48 Hours in Cornwall

Cornwall-on-Hudson RiverFest

What a setting! This beautiful Hudson Highlands town was established in the late 1600’s and named for its striking similarity to Cornwall, England. Nestled on the west bank of the Hudson River and surrounded by mountains, forests, and farms, it’s no wonder Cornwall became a popular retreat for mid-19th century city dwellers seeking ideal conditions for good health. Although the steamboats are long gone, Cornwall’s wide variety of outdoor recreational opportunities continues to entice visitors from near and far. Spend the weekend in a historic bed & breakfast or downtown inn; explore the unique shops, galleries and eateries; visit the museums, and view spectacular scenery as you hike or paddle to your heart’s content.

Friday evening
Relax at Cromwell Manor Inn, an elegant 1920 Greek Revival brick mansion on 7 acres of gardens and woodlands, or cozy up in the 1764 Colonial home on the property, ideal for travelling families. The original owner was a direct descendant of Oliver Cromwell of England. The quaint Storm King Lodge B&B’s converted carriage house or guest cottage also specializes in upscale country comfort.  Find a more casual village experience at Painter’s Inn with rooms above their popular tavern restaurant/art gallery. Although breakfast is not a part of their package, a Champagne Brunch is offered there from 10am to 2pm on Sundays.

Regardless of where you lodge, Painter’s Tavern is a convenient place to dine when you get to town.  A casual atmosphere and eclectic lunch and dinner menus are offered daily. Browse the local artists’ works on the restaurant walls. Make a toast to your getaway! Choose from a selection of 100 beers from around the world. Of course, the Gallery Bar serves wine and cocktails, too.

Looking for nightlife?  Taste home-style, made-from-scratch southern dishes and hear live music every Friday and Saturday night from 7 to 10:30pm at Brother’s Barbecue right outside the village. Local craft beers, bourbons, wines, and liquors served at their bar are terrific accompaniments to the comfort food menu. Happy hour is every Tuesday through Friday from 4 to 7pm.

Head to the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum for their fascinating nature programs. Geared for adults with or without children, they’re offered on weekend mornings. Spend an hour learning about some native Hudson Valley creatures before walking a meadow or woodland trail to scout them out. In early spring, bundle up for an outdoor Maple Sugaring Tour that brings you through the entire sweet process from sap to syrup.

Next door to Cromwell Manor Inn, take a gander at Jones Farm & Country Store. Dating back to 1914, this hidden gem is a destination for foodies and shoppers. The authentic farm ambiance complete with barnyard animals, fresh local produce, homemade baked goods, café specials, gallery, and boutique gift store will lure you back more than once. Open daily year-round, it’s especially fun to take a hayride to their scenic pumpkin patch in fall!

More local flavor fills the Saturday Cornwall Farmers Market. Pack your knapsack with some Cornwall-based Edgwick Farm goat farm cheese, fresh local produce, and baked goods before embarking on an outdoor adventure.  The market is held inside Munger Cottage behind the Cornwall Public Library from 10am-2pm on the first and third Saturdays, November through May, resuming outdoors every Wednesday and Saturday from June through October on the lawn at Town Hall.

Hudson River access makes Cornwall a convenient place to catch a guided kayak tour from May through October. Choose from a wide range of paddling excursions to famous landmarks like Bannerman Island Castle and the waters off Storm King Mountain. Watch for bald eagles soaring above the scenic Hudson Highlands peaks. Schedule a sunset or moonlight tour to allow more time for an afternoon outing.  Both Storm King Adventure Tours and Mountain Valley Tours are located in Cornwall. Some tandem kayaks are available just in case you want to make it a romantic twosome!

Meanwhile, landlubbers can capture fabulous views on a trek through some of the most scenic trails in the Hudson Highlands. Access Black Rock Forest off Route 9W, a consortium of nearly 4000 acres.  Find maps at the trailheads and choose your route. Walk along the Continental Road that the Revolutionary soldiers followed from West Point to camps in New Windsor and Newburgh. Take the Mineral Spring Trail and bask in the spray of the waterfall.  Follow the Stillman Trail directly to Storm King State Park where more challenging hikes pay off with unsurpassed Hudson Valley views.

For more adventure on terra firma, peruse some of the unique shops in the village. Have a cup of tea and a tarot reading at Brid’s Closet. Get inspired to create something with Hudson Valley fibers from the Cornwall Yarn Shop. You might even get in on a class or workshop. If you admire one-of-a-kind handmade jewelry, browse the antique and estate pieces at GHS Jewelers. Purchase someone else’s handiwork at Creative Gifts & More.  Eighty percent of the items showcased are made by local artists.  Stop by Fresh for some light fare created with local seasonal ingredients.  Listen to music as you sip some espresso or tea at 2 Alices Coffee Lounge, or grab a snack at Woody’s All Natural, a farm-to-table fast food place. Should the mood strike, you can even get a tattoo in downtown Cornwall.

Save room for dinner. Chef Hans Baumann has some delicious authentic Swiss cuisine waiting in his rustic dining room at the Canterbury Brook Inn. Sit by a warm fireplace in cold weather or dine al fresco on the patio overlooking the Idlewild Brook in summer months. Tasty burgers and sandwiches are a menu staple at The Trestle Bar & Restaurant, a sports bar that takes its name from the famous Moodna Creek Viaduct, crossed several times each day by the Metro-North’s New Jersey Transit trains. The train stops at the Cornwall-Salisbury Mill Station within easy walking distance of the hiking trails on Schunnemunk Mountain, Orange County’s highest peak.

Save the whole morning to visit Storm King Art Center, the 500-acre outdoor sculpture park and museum renowned for its harmonious yet dramatic interaction with the ever-changing Hudson Valley landscape. Roam the grounds to view the works of internationally known sculptors like Calder, Stella, and Noguchi. The frequent programs, concerts, and hikes are included with your weekend admission. Guided tours are offered daily at 2pm. This is one of the Hudson Valley’s “must-see” places. Hourly bicycle rentals and a farm to table café are available on site. This exquisite place is open from 10am to 5:30pm, Wednesday through Sunday, from April through November. Allow at least 2 hours to immerse yourself in the experience by walking the grounds or taking a narrated tour on the open air trams.

If there’s time for a Sunday drive, and if the weather cooperates, take the 3 mile drive from Cornwall-on-Hudson to West Point via Storm King Highway (NY State Route 218). This steep winding two-lane road over Storm King Mountain has several small pull offs that offer sweeping views of the Hudson River. Built in 1916, this road’s been recognized as an accomplishment in civil engineering and named to the National Register of Historic Places.

Seasonal events also make Cornwall a special place to visit. Pack your blanket or chair for a day of leisurely music, food, and fun on the shore of the Hudson at RiverFest, the first Saturday in June. July brings the all-day Independence Day celebration with fireworks held on the lawn of Town Hall. Just as dazzling is the September Fall Festival, brilliant with the multi-colored foliage in the surrounding mountains. Come in December to chop your own Christmas tree at Farmside Acres and visit the shops in the gaily decorated village. Whatever the time of year, you’ll always find fun and adventure in Cornwall.

Sightseeing and Restaurants
Hudson Highlands Nature Museum.  845-534-7781. www.hhnaturemuseum.org
Jones Farm & Country Store. 845-534-4445. www.jonesfarminc.com
Storm King Adventure Tours. 845-534-7800. www.stormkingadventuretours.com
Mountain Valley Guides. 845-661-1923. www.mountainvalleyguides.com
Black Rock Forest. 845-534-4517. www.blackrockforest.org
Storm King State Park. 845-786-2701. www.palisadesparksconservancy.org
Brid’s Closet. 845-458-8726. www.bridscloset.com
Cornwall Yarn Shop. 845-534-0383. www.cornwallyarnshop.com
GHS Jewelers. 845-534-8344. www.ghsjewelers.com
Creative Gifts & More. 845-534-4740. www.creativegiftsmore.net
Sands Ring Homestead. 845-391-2991. www.sandsring.org
Fresh. 845-534-2558. www.freshcornwall.com
2 Alices Coffee Lounge. 845-534-4717. www.2alicescoffee.com
Woody’s All Natural. 845-535-1111. www.woodsfarmtotable.com
Canterbury Brook Inn. 845-534-9658. www.canterburybrookinn.com
The Trestle Bar & Restaurant.  845-534-2400. http://trestle38.wix.com/the-trestle
Storm King Art Center. 845-534-3115. www.stormking.org
Farmside Acres. 845-534-8362.  farmsideacres@gmail.com

Car:  From the south take the NY State Thruway (I-87) to exit 16 Harriman. Follow Route 32 north about 9 miles. Turn right at traffic light onto Route 107/Quaker Ave. From the north, take NYS Thruway Newburgh exit 17 to I-84 east exit 10.  Follow Route 9W south to the Quaker Avenue exit. Cornwall is approximately 60 miles north of New York City.

Bus: Cornwall is a flag stop on the CoachUSA/Shortline Bus route from Port Authority in Manhattan.  Daytrip tickets to Storm King Art Center are also available in season.

Train: Metro-North Port Jervis Line departing Penn Station and Secaucus Station, NJ stops at the Cornwall-Salisbury Mills Station approximately 4 miles from the Village of Cornwall.

Air: Stewart International Airport is just a few miles from the Village of Cornwall. Car rentals available.

Brand name hotels are nearby in New Windsor, but experience the welcoming local hospitality at a unique inn or B&B right there in Cornwall.

Cromwell Manor Inn 174 Angola Road
845-534-7136  www.cromwellmanorinn.com
12 air-conditioned rooms with private baths. Elegant 1820 mansion and charming 1764 cottage furnished with antiques. Many fireplaces. Full gourmet breakfast. Afternoon tea.

Storm King Lodge B&B  100 Pleasant Hill Road
845-534-9421  •  www.stormkinglodge.com
6 rooms with private baths. An 1800’s barn with fireplaces and large veranda. 2 bedroom guest cottage is fully equipped. Swimming pool with mountain views. Full breakfast.

Painter’s Inn •  266 Hudson Street
845-534-2109  •  www.painters-restaurant.com
7 guest rooms with private baths, 1 suite. Restaurant on premises serving lunch and dinner.

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