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Get to know Hyde Park

Some of history’s greatest influencers have Hyde Park connections, and it is little surprise. Home to the Culinary Institute of America and Franklin D. Roosevelt, America’s longest-serving commander–in chief, this community’s scenic location and agricultural prosperity made it a natural spot for the burghers and barons of yore to build their manses-on-Hudson — you can still visit some today, belonging to the Vanderbilt, Roosevelt, and Livingston-Mills families. The town’s postwar suburbanization brushed lightly on its rural roots, allowing much of its vintage charm to persevere. There’s a drive-in theater, food truck festivals, and one of the best farmers markets for miles. Outside Hyde Park proper, there are three other hamlets here: Haviland, East Park, and Staatsburg, not to mention a plethora of farms, parks, and nature trails to explore. With a convenient location squarely in the Poughkeepsie metro, it’s a place where truly everything falls within reach.

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Living in the Hudson Valley

This cultured countryside needs little introduction. It’s been called New York’s Napa, the anti-Hamptons, or simply “upstate.” From rolling farm fields to mom-and-pop Main Streets, the region is blessed with easy highway access, train service via Metro-North and Amtrak, and even its own international airport, making it exceptionally attractive to New York City residents seeking a little more nature and a lot less bustle. Most of the area falls within a two-hour radius of Manhattan, making it practical for weekend or full-time residence. Straddling both sides of its namesake river (much is actually a tidal fjord), the Hudson Valley’s traditionally defined core consists of Putnam, Dutchess, and Columbia counties to its east and Ulster, Orange, and Greene to the west. Their mélange of art colonies, rustic-chic hamlets, and charming post-industrial cities — set to a landscape so breathtaking it inspired an eponymous 19th-century art movement — welcome infinite possibilities, from slow-paced small-town living to total off-the-grid seclusion. Bordering both the Berkshires and the Catskills, outdoor recreation runs aplenty, whether skiing in winter or climbing wilderness peaks in summer.