Things To Do In Bergen County

Bergen County: A Short Drive Brings You So Much to Do

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Just about 30 miles from Orangeburg lies the most populous county of New Jersey, Bergen County, so it’s no wonder that it’s full of wonderful places to see and things to do.

Like so many counties of this area so close to the Hudson River, Bergen County’s first residents were members of the American Indian tribes, the Lenape. Dutch settlers came in the mid 1600s, with the eventual founding of the settlement called Bergen, from which the county gets its name (although the settlement was located in what is now Hudson County).

Due to its location, Bergen County was the site of many Revolutionary War battles and skirmishes. The county also was a hub for the Erie Railroad’s Erie Main Line beginning in the 1850s. The Main Line is still in use today.

The county became even more of a bedroom community for people who worked in Manhattan with the completion of the George Washington Bridge in 1931, but the county’s growth as a suburban home to NYC workers really exploded after World War II.

There’s a true wealth of things to do in Bergen County. You’ll want to visit the New Jersey Meadowlands  Environment Center in Lyndurst, of course., as well as the Tenafly Nature Center. Aviation buffs should stop by the Aviation Hall of Fame and Museum at Teterboro Airport. U.S. Navy fans will want to visit Hackensack for the New Jersey Naval Museum and a visit to the ship USS Ling.

Bergen County has a great variety outdoor spots available for outdoor recreation and enjoyment, such as Ramapo Mountain State Forest, the New Jersey Palisades (now a National Natural Landmark) and, of course, the Hudson River.

The Hermitage in Ho-Ho-Kus,  a Gothic Revival home built in the 1840, is a must-see for history and architecture fans. It’s a National Historic Landmark.

Shoppers will want to visit H Mart, a Korean supermarket and shopping plaza in Ridgefield, as well as some terrific malls, such as The Shops at Riverside in Hackensack; Paramus Park in Paramus; the Bergen Town Center, also in Paramus; among others. The Mitsuwa Marketplace in Edgewater is a must-visit for anyone interested in anything having to do with Japan — this marketplace is a Japanese shopping plaza and supermarket.

Dominican College In Orangeburg NY

Dominican College In Orangeburg NY

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Less than a mile from the Holiday Inn® Orangeburg is Dominican College, a small school with a challenging curriculum set in a warm, family atmosphere.

Click here for an interactive map powered by Google for directions to Dominican College from our Orangeburg NY hotel.

Founded in 1952, Dominican College in Orangeburg, NY is committed to developing the whole student through interaction among students and faculty in small, personal classes. Even though the school is only 17 miles from bustling New York City, Dominican College feels like a home away from home, yet students are challenged on all academic levels.  Students can choose from degrees in Liberal Arts, such as Biology or Psychology, or study in professional programs such as Nursing, Physical Therapy or Teacher Education.

To round out campus life, Dominican College offers a wide range of activities such as social clubs, honor societies, service organizations, student government and more. Intercollegiate and intramural athletics are also offered. Dominican College is a member of the Central Atlantic College Conference and the National Collegiate Athletic Association. Varsity teams for both men and women include basketball, cross-country, golf, and soccer, just to name a few.  In the last 5 years, the varsity teams have won 12 conference championships. Scholarships are offered to qualified student athletes.

Visit the official website for Dominican College linked at the bottom of this page.

The Holiday Inn® Orangeburg provides the perfect base when you are in town for activities at Dominican College. We are one of the closest full service hotels to Nyack and Piermont New York.  IHG® Rewards Club is the preferred frequent traveler program in the industry.

 

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New York City and Manhattan Attractions

New York City and Manhattan Attractions

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Welcome to the Holiday Inn and Orangeburg, New York! Got an extra day to fit in some fun and excitement? All the sites, sounds and vibrant city life of New York City are waiting for you and it’s all only about 30 miles away!

There’s no need to change hotels for your adventure into the Big Apple. Our staff will happily assist you in deciding the best routes to take as well assist in making arrangements for your commute into the city. Several transportation options are available including limo services, taxis and busses (use the hotel’s complimentary shuttle service to get to the nearest short-line bus stop.) With so much to see and do in Manhattan – New York City, it would be impossible to choose what to highlight so we’ve listed the official site of the NYC Visitors Bureau at the bottom of this page. It has information on everything that makes New York City the most visited city in the USA!

The Holiday Inn® Orangeburg provides the perfect base when your travels bring you to the Orangeburg, New York area. We are one of the closest full service hotels to Nyack and Piermont New York and only a short distance from vibrant New York City attractions. Priority Club® is the preferred frequent traveler program in the industry.
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Nyack, NY: Home to Great Artists, Playwrights and Actors

Nyack, NY: Home to Great Artists, Playwrights and Actors

Orangeburg Hotel > Area Attractions > Nyack, NY

Looking for a Nyack Hotel? We are just 6 miles from Nyack!

If you’d like to mix some history with your business trip, we’d like to recommend a visit to Nyack, NY, just six miles north of Orangeburg and right next to the Hudson River.

Native Americans known has the Nyack Indians were the first people to take advantage of Nyack’s location on the Hudson’s banks long before the first Europeans visited and settled in the area in 1675 (the first year a white man settled there).

Nyack has been known over the years for three major industries: sandstone quarrying to use as building materials for Manhattan’s growing skyline, shipbuilding and even shoe manufacturing.

Nyack is a great spot for outdoor lovers to visit. Rent and launch a canoe or kayak into the Hudson River at Memorial Park. If you visit during the summer, be sure to check out Memorial Park’s outdoor festivals and weekly music concerts.

The little town also is almost directly west of Sleepy Hollow, the hamlet made famous in Washington Irving’s story Rip Van Winkle. Located on the other side of the Hudson from Nyack, Sleepy Hollow is a quick drive east across the Hudson via the Governor Thomas E. Dewey Bridge.

Nyack has been home to several famous people, including the painter Edward Hopper. His former home, now the Edward Hopper House Art Center, is a must-visit destination. The house offers visitors a peek into his life, with its display about his life and art work. The Center also exhibit art of local artists.

Oak Hill Cemetery also is a must-see visit. Hopper is buried there, as are the playwright Charles MacArthur; his wife, the Oscar-, Emmy- and Grammy-winning actress; as well as the inventor and scientist William Hand (he invented a heavy duty and long-life battery used by naval troops in World War II).

Nyack’s downtown went through a major revitalization in the 1980s. It was then that the famous Helen Hayes Performing Arts Theater was constructed. This 600-seat venue plays host to Broadway musicals, drama productions, events for children and film screenings.

So, if you are planning a visit, stay at our Nyack Hotel for close proximity to all the area attractions!

Orangeburg NY and Rockland County NY Area Parks

Orangeburg NY and Rockland County NY Area Parks

Bear Mountain / Harriman / Nyack Beach / Rockland Lake State Parks

The Holiday Inn® welcomes you to Orangeburg and Rockland County, New York. Did you know that there are four New York Parks in the nearby vicinity of the hotel? Our friendly staff can provide you directions to any of them and help you plan your exciting fun-filled day at any of them. Whether you want climb, hike, camp, swim, or just about any other outdoor activity, it’s all within a twenty minute drive of the hotel. Of course when you are ready to come back inside, we’ll be here to welcome you back.

Harriman Park
Harriman State Park, located in Rockland and Orange counties, is the second-largest park in the system, with 31 lakes and reservoirs, 200 miles of hiking trails, three beaches, two public camping areas, miles of streams and scenic roads, various species of wildlife, and many vistas and vantage points. The park offers:

  • Beach
  • Biking
  • Boat Rentals
  • Camping
  • Fishing
  • Museum & Visitor Center
  • Picnic Areas
  • Sports Fields
  • Skiing (Winter)

Bear Mountain State Park
Bear Mountain State Park in Bear Mountain, N.Y., has something for everyone. From miles of hiking trails to an inn with all the comforts of home, the park offers nature in all of its glory for both the avid outdoorsman as well as those just out for a scenic Sunday stroll. Nestled along the Hudson River, Bear Mountain is just north of Orangeburg and Nyack. The park offers:

  • Hiking Trails
  • Lodge and Visitor Center
  • Outdoor Swimming Pool
  • Paddle Boats
  • Picnic Areas
  • Zoo

Nyack Beach
Nyack Beach State Park offers over 60 acres of riverfront along the Hudson in Rockland County. The most popular activities are picnicking, hiking, bicycling and fishing. Trails are open for cross-country skiing in winter. The park offers:

  • Boat Launch Sites
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Picnic Areas
  • Skiing (Winter)

Rockland Lake State Park
Rockland Lake State Park’s lake is located on a ridge of Hook Mountain above the west bank of the Hudson River. The park offers breathtaking views of the Hudson Valley, six tennis courts and two golf courses. Anglers can fish Rockland Lake for bass, perch and more; walkers and joggers can use the fitness trail around the lake. Winter visitors can enjoy designated cross-country ski trails and sledding slopes. The park offers:

  • Biking
  • Boat Launches
  • Food
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Nature Trail
  • Picnic Area with Grills
  • Pools (two plus a kids pool)
  • Skiing (Winter)
  • Tennis

The Holiday Inn® Orangeburg provides the perfect base for your visit to the New York State Park system and Hudson Valley. Guests that book from this website are eligible for IHG® Rewards Club and enjoy complimentary high-speed Internet access at the hotel.

Palisades Center Shopping Mall

Palisades Center Shopping Mall

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Located only 4 miles from the Holiday Inn® Orangeburg is the Palisades Center Shopping Mall.

Click here for an interactive map powered by Google for directions to the Palisades Center Shopping Mall from the hotel.

Palisades Center features well over 200 national and local retail stores. Their anchor stores include Flene’s, Home Depot, Target, Staples, Circuit City, Best Buy, and more. Just about every other store from the Gap to Banana Republic are inside this sprawling complex. Entertainment options abound with an IMAX® theatre and several other venues available.

In addition to all the retail stores, Palisades Center features a food court with over two dozen dining options. If you prefer full service restaurants, the mall contains a Chili’s, Empire Crown Buffet (Chinese), Johnny Rockets, Legal Seafood, Outback Steakhouse. Cheesecake Factory, TGI Friday’s, and much more.

For a complete store directory, visit their website linked at the bottom of this page.

Directions are simple as you just head north on RT-303 for about 4 miles until you reach the Palisades Center. The Holiday Inn® Orangeburg provides the perfect base for your shopping adventure. Guests that book from this website are eligible for Priority Club® Rewards and enjoy complimentary high-speed Internet access at the hotel.
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Rockland and Bergen County NY Area Golf Courses

Rockland and Bergen County NY Area Golf Courses

Orangeburg Hotel > Area Attractions > Rockland County > Rockland / Bergen Golf Courses

The Holiday Inn® Hotel of Orangeburg is a full service hotel conveniently located off Exit 5N on the Palisades Interstate Parkway or Exit 12 off the New York State Thruway near the New York and New Jersey state line. When you’re ready to relax and work on your golf game, our Orangeburg-Nanuet location places you near several area golf courses.  We’ve listed a few our favorite courses here:

  • Blue Hill Golf Course  285 Blue Hill Rd, Pearl River, NY, (845) 735-2094, public, 27 hole
  • Broadacres Golf Club, 140 Old Orangeburg, Orangeburg, NY 10962, (914)359-8218, semi-private, 9 hole
  • Dellwood Country Club, 60 Zukor Rd, New City, NY 10956, (845)634-4626, private, 18 hole
  • Manhattan Woods Golf Club, One Ahlmeyer Dr, West Nyack, NY 10994, (845)627-2222, private, 18 hole
  • Minisceongo Golf Club, 110 Pomona Rd, Pomona, NY 10970, (914)362-8348, private, 18 hole
  • New York Country Club, 103 Brick Church Rd, New Hempstead, NY 10977, (914)362-2196, semi-private, 18 hole
  • Phillip J. Rotella Municipal Golf Course, Thiells Mt Ivy Rd, Thiells, NY 10984, (845)354-1616, public, 18 hole
  • Rockland Country Club, 380 Route 9W, Sparkill, NY 10976, (914)359-9702, private, 18 hole
  • Rockland Lake State Park Championship Course, Route 9W & Lake Rd, Congers, NY 10920, (845)268-6250, public, 36 hole
  • Spook Rock Golf Course, 199 Spook Rock Rd, Suffern, NY 10901, (845)357-6466, public, 18 hole

Of course, this is only a sampling of the area golf courses. There are many more in the surrounding communities. A good website to look up additional courses is linked at the bottom of this page. It displays a page with all New York golf cities and allows easy click-through links for courses all over the Empire State.

All guests staying at the Holiday Inn® Orangeburg who book from this site or any Intercontinental Hotel Group official website are eligible for IHG® Rewards Club.  With over 3,600 locations to earn and redeem points, IHG® Rewards Club is the preferred frequent traveler program in the industry.
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Rockland County: Nature, History, Art and Shopping for Everyone

Rockland County: Nature, History, Art and Shopping for Everyone

Orangeburg Hotel > Area Attractions > Rockland County

For a close-but-real escape from the wonderful madness that can be New York City, Rockland County can’t be beat.

Located just about 10 miles north of Manhattan, Rockland County is one of the wealthiest counties in the nation, with a median household income of $75,306 (2000 census). As such, it offers visitors here for business or pleasure an absolute wealth of culture, sites to see and things to do.

The Munsees and Lenni Lenape Indians were the first people to live in this area. Dutch settlers followed Henry Hudson soon after he sailed up the river that would eventually bear his name, anchoring near what is now Haverstraw in Rockland County.

There really is so much to do in Rockland County. In addition to the recreational activities available because of the county’s location right along the Hudson River (think kayaking, canoeing, sailing, boating, fishing and swimming), Rockland County has an incredible amount of parkland within it’s borders. Visitors may visit historic battlefields, nature parks and preserves.

Are you a Revolutionary War buff? Then Rockland County is a must-visit! Buckberg Mountain was the site of Washington’s Lookout, which General George Washington to plan a surprise attach on the British during the Battle of Stony Point.

You’ll many things to see and do no matter what time of year you’re lucky enough to find yourself in Rockland County.  Check out the county’s indoor Farmer’s Market from February through May. Located in a schoolhouse built in 1860, the market offers shoppers chicken, meat, pies, breads and nuts, seasonal fruits and vegetables and more.

Visit in August and you’ll have the chance to enjoy two days of Native American Heritage Celebration, in which Native American songs, dances will be performed. You also may purchase crafts, jewelry and food.

If shopping is at the top of your list while visiting Rockland County, you’ll have plenty of stores to visit. The county has many wonderful antique stores (the hamlet of Nyack has more than 30!), to art galleries, to plenty of window shopping opportunities in towns that look as if they’ve never left the 17th, 18th, 19th or early 20th centuries. Those looking for more modern retail hunting venues can look forward to visiting the Palisades Center in West Nyack. This shopping center’s four levels offers you more than 250 specialty shops, as well as 13 restaurants, 25 eateries, a restored antique carousel, a skating rink and a 21-screen stadium-style movie theater.

Simon Nanuet Mall

Simon Nanuet Mall

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Less than 7 miles from the Holiday Inn Orangeburg Hotel is the Simon® Nanuet Mall, Rockland County’s community shopping center for over 30 years.

Click here for an interactive map powered by Google for directions to the Nanuet Mall from the hotel.

The Nanuet Mall offers premier shopping in a community atmosphere.  The mall is Anchored by Sears, Macy’s and Boscov’s Department Store and offers over 120 specialty stores including Aeropostale, Guess, Whitehall Jewelers, and Victoria’s Secret to name a few.  Take a break from shopping and enjoy a meal or treat from one of the many food vendors such as Master Wok or Villa Pizza.  Full service restaurants include Ruby Tuesday and Banchetto Feast.  For a complete mall information, visit their official website linked at the bottom of this page.

The Holiday Inn® Orangeburg provides the perfect base for your shopping adventure. We are one of the closest full service hotels to Nyack and Piermont New York.  Guests who book from this website are eligible for IHG® Rewards Club points.  IHG® Rewards Club is the preferred frequent traveler program in the industry.
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St. Thomas Aquinas College

St. Thomas Aquinas College

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Holiday Inn® Orangeburg is less than two miles from St. Thomas Aquinas College in Sparkill, New York.

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Established in 1952 for students preparing for teaching careers, St. Thomas Aquinas College has expanded and become a thriving liberal arts college with programs that lead to degrees and careers in many contemporary fields.  Students can choose from academic programs in business, education, social sciences, humanities, mathematics and natural sciences.  Plus, graduate programs are offered in both education and business.  Our 47 acre park-like campus offers an atmosphere of mutual respect and understanding and students fit in and feel comfortable whatever their background or beliefs.  We are a short distance from New York City, close enough to enjoy a museum tour, Broadway show or a visit to Wall Street, yet far enough away to maintain that ‘small town’, home away from home atmosphere.

Visit the official website for St. Thomas Aquinas College linked at the bottom of this page.

The Holiday Inn® Orangeburg provides the perfect base when you are in town for activities at St. Thomas Aquinas College. We are one of the closest full service hotels to Nyack and Piermont New York.  Guests who book from this website are eligible for IHG® Rewards Club points.  IHG® Rewards Club is the preferred frequent traveler program in the industry.
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