Discover the natural and architectural wonders that abound along new york's hudson river valley in this lavishly illustrated travel and field guide. The unique scenery, plants and wildlife, and architecture of the valley, from sleepy hollow near new york city north to the town of catskill, are showcased through 150 color photos. Brief essays relate the majesty of the four seasons in the valley, its waterfalls, bogs, people, history, and more. Whether it's learning about the recovery of bald eagles or the region's rare orchids, taking a tour through a historic gilded age mansion, or rambling to the top of a legendary mountain said to be the abode of mischievous imps, it will be hard, if not impossible, to avoid falling "Under the sway of some witching power" that washington irving believed pervades this remarkable land. Includes a map with forty locations worth visiting and driving directions. 160 pages.