This Week on Upstater: Hudson Valley Homes For Sale near the Taconic State Parkway

New Croton Reservoir from the Taconic State Parkway

When it comes to commuting to and from the city, you’ve got four choices: Drive the Thruway, drive the Taconic Parkway, take the train, or take a bus. The Thruway runs north/south on the west side of the Hudson, and over on the east side, you’ve got the Taconic State Parkway (incidentally, we’re looking forward to a time when west-of-Hudson sorts out that whole “public transportation/commuting/rail travel” dilemma that makes crossing a bridge seem so insurmountable to commuters).

Don’t confuse the two, however. The Taconic State Parkway is no mini-Thruway. Where the Thruway is a straight-line run punctuated with a toll plaza at the Harriman, the Taconic is a serpentine road with terrain. You drive up the hill, then down the hill, then up the hill, then down the hill and SHARP TURN! That’s the Taconic in a nutshell. Decent winter tires are a must for frequent Taconic drivers, and speed traps are plentiful. It’s not all bad, though. During the fall, the trees are ablaze with red and orange, making the trip on the Taconic quite scenic. And, there are no tolls on the Taconic.

This week on Upstater, we’ll be heading down the Taconic Parkway due south, and we’ll be stopping at a variety properties for sale in Columbia County, Dutchess County, Putnam County, and northern Westchester County, all located within striking distance of the Taconic. East-of-Hudson commuters, this one goes out to you, so stay tuned…

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