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Hidden in Plain Sight: Unexpected Places in Dutchess County

The world's longest elevated pedestrian park. Salt caves. Recycled castles. There are unique places throughout Dutchess County that you may not even know about. Why not try something unexpected this summer? 

These are just a few of the "hidden gems" in Dutchess County. Our new video features the top ten!

 

Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome

Built by a flying enthusiast for flying enthusiasts, Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome is part museum—showcasing over 60 vintage aircraft and related memorabilia—and part live thrill show. You won’t want to miss one of the aerodrome’s famous air shows that run from June to October. Don a helmet and goggles and take to the sky for a biplane ride with amazing views of the Hudson Valley!

 

 

Plan Bee Farm Brewery

Evan and Emily Watson put everyone to work on this farm; including the resident bees. On 25 acres, the duo makes beer fermented with honey. All of their ingredients, right down to the labels, are New York State made. This Poughkeepsie farm is the perfect place to explore and relax with beautiful grounds and delicious brews.

 

Hessel Museum of Art at Bard College

See some amazing contemporary art – without having to travel to New York City. The Hessel Museum has an extensive collection of over 1,700 contemporary works from all over the world, by artists such as Andy Warhol and ­­Pat Hearn. This Annandale-On-Hudson teaching museum is free to visit, and talented Bard graduate students curate the exhibits.

 

Trevor Zoo

You can find more than 180 exotic and indigenous animals—like red pandas, lemurs, and wolves— at this accredited Millbrook zoo. Part of the Millbrook School’s educational program for more than 80 years, Trevor Zoo is made possible by high school student “zooies” who care for and feed the animals. Perfect for the whole family!

 

Poet’s Walk Park

Get some exercise—and maybe some literary inspiration—with a view of the Hudson River and Catskill Mountains! Poet’s Walk in Red Hook has nearly two miles of walking trails through woods and meadows; with benches, footbridges, and pavilions along the way. Legend has it that Washington Irving came up with the idea for “Rip Van Winkle” on this very path.

 

Wing’s Castle Bed and Breakfast

If you’re looking for a unique place to stay overnight, reserve the dungeon room at this B&B in Millbrook. Wing’s Castle was built by hand over 40 years, using 80% recyclable materials. You don’t want to miss these incredible rooms and the museum of antique memorabilia and collectibles. Bonus: a breakfast featuring local ingredients is included with your stay.

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