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Garrison Landing is one
of those really marvelous little out of the way places
that if you didn't know it was there you would probably
never stumble across it. And boy would you be missing
one of the jewels of the Hudson Valley.
Tucked down a very small
and a little obscure side road lies Garrison Landing.
It's been here for centuries and played important
roles in the early history of New York colony and
the American Revolution. These days, Garrison Landing
is a sleepy little collection of antique 19th century
buildings hugging the banks of the Hudson River. As
a tourist destination, there is little there to attract
you, although the important Garrison Art Center is
housed in one of the buildings. Finding it can be
difficult and figuring out how to get over the railroad
tracks can be a challenge.
But take the time and
effort to find it and go to it, you will be rewarded
for your efforts. Behind the row of buildings next
to the river is a park with simply one of the most
spectacular views in the Valley. Across the river
West Point rises dramatically on its cliffs as the
Hudson River bends and twists around it. The modern
military academy perches high atop the cliffs dramatically
dominating the view.
There is a small gazebo
and a couple of benches scattered about under the
willow trees where you can sit and relax and take
it all in. At the extreme south end of the hamlet,
just a few yards away, is a small store where you
can get refreshments and a cool drink.
And while in Garrison
Landing, make sure to visit the Art Center!