Putnam County Boasts Wide Array of Tourist Destinations

Frank Smith | December 23, 2015

Putnam County is embarking on a redevelopment of the Tilly Foster Farm.

Photo: Putnam County is embarking on a redevelopment of the Tilly Foster Farm.

The historic Putnam County Courthouse in Carmel.
The historic Putnam County Courthouse in Carmel.

As 2015 comes to a close, the year in review is especially bright for Putnam County Tourism. This year saw the success of longstanding Putnam events along with the growth of new ones. This year had a record number of in-county restaurants participate in Hudson Valley Restaurant Week. It also saw a boom of the farm-to-table movement and an increased appreciation for the natural landscapes of the great outdoors. With 2015 nearly in the books, the framework has been laid for an even more productive 2016.

Longstanding events, like the 16th Annual Nimham Pow-Wow, the 29th Annual Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival and the

Scenes from the Village of Cold Spring.
Scenes from the Village of Cold Spring.

44th Annual Putnam County 4-H Fair, stood as pillars of Putnam County’s cultural and community leadership. Newer events, such as the Patterson Blues & BBQ Festival, the Village of Brewster Film Festival and Putnam’s Pumpkinpalooza gave back to the community while attracting folks from out of town.

Local restaurants and local farms continued to grow and contribute to the tourism market in Putnam County. This year, 11 of Putnam’s restaurants participated in Hudson Valley Restaurant Week with cuisine ranging from traditional steakhouse fare to Nuevo Latino offerings. Local farms, along with a vast array of farm stands and farmers co-ops, have made participating in the farm-to-table movement easier than ever and have established Putnam County as a premier destination for agritourism.

A picturesque winter scene from the Great Swamp in the Town of Patterson
A picturesque winter scene from the Great Swamp in the Town of Patterson

Hiking, cycling, kayaking, canoeing, geocaching and exploring are all exciting options available in Putnam. Breakneck Ridge in Cold Spring offers splendid views of the Hudson River and kayaking the Great Swamp in Patterson feels like an escape to the Everglades. Cycling the roads around Tompkins Corners is a great way to explore the area, and there is plenty of wilderness to wander in Clarence Fahnestock State Park. Along with these wonderful natural creations, historic landmarks such as the Gilead Cemetery or Manitoga/The Russel Wright Design Center, allow you to go back in time and immerse yourself in historical culture.

No matter your interest, Putnam County has a destination for you. From Cold Spring to

The Chuang Yen Monastery in Kent.
The Chuang Yen Monastery in Kent.

Brewster and from the largest Buddha statue in the Western Hemisphere to the ski slopes at Thunder Ridge there is plenty to experience throughout Putnam. Get here by car or Metro-North Railroad, take advantage of the Cold Spring-Beacon Trolley, and feel free to roam the peaceful landscape of where the country begins.

Scenes from the Village of Cold Spring.
Scenes from the Village of Cold Spring.

For more information, head over to our website at VisitPutnam.org, check in on our Facebook page “Putnam County Tourism,” or feel free to call the office at (845) 808-1015.

 

Frank Smith
Deputy Director, Putnam County Tourism