We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I'd appreciate any suggestions for sights to see or roads to travel in the Hudson River Valley. My daughter and I will be visiting the area in October (we'll probably stay in the Kingston/Rhinebeck area, but will have a car and week to explore).
Olena is a must. Then see Thimas Cole's house across the bridge in Catskill. If you then have time. Hike the trail in the North South Park that leads to the site of the Catskill Mountain House, which Church painted. And nearby Kaaterskill Falls. You'll feel like Church and Cole are with you. Mohonk Mountain House is worth 2 days. Hudson is a charming City. If you get to Albany, do go to the State Museum and Albany art museum. The latter is chock full of Hudson School works and sculpture.
I spent 20 years working for Big Blue just down the road. My recommendations are:
If you like old planes - this is a fun show: https://oldrhinebeck.org/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walkway_over_the_Hudson - old railroad bridge, now a pedestrian walkway. Great views, not for the acrophobic.
http://www.canalmuseum.org/depuy-canal-house - this was, for a few years, a wonderful restaurant. It's being returned to its historical roots. There are many remnants of old canals to explore in the area. More on that can be found at http://www.canalmuseum.org/ .
I hesitate to mention this because you are likely familiar, but in Hyde Park, the CIA isn't a spy shop, but one of the world's great cooking schools. They run several restaurants staffed by the students. Great dining and engaging conversation with your server and the maitre d'hotel - https://www.ciarestaurantgroup.com/new-york-restaurants/
Not too far away are a number of estates and mansions along the Hudson. https://www.nps.gov/vama/index.htm https://www.nps.gov/hofr/index.htm are a couple I have enjoyed.
9D from the Bear Mountain Bridge up through Beacon is nice. River Road in Rhinebeck, just south of the Kingston Bridge is pretty. Chelsea Clinton was married at an estate someplace along here.
The town of Woodstock (not where the music festival was held) is an interesting place for crafts shopping. They used to have a nice local playhouse there as well.
That's enough, I'm starting to feel a little homesick now.