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Discover Your Local

About Us

Thank you for visiting iHeart Hudson Valley!

Your local Hudson Valley home online

iHeart Hudson Valley is a lifestyle website and online market with a mission to support local by connecting the community to the businesses, artists, and cool places that make up our region through our custom-produced articles, spotlights, videos, and events. We are a one-stop market where shoppers can find beautiful, unique buys, all created or produced in the Hudson Valley. Join us and discover your local with iHeart Hudson Valley!

THE TEAM

Founder

Robbie O’Quinn

I originally came to NY to work on a horse farm for a year in Bedford. I lived and worked on the stunning 300-acre property in the heart of the town. Working there I got to meet famous actors, diplomats, and a Sherpa from Tibet. It was one of the most difficult, yet inspiring years of my life. The land and the community made such an impact on me, that after leaving the NY Area for a few years, I eventually returned to the Hudson Valley and have lived here ever since. I have moved around a lot in my life, but the sheer variety of both landscape and activity, along with the culture of living so near one of the greatest cities on Earth, is what has kept me in the Hudson Valley.

I love exploring, the more I do it, the more I realize how much I still have not seen just within the Hudson Valley. I created the website to help us all explore it together, to create personal experiences, meet new people, and find new places and things to love.

As an artist, business owner, and resident myself, I was also looking for a way to give back to and support the community. On my own path of exploration, I run into many local businesses, artists, crafters, and makers doing great things for us here in the Hudson Valley. So, we promote and support them by sharing their profiles, products, art, and music with people who may not know they are out there and giving you the opportunity to purchase from them directly through the Market. These people are the backbone of our community and we should support them!

I hope you will come along on this journey with me, and even strike up a conversation. While I tell you about my experiences, I also want to hear about yours. Together, we can tell the world why iHeart Hudson Valley.

Robbie O'Quinn
Orange County Chamber of Commerce

Lauren Simonetti

Lauren Simonetti

Sales and Marketing Manager

A Westchester native, I began my career in graphic design at Simon & Schuster and have worked as a designer and marketer for various large corporations as well as small businesses. Now living in Newburgh, I adore the beauty, community, and diversity of the Hudson Valley. I have a strong passion for design and marketing and when I’m not working with a local business, I can be found camping, volunteering, enjoying live music, or visiting a local fair or winery.

What I love about the Hudson Valley – Its beauty community and diversity

My favorite pastimes are – camping, volunteering, enjoying live music, or visiting a local fair or winery

Dylan Asfur

Dylan Asfur

Content & Video Production

I am a writer and filmmaker with a passion for storytelling. Every aspect of film is of interest to me, so you will see me both behind and in front of the camera.

What I love about the Hudson Valley – The serenity.

My favorite pastimes are – exercising, video games, and writing.

Victoria Cymbal

Contributor

Victoria is a freelance writer in the Hudson Valley where she spends her time either finding new ways to bring the community together or hiking the local Catskill mountains.

What I love about the Hudson Valley – The Kickass mountains and the community

My favorite pastimes are – gardening, exploring new scenic views, seeing live music, and immersing myself in art projects.

Cecille Castillon-Weinstein

Cecille Castillon-Weinstein

Contributor

Cecille is the owner and founder of CASTILLON LIFESTYLE + CONCIERGE, a US-based consulting service providing lifestyle management and concierge solutions for families and professionals on the go.

What I love about the Hudson Valley  — 3 words: Something for everyone.

My favorite pastimes are — Shopping for vintage fashion, antiquing, hiking with my dog Dinosaur, drawing, and gardening.

 

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