We had no idea that Accord had so much to offer!

More and more we are realizing that Ulster County is full of great places to spend a day with the family. One place you might have never thought about spending anytime is the small hamlet of Accord.

Accord, along with Milan, New York is one of the Hudson Valley towns that have the most commonly mispronounced names in the area. It's pronounced "AHH-KORD", emphasis on the A! Most people not from the area mistakenly say it the same way they say Honda's Accord, "uh-kord".

Now that we have the correct way to say it out of the way, here are five things that we love in Accord.....

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Accord Speedway

If you've never been to a dirt track racing event, the Accord Speedway located at 299 Whitfield Rd, Accord, NY is one of the only places in the Hudson Valley to watch real dirt track racing. The 1/4 mile dirt track has been open for racing for many years and according to Kayla who sent us a message, "Accord races weekly on Friday nights. Their season started this past Friday and continues through the summer until about September. They also do a race in October for Halloween and November for Thanksgiving." For the full racing schedule check out Accord Speedway on Facebook.

Roller Skate

Skate Time 209 was a popular place for many to roller skate for many years and was one of only a handful of roller skating rinks open to the public. A while back the rink's name was changed to Neighborhood 209 and then unfortunately closed as a precautionary measure due to the current health situation according to their website. I gave them a call to see if they had any idea if and when they might reopen but got an answering machine that confirmed that they are still currently closed. If that changes we will update this article.

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Saunderskill Farms

We get some of our best ideas from folks that spend time at different places in the Hudson Valley and according to Robin who called us, Saunderskill Farms is a must-visit farmstand in Accord. She told us, "they have some of the best sandwiches, fresh fruit, and baked goods anywhere! Great place for breakfast or lunch." Saunderskill Farms is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 8 am – 5 pm. They are located at 5100 US-209, Accord, NY.

Best Kept Secret Getaway Location

I'm not sure if you've heard about one of the best-kept secret places in the Hudson Valley for a quick getaway. Have you heard of Inness? If not you might want to check it out. Inness sits on 220 acres between the Catskill and Shawangunk mountain ranges and offers guests the chance to enjoy a little bit of everything. They have a beautiful hotel, restaurant, and 9-hole golf course for guests to play on. Inness is located at 10 Banks St, Accord, NY.

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Best Christmas Trees

Once it's time again for us to start thinking about where to get this year's Christmas tree we have some great news for you! This year you won't need to think very hard because Accord has one of the best Christmas tree farms in all of the Hudson Valley. Every year as Christmas approaches the Bell Family opens up their farm with one thing in mind, "Our goal is to provide quality, fresh-cut trees to smiling faces year after year. We think the enthusiasm, hard work, knowledge, and atmosphere we provide will make your day nothing less than memorable." A few years back the Bell family welcome us and gave us a tour of their farm and I have to say it was a great experience and I can't wait to go back out this year to get my fresh-cut tree. Bell's Christmas Trees is located at 647 Mettacahonts Rd, Accord, NY.

9 Must Try BBQ Places in the Hudson Valley, NY

BBQ is meant to be eaten year-round and the Hudson Valley has some pretty amazing places to grab your smokin' juicy favorites all year long. From pulled pork to piggy mac these places we found for you won't disappoint your tastebuds or your pocketbook. Pick out what looks the most delicious and start there but make sure you eventually get to every one of these Hudson Valley New York BBQ Joints.

Hudson Valley New York Camping Resorts

The HudsonValley is a camping destination for so many people including those of us who live locally. It is a great way to have a summer vacation every weekend close to home. Many places offer a seasonal rate for you to save money on your stay. You pull the trailer in for the summer and park it for the season which is usually May to October. The camp 7 resorts we found offer family fun amenities and a summer full of exciting activities.