Unique things to do in Hudson Valley
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Unique things to do in Hudson Valley

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Guided Winter Hiking Adventure - Gear & Photos Included
Guests will meet host near the entrance to the Catskills in Palenville, New York, where winter is finally here! After a brief intro and gear check, well head up into the mountains - with scenic vistas, frozen waterfalls, and pristine summits - there's an adventure waiting - no matter your skill level. Learn about the flora, fauna and geography along the way as you immerse in the best of the Catskills with a licensed hiking guide & adventure photographer. All needed winter gear is included and provided. Hikes range in difficulty from easy to challenging and I do my best to tune to the overall skill level of the group. Whether you're a first time hiker or seasoned mountaineer - I'm excited to share my favorite hikes and hidden gems of the mountains with you. Throughout the hike, I’ll be capturing you and the scenery with my professional camera and iPhone, which I will AirDrop (email for Android users) Professional shots (from 42 megapixel mirrorless camera) emailed after hike For full day hike options, send me a message! Other things to note -I am a NYS DEC Licensed Hiking & Camping Guide (Badge #8246 - CPR, AED, & Wilderness First Aid Certified! -Solo travelers please message prior to booking, as I will try to match up with other solo bookers. Most trips I do require a 2 person minimum, but can be flexible! -Senior hikers, please message prior to booking!
Sanctuary Tour and Pamper a Pig
At Wayward Ranch Animal Sanctuary our herd of rescued pot bellies are some of our most loveable, exciting and memorable residents! This experience gives you the opportunity for a 15 minute tour of the beautiful 60 acre sanctuary to meet our horses, goats, sheep and cats. Then onto 45 minutes of dedicated time with our herd of pigs! Pigs are often misunderstood, labeled as loud, dirty and not social. This couldn't be further from the truth! Pigs are in fact highly intelligent, emotional and sensitive creatures that thrive with enrichment and human interaction. During your time with the pigs, you will learn the unique stories of each pig and have the chance to groom, feed, cuddle and participate in the various fun enrichment games! If you don't see a date and time that works for you, please reach out to us directly to schedule! Other things to note Whenever you are interacting with animals, it is important to keep in mind that animals can be unpredictable. They may accidentally scratch you or even grab a finger when they mean to grab a treat from your hand. Our pigs are not aggressive generally, but it is always best to be cautious around all animals! It's also important that you do NOT bring along your own pet to this experience because they will not be allowed on the experience and cannot be left alone in a car!
Llama/Alpaca Hike and Farm Experience
Your visit will begin with a brief tour of our farm and introductions to some of our smaller friends (i.e. Pygoras goats, Sheep and overly friendly Barn Cats ) with a short story of our 1850 homestead located in The Historic Hudson Valley on 25 bucolic acres . Next, Introduction to Llama/Alpaca 101 and why these soft and fluffy critters are the new Unicorn of animals. We will cover basic safety rules and answer any questions before we begin our trek. We will guide your Llama/Alpaca trek through gentle pastures, paddocks, past a stocked Bass pond and encourage Llama/Alpaca Selfies along the way. We hope to leave you a few minutes at the end to stop by the Farm Store and find a special farm memento. Please note that high heels and flip flops are not encouraged and bug spray(during warmer months only) is recommended. This experience is for participants 8yrs and older. Other things to note This is a working farm and reserve the right to make decisions for the safety of both our guests and animals. NO PETS AT OR ON THE FARM AT ANY TIME. --*For additional dates - visit www cloverbrookefarm . com Contact us for addl. dates not listed. ** Cancellation policy-must cancel 7 days prior to start of Experience, after that, no refunds accepted.
The Original Hugs and Hike with the Herd, Rescue Goats
Did you know that spending time around animals reduces stress and increases feelings of happiness? You can double that when they are rescued goats! Come spend time outdoors and meet some of the most affectionate goats there are. Visitors will get an introduction to each goat and and learn about their breed as well as their rescue stories, behaviors and unique characteristics of the species. We are loaded with goat fun facts and corny goat puns to add a little laughter into our day! You'll also become part of the herd when we start a leisurely 1/2 mile hike through marked trails on our 15 acre property with the goats, who enjoy navigating the trails and foraging along the way. Watching the goats in a natural habitat and bonding with them is truly magical. We end with extra quality time with all of the goats, who love lots of attention, allowing for plenty of hugs, scratches, and photo ops. Everyone leaves with a sticker of their favorite goat. This experience is fun for all ages - we have an equal amount of adults and children. If a date or time isn't available on our calendar, please ask! We would love to accommodate you if we are able! Please note: *This activity is rain or shine, with the exception of local weather advisories or heavy rain. * There is a portapotty on-site as a convenience and for emergencies only.
Goatie Cuddle!
Put life on pause and relax, as you absorb an hour of tranquility! Let yourself go! Rediscover your wonder and appreciation of the “little things” that nature has to offer…in a charming, artistic, and whimsical setting…with goats! Spend some time chillin’ with goats! Take them on short hike on our nature trails! Maybe even jump on the trampoline with a goat! An adventurous spirit, a love of nature, and a Goatie Cuddle can give you that unique, fun experience you’ve been looking for! Perfect for the whole family! Other things to note: *Mariaville Goat Farm is located @ 233 North Rd, Pattersonville, NY 12137; please map prior to booking to ensure that this experience is within a reasonable distance for you. *Delicious picnic and bagged lunches can add that special touch to your experience! Please contact hosts for details and payment. *Larger groups may be accommodated upon request. The Goatie Cuddle experience is best when tailored to smaller, more intimate (rather than mixed) groups. *Please note that we host special events (especially around holidays) so if you are not seeing availability here, please visit our website: mariavillegoatfarm dot com.

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Horseback riding in the Catskill Mountains
Take a guided horseback riding tour on our 300+ acres of private mountain trails lead by an experienced guide. After signing up and meeting the horses, we will show you the skills you need to ride through our trails. You will be accompanied by an experienced trail guide the entire time. This is a beginner friendly ride, most of the ride is walking, we go at the pace of the least experienced rider in the group. If you would like to do some more trotting, don't want to ride in a group, or are experienced, we recommend booking a private ride. The ride itself is 1 hour long and is done in a western saddle. The minimum age is 7 years to ride. Please feel free to reach out with any questions or requests before booking!
Unique Trail Riding on Horseback
Come join us for a trail ride! Maximum of 2 riders, this guided trail ride provides an intimate and tailored trail riding experience on horseback for everyone to enjoy. We have over 85 acres of trails and guides will tailor the ride to what suits your experience and wants. WHEN BOOKING: We send out instructions and directions automatically once booked via message. Please check this message and read through, so you know where to go.
Art with Heart, Paint with Rescue Goats
Traditional art classes can be intimidating. This laid-back atmosphere is perfect for anyone looking to try out their painting skills. Plus, everything is better with GOATS! A brief introduction of the residents and tour of the sanctuary is followed by setting up materials and getting creative. With an approach of “art as therapy”, we can be as instructive or inspiring as each guest needs. We provide the professional art materials, easels, smocks complimentary beverages and the super cute, affectionate goats! You can either bring your masterpiece home or donate it to the sanctuary to help them raise funds. Please note: * This activity is bested suited for participants over the age of 13. *This activity is rain or shine, with the exception of local weather advisories. * There is a portapotty on-site as a convenience and for emergencies only. * While you might be able to get an Uber/Lyft/cab to our location, it is VERY difficult to find the same service for a return trip. Please plan accordingly!
Guided Winter Hiking Adventure - Gear & Photos Included
Guests will meet host near the entrance to the Catskills in Palenville, New York, where winter is finally here! After a brief intro and gear check, well head up into the mountains - with scenic vistas, frozen waterfalls, and pristine summits - there's an adventure waiting - no matter your skill level. Learn about the flora, fauna and geography along the way as you immerse in the best of the Catskills with a licensed hiking guide & adventure photographer. All needed winter gear is included and provided. Hikes range in difficulty from easy to challenging and I do my best to tune to the overall skill level of the group. Whether you're a first time hiker or seasoned mountaineer - I'm excited to share my favorite hikes and hidden gems of the mountains with you. Throughout the hike, I’ll be capturing you and the scenery with my professional camera and iPhone, which I will AirDrop (email for Android users) Professional shots (from 42 megapixel mirrorless camera) emailed after hike For full day hike options, send me a message! Other things to note -I am a NYS DEC Licensed Hiking & Camping Guide (Badge #8246 - CPR, AED, & Wilderness First Aid Certified! -Solo travelers please message prior to booking, as I will try to match up with other solo bookers. Most trips I do require a 2 person minimum, but can be flexible! -Senior hikers, please message prior to booking!
Sanctuary Tour and Pamper a Pig
At Wayward Ranch Animal Sanctuary our herd of rescued pot bellies are some of our most loveable, exciting and memorable residents! This experience gives you the opportunity for a 15 minute tour of the beautiful 60 acre sanctuary to meet our horses, goats, sheep and cats. Then onto 45 minutes of dedicated time with our herd of pigs! Pigs are often misunderstood, labeled as loud, dirty and not social. This couldn't be further from the truth! Pigs are in fact highly intelligent, emotional and sensitive creatures that thrive with enrichment and human interaction. During your time with the pigs, you will learn the unique stories of each pig and have the chance to groom, feed, cuddle and participate in the various fun enrichment games! If you don't see a date and time that works for you, please reach out to us directly to schedule! Other things to note Whenever you are interacting with animals, it is important to keep in mind that animals can be unpredictable. They may accidentally scratch you or even grab a finger when they mean to grab a treat from your hand. Our pigs are not aggressive generally, but it is always best to be cautious around all animals! It's also important that you do NOT bring along your own pet to this experience because they will not be allowed on the experience and cannot be left alone in a car!
Adventure Hike with the Herd
Everything is better with goats. (It's true.) Designed specifically for the people who love being active in the outdoors and also love animals! Come hike with us and our herd of rescued goats through the beauty of the forest tucked into a remote part of the Catskills, just 2 hours from Manhattan. Our goats feel safest with humans and so they magically follow and walk with us through the woods on seasoned trails as we become part of their herd. No leashes needed! We will meander over beautiful streams, enjoying the wildlife and scenery while we forage for some of the goat's favorite treats. We stop midway for a brief rest and water break before finishing our loop, hiking approximately 2.5 miles and taking about 1.5 - 2 hrs, depending on our pace. For those who are interested, your guide can tell you the rescue story of each goat, share their quirks and different personalities and answer any question you might have about goats in general (with a few terrible goat jokes/puns thrown in for good measure.) If you are looking for a unique outdoor experience that combines your love of animals, hiking and nature, this is for you! Please note: * This experience is best suited for guests over age 16 over due to the length of the hike, variable terrain & size/behaviors of the goats. *This activity is rain or shine, with the exception of local weather advisories or heavy downpour.
Five-Element Walking Meditation w/ guidance and crystal gift
We will meet at Poets Walk - a trail that is inspired by artists and poets of the Hudson Valley and beyond. This trail is a scenic 2-mile loop with various lookouts and places to sit and meditate throughout the grounds. We will begin together at the head of the trail to review the guidance on breathing practices for your walk and a focus for your meditation. There are 5 parts to this meditation to bring awareness to the 5 elements in yourself and around you. We will walk with intention and focused on our breath - once we arrive at our designated meditation spot ( a gazebo overlooking the water and woods ) you will be guided through gentle physical movement to prepare for a seated meditation that will close our experience. Beginners are encouraged as well as seasoned meditators are encouraged - all participants are free to practice what they know and deepen their awareness along the way. As part of your meditation practice, you will receive a healing gemstone picked just for you and your intentions. You will be given instructions on usage and care for you to take with you on your meditation journeys. This walk is meant to be an open level introduction to meditation as a whole-body experience - ALL WELCOME
Llama/Alpaca Hike and Farm Experience
Your visit will begin with a brief tour of our farm and introductions to some of our smaller friends (i.e. Pygoras goats, Sheep and overly friendly Barn Cats ) with a short story of our 1850 homestead located in The Historic Hudson Valley on 25 bucolic acres . Next, Introduction to Llama/Alpaca 101 and why these soft and fluffy critters are the new Unicorn of animals. We will cover basic safety rules and answer any questions before we begin our trek. We will guide your Llama/Alpaca trek through gentle pastures, paddocks, past a stocked Bass pond and encourage Llama/Alpaca Selfies along the way. We hope to leave you a few minutes at the end to stop by the Farm Store and find a special farm memento. Please note that high heels and flip flops are not encouraged and bug spray(during warmer months only) is recommended. This experience is for participants 8yrs and older. Other things to note This is a working farm and reserve the right to make decisions for the safety of both our guests and animals. NO PETS AT OR ON THE FARM AT ANY TIME. --*For additional dates - visit www cloverbrookefarm . com Contact us for addl. dates not listed. ** Cancellation policy-must cancel 7 days prior to start of Experience, after that, no refunds accepted.
The Original Hugs and Hike with the Herd, Rescue Goats
Did you know that spending time around animals reduces stress and increases feelings of happiness? You can double that when they are rescued goats! Come spend time outdoors and meet some of the most affectionate goats there are. Visitors will get an introduction to each goat and and learn about their breed as well as their rescue stories, behaviors and unique characteristics of the species. We are loaded with goat fun facts and corny goat puns to add a little laughter into our day! You'll also become part of the herd when we start a leisurely 1/2 mile hike through marked trails on our 15 acre property with the goats, who enjoy navigating the trails and foraging along the way. Watching the goats in a natural habitat and bonding with them is truly magical. We end with extra quality time with all of the goats, who love lots of attention, allowing for plenty of hugs, scratches, and photo ops. Everyone leaves with a sticker of their favorite goat. This experience is fun for all ages - we have an equal amount of adults and children. If a date or time isn't available on our calendar, please ask! We would love to accommodate you if we are able! Please note: *This activity is rain or shine, with the exception of local weather advisories or heavy rain. * There is a portapotty on-site as a convenience and for emergencies only.
Dog Friendly Agility and Sanctuary Tour
After being cooped up all winter, your dog is begging to travel to the country for a fun activity outside! Bring them to Wayward Ranch, a nonprofit animal sanctuary and rescue located on 60 beautiful acres in the picturesque Rondout Valley. You and your dog(s) will be guided through a tour of our facility where they can sniff pigs, goats, and horses and you can learn about the stories of each of our residents here. After the tour when your dog is comfortable the fun really begins! Agility courses can be wonderful enrichment for dogs and it can help them get out excess energy, build confidence if they are anxious, and grow their bond with you! All ages, breeds, and experience levels welcome! Out of respect for our animals and for the safety of our visitors, dogs are required to be on leash throughout this experience (flexi-leads are not permitted). Is your dog in need of extra training? Let us know ahead of time that you would be interested in having a mini training consult with our resident dog trainer and we will do our best to accommodate that! Is your dog already an agility expert who can handle a longer visit on the course? Let us know ahead of time and we will to our best to accommodate you! If you do not have a dog of your own to bring, let us know and we will do our best to provide you with a dog from our rescue to play with on the course!
Intro to Local Plant Based Cooking
As a plant based personal chef, I'll be teaching an intro to plant based cooking class. The class will cover make ahead appetizers and entrees. We'll learn how to make Lentil Walnut Pate, A seasonal Baked Oatmeal and Baked Tofu with String beans and Chile Crisp. Because it's plant based there would be no dairy or meat present. I'll source as many ingredients from local farms/businesses in The Catskills/Hudson Valley. The class will take place in my kitchen/home here in the Hudson Valley. At the end of class (depending on the time of year) we'll enjoy everything either in my dining room or outside in the backyard. I want you to not only feel confident to try plant based cooking at home but to also learn and taste different products from local farmers/businesses in the area. I'll email you the recipes after the class.
Tour A Beautiful Animal Sanctuary
For animal lovers visiting the Hudson valley, Wayward Ranch is a must see on your list of places to explore! We are a nonprofit animal sanctuary and rescue located on a beautiful and serene 60 acre horse farm in Kerhonkson. On the tour you get the opportunity to meet our horses, pigs, goats, and maybe even a dog or a cat, along the way learning each of their individual stories. We provide hands-on interaction with all the animals, giving you an up close and personal introduction to the world of animal welfare and rescue. Tours are designed to be fun and educational for visitors of all ages! If you don't see a date and time that works for you, please reach out to us directly to schedule! Other things to note Whenever you are interacting with animals, it is important to keep in mind that animals can be unpredictable. They may accidentally scratch you or even grab a finger when they mean to grab a treat from your hand. The animals you will meet are not aggressive generally, but it is always best to be cautious around all animals! It's also important that you do not bring along your own pet to this experience because they will NOT be allowed on the experience and cannot be left alone in a car!
Essential oil and hydrolat distillation in the Hudson Valley
My name is Libby and I am a clinical aromatherapist, herbalist, organic skincare formulator and experienced educator. Discover the ancient art of distillation on a large property in upstate New York, in the picturesque town of Rhinebeck. In this experience, you will learn how to distill two products - essential oil and hydrolat (medicinal water) - using a copper alembic still imported from Europe. Aromatic remedies have been distilled using this method for thousands of years. Through hands-on instruction, you will learn the basics of distillation in relation to these medicinal waters and oils, preparing the plant matter and setting up the still. Guests will be able to taste a variety of hydrolats which have been sourced directly from the land, as we wait for the magic of the still to produce the aromatics. You will make a wellness product using essential oils and hydrolats that can be taken home while we discuss ways in which these products can be incorporated into daily life. We'll end with you filtering the fresh essential oils and hydrolats to take home and enjoy. *Please contact me if a time/date that works for you is not available OR if you want to book a private group for up to 30 guests. I am happy to accommodate special requests if possible. * Discounts apply for multiple people booking together.
Hike beautiful Breakneck Ridge, along the Hudson River
Our journey begins in Cold Spring, NY (right on the border of Beacon, NY) where we'll meet. The beginning of the trail is a short walk from the train station or parking area. I'll be prepared with snacks, water, first aid kit and ponchos and other hiking essentials for our 3 mile hike. The first part of our hike will be a tough, steep, uphill hike, requiring the use of your hands for climbs over boulders and walls, but we'll go at your group's pace with plenty of time to take in scenery, hydrate, and learn. The final 1.5 miles of our hike is all downhill! Along the way, you'll have sweeping views of the Hudson River, historic architecture like Bannerman Castle, and sometimes wildlife such as northern fence lizards or hawks. If you're lucky, you might see hawks hunting in the valley below as you watch from above at the peak of our hike. The trail eventually loops back to Route 9D. Our route should take about 3.5 hours, give or take, depending on your pace and level of experience. I can't wait to show you the beauty of Breakneck Ridge and the Hudson Valley! Alternative/easier routes are available, if needed. This is a rain or shine experience! Note: I am a New York State licensed hiking guide (Badge #6282), who is trained in CPR, AED, First-Aid, and water safety.
Getting soapy- Learn to make handcrafted artisan bar soap
One of the best Airbnb Experiences in Catskill, hosted in a 160-year-old modernized Victorian home! This booking is for one of two different experiences, Artisan Soap Making or Premium Lotion & Bath Bombs. In this interactive class you will learn the basics of making your own natural body products from sustainable ingredients, scented perfectly every time. This experience is perfect for small groups or individuals looking to have fun while creating a beautiful and nourishing skin care product. You can choose: Premium Lotion & Bath Bombs —- OR —- Artesian Hot Process Soap In this easy-to-follow class, I will show you how create skincare products you love. You will leave knowing how to formulate specific products based on your skin type by using carrier oils, herbs, emulsifiers, natural preservatives, vitamins and other clean beauty ingredients. This experience is perfect for anyone looking for a fun, hand on experience and is a perfect way to ease into DIY skin care products. It’s also a great way to elevate your zero waste lifestyle.
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