Things to do in the Hudson Valley this SummerHudson Valley activities this summer
Summers Buckets List: Twenty things to do in Dutch and beyond
The summer is here. All of a sudden open-air bar, serious tour gardening, cabriolets, open-shoes, and whit denims are hibernating. If you want to get started, here are 20 typical summer delights that you can put on your pail lists this year. Prepare for Spiegeltent, part of the Bard College SummerScape Festivals, June 30 - August 19.
Six hundred Route 17A, Tuxedo Park. In Poughkeepsie, the Hudson has a mooring (and a boat taxi) at a marina, 176 Rinaldi Blvd. Poughkeepsie, shadowsonthehudson.com. Alternatively, board your Boston Whaler and drive over the Hudson to Newburgh Whaler with the first whiff of a hotreeze.
There is a clean sand shore, rowing boats for hire, lodges to sleep in, fireplaces, lean-to's and everything that makes for a relaxing week-end at Lake Taghkanic State Park in Ancram. Beacon Sloop Club Strawberry Festival is held from 12-17h - 11 June at Riverfront Park in Beacon. beaconsloopclub.org.
Supper in the backyard. Locust Grove Estates in Poughkeepsie, 200 hectares in size, was home to Samuel Morse, the creator of the Moresign. The vegetable gardens - located on the site of the vegetable gardens that have been serving the inhabitants of the farm for two hundred years - are a place where the visitor can find out about the wide range of vegetable and fruit crops cultivated on the farm.
Twenty-eight thirty-three South Road, Poughkeepsie. Stephen & Betsy Corman AMC Harriman Outdoor Center at Breakneck Lake was opened last year with great success. However, the main attractions are the possibility to reach the paths in Harriman, paddling a kayak, fishing or swimming in the 64 acre lake, or simply relaxing in a small poolside swimming pool and Adirondack stools on a docks.
Sure, you can take a normal trip (starting from Beacon and including a boating trip, lectures and hike) but why not go kayaking in this magnificent area? Included in the package are a guided walk, a canoe trip and an archipelago cruise with a Castle Trust Historian. Every trip takes about 3-4 hrs and starts in Cornwall-On-Hudson, on the western side of the Hudson.
It is run by the Bannerman Castle Trust, which has its own sturdy list of ways to explore this great place, even across a new overpass. Visit bannermancastle.org for extra trips. The Oakhurst in Millerton and The Millbrook Diner are particularly popular.
You could make a case for a Hudson-Roadtrip. Just for Grazin's Uncle Dude Burg. A trendy but old-fashioned restaurant that gets its meats from Grazin' Angus Acres near Ghent. Hudson, 717 Warren St., 518-822-9323, www.grazinburger.com. There are three small homes in Jellystone Park RV in Gardiner:
The Cindy Bear, Yogi Bear and Boo Boo Boo Bear suite can be rented until June 28th. Making this your home base to experience the near Gardiner and Minnewaska State Park Preserve. The Jellystone Park is situated at 50 Bevier Road in Gardiner. Poughkeepsie. Schatzi's Pub & Beergarden offers Ommegang, Pirogis and sour brews in a chilly backdrop in the back.
City of 202 Main St., Poughkeepsie, 845-454-1179, schatzispubpk.com. By the open days. Guests can visit gardenconservancy.org to get itineraries and more information about other Hudson Valley itineraries. This year' s tour: Hall Broccolli, Amenia, 17 June; Innisfree Garden, Millbrook, 30 July and Sept. 24; Uplands Farm, Standfordville, June 18; Clove Brook Farm, Millbrook; Squirrel Hall, Millbrook, June 18; Sharpstone Farm, Millbrook, June 18; Frank and Lois Van Zanten, June 24, Poughkeepsie; Alice Pond, June 24, Poughkeepsie; Dappled Berms,The Garden of Scott VanderHamm, June 24, Poughkeepsie.