Make your own itinerary! Plot your own day’s adventure on a hop on/off looping shuttle that picks you up at the Beacon Station and drops off at a variety of local pick-your-own Dutchess fruit farms. Revel in the fall foliage and apple orchards of the Hudson Valley!
NEW: This year, the apple picking / all farm entrance fees are included in your ticket.
The bus will make stops at Fishkill Farms, Meadowbrook Farm, and Sprout Creek Farm, where you can spend your own time exploring fall harvest festivities in full swing, go apple picking, pet farm animals galore, and sample delicious local bites and sips. Learn more about each stop below!
Beacon: This quintessential Hudson Valley town is the perfect destination for lovers of art, food and scenery! Take some time to eat at one of the locavore-approved restaurants that dot the town, explore the famous Dia:Beacon contemporary and modern art museum, and stroll down the scenic river paths.
Fishkill Farms: With a sweeping view of the apple orchard and Catskill Mountains, you can pick your own apples and vegetables, enjoy hayrides, visit hens, and shop the market. Fishkill Farms has been in the Morgenthau family for over 100 years. You’ll find documentation of visits from their Hyde Park neighbor, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, sharing a cold beverage on the Morgenthau’s porch many years ago in the farm’s historical archive. Today the farm has evolved under Josh Morgenthau to practice an eco-friendlier style of growing. Additions to the farm include 15 acres of vegetable plantings, pasture-raised hens, many acres of new fruit trees, farmers markets nearby and in New York City, and a pick-your-own CSA.
Meadowbrook Farm: Meadowbrook Farm has been in business for 70 years, proudly providing high quality produce to the community. They grow a variety of apples and use them to create perfect local treats like apple cider and apple cider doughnuts. Visit the farm market to shop endless local produce, baked goods, sauces, salsas and more! Don’t forget to befriend their furry farm animals during your stay.
Sprout Creek Farm: Sprout Creek Farm is a working animal farm encompassing 200 acres across Dutchess County. The farm has three dynamically intertwined parts: a working farm, which raises free-ranging cows and turkeys, sheep, goats, guinea fowl, chickens, and pigs; a market, which sells international award-winning cheeses and farm-produced meats, as well as local Hudson Valley milk, eggs, vegetables, crafts and gifts; and an education center that offers day, weekend, and summer programs to help visitors connect with the natural and agricultural world.
|Date/Times||September 15 at 10:18am, September 15 at 12:18pm, September 16 at 10:18am, September 16 at 12:18pm, September 22 at 10:18am, September 22 at 12:18pm, September 23 at 10:18am, September 23 at 12:18pm, September 29 at 10:18am, September 29 at 12:18pm, September 30 at 10:18am, September 30 at 12:18pm, October 13 at 10:18am, October 13 at 12:18pm, October 14 at 10:18am, October 14 at 12:18pm, October 20 at 10:18am, October 20 at 12:18pm, October 21 at 10:18am, October 21 at 12:18pm|
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.
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 email@example.com a cancellation notice by Wednesday at midnight (EST) the week of your tour.
After you’ve made your 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, $54.50; Seniors, $49; Kids 5-11, $27; Kids under 5, $27, available at ticket kiosks and full-service ticket vending machines. Ticket price also includes apple-picking/farm entrance fees. Extra activities/tastings may require an additional fee.
- Package price from other stations: check here for price from your boarding station.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 (excluding Beacon station).
Q: How long is the train ride?
A: The ride between Grand Central Terminal and Beacon is approximately 1.5 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.
GETTING THERE: Take the Metro-North Railroad Hudson Line to Beacon Station where the shuttle buses will meet the trains arriving at 10:16 a.m. and 12:16 a.m. Shuttle bus will transport you throughout the day to the following stops before returning to the train station for the trip home.
Tips for your trip:
- Shuttles will depart every 15 minutes from the station and then from each location so you can hop on and off at your leisure.
- Depending on how much time you decide to stay at each location you may be able to visit all 4 destinations: Beacon, Fishkill Farms, Meadowbrook Farm, and Sprout Creek Farm
- We recommend you grab lunch at either Beacon or Fishkill Farms.
- If you’re coming up for the day, allow a minimum of 6 hours (not including train travel time).
GETTING HOME: Looper buses will make drop-offs at Beacon Station at 4:50pm, 5:55pm, and 6:55pm. Metro-North trains depart from Beacon Station at 5:06pm, 6:08pm, 7:12pm, 8:12pm and 9:08pm.