We live on a quiet cul-de-sac that leads to the Hudson River. It's a family area and very quiet and friendly. In 2020 due to COVID-19 we stopped our travels and chose to shelter in place here. After 6 months we decided that we like staying in place and will now only take short trips from time to time. This will have the added benefit of being able to host more guests. The Hudson Valley is really great every season and there is so much to do! We are also convenient to NYC if you wanted to take a day trip there on the train from Poughkeepsie.
******2020 COVID-19 Information*****
Because of NYS quarantine mandates as of 10/2020, we cannot accept requests from guests from the restricted states (they change according to rates) UNLESS you can guarantee that you have been in one of the non-restricted states for 14 days prior to doing so.
Masks are required in all public spaces in NYS and we ask that you wear them here during your arrival and while we are helping you set up. We don't require them if we are outside and social distancing.
*** Please note: our phones go off at 9pm (Eastern Time) and do not come on again until 7am. Please keep this in mind when requesting a stay. If you make your request after 9pm I will see neither text nor email until the following morning.
We are powered by solar energy so try not to be extravagant in our usage. You are welcome to use our 30 amp outlet but we ask that you use propane if and when possible if you need to run your heater. For AC (or electric only heat,) we will ask that you turn it off if leaving for the day. If temperatures are to the extreme in either direction we have guidelines we'll provide upon arrival. In the winter we have our outside water turned off but can still provide you with water should you need it.
Generators are fine until 10pm and after 7am but we ask that you limit the use of loud external generators to short periods.
Pets are welcome although they must respect our 2 cats who roam free. ( If you have a dog that is well behaved the woods at the end of the road -which belong to Scenic Hudson- are a great place to let them run free.)
You are welcome to arrive anytime before dark but please keep us up to date with your ETA as we will have to guide you into place.
The most important rule is to enjoy yourselves.
We live right off Rte 9-W and the roads are all well able to handle large trucks so are easily navigable. If driving a TT or 5th you will need to back in to our driveway. If you are coming from the north, the turn off 9W is a left turn and there is a short, steep part just as you turn. Make sure you have plenty of time to turn as this is a state highway and sometimes people speed.
You'll be able to park in our driveway facing in or out, if you are a class A or C, and back in if a TT or 5th. In either case, park as close to the garage door as you can so you are level and then park your vehicle on the gravel area to the right side of the driveway or in front of your rig.
Although we will now travel from time to time we never know when we might be around. We will try to keep the calendar up to date according to our travels but if dates are blocked we have no problems if you want to give us a shout (use the Message form on this site) to see if we can accommodate you. Likewise, if you're planning more than a month in advance and want to know if we'll be around just use the message form. We'll do the best we can to accommodate you.
***Also, while we will open our site for stays through the winter please be advised that if there is a snow storm we will have to clear the driveway. We have a snowblower so would be able to clear a path out were you to get "snowed in", but can't guarantee that it would meet your schedule. Also, although it happens infrequently this area sometimes loses power during storms in which case we would not be able to provide power.
This area of the Hudson Valley is becoming quite famous for the excellent restaurants, apple orchards, craft breweries and wineries but we also have a number of outdoor activities. Scenic Hudson has at least 5 official parks with hiking trails in the area-all are within a 15 min drive and one is walking distance from our house; there is fishing in the Hudson River at certain times of the year; we are across the river from FDR's house and library, the Vanderbilt Mansion and Staatsburg (both mansions from the Gilded Age) In Aug there are 2 local county fairs, The Walkway Over the Hudson is a converted railroad bridge now for walking and biking and connects to the RailTrail in Highland. There are museums-Olana, Frederic Church's home, Children's Museum of Poughkeepsie and the Senate House in Kingston. We have a collection of Things to Do available at the house.
Edc1951 were great hosts - very friendly and helpful. Excellent directions and maneuvering tips were given. Diesel purchase recommendation was also given.
Definitely will stop again when in the area.
Our hosts were gracious and welcoming, I highly recommend this home. I enjoyed talking and getting to know them according to the new non normal social distancing rules. We did not stay as long as planned or explore as much as we would like to, but we are just practicing for retirement, Their local attractions book with information about places to see and other information is really a great idea that I am going to use at our sites. These people are friendly RV'ers and exactly what Broondockers Welcome was created for.
We couldn't have hoped for a better initiation into our BW experience; our hosts are seasoned veterans. They guided us in adjusting our arrival time to avoid a summer soaker, they guided us in our rig positioning to save the hydrangeas and they guided us in modeling hospitality and generosity. Although it was a work-holiday, we enjoyed our time with these hosts in an informative and memorable walk above the river and listening to adventures of cross country travels. We look forward to staying in touch and we express our deepest gratitude.
This was my first time staying at a Boondockers Welcome home! The host checked on me during the day to make sure my trip was going well and I’d encountered no problems! They were wonderful fun hosts! We sat on their back porch, enjoyed cocktails and they provided lots of great information for me. I am a single woman traveling with my dog and they were so gracious to us both! If they are any indication of the hosts in this group I am soooo happy to have joined! Thank you for providing this opportunity to all fellow Boondockers!
Quiet place to park. Couple very willing to share their favorite resources with this newbie.
This Boondock was rich with historic information about Franklin Roosevelt and many other things a lot of history in the area and our hosts were very informative showed us all the wonderful sights. They had a very nice binder for boondockers. Overall the great experience
We really enjoyed talking with edc1951. Nice level parking spot in a beautiful area. We hope to see them again sometime!
Another great BW stay for us western USAers. Our gracious hosts were so interesting in mulitple ways!!! Local history, family history, international experiences, national travel experiences. It was a priviledge to stay with them and we hope they will visit us when travelling the west coast!!!
Great directions and communication. We always learn something from our guest and hosts. Thank you for the tip on the E clothes. I love looking out a clear window for a change.
If you are looking for a place to stay that is target rich in things to see and do in New York, this might be a good stop over for you. We certainly enjoyed being just minutes away from Roosevelt’s Presidential Library and Museum, the Walkway over the Hudson River, just a few minutes from the Poughkeepsie train station for a train ride into New York City to catch a Broadway show.
Directions provided by the host were spot on, and we had no trouble finding it. You have to back into the driveway from the road, but don’t let that scare you. The host’s site is on a dead end road and as such, there is no traffic to worry about while you are positioning your rig in the road to get into the drive. Once you are in the driveway it is a straight shot back to a level concrete pad. Heaven!
You will be in a very quiet neighborhood well away from the busy streets. A big thanks to our host for letting us stay here for a few days so that we could see the area.