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Women inspire me every single day. Their tenacity, wit, enthusiasm, power and grace have provided the world with amazing businesses that have transformed industries. Her Success Story is a podcast that allows these impactful and fascinating women to share their success journey with the world. Their triumphs, along with their failures. Their lessons, along with their leadership. And their determination to follow their dreams. Listen in each week as we talk to women in fashion, coaching, corporate, legal and so much more.

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Jul 18, 2022

Becky Varone

This week Ivy Slater, host of Her Success Story, chats with her guest, Becky Varone. The two talk about how Hudson Valley Bucket List was created and the experiences they offer to cultivate a day that allows their guests to sit back and enjoy their company.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • How she created a business and life that works for her and her family
  • Why the connections she made at the beginning were so vital to her business
  • How Hudson Valley Bucket List started marketing, and where the sales came from 
  • Who they cater to, and what experiences they offer
  • Some history of the Hudson Valley, and the many interesting things you might come across while there
  • What surprises Becky has found in this journey
  • Tips for new business owners

Meet Becky, the owner of Hudson Valley Bucket List, Becky Varone.

In 2015, I left an industry of 15 years and decided this is what I'm going to do.... Create curated days in the Hudson Valley with special touches and experiences. That's when my boutique tour company, Hudson Valley Bucket List was born. Think private days with styled picnics, flights of wine, tours by foot or by shuttle, chats with local artisans including winemakers, distillers, chefs, and makers.

In 2016 I launched Hudson Valley Bucket List. My husband and I always loved to travel. I was the planner and he reaped the rewards. The idea of the business came out of the love of travel but it also came out of the want to be a mother to my biggest adventure, my daughter Aria. After about 20 years together, we were having our first baby and I wanted that work life balance.

My vision for the company was small, host a few guests on the weekend. They say adventure is just bad planning (Roald Amundsen). After six years of being in business my company hosts thousands of guests a year celebrating and exploring the Hudson Valley. I have a true appreciation of the strong partnerships we have made and the connection we’ve made with our AMAZING clients. I've never looked back at my decision of being a business owner. It is an intentional membership that I love belonging to.

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