For many native New Yorkers, summer means two things: summer Fridays, and approximately 12 weekends to escape the scorching pavement and smelly subway stations as often as humanly possible.
Luckily, there are many nearby oases to seek refuge in for city dwellers who take their weekend relaxation as seriously as their 9-to-5s. While many people head east for the Hamptons, this weekend, I decided to head north to check out what the Hudson Valley had to offer.
Although many parts of the Hudson Valley are easily accessible by way of the MetroNorth train, I wanted a vehicle that would accommodate a VIP guest — Clementine, my boyfriend’s German shepherd. So, our friends at GMC graciously hooked us up with a 2019 GMC Terrain.
Clementine loving the 2019 GMC Terrain
If you’re looking for a family- friendly (or pup-friendly) vehicle to travel in, the 2019 Terrain should absolutely be at the top of your list. Thanks to the flat-folding back seats, loading and unloading is a breeze. And with many USB charging ports, you never have to fight over who gets to charge their device during a long ride. Not to mention, we never had to worry about losing connection in patches of spotty service thanks to the built-in WiFi hotspot.
My Hudson valley destination for the weekend was the adorable town of Saugerties, about two hours north of the city. The main priority for this trip was to get in as much quality nature time as I could, and Saugerties did not disappoint. The amazing Kaaterskills waterfall hike was a quick but scenic drive from the center of town, and although the weather was on the wetter side for the hike, the views were still stunning (and the normally crowded trail was empty!). Even closer to town was a trail to the historic Saugerties Light, an amazing lighthouse, and bed-and-breakfast on the Hudson River that looks like a set out of a Nicholas Sparks film.
Historic Saugerties Light
When it was time to take off our hiking shoes and refuel, Saugerties had a number of charming and delicious cafes to try — my personal favorite was the newly opened Ohana Cafe, offering amazing crepes with a homey, Hawaiian-inspired atmosphere. And if you’re looking to get some shopping in, there are plenty of nearby boutiques to explore, filled with vintage clothing and gorgeous antiques.
If you need a break from the metropolitan grind and want to reconnect with the great outdoors, but only have few vacation days left to spare, I would absolutely recommend visiting the Hudson Valley for a weekend. The Monday morning beast is always easier to tackle after a few days of fresh air and good food — and at the very least, you’ll have some seriously enviable #nofilter Instagram content to show off to your coworkers.