If you’re a lover of legends, storytelling, and nature you’ll find that the Catskills and the Hudson River Valley offer something for all your interests. Fodor says it best, “Rising between the Hudson Ricer to the east and the upper Delaware and Susquehanna rivers to the south and west, the Catskills-called Oneteora, or “land in the sky”, by the Algonquians and “these fairy mountains” by Washington Irving-are among the most visited, written about, and painted mountain ranges in the country.
You have the Hudson River School to thank for nature conservancy and the protection of federal lands and wild space and our National Parks.
You’ll also I want to spend time in WashingtonIrving ‘s home, Sunnyside, a major center for the Romantic Period and Hudson River School for writers, artists, and other creative individuals.
Many say that Hudson River Valley provided the inspiration that helped Washington Irving become the first American Man of letters. Especially, with the characters and legends for his loved storytelling tales of rural Americans with ‘Rip Van Winkle” and “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”.
To get you ready for a trip to the Hudson River Valley please take a look Sleepy Hollow with the help this National Geographic YouTube presentation. Have fun and enjoy Ichabod Crane and the mysterious Headless Horseman