Half way between New York City and Albany, nestled in the Hudson River Valley, is the city of Poughkeepsie, New York. The town’s name comes from a Native American word that roughly translates to ‘the reed covered lodge by the little water place.’ Historians believe that the name is referring to a small stream to the south of modern day downtown Poughkeepsie. Although the town experienced some economic problems in the late 20th century, you can now find some pleasant budget hotels in Poughkeepsie in the revived main street area.
In fact, you’ll probably enjoy an evening stroll or two along Main Street before returning to your discount hotel in Poughkeepsie. The Main Street and Market Street area has become a bevy of cultural and arts activity in the town. For music, theater, and film performances or to enjoy some historic architecture, see the Bardavon 1869 Opera House, home of the Hudson Valley Philharmonic. You might want to catch some sporting events at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center or a band at The Chance. For some art history and exhibits, visit the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center located at Vassar College or the Gallery and Studio (G.A.S.) on Main Street.