Here are some ideas…
BY ERIN MAHER
Rockland’s location in New York lends itself as a perfect spot to travel to some great destinations. You can go glamorous with a train ride into the city, or enjoy the outdoors as you head north. But why leave this beautiful county? Here are five Rockland staycation ideas for you and your family to enjoy – right in the county!
1. Lodging at the Bear Mountain Inn – Nestled in Bear Mountain State Park and overlooking the Hudson Valley and Hessian Lake, the Bear Mountain Inn has recently completed construction on 15 luxury suites and is accepting reservations for seven nights a week. Just a short drive from anywhere in Rockland, enjoy all that Bear Mountain State Park has to offer, from the scenic views, boating, nature walks, and even a zoo! Spend a night in the pristine calm of nature but so close to home! For reservations, visit www.visitbearmountain.com or call 845-786-2731 to book your room today.
2. Tour & Taste at Revolutionary War Sites – For the history buff, Rockland County has plenty of special places that were relevant during the Revolutionary War – and are open to the public today. Begin the tour up in Stony Point at the Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site, home to the Battle of Stony Point in 1779. Stony Point Battlefield‘s museum has plenty to see, and a panoramic view of the Hudson. Continue the tour next at the Dewint House in Tappan. The Dewint House served as George Washington’s temporary headquarters on four different occasions and is the oldest standing structure in Rockland County. Satiate the hunger you worked up on the tour enjoying a meal at the ’76 House in Tappan, the third oldest restaurant in the United States. For more information on any of these historical sites, visit www.rocktourism.com.
3. Rough Camping and Hiking at Harriman State Park – With 31 lakes and reservoirs, 200 miles of hiking trails, three beaches, two public camping areas, a network of group camps, miles of streams and scenic roads, Harriman State Park is the second-largest park in the parks-system. For park schedule, and full description of amenities, call 845-786-2701.
4. Serious shopping at the Palisades Mall followed by antiquing in Nyack – Sometimes we all need a shopping spree, and there is absolutely no better place than the Palisades Mall! Housing over 400 stores, and plenty of places to grab a bite, there’s no shortage of stores to peruse. After, head into Nyack to find treasures of the past in various antique stores. For full listing of mall directory, visit www.palisadescenter.com.
5. Arts & Culture Sundays – Rockland County is home to many different theatrical and art spaces. Devote a Sunday enjoying the sights and sounds of the artistic side of Rockland. Begin your day in Piermont at the Piermont Fine Arts Gallery, followed by a visit to the Piermont Flywheel Gallery. After, visit Elmwood Playhouse in Nyack for their “Sundays @ 7” series, that showcases local and regional artists, theatrical presentations and original works, introduce new audiences to Elmwood and serve as a fundraiser for the Playhouse. For more information on the art galleries, visit www.piermontfinearts.com or www.piermontflywheel.com. For upcoming shows at the Elmwood Playhouse, visit www.elmwoodplayhouse.com or call 845-353-1313.