Fun in the Sun: 6 Ways to Enjoy Putnam County This Summer | Sponsored | General Arts & Culture | Hudson Valley | Chronogram Magazine
Last Updated: 05/27/2021 1:10 pm
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Tilly Foster Farm in Brewster - ALL IMAGES COURTESY OF PUTNAM COUNTY TOURISM
  • All images courtesy of Putnam County Tourism
  • Tilly Foster Farm in Brewster

Just about an hour from Manhattan or Kingston is picturesque Putnam County, a slice of the Hudson Valley with a personality all its own. Whether you’re looking for a day trip out of New York City or you’re a local out to enjoy the surrounding area, this jewel of a county boasts plenty of the region’s rustic appeal—from outdoor fun to dining, nightlife, shopping, and more—that are sure to keep you coming back to stay a while.


Want to explore it for yourself? Here are six activities that will give you a taste of what Putnam County has to offer this summer.

Bike the Empire State Trail

The recently completed Empire State Trail is a 750-mile multiuse trail that starts in Lower Manhattan and ends in Buffalo. If you’re looking to take a bit out of the trail and are heading up from New York City or another Metro North station, you can grab a bike permit for just $5 and take your trusty wheels up to Brewster Station. From there, you can easily access the Brewster trailhead and take an off-road tour of Putnam County’s pastoral scenery. Experienced cyclists will enjoy the 37-mile ride north to Poughkeepsie, where stunning views on the Walkway Over the Hudson await.

Part of the Empire State Trail, the Maybrook Trail stretches from Brewster to Pawling - ALL IMAGES COURTESY OF PUTNAM COUNTY TOURISM
  • All images courtesy of Putnam County Tourism
  • Part of the Empire State Trail, the Maybrook Trail stretches from Brewster to Pawling

Tour the Grounds and Gardens at Boscobel House

The historic Boscobel House and Gardens in Garrison boast 68 acres of lush grounds and gardens—including an apple orchard, formal and herb gardens, and the Frances Stevens Reese Woodland Trail of Discovery—that are open to the public by reservation. With unparalleled views of the Hudson River, Constitution Marsh, and the Military Academy at West Point, it’s a peaceful place to 

If you’re looking to take a bit out of the trail and are heading up from New York City or another Metro North station, you can grab a bike permit for just $5 and take your trusty wheels up to Brewster Station. From there, you can easily access the Brewster trailhead and take an off-road tour of Putnam County’s pastoral scenery. Experienced cyclists will enjoy the 37-mile ride north to Poughkeepsie, where stunning views on the Walkway Over the Hudson await.
settle down for a picnic on a sunny day.



Enjoy Memorial Day Weekend at Lake Gleneida

If you’re looking for a Memorial Day weekend activity, head out on a road trip through the hamlet of Carmel, where the historic Putnam County Courthouse will be decked out in red, white, and blue bunting. Then head down to the shores of Lake Gleneida where over 500 American flags will be flying in honor of service members past and present. Be sure to make a stop at the statue of Revolutionary War figure Sybil Ludington, the 16-year-old girl who rode twice as far as Paul Revere to warn Putnam and Dutchess counties that Danbury had been taken by British troops.

The Putnam County Courthouse decorated in red, white, and blue for Memorial Day - ALL IMAGES COURTESY OF PUTNAM COUNTY TOURISM
  • All images courtesy of Putnam County Tourism
  • The Putnam County Courthouse decorated in red, white, and blue for Memorial Day

Stop by Mahopac Marine to rent your pontoon boat

Looking to get out on the water? Rent a pontoon at beautiful Lake Mahopac to enjoy with your friends or family for the day. Head over to the south shore of the lake to find this summer's launching point at Mahopac Marina—but be sure to book early, since reservations sell out fast.


Spend the Day at Tilly Foster Farm

The historic Tilly Foster Farm was revitalized by the county and today serves as an educational institute that showcases everything from culinary arts education and farm-to-table dining to agricultural and nature-based events. If you have kids in tow, a visit with the farm’s resident chickens, pigs, and alpaca is sure to delight. For the food-lovers in your group, brunch or dinner at the on-site farm-to-table restaurant, Tilly’s Table, is the perfect way to cap off a weekend.

Tilly Foster Farm in Brewster - ALL IMAGES COURTESY OF PUTNAM COUNTY TOURISM
  • All images courtesy of Putnam County Tourism
  • Tilly Foster Farm in Brewster

Grab Dinner and a View

Speaking of restaurants, there’s no better way to end a summer evening than with dinner at one of Putnam County's many restaurants that offer some of those gorgeous Hudson Valley views.


Iron & Wine in Patterson specializes in Mediterranean tapas with impressive views at sunset. For a stunning riverside view of West Point Academy, head to Dolly’s in Garrison for modern bistro fare. And over in Brewster, Las Mananitas offers classic Mexican dishes and a spacious treetop patio that overlooks the East Branch Reservoir.

The patio at Las Mananitas - ALL IMAGES COURTESY OF PUTNAM COUNTY TOURISM
  • All images courtesy of Putnam County Tourism
  • The patio at Las Mananitas

For even more ideas and inspiration for how to enjoy Putnam County to the fullest, head over to Visitputnam.org.

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