Join us October 5th! Revel in the fall foliage and orchards of Dutchess County and pick apples till the cows come home! The bus will make stops in the quaint town of Rhinebeck for lunch and then travel to historic Rose Hill Farm for apple picking. NEW for 2019: a cider tasting room! We’ll then proceed to the idyllic Greig Farm for pygmy goat feeding, more apple picking and the indoor farmers market and cafe. Last, we’ll explore the friendly petting zoo and get lost in the corn maze at local favorite, Kesicke Farm!
Rhinebeck: This historic little town nestled in the New York Hudson Valley region 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 shoppes. You will find both contemporary & classic, European & domestic men’s and women’s apparel, jewelry & crafts, spa & beauty services, holistic practitioners, home furnishings, books, stationery, gifts, tabletop, kitchen gadgets, hiking & equestrian gear. With its fine dining, casual bistros, and a thriving locavore movement, Rhinebeck has been touted as one of America’s best Gourmet towns.
Kesicke Farm: Kesicke Farm, is a family run and decades old operation and a favorite in the community – no matter the season. They offer a wide variety of products and experiences. In the Fall, shop their farm stand for farm fresh produce including sweet corn, local meats, and seasonal fruits. We’ll also have time to enjoy their corn maze, farm animal petting zoo and delicious apple cider donuts.
Rose Hill Farm: Located in Red Hook, NY, Rose Hill Farm is a historic family owned pick your own fruit orchard established in 1798. They grow cherries, blueberries, peaches, plums, apricots, nectarines and apples on over 100 acres of picturesque farmland. They embrace holistic, bio-intensive growing practices that focus on plant and soil health and are compliant with organic guidelines. Enjoy a picnic lunch with Catskill mountain views, do some serious apple picking and then pop into their brand new hard cider tasting room for a treat!
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.
- Metro North Railroad package price from Grand Central Terminal (GCT)/Harlem-125th Street: Adults, $64; Seniors, $57.50; Kids 5-11, $35; Kids under 5, $33, available at ticket kiosks and full-service ticket vending machines. Extra activities/tastings require an additional fee.
- Be sure to purchase the “Farm Fresh Poughkeepsie Package” from window or kiosk.
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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:
- Country Living Fair in Rhinebeck. First weekend in June at the Dutchess Fairgrounds.
- Discover Hudson Valley Bike Ride. Last Sunday in June.
- Big Gay Hudson Valley’s Queen City Pride Weekend Poughkeepsie in June.
- Good Guys East Coast Nationals classic car show in Rhinebeck in June.
- Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce Balloon Festival in July.
- Wassaic Project Summer Exhibition & Festival. First weekend in August.
- Jazz in the Valley jazz festival in Poughkeepsie in August.
- Dutchess County Fair in Rhinebeck. Last full week in August.
- Hudson Valley Wine and Food Festival & HV Craft Beer Festival in Rhinebeck in September.
- 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.
Dutchess County on Social Media:
Farm Fresh bus reservations via EscapeMaker.com are required and must be made at least 48 hours in advance of your selected tour date. Seats are limited. Please book here before purchasing a train ticket from Metro-North Railroad.
A $20 per person fee/number of reservations will be charged if you do not show up without emailing firstname.lastname@example.org a cancellation notice by Wednesday at midnight (EST) the week of your tour.
After you’ve made your bus reservation with EscapeMaker.com, purchase your rail ticket at any Metro-North ticket office or full-service ticket machine (excluding Beacon station).
- Metro North Railroad package price from Grand Central Terminal (GCT)/Harlem-125th Street: Adults, $64; Seniors, $57.50; Kids 5-11, $35; Kids under 5, $33, available at ticket kiosks and full-service ticket vending machines. Extra activities/tastings may require an additional fee.
Q: How do I reserve my spot on the Farm Fresh bus?
A: Farm Fresh bus reservations are required and must be made at least 48 hours in advance. Seats are limited. Please book here with EscapeMaker.com before purchasing a train ticket at Metro-North Railroad.
Q: Can I cancel my reservation?
A: You may cancel by emailing email@example.com a cancellation notice by Wednesday at midnight (EST) the week of your tour. If you do not send notice in time, or simply do not show up on the day of your tour, a $20 per person/number of reservations fee will be charged to your card.
Q: Where do I purchase my train tickets?
A: After you’ve made your reservation with EscapeMaker.com, purchase your rail ticket at any Metro-North ticket office or full-service ticket machine.
Q: How long is the train ride?
A: The ride between Grand Central Terminal and Poughkeepsie is approximately 2 hours.
Q: Will lunch be provided?
Lunch will not be provided. However, there will be opportunities to purchase food, snacks and artisanal goods to bring home throughout the day’s itinerary. We recommend you grab lunch in Rhinebeck and snacks along the way at any of the farms.
GETTING THERE: Take the Hudson Line to Poughkeepsie Station where the shuttle bus will meet the train arriving at 10:44am.
Our shuttle bus will transport you throughout the day and you’ll have the choice of several return train times in the early evening so that you can visit the Walkway Over the Hudson pedestrian walkway bridge that spans the Hudson River or grab a bite in Poughkeepsie.
Shuttle bus will transport you throughout the day to the following stops before returning to the train station for the trip home: Rhinebeck, Greig Farm, Rose Hill Farm, Kesicke Farm.
Tips for your trip:
- We recommend you grab lunch in Rhinebeck, Greig Farm, Rose Hill Farm or Kesicke Farm.
- If you’re coming up for the day, allow a minimum of 6 hours (not including train travel time).
GETTING HOME: The bus will drop off at Poughkeepsie Station. Metro-North trains depart from Poughkeepsie Station hourly.