The Hudson Valley is a picturesque place, not only for its natural beauty but for the architectural treasures tucked into the hamlets and towns scattered on both sides of the river.
Weehawken is known for its impressive waterfront views of the skyscraper filled skyline of Manhattan, but if you go a bit inland the town has its own impressive tower.
Newburgh, perched on a scenic spot along the western banks of the Hudson River, is a must see for 19th century architecture buffs.
If the continued chilly weather has you dreaming of fireplaces and cozy historic houses this virtual tour of fireplaces from the historic town of Newburgh, N.Y is sure to satisfy your craving.
For years, we’ve been dying to go to the house tour in Newburgh, N.Y., called the Candlelight Tour, and this year we finally did. A few years ago, we’d heard of Newburgh because we read the blog Door Sixteen, but we didn’t know anything about it. One day we were tagging along with a friend who had business in town, and were simply agog when we stepped out of the car. The streets are like an outdoor house museum, with picture postcard examples of different architectural styles spanning the 18th through the early 20th century.
Newburgh’s perch overlooking the Hudson makes it extremely scenic as well as important militarily. It was a key spot during the Revolutionary War (George Washington’s house there is now a museum) and it became a fancy resort town in the late 19th century. It fell on hard times about 90 years later. Its history has been well documented here and here by the blog Big Old Houses.
The house tour, which took place Sunday, was brimming with friendly folks, above, all of whom seemed to know each other and have interesting stories to tell about their houses. We wish we could have stayed for hours more. We highly recommend the tour — and lunch at the always delicious Mexican restaurant the Maya Cafe in nearby Fishkill. Has anyone else attended the tour? Click through to the jump for tons of pictures.