Hudson Valley, CT & Beyond Getaways
Farm Fresh Organic Food, Fine Tea & Maple Syrup or Moonshine Weekends*
Saturdays: September 20, 27 and October 4
Sundays: September 21, 28 and October 5
Celebrate the bounty of the fall season when you board the Dutchess County Farm Fresh Link bus at Wassaic Station for excursions to the charming Village of Millerton, McEnroe Organic Farm, Madava Farms and Dutch’s Spirits, all located in the scenic Hudson Valley.
Begin your day in Millerton, home to the internationally acclaimed Harney & Sons Fine Teas. Step into the charming tea store and tasting room for a “cuppa” or cross the street for an up-close look at handcrafted art glass by Gilmor Glassworks. Stroll through the pastoral village shops and choose one of several dining locations (a coffeehouse/restaurant, a diner, Chinese food or vegetarian - there’s something for everyone). On Saturdays, until 1 p.m., enjoy the Millerton Farmer’s Market at the Rail Trail.
(September 20-21 & 27-28 only)
Your first farm visit on this tour will be toDutch’s Spirits in the heart of Pine Plains. If you’ve been watching Boardwalk Empire or are familiar with the tales of famous bootleggers during the Prohibition Era in the US, you will enjoy a visit to this 400-acre farm, where the infamous Dutch Schultz distilled moonshine. There is a sprawling network of interconnected tunnels, bunkers, cleverly disguised chicken coops and false chimneys all originally built to escape detection from the law. And now you can visit this site which has been added to the New York State Archeological Inventory as a Bootleg Era Bunker Complex and included in the State and National Register of Historic places. Dutch’s Spirits specializes in artisanal hand-made spirits: Dutch’s Spirits Sugar Wash Moonshine, Peach Brandy, and Dutch’s American Era Cocktail bitters. (Tasting fee is $5 per person and is in addition to the package price).
Your next stop of the day will be at McEnroe Organic Farm (this will be the second stop on October 4 & 5 and the last stop on September 20-21 & 27-28), where you'll have the chance to check out the best that Mother Nature provides. You'll learn first-hand about organic farming and composting, tour the more than 1,000 acres and see cows, turkeys, llamas, fields of vegetables, and greenhouses. McEnroe Organic Farm is committed to organic and sustainable agriculture. The farm produces certified organic produce, meats and garden transplants. At the end of your tour peruse the gourmet delicacies at the full-service farm market and bring home some special treats.
(October 4 & 5 only)
Your next stop will be a visit to Madava Farms, Home of Crown Maple syrup, an 800-acre culinary and nature destination. Crown Maple produces delicious maple products including “quite possibly the purest syrup on Earth”, which has been featured in everything from Food & Wine to the 2013 Presidential Inaugural Luncheon. You can tour the modern, state-of-the-art sugarhouse and tap hole tasting room and then taste for yourself why Crown Maple’s syrup is praised by chefs and culinary fans worldwide. Next, walk scenic trails or take a stroll in Madava Farms’ working chef garden, which supplies some of New York’s top restaurants. You’ll see uncommon crop varieties and exceptional heirloom species. Before you go, stop by The Farm Stand for maple, produce and to savor a sandwich or pastry from Madava’s Culinary Institute of America-trained chef, Jacob Griffin. Go home armed with everything you need to inspire your own culinary creations.IN ORDER TO SECURE YOUR SEAT ON THE BUS, RESERVATIONS MUST BE MADE AT LEAST 48 HOURS IN ADVANCE BY CALLING 800-445-3131. Tours frequently sell out and seats are limited. Once you have made your reservation, purchase your rail/bus ticket from at any Metro-North ticket office, full-service ticket machine (excluding Wassaic Station) or through WebTicket. WebTicket purchase must be made at least 5 business days in advance of your travel date.
Some activities may require an additional fee. For more information, visit www.dutchesstourism.com.
*Dutchess County Tourism has the right to substitute a farm or related itinerary stop to ensure the quality of the overall program and the individual getaway experience.
- On sale August 7. Package price from GCT/Harlem-125th Street: adults, $35; seniors, persons with disabilities and individuals receiving Medicare, $28; children 5-11, $7; children under 5, free.
- Package price from other stations: check here for price from your boarding station.
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