May 2nd, kicked off Historic Huguenot Street’s Spring 2015 opening, I was able to attend with my family to check out their activities and come back to share with you all about the Historic Huguenot Street Landmark in the Hudson Valley. I hate being late to things, so when we hit traffic on 84 I was freaking out that we were not going to make it to this event on time. Having never been up to New Paltz, I believed the 1 hour and 20 minute google maps estimate from my home in Carmel. However, even with taking a detour, and leaving late we were there with 10 minutes to spare, we made it in about 50 minutes to reach 81 Huguenot Street.
The day we went up to visit the Gift Shop in the Visitor’s Center was having a grand re-opening, so we had an opportunity to experience some of the special programming. My 4 year old was originally only interested in going for the shopping, she’s a gift shop pro now. We got there late in the day, but luckily caught a re-play of most of the morning’s event. I am kind of a history nerd, (seriously I still haven’t gotten over a trip I missed to Sturbridge Village in 3rd grade) so getting to walk around and experience the homes as they looked through the different periods of history was amazing to me. The experience I did not want to miss out on though was the Junior Detective tour, where my 4 year old and I went with a guide to discover what life was like for kids 300 hundred years ago. She loved it, we went room to room with a spy glass and our tour guide was fantastic at making the hunt age appropriate but not dumbing it down for my daughter either.
However, as much fun as she had “detectiving” (her word) her favorite part of the day was visiting the Deyo house and receiving a tour from their “house servant”. She loved pretending that we were visiting another family and using the “grand staircase”. My husband and I also enjoyed getting to check everything out and find out more about the area. My 1 year was along for the ride as usual but she took it all in without falling asleep which is a rousing endorsement from her! This is a great day trip activity for families in the Hudson Valley.
Disclosure: My family and I was invited as media to the event, not other compensation was received and as always all opinions are 100% my own and honest.