Town Guide #4: Cold Spring

Hi there! Welcome to the fourth edition of our HUTS Town Guide Series. Today we’re profiling Cold Spring, a village in Putnam County which finds itself on the National Register of Historic Places. Cold Spring is situated directly on  the Hudson River and offers extremely easy access from New York City via the Cold Spring train station serviced by Metro-North. In just under 90 minutes, you can find yourself from Grand Central to the quaint town center of this Hudson Highlands gem.

Where to eat:

A stroll down Main Street will lead you to myriad options for excellent pizza, American bistro fare, and handcrafted ice cream. But, we would be lying if we said we weren’t suckers for an Octopus Terrine with a chilled glass of Sancerre on the outdoor courtyard of Brasserie Le Bouchon. This little slice of the French countryside is an Alsatian escape in the middle of an historic upstate New York  industrial town.

What to do outside:

For us, it’s all about renting a kayak and hitting the Hudson for the perfect afternoon in Cold Spring. Swing by Hudson River Expeditions to rent a single or tandem, or even hook up with a guided tour. Paddle your way to Bannerman Castle on Pollepel Island or through the Audubon Society’s Constitution Marsh. For a more relaxed day, you can leisurely make your way to Sandy Beach and idle away on the shores.

What to do inside:

Magazzino Italian Art Foundation is a museum dedicated to advancing public appreciation of postwar and contemporary Italian art in the United States. The word Magazzino means “warehouse,” and this cultural institution offers a tastefully curated collection of various Italian art forms, including film, print, textile and photography. A day spent meandering the grounds and exhibitions of the beautifully modern 20,000 square foot museum campus is completely free to the public. 

Where to Stay:

The historic Rushmore Estate evokes the gilded age on 50 acres of native forest land, well manicured gardens, and an infinity pool overlooking a private pond. In classic tycoon fashion, Charles E. Rushmore (of Mt. Rushmore fame, not the 1998 Wes Anderson classic) commissioned the 25 room Spanish Colonial estate in 1908. Originally, the estate was built to allow the wealthy family a respite from the gritty city and access to fresh mountain air. Today, you can still enjoy the same fresh air, along with elegantly appointed guest rooms and a private sanctuary in the woods. 

Featured Land Listing:

Check out this 2 acre parcel for sale on a private road just a short drive from Main Street. This lot is a great option for someone who wants to enjoy the best of country life with a short commute to the city. Imagine yourself in a HUT in Cold Spring for your weekend apple picking adventures. Click here for more listing information.

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