Kicks Off 2019 Farm & Winery Tour Season to Dutchess County

March 28, 2019

Now in its third year running the popular Farm Fresh Tours in Dutchess County, is offering new farm and winery excursions via Metro-North Railroad and direct bus from NYC., New York’s guide to local farm escapes and weekend getaways since 2000, presents its third year of farm, food and craft beverage tours in the Hudson Valley’s Dutchess County. The EscapeMaker team will continue its partnership with Urban Adventures NYC to offer full day farm and winery tours beginning in June 2019.

Local tristate residents and tourists alike can book two direct bus tours from New York City’s Bryant Park to Dutchess County:

  • Dutchess Wine & Strawberries Tour (June 22) leaves directly from Bryant Park. The tour explores the sweetness of summer by picking fresh strawberries and sipping hard cider from King’s Highway Cider Shack at McEnroe Farm, before tasting local wine at Millbrook Vineyards and then enjoying more wine and a farm-fresh dinner at Clinton Vineyards.
  • Dutchess Apple Picking & Corn Maze Adventure (October 19, 26) leaves directly from Bryant Park. The tour celebrates the fall harvest and foliage in the Hudson Valley. Soak up the quaintness of the town of Rhinebeck, pet friendly farm animals, shop the farm stand and get lost in the corn maze at Kesicke Farm, and pick your own New York apples at Rose Hill Farm and Greig Farm.

Tour-goers can also choose from two Dutchess Farm Fresh Excursions via Metro-North Railroad:

  • Dutchess Farms, Blueberry & Peach Picking Tour (July 27) shuttle picks up at the Poughkeepsie station and starts the day in the historic town of Rhinebeck before spending time at Greig Farm, Rose Hill Farm and Kesicke Farm for cozy cafes, petting zoos, farm markets and fruit fields for picking blueberries, blackberries and peaches (pending availability).
  • Dutchess Apple Picking & Corn Maze Adventure Tour (October 5) shuttle picks up at the Poughkeepsie station and visits culinary mecca Rhinebeck on the way to apple picking, corn mazes, pygmy goat feedings and more at Rose Hill Farm, Greig Farm and Kesicke Farm.

“We are excited to bring on farm and winery experiences to New York City residents for the third consecutive year,” said Caylin Sanders, Founder & CEO. “Picking apples straight from the tree, feeding goats or sipping local craft beverages and wine among the Hudson Valley bucolic scenery is an experience they won’t soon forget!”

Mary Kay Vrba, President and CEO of Dutchess Tourism states “Dutchess awaits your visit to our farm and farm markets. This is a great opportunity to escape for the day or weekend and enjoy the fresh air and fresh food. Thanks to for partnering with Dutchess Tourism to provide easy access to everything Distinctly Dutchess.”

Tours via Metro-North Railroad require that reservations be made at least 48 hours in advance and confirmed before a train ticket is purchased at // and direct bus tour tickets can be purchased there as well.


About’s mission is to provide New York City area residents with the education and tools necessary to explore the countless farms, wineries, craft beverage trails and local agritourism destinations located within a day’s drive or train ride of New York City. Whether it is through overnight packages, local tasting showcases or tours, EscapeMaker advocates lowering one’s carbon footprint and supporting the local economy through unique local experiences.

Urban Adventures NYC
Specializing in experiences featuring food, craft beverages, and culture in New York City, Urban Adventures NYC is for those who want to get away from the tourists and really connect with a city, with a local by their side. The experience can be as short as a couple of hours, or as long as a whole day, but in every case our Urban Adventures NYC tours take travelers to interesting places to experience local culture and see what makes a place unique.

About Dutchess Tourism Inc.
Dutchess Tourism Inc. (DTI) is a private nonprofit 501(c)6 whose purpose is to promote Dutchess County and stimulate economic growth by attracting overnight visitors, meetings and conferences to Dutchess County. The area is known internationally as the epicenter for culinary innovation, agritourism, wine and for its bucolic landscapes and exquisite Hudson River vistas.



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