Tourism Opportunities Abound in Putnam County
Frank Smith | October 2016
Putnam County is quietly positioned between Dutchess County to the north and Westchester County to the south; bordered by the Hudson River to the west, and Connecticut’s Fairfield County to the east. Nestled in the heart of the Hudson Valley, and just sixty-miles north of Manhattan, Putnam County is the perfect place to live, work and play.
Each year, Putnam County consistently earns high marks in being considered one of New York State’s safest, and healthiest counties. At the same time, Putnam is also one of the state’s most employed counties, with an unemployment rate of under 4%. Excellent schools, reasonable real estate and accessibility to the New York Metropolitan Area all factor together in making Putnam County an attractive place to live and raise a family.
Before making the decision to call Putnam County home, we welcome you to come and spend a day visiting our destinations. A daytripper’s dream, Putnam is sure to have an activity to pique your interest. By taking the Metro North Harlem Line visitors can choose to hop off in the Village of Brewster or the Town of Patterson. The Brewster Village is home to Bob’s Diner, the Walter Brewster House, and an ever-emerging downtown area. In Patterson there is access to the Great Swamp for kayaking and canoeing, as well as seasonal transportation to the Thunder Ridge Ski Area. Conversely, if one is to take the Hudson Line, travelers have plenty of options along the river. If you’re in pursuit of hiking and nature, think of hopping off at Manitou or Breakneck Ridge—but be sure to check the schedule for these whistle stops! Conventional stops at Garrison’s Landing and the Village of Cold Spring are sure to satisfy the fondest of small town lovers, well-versed foodies, and antiques enthusiasts abound.
Putnam also has great accessibility by car. On the western portion of the county Route 9, Route 9D and the Taconic State Parkway connect Putnam to its neighbors to the north and south. On the eastern end, Interstates 84, 684 and Route 22 serve to further connect the region. Having the flexibility to explore by car expands what Putnam has to offer. Restaurant Row, located on Route 6N in Mahopac are home to some of the county’s premier dining establishments. The Chuang Yen Monastery, the Western Hemisphere’s largest Buddha statue, as well as Clarence Fahnestock State Park both sit on Route 301 in the Town of Kent, sandwiched between the Historic Town of Carmel and picturesque Village of Cold Spring.
Optimism is high, and the opportunity for development in the tourism sector of Putnam is great. There are ample locations waiting to be repurposed into craft beverage production facilities, indoor entertainment centers, and other out-of-the-box retail concepts. Putnam County understands the importance of tourism spending in the local economy, and welcomes likeminded entrepreneurs and businesspeople who also see the opportunities in Putnam.