I admit that most of my experience with Cold Spring comes from admringi an adorable cluster of waterfront homes from the window of a passing train (yes, the Metro North does stop there). Still, I’ve poked around enough times, and read enough, that I feel like I can endorse the place. After all, Frommers calls it “the most visitor-friendly small town on the Hudson.” And, of course, several newspapers have called it, “a little slice of Brooklyn.” My god, Brooklyn really gets around.
I once called the place “shi-shi” to the objection of my friends who were considering moving there. It is expensive–at least the charming, historic parts–but not particularly fancy. (Average listing price as of writing this piece is over $700,000). Is that preferable to the opposite–affordable but snobby? Not sure. Anyway, it does have a real downtown, although filled mostly with antique shops and such (a nice rundown on this website, Cold Spring Living). Some cafes, a pizza joint, a couple of charming B&Bs…you get the picture. It’s quaint, but not too quaint. If you’ve looked or bought here, please send in your reviews!