A Mix of 5 Things & Facts we Love in Pleasant Valley, New York
Does Pleasant Valley have its own song? Do they also have a department store? Questions answered...LOL!
If you've never been to Plesant Valley New York, located in Dutchess County, you are really missing out!! Pleasant Valley has some interesting history, a bunch of places to shop, grab a meal, and one of the Hudson Valley's best holiday celebrations.
Pleasant Valley Department Store
Pleasant Valley is home to one of the last remaining locally owned department stores in the Hudson Valley. The Pleasant Valley Department Store opened back in 1946 and when it opened, it was one of the area's most popular places to shop....long before Walmart and Target came along!! According to their website, they carry men's, women's, and children's clothing, footwear, and accessories along with sporting goods, toys, and gift items. Lauen called to tell us that before it was a department store the location on Main Street in Pleasant Valley was a popular soda shop.
Does Pleasant Valley have Their Own Song?
We got a text message from Carlie in Pleasant Valley who told us that Pleasant Valley has its own song and after searching high and low to try and find it, we found a song from the group The Monkees called "Pleasant Valley Sunday". After listening, it does mention Pleasant Valley but it's not the song she's talking about...LOL! According to the Town of Pleasant Valley website the song the town adopted was written by former resident Carson Robison and sung by the Minstrels. The song is sung to the tune of "California Here We Come"....here are the lyrics...
Pleasant Valley U.S.A … Best town west of Mandalay,
Where folks are friendly on Wappingers Creek,
They come to visit and want to stay another week.
There’s Hyde Park, Millbrook, all the rest,
They’re OK, but you can guess,
We all like our hometown best.
Pleasant Valley, U.S.A.!
Food and Ice Cream
Danelle texted us "Bella's Pizzeria on West Rd in PV has the BEST food! Their mozzarella sticks and chicken Francese wedge are sinful 😋 Great food and great people that work there ❤" Jake in Gardiner texted us, "Publick House Sports bar good drinks and food!" Jen from Hopewell Junction texted, "My favorite places to go in Pleasant Valley is Madison's Pizza Brendees Ice Cream and Pancake Factory."
2018 Library Fire
Tragedy struck in Pleasant Valley back in 2018 when the town lost its library to a fire that unfortunately claimed the town's library. After many years of planning and fundraising, the town announced back in February that the new library was now open to the public.
Festival of Lights
Around Christmas time every year, the town of Pleasant Valley goes full-on holidays with their yearly festival of lights. Personally, it's my favorite holiday celebration in the Hudson Valley as residents from the town and surrounding areas all come together for a huge parade and party. Most years the festival of lights is around the first weekend in December.