Hudson River Valley (Moon Handbooks)

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9781598800364: Hudson River Valley (Moon Handbooks)

Hudson River Valley native Nikki Goth Itoi offers an insider's view of this scenic New York City getaway, from touring the Rockefeller and Vanderbilt mansions to fly-fishing in the Catskills. Nikki is the perfect tour guide, providing unique trip ideas such as Outdoor Highlights and Food Lover's Hudson River Valley. Packed with information on dining, transportation, and accommodations, Moon Hudson River Valley has lots of options for a range of travel budgets. Every Moon guidebook includes recommendations for must-see sights and many regional, area and city-centered maps. Including advice on visiting the Hudson Valley Wineries and skiing and snowboarding on Hunter Mountain, Moon Hudson River Valley gives travelers the tools they need to create a more personal and memorable experience. With expert writers, first-rate strategic advice, and an essential dose of humor, Moon guidebooks are the cure for the common trip.

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After a decade of missing fall as a West Coast transplant, Nikki Goth Itoi set out to get reacquainted with her hometown in Dutchess County. In writing Moon Hudson River Valley, she approached the destination with an insider's perspective and a traveller's sense of discovery. As a child, she had made maple syrup in the Catskills, learned to ski at Windham Mountain, and celebrated family reunions at the Bear Mountain Inn. She got married in the riverside village of Rhinebeck, and for several years, she and her husband split time between San Francisco and New York. Nikki became a frequent passenger on the Metro-North Hudson train line, discovering places like The Cheese Shop in New Paltz, the Tinhorn restaurant in Millbrook, and the Hope Farm Press and Bookshop in Saugerties. Nikki has experience writing for print, radio, and online media. Her work has been published in the San Francisco Chronicle, Red Herring, IndustryWeek, Business 2.0, Hemispheres, and other publications. She is the author of Moon Hudson River Valley and a contributing editor to Gemutlichkeit: The Travel Letter for Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and the New Europe. Nikki has traveled throughout Mexico, Europe, Asia, and the United States for work and fun. When not on the road, Nikki enjoys outdoor activities in the San Francisco Bay Area, including bay swims, bike rides, and backcountry skiing. She and Paul live in San Francisco with their son, Emmett.

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The second edition of [Moon Hudson River Valley] (March 2008) maps out both the old and the new old along the Hudson from Westchester County northward to Albany, where explorer Henry Hudson turned his boat around in 1609. Author Nikki Goth Itoi plots out seven beguiling Hudson River itineraries that suggest just how much the state has to offer beyond skyscrapers and museums, including day trips from New York City to Sleepy Hollow and West Point, weekend rambles in the wilds of Minnewaska State Park, food and wine tours, fall leaf-peeping excursions and a four-day Revolutionary War route that pushes beyond West Point to Gen. Washington's Headquarters in Newburgh, then slips across the Rip Van Winkle Bridge to finish up with a 10-stop automobile tour of the Battle of Saratoga. -- Chicago Tribune, May 18, 2008

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