The Hudson River Valley has always inspired art and artists and was the inspiration for the first American aesthetic movement known as the Hudson River School. Today you can visit the homes of these great artists, see the beauty that inspired them, and see their paintings throughout the museums of the area.
The founder of the Hudson River School of Art, Thomas Cole, made his home at Cedar Grove, in the town of Catskill; you can visit his house, with its original painting and period furnishings, as well as his studio. And, outside of Hudson, built on a hill with spectacular views and nestled on 250 acres of picturesque grounds is Olana, the Persian-style castle and workplace of Cole's disciple and student, Frederic Edwin Church.
In Poughkeepsie, are two more wonderful stops including Locust Grove Estate, the home of Samuel F.B. Morse and his collections of paintings by Cole, Church, Gifford and Inness; and the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College houses an extensive collection of Hudson River School paintings.
And visit Everest, in Hastings-on-Hudson. This home and studio of Jasper Cropsey, one of the most famous artists of the Hudson River School, exemplifies 19th century life in the Hudson Valley.
Contemporary art is in abundance throughout the area. Most notably are the incredible art spaces of DIA: Beacon and Storm King Sculpture Garden. Widely celebrated as one of the world's leading sculpture parks, Storm King Art Center has welcomed visitors for fifty years. Located in the lower Hudson Valley, its pristine 500-acre landscape of fields, hills, and woodlands provides the setting for a collection of more than 100 carefully sited sculptures created by some of the most acclaimed artists of our time. On the banks of the Hudson River in Beacon, Dia: Beacon occupies a former Nabisco box-printing facility. Dia:Beacon's expansive spaces are well suited for its large-scale installations, paintings, and sculptures.
And finally, artists still thrive along the Hudson River towns. Art Along the Hudson http://www.artalongthehudson.com/ offers a guide to the local artists and their studios - representing over 1000 artists, 400 studio tour participants, 250 art venues, 150 art festivals and community events.
Hi, we are Valerie Valente and Eric Miller, owners of the Journey Inn Bed & Breakfast. After a lifetime in Brooklyn Heights, NY, we so enjoyed our own excursions to the beautiful Hudson Valley, we decided to make it our home – and to share with others our love for this wonderful part of the world. We are fortunate to also have Val’s parents, Victor and Victoria here to help us show you a warm and welcoming stay in our beloved Inn. We can’t wait to meet you.