After calculating my vacation budget, I was forced to admit to myself that I didn't have a million bucks to spend at a hotel in New York City. I spoke with a few of my friends in hopes that they would recommend a good youth hostel in New York, but they just shrugged and told me I'd be better off staying in the convenient, affordable and scenic Hudson Valley area. They were right. I found a great rate at a hotel in Newburgh, New York. All in all, I found it more enjoyable than blowing the bank at a flashier, less personal New York hotel.