In some scenarios, making the most of a vacation means seeing as much of a destination as possible. At Emerson Resort & Spa, we have several on-site activities to consider, including the World’s Largest Kaleidoscope and The Shops at Emerson. Although, Mount Tremper has plenty of neighboring cities that are worth a visit just a short drive away. If you want to explore the Hudson River Valley during your trip, put Saugerties, NY, on your list. After making the 30-minute drive from Mount Tremper, make sure to visit these attractions and restaurants in Saugerties, NY, for a perfect day trip from Emerson Resort & Spa.
1. Begin at One of the Breakfast Restaurants in Saugerties, NY
Since breakfast is the most important meal of the day, don’t sell yourself short by skimping – or worse, skipping out. At Love Bites Cafe, their menu goes anywhere from sweet to savory: breakfast burgers, build-your-own omelets, coconut carrot french toast, and vegan pancakes. But if you want a more coffee-centric start to your day, visit Bluestone Coffee Roasting Company. Pair specialty drinks like peanut butter lattes or more sophisticated cups of joe like a doppio espresso shot with pastries, baked goods, and egg dishes that will keep you satisfied until lunch.
2. Hike at Falling Waters Preserve
After breakfast, visit Falling Waters Preserve for a perfect short hike to boost your endorphins for the rest of the day. The 2.7-mile loop takes about 90 minutes to complete – but we recommend that you stop and take photos of the river and small waterfalls that weave in and out of the trees. Maybe, you’ll secure that perfect vacation photo in nature that you’ll cherish for years to come.
3. Explore Opus 40 and Eat Lunch
Continue the outdoor escapades at Opus 40, an earthwork sculpture park and museum. Start by walking on the subterranean pathways 16 feet below ground level, and finish strong by climbing the three-story monolith at the center of the park. In between, explore all of the other sculptures throughout the outdoor museum. When you’re done, get a late lunch from the popular food trucks on the weekends following a full morning of hiking. Food trucks aren’t quite the same as visiting restaurants in Saugerties, NY, but your unique lunch experience will match that of the park.
4. Tour the Woodstock Museum
Next, take it easy after lunch and schedule a tour at the Woodstock Museum. After the short historical and contextual movie, the experts guide you on a tour of the Native American and “Hipstory” exhibits, as well as seeing the tipi, hippie bus, garden, and more.
5. Visit the Catskill Animal Sanctuary
For your last activity of the afternoon, visit the Catskill Animal Sanctuary. Here, you can pet 11 types of rescued farm animals, and learn about their mission to teach the public about our impact on animals and the earth through our diets. Close out with vegan food samples, and try to snuggle a piglet, duck, or even a goat.
6. Dine Out for Dinner
Finally, close out your day with a sit-down meal! Choose between Miss Lucy’s Kitchen and Black-Eyed Suzie’s Upstate Cafe. Both have equally creative dishes, like pork belly with cheddar grits and a smoked habanero cane syrup at Miss Lucy’s and chili-lime steak lettuce wraps at Black-Eyed Suzie’s. Plus, their dessert options are equally enticing: sticky toffee pudding, chocolate pound cake, and a honeycrisp apple galette with cinnamon ice cream. After a full day of dining, choose your favorite of the restaurants in Saugerties, NY.
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After a day of sightseeing and visiting restaurants in Saugerties, NY, make the short drive back to Emerson Resort & Spa to unwind and relax in our spacious and gorgeous rooms. Consider one of our add-ons to personalize your experience with us. For more information, visit our website or give us a call at 845-688-2828.