What Are the Hudson Valley’s Best Towns to Live in?

This is a question that drives Upstater, so hopefully we’ll still ask it even after reading through Hudson Valley magazine’s list of the seven best places to live in the Hudson Valley. Five of the towns we’ve covered pretty extensively (Saugerties, Chatham, Beacon, Rhinebeck and Athens) and the remaining two, Goshen and Putnam, are at the top of our to-do list.

They chose Saugerties as the number one spot for “its quirky downtown crammed with tiny shops, galleries, and restaurants; one-of-a-kind festivals (Garlic, Sept. 29-30; Mum, Oct. 7); and a ridiculously romantic lighthouse-turned-B&B.” They detail its combination of luxury living (the Diamond Mills hotel and HITS show, both mentioned here many times) and down home appeal, as well as some affordable housing. “The varied housing stock in the village includes Victorians for between $225,000 and $250,000, and attracts an eclectic mix of locals and transplants from both New York and Albany — all of whom treasure the strong sense of community the town generates.”

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