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Dutchess County


By Jeff Tompkins

Vanderbilt MansionGet to know Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Follow a wine trail, or a winding trail. Sample a performing arts festival at Bard College—or enjoy the simple pleasures of an honest-to-goodness drive-in movie!

These are just some of the attractions that await visitors to New York's Dutchess County, an official U.S. "National Heritage Area" whose cultural wealth more than matches its scenic grandeur. Founded in 1683, as one of the original twelve counties of New York, Dutchess County sits between the Hudson River on one side and the hills of western Connecticut on the other, and is roughly equidistant between Albany and New York City. The county can be easily accessed via car, bus, commuter train, and plane, and in fact, two of its major destination points, Beacon and Rhinebeck, make excellent car-less day or overnight trips (a point worth emphasizing in times of pitiless gas prices!).

This area prides itself on its strengths in the arts, cuisine, history, and outdoor recreation - with good reason, as we think you'll agree. Combine all these assets with the fact that Dutchess County lies a mere two hours from Manhattan, and you've got a getaway just waiting to happen.

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