Metro-North Railroad One-Day Getaways

DUTCHESS COUNTY FARM FRESH POUGHKEEPSIE: Dutchess Farms & Distilleries Tour

September: Saturday 2nd, Sunday 10th, Saturday 16th, Saturday 23rd

Explore the scenic, historic towns of Rhinebeck (9/2, 9/16 & 9/23) or Red Hook (9/10), before heading off to roadside treasure Montgomery Place Farmstand to shop for local produce. When you’re all stocked up on apples and jams, we’ll spend time touring and tasting at notorious gangster Dutch Schultz’s Prohibition-era liquor operation, Dutch’s Spirits. Finally, we’ll visit Taconic Distillery for a facility tour, tastings and shopping for booze-infused goodies to take home. Tastings available at an additional cost.

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DUTCHESS COUNTY FARM FRESH BEACON: Artisanal Eats & Apple Picking Tour

September: Sat 9th, Sun 17th, Sun 24th

Enjoy exploring the renaissance city of Beacon, home to Dia:Beacon and a cool arts scene. Next stop is Fishkill Farms where you can pick apples and vegetables overlooking the beautiful Catskill Mountains and savor freshly made cider donuts and more. Then head to Sprout Creek Farm, a working animal farm with lots of furry friends to charm you. The farm encompasses 200 acres and includes a market with amazing artisanal cheeses. The last stop is at Zoe’s Ice Cream Barn where Hudson Valley Fresh milk goes from cow to cone in three days and you get to delight in their hand-crafted ice cream made by a Culinary Institute of America graduate.

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DUTCHESS COUNTY FARM FRESH POUGHKEEPSIE: Wine, Wool & Spirits Tour

September: Saturday 30th / October: Saturday 14th, Saturday 28th

The gorgeous Hudson Valley fall foliage is the perfect backdrop for this tour. After a quick trip to Rhinebeck, stock up on local produce and baked goods at the Migliorelli Farmstand. Then, discover sheep, yarn, fiber supplies and handcrafted items at the Hudson Valley Sheep & Wool Farm, where you can also say hello to the Shetland and Icelandic sheep on their 131-acre farm. Top the day off with visits to Tousey Winery and Hudson Valley Distillery. Wine and spirits tastings will be available at an additional cost.

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DUTCHESS COUNTY FARM FRESH WASSAIC: Sips, Syrups & Sustainability Tour

October: Sunday 1st, Sunday 15th, Sunday 29th

We’ll visit the Village of Millerton, stopping by Harney & Sons Tearoom and Irving Farm Coffee before traveling to the 1,500-acre eco-friendly McEnroe Organic Farm with a farm market, livestock, composting operation and greenhouses. Then, we’ll learn how syrup is made at Crown Maple Estate, an 800-acre culinary and nature destination where you can tour the modern, state of-the-art sugarhouse and tasting room.

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DUTCHESS COUNTY FARM FRESH POUGHKEEPSIE: New York State Sheep & Wool Festival Tour

October: Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd

Calling all lamb and llama lovers! We’ll whisk you from Poughkeepsie to the famous New York State Sheep and Wool Festival at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck for a day filled with fiber, food and fun for all ages. Sample local eats, attend knitting and crochet workshops, peruse their wine pavilion and make some new wooly four-legged friends. See the work of 300 fiber artists plus crafts galore, amazing sheepherding demonstrations and sheepdog trials, a petting zoo, hay maze, and other children’s activities.

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Self-Guided Dutchess County Agritourism Adventure (Year-Round)

Discover local farms, food and craft beverages on your own time or make it an overnight! Visit dutchesstourism.com for lodging info and driving tours! Stock up on ingredients at the Rhinebeck Farmers Market, open on Sundays. Visit GrowNYC Greenmarket farmers at Migliorelli Farm or Sawkill Farm or attend special cider-themed event weekends at Breezy Hill Orchard. Sample local brews like From the Ground Brewery at Daughter’s Fare & Ale, a farm-to-table restaurant in Red Hook. Be sure to ask! Some locations offer a 10% discount with a Metro-North ticket stub.

Take Metro-North’s Hudson Line to Beacon or Poughkeepsie. Reserve a Zipcar for pick-up at the station. Join for just $35 on the mobile app at www.zipcar.com/mobile. They cover gas, insurance, and 180 miles per trip! Alternatively, explore on your own bike or have bike rentals delivered to the Walkway Over the Hudson by Leisure Bike Rentals. Ride along the scenic Dutchess Rail Trail and veer off to Sprout Creek Farm (1 hr. ride).

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