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Travel Classics East 2015
May 28-31, 2015 in Tarrytown, New York
Dutchess County - "Distinctly Dutchess"
Simple and Sophisticated. You Deserve Dutchess.
People visit for the culinary scene, historic sites, outdoor adventure, family fun, arts and culture, and great fairs and festivals. Beautiful landscapes are the focal point of our outdoor activities. Farm tours are a great way to learn about locally grown food products, many of which are served at restaurants. With an abundance of historic landmarks, fine and performing arts venues, and scenic splendor, our 800 miles of fascinating sites and breathtaking vistas are distinctly Dutchess! Nestled in the heart of the Hudson River Valley, we're just 90 minutes from New York City.
Lodging: The Roundhouse, 2 East Main St., Beacon. 845-440-3327. Situated in historic mill complex on the Fishkill Creek. Breathtaking views of Beacon Falls and Mount Beacon, plus a restaurant, lounge, patio and grounds. RoundhouseBeacon.com
Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park:
It's the world's pedestrian bridge at 1.25 miles and 212 feet above the Hudson River. Non-motorized vehicles and dogs allowed. It's an hour to walk to the middle and back; the views are magnificent. A glass elevator takes you up 21 stories from Upper Landing Park at 83 North Water St., Poughkeepsie. Formerly a railroad bridge c. 1888, this linear park is managed by NYS Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation. Open daily, free.
Park at 61 Parker Ave., Poughkeepsie;
The FDR Home, Presidential Library & Museum:
The nation's first presidential library opened new exhibits in 2013 illustrating the Roosevelt presidency from the Great Depression to the New Deal years and WW II, with an emphasis on Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt's relationship with the American people. Special interactives, immersive AV theaters, and rarely seen artifacts bring a New Deal to a New Generation. Tour the National Park Site "Springwood," the life-long home of FDR; see his and Eleanor's Rose Garden gravesites.
4097 Albany Post Rd./Rte. 9, Hyde Park; (845) 229-9115;
Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome Museum and Air Shows:
See 100-year-old planes take flight; ride in a Barnstorming-era biplane at one of the world's most unique collections of aircraft and vehicles, from the birth of powered flight to the iconic fighters of the Great War. Thrilling airshows (Sat. - Sun., 2pm). Tour 4 buildings packed with vital aviation history.
9 Norton Rd., Rhinebeck; (845) 752-3200;
Dinner at The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park:
The worlds' premier cooking school and accredited college has four student-staffed restaurants.
1946 Campus Drive, Hyde Park, 12538; (845) 471-6608;
Walkway Over the Hudson
Culinary Institute tour
Tasting at Madava Farms
Houses the Dia Art Foundation's renowned collection, comprising art from the 1960's to the present. Artists' works on view include Louise Bourgeois, Dan Flavin, Donald Judd, Sol LeWitt, Agnes Martin, Richard Serra, and currently, Carl Andre. With 240,000 square feet of gallery space, it's one of the largest museums in the US, and is lit by natural light from skylights. Situated on the Hudson River, it's in walking distance from the Beacon train station.
3 Beekman St., Beacon; (845) 440-0100;
Madava Farms Family-owned Crown Maple Syrup is likely the purest maple syrup available, with superior flavor and exceptional quality. It combines the best of nature with state of the art production for a refined taste found in no other syrup. Produced by Robb and Lydia Turner and their team on 800 wooded acres.
Visitor's Center: 47 McCourt Road, Dover Plains; (845)877-0640;
Dutch's Spirits at Harvest Homestead Farm:
Raided by Prohibition agents in 1932, this 400-acre farm was once home to the most elaborate, illicit liquor-producing operation ever found in Dutchess County, reportedly financed by mobster Dutch Schultz. Visit the new Farm-to-Bottle distillery producing artisanal spirits, tour the original bootlegging bunkers. Enjoy locally sourced food, drink and by James Beard-nominated chef Sara Lukasiewicz.
98 Ryan Rd., Pine Plains; (518) 398-1022