Hudson Valley
Region
2 to 3 hours
Distance from NY

Our hop on/off looper shuttles will meet you at the station on both days so you can make a day trip or a whole weekend getaway out of your journey! Explore the culinary mecca and historic town of Rhinebeck and visit the bountiful pick-your-own berry and fruit farms of Dutchess County. Pending fruit availability, stops could include Greig Farm, Rose Hill Farm and Mead Orchards. Pick blueberries, peaches and more to your heart’s content. Plus, explore the friendly petting zoo and stocked farm market at 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.

Greig Farm: Greig Farm is a historic family owned and operated farm in Red Hook NY, which has been around for more than 60 yeras. 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.

Mead Orchards Mead Orchards is a family-owned, picturesque 80-acre fruit orchard and vegetable farm, located in the beautiful Mid-Hudson River Valley of New York! They’ve been around since 1916, and now grow nearly 40 varieties of apples, as well as peaches, pears, plumscherries, strawberries and blueberries. They also grow a wide variety of delicious greens, summer vegetables, and winter squashes. Visitors can walk the grounds, and shop local produce, jams, sauces and more.  

Kesicke FarmKesicke Farm offers a wide variety of products in various seasons.  Visit at the farm stand on during the summer for farm fresh produce including sweet corn, watermelons, cantaloupes, tomatoes, squash, and seasonal fruits. You can also plan a visit in the fall to spend the day enjoying a corn maze, wagon rides through the corn, hay rides, farm animals, and delicious apple cider donuts. Enjoy the sunshine, your family, and shop for lots of local goodies while you’re at it!

 

  • Metro North Railroad package price from Grand Central Terminal (GCT)/Harlem-125th Street: Adults, $58.00; Seniors, $51.50; 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.
  • Be sure to purchase the “Farm Fresh Poughkeepsie Package” from window or kiosk.
  • Price from other stations: check here for price from your boarding station.

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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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, $58.00; Seniors, $51.50; 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.
  • Be sure to purchase the “Farm Fresh Poughkeepsie Package” from window or kiosk.
  • 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 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 (excluding Beacon station).

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, Greig Farm, Mead Orchards or Kesicke Farm.

GETTING THERE: Take the Metro-North Railroad Hudson Line to Poughkeepsie Station where the shuttle buses will meet the trains arriving at 9:44 a.m. and 10:44 a.m.

If you are leaving from Grand Central Terminal you would take the 7:45 am train or the 8:45 a.m train from NYC.

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 5 destinations: Rhinebeck, Greig Farm, Rose Hill Farm, Mead Orchards, Kesicke Farm.
  • We recommend you grab lunch in Rhinebeck, Greig Farm, Mead Orchards or Kesicke Farm.
  • 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 Poughkeepsie Station at 4:35pm, 6:35pm, and 7:35pm. Metro-North trains depart from Poughkeepsie Station at 4:48pm, 5:50pm, 6:54pm, 7:54pm and 8:50pm.