5 Of Our Favorite Hudson Valley Hikes

Welcome to the weekend Hudson Valley, let’s go hiking! Hiking is the best way to see just how gorgeous our valley truly is.

We have put together a list of our five favorite places to hike, and we would love to hear about yours.
1- Storm King Art Center, New Windsor, Orange County – Do not expect to see or do everything at this 500- acre outdoor sculpture museum in one visit, and remember to bring sunscreen! Admission is $18 and worth every penny.
2- Schunemunk Mountain State Park, New Windsor, Orange County – Schunemunk Mountain is the highest point in Orange County, and no one in our office has yet to hike all the way to the megaliths. Be prepared to sweat.
3- Poet’s Walk Park, Red Hook, Dutchess County – Rumor has it that this is where Washington Irving came up with the idea for his famous story “Rip Van Winkle,” and once you climb that first short hill you will understand why.
4- Breakneck Ridge, Fishkill, Dutchess County – This hike is not for the faint of heart. The highest peak is 1,260 feet above sea level. This hike is so popular that it has its own Metro-North stop!
5- Falling Waters Preserve, Saugerties, Ulster County – Because of its proximity to the Hudson River, this preserve was once home to a rather large ice house. 168 acres, 3 miles of trails, and don’t forget the waterfalls!

If you happen to be wondering why we only listed one Ulster County hiking spot, you need to know that it was not a deliberate decision. Ulster County has an overabundance of gorgeous places to hike and bike, it is impossible to list all of our favorites.

Making a difference in our communities

On September 30 Team Hudson Valley Agents will join in the Out of the Darkness walk across the Hudson river.  We will join hundreds of other teams in Poughkeepsie at the Walkway Over the Hudson site to add our voice and donations to this worthy cause.

Since joining the Out of the Darkness cause we have heard many stories of loss and of triumph, and most of all we hear people say; “How can I help?”

Donations, education, or joining an AFSP event like the Out of the Darkness walk are ways for you to help prevent suicide in your community.  You can be the light for someone who is living in darkness.

If you would like to walk with us, please click here, and thank you for joining the team!  If you would like to help us with our fundraising, please click here, and thank you for your donation.  If you would like to donate to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention on your own, please click here, and thank you for donating to such a worthy cause.

Help us ensure that everyone knows that there is a light at the end of the tunnel – donate today.

 

**THIS JUST IN**

The Hudson Valley SPCA receives their first van filled with dogs from Texas today and they are in desperate need of donations to help care for these animals.  If you would like to donate food, treats, blankets, dog beds, or towels please stop by 99 West Main Street in Walden during regular business hours.

 

#hurricaneharvey  #hudsonvalleyspca  #donationsneeded  #outofthedarkness  #HudsonValley #suicideprevention  #besomeoneslight  #insurelocal    

6 Things we love about life in the Hudson Valley!

When you ask someone what they love the most about the Hudson Valley you will probably never get the same answer twice.  We thought we should share some of the things we love about living and working in the Hudson Valley and we could find out what your favorite Hudson Valley adventures.

1- Taking a cruise on the Hudson River.  If you aren’t lucky enough to own a boat, then hopping aboard one of the river’s many cruise ships is an excellent way to really appreciate the beauty of the Hudson River.  We’ve cruised with Hudson Valley Cruises and truly enjoyed the trip!

2- All of the unique street art.  The city of Kingston is host to the original O+ festival and the artists that use the buildings as their canvas are top notch!

3- The Hudson Valley’s amazing breweries, vineyards, and distilleries!  We highly recommend 2 Way Brewing Company in Beacon.  Please drink responsibly while exploring the Hudson Valley’s many alcoholic beverages.

4- Drive-Ins!  It’s summertime, grab a blanket, some bug spray, and make sure your car’s battery is fully charged, it’s time to go to the Drive-In!  Dutchess county is home to 3 drive ins,  Green county has 2, Orange county has 1 (if we’re wrong, please let us know), and that seems to be it.  If you know of any that we’ve missed, please let us know.

5- Hiking.  Let’s face it, we live in the most photogenic place in New York state.  Just look at these views-

6- Fall.  Best. Thing. Ever.  Hay rides, apple picking, cider, the leaves, the air, there is nothing more beautiful than the Hudson Valley when the leaves are at their most vivid reds and oranges!

Let us know what your favorite things are in the Hudson Valley!  #ExploretheHudsonValley  #shoplocal  #eatlocal  #playlocal  #insurelocal  #HudsonValleyAgents  #HudsonValley

Welcome to Walden!

Walden has a bad reputation.  We don’t fully understand why or how Walden came to have its own listing in the Urban Dictionary, TBH we don’t really care.  We liked Walden when we opened our doors here 26 years ago, and we grew to love it and we think you will too.

Walden has something for everyone, but here’s a few of our favorite things:

Walden is our home, so stop by for a free insurance quote and we’ll tell you where the locals go to find the best pizza!   #HudsonValleyAgents  #insurelocal  #WaldenNY  #exploretheHudsonValley

 

Making and insuring movies in the Hudson Valley

Let’s talk about movie making in the Hudson Valley.  Governor Cuomo recently signed legislation extending tax credits for those making movies in certain counties in New York state, thus making filmmaking in the Hudson Valley very affordable.  Affordability is only part of the picture, the Hudson Valley is home to Umbra, a huge soundstage in Newburgh, and there is a proposal to build a film studio in Kingston.  We are also home to the Woodstock Film Festival, two wonderful independent theaters, and all the natural beauty anyone could ever want.

Even without the tax credit incentive, people have been flocking to the Hudson Valley to make movies and we would like to write their insurance!  We can insure every aspect of movie making in the Hudson Valley.  General liability, Property and Inland Marine, Crime and Fidelity, Bell Endorsements, and we even offer Risk Management.  We won’t bore you with all the insurance-speak in this blog, we’ll let Dave Jr take care of that, he’s our expert in this field and you can reach him at our Walden office 845-7782141.

Before we end today’s blog we thought we should share some of our favorite movies that were filmed in the Hudson Valley & New York state:

  • Cold In July (starring Michael C Hall and Sam Shepard, filmed in Kingston)
  • Taking Woodstock (filming was done at Yasgur’s Farm!)
  • Sisterhood of the Night (also filmed in Kingston)
  • Regarding Henry  (starring Harrison Ford & filmed in part in Millbrook)
  • Super Troopers (filmed scenes in Poughkeepsie, Wappingers Falls, Beacon, and Briarcliff Manor)

#movieinsurance  #makingmovies  #HudsonValley  #insurelocal  #HudsonValleyAgents

Top 5 New Year’s resolutions in the Hudson Valley

There are only 4 more days left in 2016, and for that we are thankful!  2016 has been the year from hell for most of America and we find ourselves looking towards 2017 with hope and a little bit of nervous laughter.  2017 will be welcomed in with hearts filled with the hope that this will be the year we actually keep our New Year’s resolutions.

Making resolutions for the new year is something we have all done and 2017 will be no exception.  An impromptu poll of Hudson Valley residents (we asked our friends and family members) shows that these are the 5 most popular Hudson Valley New Year’s resolutions:

1- Lose 10 pounds

2- Save money

3- Live your best life

4- Shop locally more often

5- Become more organized

Hudson Valley Agents can help you keep 3 out of 5 of these resolutions!

  • Saving money on your insurance is easy, call, click, or stop by for a free quote on all of your insurance needs.  We work with many insurance companies that offer competitive rates and many of them are located on the east coast.
  • We love to shop local and we really love to insure local!  We work with several Hudson Valley-based insurance companies as well as companies based in New York state.  We also offer affordable insurance coverage for small businesses throughout the state.  You can always #insurelocal with us!
  • Organizing your insurance policies is easy with our free app for iPhone and Android users!  Finding your policies, making claims, making payments, even finding your car in a crowded parking lot just became a whole lot easier.

#HudsonValleyAgents #NewYearsresolutions  #insurelocal

Spiders in the Hudson Valley

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This not so little spider has set up housekeeping on our social media manager’s back porch.  Kudos to her for overcoming her arachnophobia long enough to take this photo!  Believe it or not, spiders are a vital part of our ecosystem and should be looked upon with thanks instead of this –

kill it with fire

Hudson Valley Agents cannot recommend the “kill it with fire” option, and we feel compelled to inform you that your homeowner’s insurance probably won’t cover the fire option of spider removal, although we are sure they are just as creeped out by spiders as we are.  Regarding insurance, coexisting is your best bet.

Contrary to popular belief, most outdoor spiders do not seek the comfort of your home when the weather in the Hudson Valley starts to cool off.  There are house spiders and outdoor spiders and rarely do the two meet.  This article from burkemuseum.org explains this much better than we ever could so click on the link for more info.

We need spiders.  We need them to eat Zika carrying mosquitos and the pests that eat our crops and if that isn’t a case for leaving them to do what they need to do we don’t know what is.

Enjoy your Labor day weekend Hudson Valley, and if you come across spider webs while doing yard work just leave them be.  You can tell your neighbors that you are doing a little pre-Halloween decorating.  #insurelocal  #spidersareourfriends

So your insurance agent is a Jets fan…

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The first games of the NFL preseason are played today and we cannot wait!  You might not know this but we are NY Jets fans and it isn’t easy.  Luckily we have a lot of Hudson Valley residents to keep us company.  New York state has THREE NFL teams – NY Jets, NY Giants, and the Buffalo Bills, and while we will always root for Buffalo (when the Jets aren’t playing), we can’t seem to bring ourselves to cheer for the Giants.  Some of us are Jets fans because our families were fans, looking at you Dave Sr and Dave Jr, some of us are Jets fans because our significant other is a fan, and others just joined in because that was the only team they knew.

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Dave Jr, a Jets fan, shares his home with his fiancée (a New Orleans Saints fan) and her daughter (a Giants fan) and football is a very big deal for them.  The rivalry between Giants fans and Jets fans is legendary (if Wikipedia is to be believed) so you can imagine how it can be living with a Jet fan and a Giant fan under the same roof.  This made us wonder how/why people choose to follow one team or another?  We thought we would use social media as a way to figure out just how this happens.  So, share your favorite team and how it became your favorite team with us!  We don’t care if you are a Giants fan or a Dolphins fan (we might care if you are a Patriots fan but that’s for another blog) we just want to know which team you love and why!  #jetsfanforlife  #insurelocal