Warm Up in Nyack – a Cool Rockland River Town

The frosty months may be here but there’s no need to hibernate when you can warm up in a cool Rockland river town like Nyack! Nyack is decked out for the season, with the annual holiday tree in the center of town and lights up all over the village. The restaurants and shops are in high gear, with special events, winter menus, gift-friendly pricing and plenty of places to take a breather from the holiday rush.

“Nyack has it all — a special blend of Hudson Valley experiences in a warm, welcoming village just 25 miles north of New York City,” said Nyack Mayor Don Hammond. “The village continues to grow as a destination for people who want to enjoy life and make memories that go far beyond the ordinary.”

For those looking for an outdoor adventure, Nyack Beach State Park’s trails are a great place for a winter walk, cross-country skiing, or ice-shoeing by the Hudson River. Take a hike up Hook Mountain, which is beautiful in any season, but it’s especially peaceful and scenic in winter.

Just a few minutes from downtown Nyack, Rockland Lake State Park is a perfect spot for ice fishing, ice shoeing, cross-country skiing, or in milder weather, walking, roller blading, or biking along the paved path around the lake.

Memorial Park has a great sledding hill, and is equally great for taking in a gorgeous view of the new Mario Cuomo Bridge from the Bridge Viewing Platform.

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If you are more of an indoor cat or would prefer the outdoors in smaller doses, browse through Nyack’s unique shops or visit our Winter Farmers Market every Thursday from 9am to 1pm for winter-harvested produce, beautiful baked goods, and perfectly prepared ready-made foods. Nyack is also a fantastic foodie destination with a choice of over 50 restaurants right in town as well as the opportunity to take a walking food tour to sample highlights from the village’s diverse menus.

Extend your stay to enjoy all that our village has to offer with a cozy stay in one of our hotels just minutes from the center of town.

“Nyack is one-of-a-kind village, and a haven for one-of-a-kind small businesses,” said Maria Luisa Whittingham, co-founder of Nyack Merchants United and owner of Maria Luisa boutique at 77 South Broadway. “If you’re looking for something truly special — something you couldn’t find in a mall or anywhere else — Nyack is the place.”

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Working through the Chamber of Commerce, village government, civic groups and arts organizations, the village produces a full calendar of events year-round, including during the winter season. Village organizations also work together to help new businesses get a strong foothold in the community.

“Our businesses and attractions invite everyone to explore, experience and enjoy everything the county has to offer.  Your first visit is sure not to be your last!” said Lucy Redzeposki, Rockland’s Director of Economic Development and Tourism.

For those who are not busy enough during the season, there’s plenty to do in Nyack to fill every day on the calendar. For details, you can view a full calendar of events on the Visit Nyack website.


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Staying warm in 2023

Once the holidays have passed, then come those chilly three months in the new year before spring arrives – but again, no need to stay home! There’s plenty more going on in Nyack to warm the cockles of all hearts. Following are just a few attractions.

  • Ongoing through March 26, an exhibition at the Edward Hopper House Museum & Study Center explores Hopper’s boyhood and emerging artistic vision. For Hopper aficionados and all who appreciate history and American art, this special show is not to be missed.
  • The mid-January food tour agendaoffered by Joey G’s will include a pizza crawl for kids, a pizza and wine journey for
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    grown-ups and a ‘beer, breads and buddies’ walk.

  • Valentine’s Day will bring special dinners and gifting options, including unique jewelry, clothing, and accessories, as well as the less traditional, such as tickets for a themed wine and cheese class, a show at Elmwood Playhouse, or ‘dinner and a movie,’ combining a great meal with a special screening at Rivertown Film.
  • The much-anticipated third annual Nyack Feasts event, running from March 1 to 9, will offer foodies, and everyone with an appetite, special meals at special prices, as well as cool ways to “pair your fare” with shopping and other fun activities.

“Thanks in large part of our thriving business community, Nyack is a cool riverside town whatever the season — a great place for enjoying life year-round,” said Roger Cohen, President of the Nyack Chamber of Commerce. “It’s also an open-door invitation to explore Rockland County, its many attractions, fascinating history, events and vibrant villages.”




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