Hudson Valley
Region
2 to 3 hours
Distance from NY

Join us on July 27th! Explore the culinary mecca and historic town of Rhinebeck and visit the bountiful pick-your-own berry and fruit farms of Dutchess County. Stops include Greig Farm, with its cozy café, indoor farmers market, pygmy goats and fruit fields and Rose Hill Farm, with its fruit orchards and – NEW for 2019  a cider tasting room! Pending fruit availability, pick blueberries, blackberries, peaches and more to your heart’s content. Then we’ll explore the friendly petting zoo and stocked farm market at Kesicke Farm! Cap off your day with dinner in Poughkeepsie before you head home with your farm fresh bounty.

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.

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.

 

Rose Hill FarmLocated 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 your picnic lunch with Catskill mountain views, stay for a hike or a farm tour and pick your own early golden plums and blueberries. Stop into their new hard cider tasting room!

Kesicke FarmKesicke Farm offers a wide variety of products in various seasons.  Visit the farm stand during the summer for farm fresh produce including sweet corn, watermelons, cantaloupes, tomatoes, squash, and seasonal fruits. Enjoy the sunshine, your family, and shop for lots of local goodies while you’re at it! We’ll have time to pet the farm animals and enjoy the delicious apple cider donuts.

 

 

 

  • 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.
  • Be sure to purchase the “Farm Fresh Poughkeepsie Package” from window or kiosk.

Additional information

PriceUnder $100
DatesJuly 27

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.

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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 reservations@escapemaker.com 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 reservations@escapemaker.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.  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.

Please arrive on the train arriving in Poughkeepsie at 10:48am.

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.

Pick up at POU – MNR Station 10:48am
Depart for Rhinebeck 11:05am
Arrive Rhinebeck: 11:40am

Depart for Greig Farm: 1:15pm
Arrive Greig Farm: 1:30pm

Depart for Rose Hill Farm: 2:45pm
Arrive Rose Hill Farm: 2:55pm

Depart for Kesicke Farm: 3:55pm
Arrive Kesicke Farm 4:10pm

Depart for POU 4:55pm
Arrive MNR Station 5:25pm

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 hourly at 5:50, 6:50, 7:50, 8:50 and 9:50.