Hudson Valley
Region
2 to 3 hours
Distance from NY

Catch the bus in NYC and enjoy all the crisp smells, sounds and sights of fall as we transport ourselves to the winding apple orchards and pumpkin patches of Dutchess County. Upon arrival, attendees will take the shuttle throughout the day to visit the various farms and locations.

Explore the food-centric and historic towns of Rhinebeck or Red Hook and visit the bountiful pick-your-own apple and pumpkin farms of Dutchess County. Pending fruit availability, stops could include Greig Farm, Rose Hill Farm and Mead Orchards. Pick apples, pumpkins and in-season vegetables to your heart’s content. Plus, explore the farm markets and wind through corn mazes at Hahn Farm and Kesicke Farm. Kids of all ages will love the hay rides and feeding the pigs, sheep, chickens, peacocks, turkeys and alpacas.

Red Hook: This lovely Hudson Valley town is the quintessential small town with a Main Street character and friendliness, surrounded by beautiful coutryside.  You’ll find local food, retro diners, sprawling farms, farmers markets, roadside eats, specialty shops, antiques galore, history, museums, gardens and more. An amazing place to peep the fall foliage, this town is a fun Americana destination for all ages.

Rhinebeck: This historic little town nestled in the Dutchess County reveals majestic views of the Catskill Mountains, the Hudson River, and more. The Village boasts tree lined streets that beckon you to meander for hours through very unique specialty shops. You will find both contemporary & classic men’s and women’s apparel, jewelry & crafts, spa & beauty services, home furnishings, books, stationery, gifts, chocolate, craft beer and cheese shops. With its fine dining, casual bistros, and a thriving locavore movement, Rhinebeck has been touted as one of America’s best Gourmet towns – it also plays host to the famous Rhinebeck Farmer’s Market on Sundays.

Greig Farm: Greig Farm is a historic family-owned and operated farm in Red Hook NY, which has been around for more than 60 years. They host the Hudson Valley Farmers Market where visitors can enjoy the ambiance of a century old dairy barn while perusing local vegetables, fruits, eggs, cheeses, meats, fish, flowers and more from local Hudson Valley Farms! Greig Farm isn’t just known for its delicious fruit.  Visitors can feed the pygmy goats and the Koi fish in the pond. The farm has a café with prepared food and to-go items and seasonally, offers a fun food truck out back with artisanal sandwiches and side dishes.

Rose Hill FarmLocated in Red Hook, NY, Rose Hill Farm is a historic family-owned pick your own fruit orchard established in 1798. In the fall, you will fine apples growing on parts of their 100-acre picturesque farmland. They embrace holistic, bio-intensive growing practices that focus on plant and soil health and are compliant with organic guidelines. Enjoy your picnic lunch with Catskill mountain views, stay for a hike or a farm tour or try their coffee, hot spiced cider, cider donuts and apple crisps before heading out to pick apples.

Mead Orchards Mead Orchards is a family-owned, picturesque 80-acre fruit orchard and vegetable farm, located in Dutchess County! They’ve been around since 1916, and now grow nearly 40 varieties of apples. Come back for a visit during spring and summer seasons when they also grow a wide variety of delicious greens, summer vegetables and fruits. Visitors can walk the grounds, and shop for local produce, jams, and cider.  

Kesicke FarmAlso family-owned, Kesicke Farm offers a wide variety of products in various seasons.  While you’re visiting the farm, take part in all the fun fall festivities, including a corn maze, pumpkin picking, hay rides and delicious apple cider donuts. Enjoy the sunshine and shop for lots of local goodies while you’re at it! Feeding the farm animals is a highlight!

Hahn Farm: Hahn Farm is a family-owned and operated farm since 1798. They have tilled its soil and been stewards of the land for centuries. Originally a dairy farm, Hahn Farm now produces hay and Christmas trees, raises beef cattle and hosts a fabulous fall festival complete with pumpkin picking and a corn maze. They’ve also been raising alpacas on the farm since 2007. The small herd provides much joy for visitors – and fabulous fibers.

 

TOUR DATES:

Sat. September 8 (Apple Picking, pumpkins pending availability): NYC Pick up, Greig Farm, Mead Orchards, Kesicke Farm, Red Hook, NYC Drop off

Sun. September 9 (Apple Picking, pumpkins pending availability): NYC Pick up, Greig Farm, Rose Hill Farm, Hahn Farm, Red Hook, NYC Drop off

Sat. October 27 (Pumpkin Picking, apples pending availability): NYC Pick up, Greig Farm, Mead Orchards, Kesicke Farm, Rhinebeck, NYC Drop off

Sun. October 28 (Pumpkin Picking, apples pending availability): NYC Pick up, Greig Farm, Rose Hill, Hahn Farm, Rhinebeck, NYC Drop off

DETAILS: 

SCHEDULE – Tours run 9:00am-8:00PM.

PICK UP – 33 West 42nd St. between 5th & 6th Avenues
(Northeast corner of Bryant Park)

REFUNDS – Refunds are issued up to 1 week (Monday before your tour date), if given cancellation notice via email to to reservations@escapemaker.com, otherwise, non refundable but transferable to another guest.

Also, if you’re looking for a great food and craft beverage walking tours of NYC check out our partner company Urban Adventures!

AREA INFO:

Listed as one of National Geographic Traveler’s Top 20 Must-See Places, the Hudson Valley is as scenic and hospitable as it is cultural and delicious. Just a couple hours from New York City, this picturesque and colorful region is filled with sweeping rivers, small towns, local farms and incredible culinary and craft beverage scenes. Come back on your own and spend a day, weekend, or week exploring all there is to do in Dutchess County! Check out some of the area’s special annual events below and plan your return trip to join in the fun.

Top 10 Dutchess County Events:

  1. Country Living Fair in Rhinebeck. First weekend in June at the Dutchess Fairgrounds.
  2. Discover Hudson Valley Bike Ride. Last Sunday in June.
  3. Big Gay Hudson Valley’s Queen City Pride Weekend Poughkeepsie in June.
  4. Good Guys East Coast Nationals classic car show in Rhinebeck in June.
  5. Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce Balloon Festival in July.
  6. Wassaic Project Summer Exhibition & Festival. First weekend in August.
  7. Jazz in the Valley jazz festival in Poughkeepsie in August.
  8. Dutchess County Fair in Rhinebeck. Last full week in August.
  9. Hudson Valley Wine and Food Festival & HV Craft Beer Festival in Rhinebeck in September.
  10. New York State Sheep and Wool Festival in Rhinebeck in October.

If you just can’t get enough of the bucolic and delicious Hudson Valley, you can stay overnight at a local inn like the Olde Rhinebeck Inn c. 1745, Hideaway Suites B&B and the Roosevelt Inn of Hyde Park.

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Thank you for reserving the “Dutchess Farms, Apple & Pumpkin Picking Weekend.”  The following schedule outlines each stop that the Farm Fresh bus will be making throughout the day, along with the approximate time at each stop.

Sat. September 8: NYC Pick up, Greig Farm, Mead Orchards, Kesicke Farm, Red Hook, NYC Drop off

Sun. September 9: NYC Pick up, Greig Farm, Rose Hill Farm, Hahn Farm, Red Hook, NYC Drop off

Sat. October 27: NYC Pick up, Greig Farm, Mead Orchards, Hahn Farm, Rhinebeck, NYC Drop off

Sun. October 28: NYC Pick up, Greig Farm, Rose Hill, Kesicke Farm, Rhinebeck, NYC Drop off

NYC PICKUP ADDRESS: 33 West 42nd St. between 5th & 6th Avenues
(Northeast corner of Bryant Park)

Itinerary:
9:00 am Departure from NYC

Shuttle stops at the various farms every 10 minutes so people can hop on and off

Dinner on your own in Rhinebeck or Red Hook

6:00pm Departure for NYC

8:00pm Arrival NYC