world or to simply relax.
Built in 1925, Val-Kill served at various times as a retreat for Eleanor Roosevelt and her friends, a furniture shop training local farmers, an multi-purpose shop including pewter making and weaving, a picnic site for the Roosevelt family and, finally, as the home of the First Lady after her husband died.
The Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site was established as a monument to an era rather than a tribute to any one person or family. The estate illustrates a way of life modeled on the English country house and is only unusual today because so few examples survive in the 21st century. More than a place to discuss the lifestyles of the rich and famous, the park offers a window into the philosophy of the American country house, the lives of its domestic staff, and its relationship to the surrounding community. In addition to a tour of the house, you should stroll on the 211 acres of park land that boast centuries old tree plantings, stunning Hudson River and Catskill Mountain views and Formal Gardens maintained by the volunteers of the Frederick William Vanderbilt Garden Association.