Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Top 10 Ways to Beat Holiday Stress


Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and “The Holidays” aren't far behind.  If you’re like most people in the Hudson Valley, holiday stress can significantly impact your enjoyment of the season.  With the family on their way, holiday parties to plan, gifts to buy, and endless cooking and cleaning, stress can quickly add up for a less than happy holiday. 

The Hudson Valley has so much to offer throughout the holiday season that we shouldn't let stress get in the way.  Take a look at our Top Ten Ways to Beat Holiday Stress, and learn some effective techniques to keep your holiday woes in check.
Top Ten Ways to Beat Holiday Stress
10. Breathe Easy!
When holiday stresses mount, our bodies can react with a fight or flight response which includes excess muscle tension and increased breathing rate.  Practice this deep breathing technique and short-circuit your holiday stress.
  •  Recognize that a situation is triggering your stress symptoms. 
  • Break into a big, sparkly smile.  If you are in a public place then this can be an inward smile. This triggers a release of endorphins, your body's natural feel-good chemicals. 
  • Make a positive affirmation.  For example "I can do this" or “Be calm.” This counters the typical negative thoughts that may accompany stress. 
  • Take an easy, deep breath. Imagine this diaphragmatic breath coming up through the soles of your feet and filling your abdomen. 
  • As you exhale, let your jaw go loose, unclench your teeth, and allow your shoulders to relax. Imagine a wave of warmth flowing through your body.
9. Get Your Groove On
Listening to music while decorating for the holiday or preparing for company can be a great stress reliever by providing a mental distraction, reducing muscle tension and decreasing stress hormones. Crank up the volume and let your mind be absorbed by the music, not by your to-do list.  
8. Start a Holiday Journal
Writing out our thoughts and feelings can be a good release for otherwise pent-up emotions. Don't think about what to write — just let it happen. Write whatever comes to mind. No one else needs to read it, so don't strive for perfection in grammar or spelling.  Once you're done, you can toss out what you wrote, or save it to reflect on when stresses mount next holiday season!
7. Go to Bed!
Stress often makes getting quality sleep difficult. Your sleep can suffer when the stress of holiday party planning leaves you with too much to do and too much to think about.  But missing sleep prevents your brain and body from recharging, and can adversely affect your mood, energy level, concentration and overall functioning. If you experience trouble sleeping, make sure that you have a quiet, relaxing bedtime routine, listen to soothing music, put clocks away, and stick to a consistent schedule.
6.  Visit the Spa
There’s no better way to melt away holiday stress than treating yourself to a soothing soak in a spa Jacuzzi followed by a relaxing massage.  The Hudson Valley Resort’s spa facilities offer the perfect ways to ease your tension, revitalize your spirit, rejuvenate your mind, and regain a true sense of well-being and relaxation.  

5. Delegate, and learn when to say no!
You can’t do everything yourself, at least not without paying the price. Learn when to say no, and effectively delegate tasks.  Taking on too much at once may prevent conflict, but it can also lead to stress, anger and resentment when your needs and the needs of your family get lost in the holiday hustle. 
4. Try Yoga
Yoga is becoming an increasingly popular stress reliever.  Yoga brings together physical and mental disciplines to achieve peacefulness of body and mind, helping you relax and manage stress and anxiety. Try yoga on your own or join a class:  Hatha yoga, in particular, is a good stress reliever because of its slower pace and easier movements. 
3. Laugh it off
A good sense of humor can’t cure what ails you, but it can definitely make you feel better- even if you have to force it through your holiday grumpiness. Laughing lightens your mental load and actually causes positive physical changes in your body. So read some jokes, tell some jokes, watch a holiday comedy or hang out with your funny friends.
2. Get Moving!
Virtually any form of exercise and physical activity can act as a stress reliever. You do not have to be an athlete or even in great shape. Physical activity pumps up your feel-good endorphins and refocuses your mind on your body's movements; improving your mood and helping your holiday stress fade away.  
1. Let someone else do all the work!
Give us a call, and we’ll take care of it all!  Planning your holiday party at the Hudson Valley Resort is the easy and affordable way to beat holiday stress!  With over 41,000 sq. ft. of versatile meeting space, banquet halls, performance venues and ballrooms, there's no better place to share the holiday spirit with your friends, family, or coworkers! 
Our professional event planners are with you every step of the way to help create the perfect holiday party this season, and our world-class catering team can custom tailor your menu to suit your group's tastes and holiday wishes.

Gracefully set on more than 400 wooded acres in the heart of the Shawangunk mountains, we're perfectly situated just 90 miles from NYC, just over the river and through the woods!

From intimate to grand scale, we'll work with you to create lasting holiday memories which suit your tastes, and your budget.  

Give us a call and find out just how easy and affordable your holiday party can be at the Hudson Valley Resort & Spa

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Hudson Valley Autumn Attractions & Fall Foliage

It’s nearly leaf-peeping season here in the Hudson Valley, and our gorgeous mountain views and quaint country roads will soon be stunningly adorned with spectacular hues of gold, burgundy and crimson, while thousands of visitors are beginning to plan their trips upstate to view the fall foliage and to take advantage of our awesome autumn attractions!

 

The foliage this year is expected to be especially brilliant, and with so many fantastic fall activities and harvest attractions to explore, there’s never been a better time to plan your visit to the Hudson Valley.


A trip to Minnewaska State Park offers visitors a chance to witness unparalleled autumn beauty.  The white austerity of the Shawangunk Ridge affords sweeping panoramic views of sapphire blue sky-lakes contrasting magnificently against regal gold and burgundy foliage- it's truly a sight to behold..  

Of course, visiting the Hudson Valley in Autumn offers more than just beautiful scenery, and visitors can take advantage of exciting harvest attractions while enjoying the views.  

Offering traditional October activities like pumpkin picking, hayrides, corn mazes and more, a trip to nearby Kelder’s Farm and Saunderskill Farms is a great way to get out and experience the height of the season.


Would you believe that Halloween is right around the corner?  There’s no better way to get into the spirit of the holiday than a terrifying trip to the Headless Horseman Hayrides and Haunted Houses.  Now celebrating it’s 22nd year, this horrifying Halloween attraction has been named “#1 on the Planet” by The New York Daily News.

Whether you’re looking to enjoy the magnificent beauty of our stunning fall foliage and to take advantage of traditional harvest happenings, or if you prefer to hurtle headfirst into Halloween horror, the Hudson Valley is the place to be to experience the best autumn attractions and activities.

The Hudson Valley Resort & Spa is ideally located within minutes of these and other exciting opportunities for fall fun!  That's why we're offering guests a free Hudson Valley Fall Foliage driving tour to help you celebrate the season!
Winding along the famous Shawangunk Ridge, our driving tour features majestic mountain vistas, gorgeous fall foliage, quaint country farmer's markets, apple and pumpkin picking, wineries, and excursions through pristine nature preserves and historic landmarks.  Take it at your own pace, and enjoy your upstate leaf peeping trip like never before!

Featuring an 18 hole championship golf course, heated indoor pool, tennis and basketball courts, game room and more, the Hudson Valley Resort is the perfect place to stay while exploring the Hudson Valley!

So call or click today, and we'll help you make the most of your stay!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Golf Course Improvements!

Anyone who's played golf at the Hudson Valley Resort and Spa in recent years knows that we've had some difficulty with the greens on three and nine, and we worked hard in 2013 to try and salvage the greens with only limited success.

That's why we're very happy to announce that this year we're investing in the future of the course by completely removing, regrading, and replacing these greens so the holes will play as good as new next season!


Please pardon our appearance!  We've installed temporary greens on these two holes, and are excited to offer deeply discounted rates to offset any inconvenience players might experience while this work is completed. 

We look forward to playing the course once these and other improvements are completed, and hope to see you on the greens soon!  Give us a call at 845-626-8888 today to take advantage of our special discounted rates, and we'll help you make the most of your game!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Experience The Rock n Roll Resort!

The word is out- the Hudson Valley Resort is gearing up for another exciting installment of New York’s premier indoor music festival: The Rock n Roll Resort! This year’s event is shaping up to be even better than ever, and it all kicks off on April 6th!

Now in its fourth year, Rock n Roll Resort gathers the leading performers of electronic dance, funk, bluegrass and progressive jam band music under one roof for a three day non-stop immersive concert experience unlike any other.

This year’s lineup of more than 50 artists includes DUMPSTAPHUNK, THE MOTET, EVERYONE ORCHESTRA, TURKUAZ, CABINET, CONEHEAD BUDDHA, and many other popular acts performing late into the night within three unique indoor event venues!

The intimate setting of this historic upstate NY mountainside resort allows concertgoers to interact with their favorite performers offstage all weekend long, and guests are encouraged to bring their own instruments for impromptu jam sessions and late-night collaborations.

More than just a music festival, the event will also feature innovative work by visual artists Robbi Cohn, Richard Biffle & John Warner, as well as offering art clinics, projects and activities organized in the Overlook Gallery, curated by Gregory McKenna, Rob Servo, Greg Dunn and Dave Tree.

Guests of the resort will also enjoy exquisite dining, on-site spa facilities including Jacuzzi, sauna and steam rooms, a heated indoor pool, tennis and basketball courts, organized disc golf and mini-golf tournaments, and much more!

There's a lot to get excited about, and rooms are going fast! Visit www.rocknrollresort.com to learn more about this exclusive event, or click here to explore the resort!



Photos by Allison Murphy & Ted Wong

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Cross Country Skiing for Health and Wellness

Chase away those winter blues while getting in shape: Cross Country Skiing is the perfect way to get out and enjoy the scenic winter wonderland of the Hudson Valley!  This popular and healthy outdoor winter activity can be fun for the whole family and provides an excellent aerobic workout which will have you looking and feeling your best by spring.

Most people know how important it is to remain active in the winter months, but with snow on the ground it can be difficult to get motivated.  While we all have the best intentions of hitting the gym from time to time, the prospect of watching sitcoms under florescent lights while pacing on a treadmill hardly inspires enthusiasm.

Cross country skiing is a great alternative!  You’ll love getting out in the sunshine to explore the beautiful natural winter landscapes found at popular Hudson Valley cross country ski destinations.  With more than 18 km of groomed trails with sweeping Hudson Valley and Catskill views, nearby Minnewaska State Park is popular choice.

Cross Country Skiing not only tones and strengthens every major muscle group; it also provides an excellent cardio-vascular workout.  Just an hour on the trail at a moderate pace can burn more than 500 calories while boosting your metabolism and lifting your spirits!

It’s well known that moderate exercise and sunshine can help fight depression, so cross country skiing is a great way to ward off the winter blues.  There’s no reason to suffer from “Cabin Fever” this year when a scenic winter wonderland of natural beauty awaits you.


Not sure where to start?  Most ski shops provide expert advice on selecting gear which will suit your tastes and budget, and many offer rental equipment and classes for beginners.  Check out our Top Ten Tips for Cross Country Skiing in the Hudson Valley, and you’re sure to start out on the right foot.

Top Ten Tips for Cross Country Skiing in the Hudson Valley

  1. Learn the rules.  Visit a Cross Country ski center and inform the staff that you are new to the activity.   They’ll be happy to help you learn the ins and outs, discuss trail etiquette and even point you to trails best suited to your skiing ability.
  2. Dress in layers.  Because cross country skiing is an aerobic activity; many beginners tend to overdress for the cold.  However, you can overheat quickly if dressed too warmly. Wear moisture-wicking underwear (no cotton!) with a lightweight fleece top with tights and a weatherproof outer shell.
  3. Take a pack.  You need a larger pack for winter cross-country skiing trips than you would for hiking in summer. Bring extra clothing and gear (e.g., a snow shovel) to stay comfortable and safe.
  4. Don’t forget the wax.  Keep some “glide wax” packets handy so you can keep your "no wax" skis gliding smoothly all day.  Apply only to the smooth surface of the ski base. For waxable skis, find a few grip waxes that cover the full range of temperatures you're likely to encounter.
  5. Stretch before and after your trip.  This helps prevent muscle soreness and keeps you flexible. Gently stretch the quadriceps, hamstrings, gluteus muscles and calves.  Cross-country skiing is also a great upper-body workout, so don't forget to stretch your biceps and triceps, too!
  6. Start slowly.  Walk the trail with a pair of poles but without skis. This is the easiest way to get acclimated to the opposite-arm, opposite-leg movement required in cross-country skiing
  7. Protect yourself from the sun.  Even on overcast days, reflected light off the snow and prolonged exposure can cause sunburns and even "snow blindness". Wear suitable sunscreen and sunglasses with good UV protection.
  8. Drink plenty of water.  Drink regularly, even if you don't feel thirsty. Staying hydrated helps you to stay warm, and dehydration is the first step towards hypothermia.
  9. Practice Negotiating Hills.  Climbing uphill, make sure your body is centered above your feet and that your shoulders, hips and feet are aligned. Think about taking little steps up the hill, and try not to bend too far forward at the waist. Descending downhill, keep your body aligned above your feet. Once you’re skilled enough on skis, you can tuck into the position that Alpine racers use.
  10. Stay in Control.  To slow your descent when skiing in groomed tracks, carefully lift one ski out and set it at an angle to the track. Put pressure on the inside edge of that ski, in a "half snowplow" formation. Don’t press too hard, though, or you may catch your ski and stop too suddenly.
Eager to give it a try?  The Hudson Valley Resort & Spa is just minutes from some of the Hudson Valley’s best cross-country skiing!  Give us a call when planning your visit to the well groomed and popular trails at nearby Minnewaska State Park, the Mohonk Preserve, or the Catskills and we’ll help make the most of your stay.  We’re only 90 miles from NYC… you’ll just feel a world away.