"Dutchess County Fruits, Vegetables, Flowers & More" Itinerary
Take a scenic drive up to Mead Orchards (www.meadorchards.com) at 15 Scism Road in Tivoli, near Bard College. It’s a family-run, 180-acre fruit orchard and vegetable farm around since 1916. They grow nearly 40 varieties of apples, as well as peaches, pears, plums, cherries, strawberries and other berries. You also can choose from their wide variety of delicious greens, summer vegetables, winter squashes, pumpkins and decorative gourds.
Heading south toward Red Hook, stop for a leisurely afternoon respite at Gigi Market (www.gigitrattoria.com), followed by a wine tasting and tour at Alison Wines & Vineyard (www.alisonwines.com ), another stop along the Dutchess Wine Trail. Both are located on picturesque Pitcher Lane adjacent to Greig Farm (www.greigfarm.com), where you’ll have another opportunity to pick-your-own fruits, vegetables and flowers amid the scenic rural landscape.
Wind down the day in nearby Rhinebeck, home to many shops, eateries and overnight accommodations. Before heading home the following day, take the time to check the Dutchess County Fairgrounds ( www.dutchessfair.com) event schedule, or consider a stop at Clinton Vineyards (www.clintonvineyards.com). Set against a backdrop of trellised vines and beautiful rolling hills, this member of the Dutchess Wine Trail is located at 450 Schultzville Road in Clinton Corners.