The beauty of the Hudson Valley and surrounding Catskill Mountain landscape has long been a draw for creative, independent, and spiritually minded people. The region has a rich history in the arts and a steady pulse of creativity. For centuries, people have found inspiration here and masterful, iconic works have been created, adding to the charm and mystique of the area.
From the Hudson River School painters of the 19th century; to artists colonies, such as Byrdcliffe and Maverick founded in the early 1900s and still thriving today; to museums such as Opus 40, Olana, Storm King, DIA Beacon, and WAAM; to the many popular festivals, including the infamous Woodstock festival to the current Woodstock Film Festival and the O+ music festival in Kingston; to the many musicians who’ve recorded here and called the region home, like Bob Dylan, the Band, and David Bowie; and a multitude of galleries, studios, and music venues—Bearsville, BSP, Levon Helm’s Ramble, the West Kortright Centre, UPAC, the Fisher Center, and more. Options are endless for exploration and entertainment.