For those who want to bring the action closer to home, however, Newsday Westchester found 10 mobile apps that will let you carry the Hudson Valley with you wherever you roam in the new year.
To qualify, the apps had to be created by a company with a Hudson Valley connection or provide information specific to the region.
Kristen Ruby, president of Ruby Media Group in Mount Kisco, said companies that once vacillated are now clamoring for help in building mobile apps that simplify purchases, integrate social media and let them target users' locations.
"It won't be, 'Do I need it?'" she said. "It will be, 'I need it. What's my strategy? How do I get it built?' "
And now (drum roll, please). here is Newsday's list of the 10 most fascinating Hudson Valley apps.
• HopStop: How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, practice, practice, the old joke says. But for the rest of us, public transit will have to do, and the MTA's officially licensed HopStop app for iPhone, Android, BlackBerry and Windows Phone will guide you on the Metro-North Railroad as well as New York City subways and buses and the Long Island Rail Road. Also in the MTA's lineup is CooCoo, which delivers Metro-North and LIRR schedules to iPhones and Android devices. Both apps are free.
• Martha Stewart Makes Cocktails for iPhone/iPod Touch: You've had a rough day. Now relax and let Westchester County celebrity diva Martha Stewart make you a cocktail. The app guides you through Martha's Classics, Cutting-Edge Cocktails and alcohol-free Mocktails. Though the iPhone app is free for a limited time, additional cocktail recipes can be purchased.
• Hudson Valley Golf Guide App: Ready to unleash your inner Jack Nicklaus? This iPhone, iPad and Android app will show you where public courses are in the Hudson Valley as well as New York City, Connecticut, Long Island and New Jersey. As a bonus, you'll get some driving ranges and golf shops. The app is free -- a lot cheaper than joining a private club.
• CIA Boot Camp 1: No, this app won't teach you how to clandestinely slip behind enemy lines. This is the Culinary Institute of America's app for chefs yearning to become the next Mario Batali. The $8.99 multimedia iPhone app is the first of three boot camp apps designed to provide an inside look at the fundamentals as taught at the Culinary Institute's main campus in Hyde Park.
• Pepsi World: These Android, iPhone and BlackBerry apps help soft drink fans stay in touch with the Purchase-based brand. Plus they get free mobile ringtones, wallpapers and games.
• Gabelli & Company Research: If Rye-based Gabelli & Company is managing your money, why not try its free iPad app? The company focuses on small- and midcap equities. Money manager Mario Gabelli earned $61.7 million in 2011, making him the top-earning executive of a publicly traded company in the Hudson Valley. The guy knows a thing or two about money.
• 107.1 The Peak: Ready to rock? In the mood for Pink Floyd, The Lumineers, Bob Dylan or Trey Anastasio? Then try this free app for iPhones, iPads and Android devices. The app lets you listen to White Plains-based WXPK whether you're in Poughkeepsie or Paris.
• Archie Comics: Comic book legends Archie, Jughead, Veronica and Betty long ago moved to the digital age. This app for iPhone, iPad and Android starts you off with some free comics produced by Mamaroneck-based Archie Comic Publications and then lets you make additional in-app purchases, including some graphic novels.
• Yonkers PD Tips iPhone app: Hopefully, you'll never need to use it, but just in case you do, it's handy. Just fire up your iPhone and text an anonymous tip through the free app.
• West Point: Atten Hut! Listen up! Give me 20! If you want to keep up with the U.S. Military Academy, download this app for iPhone and iPad. You can watch West Point YouTube videos, get the scores of the Black Knights and play the West Point fight song. And that's an order!