It’s Showtime in Saugerties, NY
Home of many major horse events in the Northeast, HITS-on-the-Hudson is one of the four U.S. locations that brand the HITS name, and equestrians can visit the gorgeous facility in Saugerties, NY, throughout the show season. The HITS Saugerties Show Series, usually held from May through September, includes events such as a United States Hunter Jumper Association International Hunter Derby, the United States Equestrian Federation Junior Hunter National Championship, and the HITSon-the-Hudson Championships. Non-HITS events are also held here, such as Centerline Events’ dressage shows, Dressage4Kids, and the New England Dressage Association CDI-W Region 8 Championships, which will be held September 20-23 this year.
Being just an hour north of New York City, vacationers can easily enjoy a trip into the city, however there is plenty to do in and around Saugerties. For family fun, you can take the kids to the Zoom Flume Water Park, which is especially enjoyable if you go during the hot late summer months—the Typhoon Twister is a must for any thrill seekers! If you decide to stay in Saugerties, it’s only a 40-minute drive north to the park. When the weather isn’t so great, you can head to Puttin Plus for the arcade and a round of laser tag. The entertainment center also has outdoor activities such as miniature golf, batting cages, water tag, and go-karts.
With Saugerties located in the Northeast, it is bound to have historical aspects. The Saugerties Lighthouse should be added to your list of things to do, regardless of the season of visiting, due to the picturesque nature of the historical beacon. History—and lighthouse—lovers will be excited to know that the landmark is also a bed and breakfast, so you can spend a night inside!
There are a few other options for lodging in and around Saugerties. The Nest is a great idea for those going to New York to escape city life. They have five guesthouses overlooking the exquisite scenery the town has to offer, and each will be sure to meet high standards, as they all are clean and cozy— the perfect combination for a relaxing stay. Another option, which is ideal for those going specifically to Saugerties, is the Diamond Mill Hotel. This luxurious hotel is a cross between historic and contemporary that comes across as welcoming and elegant. Though a bit on the pricier side, staying at this hotel is completely worth it. There is also a tavern right in the hotel, which means you have one less place you’ll need to drive to if you are without a car. The Tavern showcases local artisan and farmer products, mostly serving Italian and American meals.
Mexican food fans can rejoice on this trip, as one of the best places around is Diego’s Taqueria. Everything here tastes amazing, but we highly recommend the rice bowl and their margaritas. If you’re looking for a bit of a romantic evening, try out Land and Sea Grill. For over 18 years, this restaurant has been serving some of the finest dishes; from housemade raviolis to their beef stroganoff, something can be found for every palate. There is also, of course, Slice of Saugerties, where if you need a pizza fix, this will take care of the craving and then some. The brocoli, rabe, and sausage pizza headlines their pies for a reason! After a trip from the Slice, pizza may never be the same.
Whether you’re going for a weekend or competing for a week at HITS, Saugerties has enough to keep a rider and their family entertained and relaxed.