Mid Hudson Valley AttractionsNorth Hudson Valley Attractions
Beacon, just a few minutes walk from Mt. Beacon Park, the Inn is an ideal place for travellers and hikers visiting the Mid-Hudson Valley.
Mid-Hudson Valley Attractions
When you are done visiting Dia:Beacon, board the Main St. Trolly (Fr-Su) of Beacon to take a ride through the streets and see the self-described "Renaissance on the Hudson". "This trolly makes several bus-stops along Main St. (hop on and off all afternoons for $2 ), but be sure to stop at the enchanting East End Antique Quarter and the modern art gallery that point MainSt.
Highlighted are Collaborative Concepts (348 Main), Concentric Gallery (174 Main) and the all-new Hudson Beach Glass, located in a renovated fire station at 162 Main St. Note: If the cart is not on during your trip, it is only a one milerive into town. The historical places in Hyde Park are part of the vast Hyde Park area.
A number of new discounts are available to attendees, such as the National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands Annual Passport, $80 (individuals; good for 1 year) and the Interagency Senior Passport, $10 (senior citizens only; lifelong membership). Earlier passports, which include National Park Passports, Golden Eagles, Golden Eagle Holograms, Golden Access and Golden Age Passports, will still be honoured in accordance with the regulations of the passport.
You can purchase all passports suitable for free admission to any Vanderbilt Roosevelt Historical City Tours at the Hyde Parks locations. The Poughkeepsie Railroad Bridge (tel. 845/454-9649; www.walkway. org), today known as "Walkway Over the Hudson", was reopened in October 2009.
Today, the 6,767 foot (1. 25 mile) long and longest of its kind in the inauguration, it is a "linear park" open to hikers, bikers, runners and disabled persons, connected to railways and parklands on both sides of the canal. From Poughkeepsie, on the eastern side of the Hudson, to the city of Lloyd on the western side.
Kingston offers a Hudson River tour to the light house or a classic vehicle ride for the family. As a pedagogical complement to your lessons in the field of education, you will take the children to Washington Headquarters in Newburgh and the FDR Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park. Hudson Valley, the oldest wine-growing area in the country, now houses about three dozens of vineyards.
Although few of the region's vineyards have already reached supporters at home, some of them are offering trips and tasting sessions, and some are gifted with exceptionally beautiful places. During your sojourn you can easily reach one or two vineyards by following the Dutchess Wine Track (Tel. 845/266-5372; www.dutchesswinetrail. com), on the eastern side of the Hudson, or the Shawangunk Wine Track (Tel. 845/255-2494; wwww.shawangunkwinetrail. com), on the western side of the canyon.
Dutchess (Country) Trail is made up of Cascade Mountain Winery, 835 Cascade Mountain Rd., 845/266-5372), producers of a beautiful whitewine, a Seyval blanc; Alison Wines & Vineyards, 231 Pitcher Lane, Red Hook (Tel. 845/758-6335), with a horticultural store, bakery and pruned own Christmas tree on the property; and Millbrook Vineyards & Winery, 26 Wing Rd,
A Hudson Valley tour takes you to several of the nine Shawangunk Trail vineyards, all located between the Shawangunk Mountains and the Hudson River in Ulster County. They include Brotherhood Wineyards, 35 North St., Washingtonville (Tel. 845/496-9101), the oldest vineyard in the United States, in use since 1839.
Although the estate does not cultivate its own grape (imported from Long Island, Finger Lakes and California), the site forms a well-stocked warehouse with huge subterranean vault basements and a variety of local businesses and touring. The Benmarl Wine Company, 156 Highland Ave, claims to be the oldest continually cultivated grapevine in the USA.
A small, self-contained company with breathtaking view from a hill on the western side of the Hudson (btwn Newburgh and New Paltz). The opening times of the cellar and tasting sessions are different, but most are open to the public throughout the Memorial Day-to-Labor Day tourist seasons; up-to-date opening times and activities can be found on the winery's website or at the tourist information offices.
Millbrook Farmers' and Franklin Avenue on Front Street, Millbrook Village, every Saturday from 9am to 1pm; and Tarrytown Farmers' Park, Patriot's Park, Route 9, Tarrytown (tel. 914/923-4837).