With charming villages, serene farms, and the inspiring beauty of the Hudson River, Putnam County is increasingly sought-after by homebuyers looking to live in the Hudson Valley. An easy drive from New York City, Putnam offers great recreational activities, such as swimming, hiking, and golf, as well as skiing and snowboarding and skiing in the winter months. Putnam County also offers numerous festivals, theaters, galleries, museums and music venues to enjoy.
Lovers of great dining will be amazed at how local chefs transform farm-fresh, local ingredients into show-stopping cuisine. If you’re an art lover, you’ll be drawn to Putnam’s numerous theaters, galleries, and museums. And if you’re a history buff, there is no shortage of rich historical sites and elegant estates. Children will always find something fun to do, with countless educational programs and the annual Putnam County Fair.
Here’s a rundown of Putnam County’s major towns – all offering their own unique brand of charm.
Located 50 miles north of Manhattan, on the banks of the mighty Hudson River, the village of Cold Spring is an antique shopper’s paradise, with boutique clothing stores, artisan food and coffee offerings, Zagat-rated dining and seasonal outdoor entertainment.
Set on the shores of the Hudson, Garrison offers hikers a multitude of trails, state parklands, wetlands, and wildlife, along with a timeless sense of character. Garrison’s abundant historical sites include Boscobel, the restored 19th-century mansion and museum and Graymoor, a Franciscan community and monastery.
Established as a summer resort back in the 1870s, Lake Mahopac still offers amazing summer recreation. It’s at the center of the hamlet of Mahopac, which features several other smaller lakes and ponds, each with its own distinct character and residential community.
The hamlet of Carmel offers spacious vistas and beautifully preserved historic downtown, complete with brick-lined streets and old-fashioned street lamps.