by Daria Mickowski, Career Training USA
The Hudson Valley is one of the most beautiful parts of New York State and an easy getaway for a day trip or weekend from New York City this summer! This area of New York features amazing wineries, hiking spots, historic towns and stunning natural beauty. This is Career Training USA's first blog post about the Hudson Valley region, including the best towns to explore, food and wine festivals, where to stay and how to get there. Look out for our second blog later this summer!
Check Out Our Favorite Towns to Explore in the Hudson Valley
Sugar Loaf: http://www.sugarloafnewyork.com/fun/about/
Sleepy Hollow: http://www.sleepyhollowny.gov/
Greenwood Lake NY & NJ: http://www.villageofgreenwoodlake.org/
New Paltz: http://www.newpaltz.org/
Pine Bush: http://www.pinebushchamberofcommerce.org/
The Hudson Valley area is renowned for its farmers markets featuring locally grown, organic produce that is harvested at the peak of flavor and freshness. Attending a farmers market is an excellent way to sample local foods and learn about the area's culture!
Applewood Orchards: www.applewoodorchards.com
Ochs Orchards: www.ochsorchard.net
Maples Farms: www.maplesfarm.com
Pine Bush Farmers Markets: www.pinebushfarmersmarket.com
Blooming Hills Organic Farms: www.bloominghillfarm.com
Sugar Loaf Farmer's Market at Romer's Valley: 1371 County Road 13 – (914) 420-7823
Hyde Park Farmers' Market, Hyde Park Drive-In, Route 9, Hyde Park, June-October, Saturdays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Corn Maze at Kettle Farms: www.mazeplay.com/the-corn-maze-at-kettle-farms
Arrowhead Farm 5941 Rte 209 Kerhonkson, Hudson Valley, NY, 12446
Rhinebeck Farmers' Market: www.rhinebeckfarmersmarket.com
Migliorelli Farm Stand, corner of Route 199 and River Road, east of the Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge, Rhinebeck; 845-876-1999. June-Nov. 26 (then weekends until December)
Montgomery Place Orchards Farm Stand: Routes 9G and 199, Annandale-on-Hudson. June-Nov. 26, Tuesdays-Sundays, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.: closed Mondays.
Millbrook Farmers' Market: millbrookfarmersmarket.com. May-Oct. 31
Millerton Farmers' Market: http://neccmillerton.org/farmers.htm. May-Oct. 10
Scarecrow Farm: Old Barrington Road, off Route 23, east of the Yorkshire Farms Restaurant, Hollowville
Hudson Farmers' Market: http://hudsonfarmersmarketny.com/. May 9-Nov. 21, Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Hillsdale Farmers' Market: http://hillsdaleny.com/calendar.htm. July-October, every other Saturday, 9 a.m.-noon.
Recommended restaurants, culinary events and festivals
Many Hudson Valley and upstate New York restaurants pride themselves on a culinary culture featuring fresh, seasonably available ingredients sourced directly from local farms and dishes that pair well with wines from local vineyards. Many restaurants provide a laid-back country style experience that offers a welcome change for the city dweller. The region is known for its cultural festivals and theme fests that highlight a particular harvest or change in seasons that reflect the predominantly French, British, Polish, German, Native American and Irish heritage of many of its residents. Enjoy cheese tastings at local farms and creameries; during the summer months enjoy fresh ice cream and frozen yogurt. Experience a traditional farmers market highlighting in-season, organic produce presented by local farmers.
Featured Food, Beer and Wine Festivals
Polish Fest - June http://www.polishfest-ny.org/
Beacon Strawberry Festival - June http://www.beaconsloop.org/Festivals.html
Hudson Valley Ramble http://www.hudsonvalleyramble.com/
Ukrainian Festival June http://www.brama.com/yonkersukrainianfest/
Corn Festival August 14th, 2011 http://www.beaconsloop.org/Festivals.html
Hudson Valley Rib Fest August 20th-21st , 2011 http://www.hudsonvalleyribfest.org/
Hudson Valley Wine and Food Fest September 10th & 11th, 2011 http://www.hudsonvalleywinefest.com/
Schaghticoke Country Fair August 31st-September 5th, 2011 http://www.schaghticokefair.com/
Hudson Valley Garlic Festival September 24th and 25th, 2011 http://www.hudsonvalleygarlic.com/
Hunter Mountain's Microbrew and Wine Festival September, 2011 http://www.huntermtn.com/huntermtn/events-activities/festivals-microbrew.aspx
Native American Green Corn Festival September, 2011 http://tarrytown.patch.com/events/green-corn-festival-2
Sleepy Hollow Street and Craft Festival September 10th-11th, 2011 http://www.sleepyhollowchamber.com/index.php?s=cal&event=1265757461
Apple Fest October 2nd, 2011 http://www.warwickapplefest.com/
Cairo Apple Harvest Festival October 8th-9thm 2011 http://www.cairochamberofcommerce.com/apple.html
Oktoberfest 2011 www.gac1936.com
Pumpkin Festival October 16th, 2011 http://cityofbeacon.org/features/annual-pumpkin-festival
International Pickle Festival November 20th, 2011 http://www.picklefest.com/
Featured Restaurants, Diners, Pubs in the Hudson Valley area
Chateau Hawthorne http://www.chateauhathorn.com/
Shadows On the Hudson http://www.shadowsonthehudson.com/
An Apple A Day Diner http://www.anappleadaydiner.com
Gilded Otter Brewing Company http://www.gildedotter.com/splash.htm
Café Les Baux http://www.cafelesbaux.com/Reviews.html
The Thayer Hotel http://www.thethayerhotel.com/
Andy's Place http://www.gotoandysplace.com/
Breezy Point Inn http://www.breezypointinn.com/
Stone Creek Ranch Restaurant http://www.stonecreekranchrestaurant.com/
Amici's Restaurant http://www.amicis-restaurant.com/
Caffee Macchiato http://www.caffemacchiatonewburgh.com/
Torches on the Hudson http://www.torchesonthehudson.com/
Aroma Osteria http://www.aromaosteriarestaurant.com/home.htm
Emerald Point Restaurant http://www.emeraldpnt.com/
Historic Village Diner http://www.historic-village-diner.com/
Babycakes Café http://www.babycakescafe.com/
Gigi Trattoria http://www.gigihudsonvalley.com/
Double O Grill http://www.doubleogrill.com/
Sample award winning cheeses, ice cream, and fresh and frozen yogurt. Indulge in a cheese tasting accompanied with fine wine in the breathtaking setting of the upper Hudson Valley region.
Hudson Valley Creamery http://hudsonvalley.metromix.com/restaurants/american/flywheel-creamery-piermont/665538/content
Bellvale Farms Creamery http://www.bellvalefarms.com/
Bobolink Dairy and Bakehouse http://www.cowsoutside.com/
Cowgirl Creamery http://www.cowgirlcreamery.com/prodinfo.asp?number=CAMHV
Wine and Dine Getaway
The Hudson Valley region of upstate New York is the nation's oldest grape growing and wine producing region, known as the wine country of the East Coast. Taste award-winning wines from the Hudson Valley, featuring their interpretation of European classics, fruit wines inspired by the region's famed apple orchards and strawberry fields, and locally invented hybrids. Visit America's oldest winery, Brotherhood Winery founded in 1810 by French Hugenot émigrés. High-end restaurants throughout the U.S. feature "Hudson Valley" dishes inspired by the region's culinary emphasis on fresh, locally sourced ingredients, the region's signature "farm to table" culinary culture. Finish the day with a restful stay at a quaint bed and breakfast or country resort.
Recommended Wine Trails and Wineries
Hudson Valley Wine Trail: http://www.shawangunkwinetrail.com/
The trail features privately owned and family operated wineries that practice 300-year-old wine-making techniques set forth by French Huguenot settlers. Each winery is distinct in character, technique and size. The trail travels through many historic towns featuring award-winning restaurants, antique shops, apple orchards, bed and breakfasts, outdoor sports, creameries, pubs, outdoor drive-in movie theatres, country fairs and festivals.
Shawagunk Wine Trail: http://www.shawangunkwinetrail.com/
The trail winds through family owned wineries and numerous associate member wineries. Enjoy breathtaking scenery with commanding views of the Shawangunk Mountains and the famed Hudson River.
Dutchess Wine Trail: http://www.dutchesswinetrail.com/
The trail features east-of-the-Hudson award-winning wineries following the traditions of European estates. These wineries have been ranked among the top wineries of the Hudson Valley as well as New York State.
Brotherhood Winery http://www.brotherhoodwinery.net
Adair Vineyards http://www.adairwine.com/
Baldwin Vineyards http://www.baldwinvineyards.com/
Benmarl Vineyards and Winery http://www.benmarl.com/
Brimston Hill Vineyard http://www.brimstonehillwine.com/
Cascade Mountain Winery http://www.cascademt.com/
Clinton Vineyards and Winery https://www.clintonvineyards.com/
Demarest Hill Winery http://www.demaresthillwinery.com/
Warwick Valley Winery http://www.wvwinery.com/
Where to Stay? Country Inns and Bed and Breakfasts
If you are looking for a unique, personalized experience for your getaway, experience the historical ambiance of a Country Inn or Bed and Breakfast that offers the charm and comfort of country hospitality. The Hudson Valley and upstate New York region boast many Inns and Bed and Breakfasts that not only offer superb hospitality but also are luxuriously converted historic mansions, antique homes and landmarks:
Prefer a resort hotel experience or a hotel with a little more excitement?
Featured hotel resorts:
Mohonk Mountain House: http://www.mohonk.com/
Hudson Valley Resort and Spa: http://www.mohonk.com/
Emerson Resort and Spa: http://www.emersonresort.com/
Kaatskill Mountain Club: http://www.kaatskillmtnclub.com/Eateries.aspx?PageID=9
Buttermilk Falls Inn and Spa: http://www.buttermilkfallsinn.com/
How to Get There: Transportation and Distance
If possible, we recommend renting a car, although some Hudson Valley towns are accessible by Metro-North train or bus. Hiring a car would allow you the flexibility to visit many towns, sights or festivals in the region at your pace and schedule.
Car rental options:
Zip Car http://www.zipcar.com/ Dollar Rental Car http://www.dollar.com/
New York Rent a Car http://www.enterprise.com/car_rental/deeplinkmap.do?bid=1131&xparm=newyork-car-rental
Enterprise Rent a Car http://www.enterprise.com/car_rental/home.do
National Car Rental https://www.nationalcar.com/
• Sugar Loaf, Warwick, Greenwood Lake NY/NJ- approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes-2 hours from Midtown Manhattan depending on time and day of the week: NJ transit bus lines 196 &197 run regularly 7 days a week from Port Authority bus terminal in Midtown Manhattan with various stops in Greenwood Lake NY/NJ, the final stop in downtown Warwick. There is no direct bus or train route to Sugar Loaf, but it is accessible by taxi from Warwick (15-20$ one way). Schedules and bus information
• Rhinebeck & Woodstock- approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes-2 hours from Midtown Manhattan depending on time and day of the week: Amtrak Train service is available from Penn Station, Manhattan, to Rhinecliff NY which is a hamlet outside of Rhinebeck. It is approximately a 10-minute cab ride to Rhinebeck from the train station and approximately a 20-30 minute ride to Woodstock. Metro North train service from Grand Central Station, Manhattan, is also available at a lower price. Take the Metro North train to Poughkeepsie and take a 20-minute cab ride into Rhineback and approximately a 30 minute ride to Woodstock.
Schedules and Train information:
Trailways NY offers daily bus service from Port Authority to Woodstock:
Croton-On-Hudson, Marlborough-on-Hudson- approximately 40 minutes to 1 hour from Midtown Manhattan: Train service is available directly to these destinations from both Grand Central & Penn Station:
New Paltz, Millbrook, Clinton, Pine Bush- approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes to 2 hours from Midtown Manhattan: train and bus schedules and information from Port Authority, Penn Station and Grand Central station, Manhattan:
http://www.mta.info/mnr/ www.njtransit.com http://www.trailwaysny.com/html/english/fares_pdf/npnyc.pdf
Prefer to have your itinerary planned for you and travel in a group? An organized group day, weekend or week long trip may be for you!
Zirkel the World: http://www.zirkeltheworld.com/
The Little Wine Bus & The Little Beer Bus Tours: http://thelittlewinebus.com/
New York City On Board http://www.onboardnewyorktours.com/fall-foliage-tours-hudson-valley/
Shortline Coach Tours www.shortlinebus.com
River Valley Tours http://www.rivervalleytours.com/
Orange County Choppers Tour https://www.coachusa.com/shortline/booking.asp?action=ProductDetail&TRP=1&productId=4766 All
New York Tours http://www.allnewyorktours.com/
A fan of independent cinema and proponent of the Oxford comma, Matthew began his career at a Miami-based tech startup before returning to West Virginia University to pursue his M.A. in Foreign Languages. He has worked at InterExchange since 2006 and currently serves as a Marketing Project Manager.