Welcome to my Hometown Tourist Project! Each week we will be treated to a new blogger giving us a tour of their hometown. Throughout the year we will be going all over the country and even up into Canada! Today I am pleased to introduce you to Jackie Ramirez who blogs at Hudson Valley Exposed. Jackie’s blog is about all the great things to do in Hudson Valley area of New York State. But, today Jackie is going to introduce us to her hometown of Marlboro, NY.
Things to do in Hudson Valley & Marlboro
by: Jackie Ramirez
Hi! My name is Jackie and I blog over at Hudson Valley Exposed. If you have yet to visit my blog, let me tell you a little about myself and my blog. I write all about things to do in the Hudson Valley Region in New York State.
The Hudson Valley is full of culture, art and history. But, most people only think on NY as New York City and I am here to show you that New York City is just the tip of the iceberg.
Today, I will be offering a peek into my hometown, Marlboro, NY.
Where is Marlboro, NY?
Marlboro, NY is a small town/hamlet in Ulster County, NY and has approximately 3,000 residents. We are about 2 hours North from New York City, but it feels like a different world up this way.
Away from all the buildings, sidewalks, traffic and glimmering lights of New York City, you can find small towns, just like mine, that play a vital role not only in local tourism, but also in the fields of agriculture and the arts in New York State.
Why I Love my Hometown!
Although we are a rural small town, we are rich in history, farming and the arts. And, as you’ll see, there are plenty of things to do in Hudson Valley & Marlboro!
- Marlboro is home to the Gomez Mill House, the ‘Oldest Standing Jewish Dwelling in North America’. Because of its remarkable history, the property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places. This home from the 1700’s is now a museum and offers tours and special program to the public. Open seasonally, the property also houses An Auxiliary Building that is believed to have been used as an ice house, coop or cabana.
- Marlboro is also home to the Marlboro Falls. These falls once powered a Button Factory, which is now home to ‘Live at the Falcon’. Live at the Falcon is a premier music venue that hosts local and nationally recognized artists. In addition to the wonderful music that’s played at this venue, the main floor of the venue also doubles as a rotating gallery for Hudson Valley photographers and artists. The Falcon Underground, their newly open taproom, is home to an amazing collection of Rock & Roll Memorabilia called, “The Avalon Archives Museum of Rock and Roll”.
- Marlboro is also home to exceptional wineries that are part of the Shawagunk Wine Trail. The Marlboro Wineries included in the trail are Benmarl Winery, Glorie Farm Winery and Stoutridge Vineyards. These wineries are all family-owned and offer a unique experience for their patrons and are an integral part of our community, as well as, the entire Hudson Valley Wining Industry.
- Marlboro is also known for their rich and strong farming community and apple orchards. Many of apples grown in Marlboro are for public sale, but Weed Orchards continued their family tradition of being a ‘pick-your-own’ fruit farm. It’s hard to find a place with friendlier people and a place that offers such a positive experience for all who visit. So, this is why it has become our family’s yearly tradition to pick apples there.
Some History About the Hudson River
As I get older, I now realize the impact this region made to United States History. In the neighboring town of Newburgh, NY still stands the structure that General George Washington made his headquarters during the Revolutionary War. It amazes me that I can look onto the Hudson River and see the same river and mountains that are forefathers fought so strongly for.
You can find an assortment of books at our local library that showcases Marlboro and other towns and cities that call the banks of the Hudson River their home. If you’re interested in the history of the Hudson River, then a few good books to read are:
A Few More Things to Know About Marlboro
- Although we may be a small town, we are mighty. Our HS Baseball and Girls’ Softball Teams both won State Championships in 2016
- Just like many small towns, we take our HS Sports very seriously
- Although we don’t have a college campus in town, many well-known colleges and universities are within a 30 min drive from town. These include Vassar College and Medical University, the Culinary Institute of America and Marist College.
Come Visit Marlboro & Hudson Valley
As you can see, there are so many great things to do in Hudson Valley and Marlboro, NY. I invite you to come and explore Marlboro, NY and the surrounding cities and towns. I bet you will be surprised by how much you can do, see and learn, without having to be in New York City. Even when I travel, I always long to return home and see all the splendor of the area in which I reside. The saying, “There’s no place like home” rings strong in my heart.
My personal tip would be – Come and visit in Autumn. The views are breathtaking!
A Little More About Jackie & Hudson Valley Exposed
From a very young age, I’ve loved taking photographs of everything I came across. So, my love of photography and the Hudson Valley has given me the courage to create this blog.
I started my blog because as a lifelong resident of the Hudson Valley, I was frustrated about the difficulty I was having finding information in one place about new and interesting things to do in Hudson Valley area. Aside from Trip Advisor, there was not one place to find current information and/or see beautiful pictures showcasing the place where I live. So, if you’d like to see what there is to see & do in Marlboro and the Hudson Valley area, visit Hudson Valley Exposed!
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Becki is the author and founder of A Book Lover’s Adventures. She has a degree in elementary education, has worked and volunteered in libraries for years, and spent several years in the travel industry. All of this has led to a love of books and travel. Becki loves to share her love by finding literary escapes to share!