Dear EscapeMakers — Dutchess County is one of the largest in New York’s Hudson Valley, with too much to see and do in one day. You’ll discover experiences there you won’t find anywhere else! Settle in and plan your Dutchess Days around your interests: history, cuisine, outdoor adventure, shopping, family fun, and more! Get the most out of your getaway…plan your trip now with the Hudson Valley Trip Planner.

UPCOMING EVENTS
April 19-20: Free Entrance Days in the National Parks for National Park Week’s Opening Weekend! Tour three Roosevelt-Vanderbilt Sites in Hyde Park at no charge.

May 3: Hudson Valley Garden Fair 2014, Montgomery Place, Red Hook

May 24-25: Rhinebeck Antiques Fair. Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck

June 22: The Hemmings Motor News Great Race. Waryas Park, Poughkeepsie

June 29: Bike New York – Discover Hudson Valley Ride. Waryas Park, Poughkeepsie

For more events, see our calendar at DutchessTourism.com

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The 2014 MidAtlantic Wine + Food Festival will take place in and around Greater Wilmington and the Brandywine Valley as well as central and coastal Delaware, Wednesday, May 14 through Sunday, May 18, 2014. Enjoy over 40 events that celebrate wine, food, spirits and craft beer, many in private homes of distinction, stately hotels, intimate and award-winning restaurants and dramatic public spaces rarely used for events. This culinary journey delivers top talents from six continents in one extraordinary weekend getaway. Make plans to attend the 2014 MidAtlantic Wine + Food Festival today.

For visitor information, please call (800) 489-6664 or email at: info@VisitWilmingtonDE.com

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Springtime Happenings in Corning & the Southern Finger Lakes!
Blog Entry : Discover the Wondrous Wines of Keuka Lake with Experience the Finger Lakes Tours! Have you heard about the incredible new wine tour experience running on Keuka Lake? Read on for all the details, including info about a phenomenal package with the Radisson Hotel Corning! Warmer temperatures for the upcoming tours! Promise!


Create Your Own Easter Egg at Hands-On Glass Studio

Dear EscapeMakers — With Easter approaching, it’s normal to start thinking about decorating Easter eggs. However, in Corning, Hands-On Glass Studio lets you do this in a whole new way. During the entire month of April, schedule an appointment (Tuesdays – Saturdays) to make your own egg-shaped ornament. Stop by one of two Easter open houses from noon – 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 6 and Sunday, April 13. No appointments are necessary during the open houses. Glassmaking sessions are on a first-come, first-served basis. This year, don’t just color eggs – create a glass masterpiece you’ll cherish forever.

WOMEN ONLY WEEKENDS! It’s so important to take some time to relax and reconnect with your girlfriends. Sometimes the best way to do that is to escape from it all and take a trip together. What better place to go than to a land of free-flowing wine, fantastic shopping, and wonderful hands-on fun? Check out Women-Only Weekends packages filled with plenty of pampering and experiences to help you recharge your batteries. Visit WomenOnlyWeekends.com for more information.

EVENTS
Viva Italia along the Keuka Wine Trail – April 5-6 – Do you love Italian food? How about Finger Lakes wine? Together, they’re a classic combination – and make for a fun weekend along the Keuka Lake Wine Trail. On April 5-6, visit the wineries along the trail, and pair wines with authentic Italian cuisine. See how the rich flavors from different regions of Italy are enhanced by superb, food-friendly wines produced on Keuka Lake!

Arts in Bloom – April 26 – Arts are Blooming all over Corning & the Southern Finger Lakes! Visit April 26 and 27 for the second annual Arts in Bloom event along the Steuben County arts trail. Visit artists’ studios and galleries and watch as they create masterpieces. It’s a perfect time to add to your collection – or maybe even start one! Let art inspire you!

More events…
ApARTment Tour – April 6, Corning’s Gaffer District
Wildflower Festival – April 26 – 27, Hornell
Experience the Finger Lakes! Tour – April 27 & May 11, Keuka Lake Wineries
- Packages available!

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RESTAURANT WEEK! Now through March 23rd, eat your way through Dutchess County and Rhinebeck, a town known for its fantastic restaurants and cutting-edge cuisine. Make it a weekend getaway! More on lodging here. STOP: Rhinecliff + taxi (10 min.).

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CULINARY ADVENTURE! Stay over in Saratoga Springs for a culinary adventure on March 26th. No menus, just rest and repose while you delight in a gourmet passage through a special four-course meal. Every step of the way, staff will select wine pairings to match the courses. STOP: Saratoga + taxi (5 min.).
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ROMANTIC BREAKFAST! Treat your significant other to a candlelit private four-course breakfast overlooking the lake at Mariaville Lake B&B. Rates per night start at $139. Spend your days hiking, biking or antiquing and exploring historical sites. STOP: Albany or Schenectady + taxi / Enterprise (30 min.).
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EDIBLE GARDEN! Attend the Garden & Landscape Symposium April 12th for great edible gardening tips, while you visit Fort Ticonderoga (Buy 1 Amtrak ticket & get 2nd fare FREE to Ticonderoga. Use code V430, only good on the Adirondack line). STOP: Fort Ti + taxi (Fort is 5 min. taxi from station, lodgings close).
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MAPLE IN APRIL! April 25-27th is your last chance to get your maple fix at Hadley’s Maple in April Festival! While you’re there, stay and explore the very eco-friendly Saratoga Springs. More on area lodging here. STOP: Saratoga Springs + taxi to Hadley or Enterprise (30 min.).

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All 2-night packages are based on double occupancy and include 2 tickets to the Farm to Table Benefit event at The Sylvia Center at Katchkie Farm on Saturday July 19th, plus accommodations for 2 for Friday and Saturday nights and breakfast both mornings.

PACKAGE 1: FOOD & WATER
$675-$1050* based on lodging choice plus tax
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Satisfy your hunger and thirst with a variety of food and beverages and water-based activities throughout the weekend. Stay at a Hudson Valley inn (loding options below) with breakfast, tea and snacks included. Saturday afternoon get out on the Hudson River with Hudson Cruises leaving from the Hudson waterfront with 2 tickets for a 1.5-hour scenic cruise and Sunday afternoon, drink in the good life with a custom winery tour and tasting of 7 wines at Chatham-Hudson Winery – includes 2 souvenir wine glasses and local cheese and fruit platter.

Suggested/Optional: Not to be missed while in Kinderhook, is Samascott’s Garden Market – it is impossible to have just one scoop of their homemade ice cream. And before you leave Hudson Valley, be sure to stop in Chatham Real Food Market Co-op in Chatham where you can browse products of local farms and kitchens. At Harvest Spirits Farm Distillery in Valatie, you can taste CORE Vodka and other spirits made from their homegrown apples – the perfect souvenir to bring back with you!

PACKAGE 2: FOOD & NATURE
$649-$995* based on lodging choice plus tax
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Soak up the fresh air and enjoy lush scenery. Stay at a Hudson Valley inn with breakfast, tea and snacks included (loding options below). While in Kinderhook, stop in at the family-friendly Kinderhook Farm & Store with your $10 gift certificate for a tour to see the chicks, calves, and lambs. Either Saturday or Sunday afternoon rev up your appetite with 2 passes to the zipline course at Catamount Aerial Adventure Park in Hillsdale OR with 2 bike rentals from Steiner Sports in Hudson.


Suggested/Optional: Soak in a beautiful afternoon while hiking or biking to find the perfect picnic spot – a guide to area hiking and bike trails will be provided. For your picnic lunch basket, we encourage you to patronize local markets like the Hawthorne Valley Farm & Store in Ghent – where you can sign up ahead of time for a cheese making workshop.

PACKAGE 3: FOOD & CULTURE
$669-$995* based on lodging choice plus tax
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Get your creative juices flowing with inspiring art, books, music and theatre. Stay at a Hudson Valley inn (loding options below) with breakfast, tea and snacks included.
Head to Ghent Saturday afternoon with 2 passes to the OMI International Arts Center. The Center offers guests the opportunity to experience an art gallery, sculpture park, and café rolled into one – you’ll receive a $20 gift certificate to Cafe Omi. Then Sunday, nosh it up with a historic and food walking tour of Hudson with 2 tickets for Posh Nosh tours. Friday evening or Sunday afternoon, use your $25 gift certificate at Café Le Perche in Hudson to experience authentic French cuisine with local influences and ingredients like Hudson artisan-made cheeses.

Suggested/Optional: You’ll want to bring a piece of Hudson back with you. Visit Shop at Marx Home for charming home goods and gifts or at Spotty Dog Books & Ale, where you can indulge in your passion for books while sipping a local brew at the bar. Friday or Sunday visit artist Thomas Cole’s Cedar Grove or the historic Clermont built by Robert Livingston, Jr. In the evenings, stop in at Club Helsinki in Hudson, where you can hear a live jazz set or catch a performance of a “42nd Street” at the McHayden Theatre in Chatham.

LODGING PARTNERS:
 

Mile High Bed & Breakfast – Stay at this 1852 colonial farmhouse in the town of Kinderhook, restored with European flair, cozy bedrooms and wireless internet. Enjoy the deer and birds & flower gardens, relax and enjoy the pool or tour the quiet windy country roads on bicycle and visit the neighborhood sheep and horses. 2461 County Rte 21, Valatie, NY 12184

Mount Merino – Enjoy the comfort of a luxury bed & breakfast on a 100-acre woodland estate, just five minutes to everything in Hudson. Guest rooms are elegant yet comfortable, many with fireplaces, king beds, whirlpool tubs, spa showers, and gorgeous mountain views. 4317 Route 23, Hudson, NY 12534

Vanderbilt House Hotel – This restored 1860′s hotel is most inviting and the all new beautifully decorated rooms have their own private bath. The hotel is only 20 minutes from Hudson and transportation to and from Amtrak is available. Full service restaurant and tavern on site.
161 Main St. Philmont, NY 12565

TRANSPORTATION:

By Car: Katchkie Farm
745 Fischer Road Extension
Kinderhook, New York 12106
Driving Directions

Hudson Cabs:
Pronto Taxi (518-822 9500)
or Buzz Taxi (518) 828-0504

Enterprise Car Rental:

70-80 Green Street, Hudson (518) 828-5492
Zipcar: New members of Zipcar

get $25 free driving credit here!

By Train: Katchkie Farm is a 20-minute drive from the Amtrak station in Hudson. See cab service numbers above. Ccall ahead to make a reservation. The town of Hudson itself, is completely walkable and makes for a wonderful daytrip. Guests taking Amtrak, Metro-North or Zipcar will receive a bag of freshly picked vegetables from Katchkie Farm as thanks for reducing your carbon footprint!

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Hudson Valley Escapes
 
 
 

Dear EscapeMakers — in Dutchess County, the Hudson Valley has its own distinct character.
You’ll discover experiences you won’t find anywhere else in upstate New York.

- Dine at the Culinary Institute of America’s four restaurants.
- Stroll 212 feet above the Hudson River on the Walkway Over the Hudson.
- Visit the source of the world’s purest maple syrup.

You’ll need more than a day to get the full experience, so settle in to a cozy B&B, or a full-service hotel with TripAdvisor “Certificate of Excellence” ranking.

UPCOMING EVENTS

March 8: 9 am, International Women’s Day, Walkway Over the Hudson

March 8: 8 pm, Hudson Valley Philharmonic, “Rising Star”

March 10 – 23: Hudson Valley Restaurant Week

For more events and packages, see calendar at DutchessTourism.com
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Winter/Early Spring Ski & Maple Escapes via Amtrak

Dear EscapeMakers – late Winter/early Spring vacations mean great
adventures at affordable deals. See below for escapes ideas off Amtrak’s Vermont routes! Plus, now you can get 20% off with the VisitVermont discount and $12 tickets on intrastate travel!

FAVORITE THINGS! The hills are alive in Burlington at The Trapp Family Lodge! Package includes 3 nights lodging, daily breakfast, RT Amtrak from NYC, ALL transfers, use of X-country shoes & 2-day trail pass from $149/pp. (Edelweiss is extra!) STOP: Essex Jct. on Vermonter.

SKI & STAY at Mount Snow! Mid-week vacation packages include lift tickets, lodging at area resorts and start at $69 per person. Plus, kids ski FREE with adult purchase! STOP: Brattleboro on Vermonter + the free MOOver Shuttle to West Dover (1 hour).

SMUGGS GRIN! America’s Family Resort … Smuggler’s Notch offers tons of family programs like ski lessons, zip lining plus rides on the Cat Trax snowcat (left)! Packages start at $115. Once you get there, everything is on site! They also offer shuttle transportation from the station for $45.00 one way. STOP: Essex Jct. on Vermonter.

VERMONT MAPLE OPEN HOUSE WEEKEND March 22-23rd. Sample maple all across VT… like Bragg Farm & Sugarhouse! Maple candy, tours & live music! Stay in nearby walkable Montpelier.STOP: Montpelier on Vermonter + taxi (10 min.)

TAP INTO NIRVANA!
The pedestrian-friendly
St. Albans, Vermont, transforms itself into a maple-lovers mecca on April 25-27th for the 48th Annual Maple Festival! From kids activities to antique shows, from maple product contests to parades, you’ll never want to wake up from this maple dream! Maple events take place all over the city. Be sure to book your accommodations soon, as area lodgings fill up fast! STOP: St. Albans
on Vermonter

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Corning & The Finger Lakes – Winter in Wine Country offers Hot Deals and Cool Events!
Keuka Lake in Winter
Keuka Lake – photo by Bill Banaszewski

PACKAGES! Dear EscapeMakers — When the temperatures are below freezing, a trip to Upstate New York might not be high on your list of winter escapes, but that’s where you’d be missing out. If it’s not the sight of the snow sparkling as it descends to meet Keuka Lake that warms your heart, it’ll be the hot Winter deals and adventures!

Book a “Winter in Wine Country Package” and enjoy discounted rates or FREE nights with participating accommodations. At check-in, you’ll receive the PALATE Passport filled with great offer from many popular attractions, wineries and restaurants.

View ALL Package Deals and visit Corning & the Finger Lakes for fun events all winter long! See a few below…

FEATURED EVENTS!

Winter Break + Make Your Own Glass Snowman
February 15th – 23rd, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., daily. Looking for something fun to do with your kids while they’re home for school break? Visit The Corning Museum of Glass and enjoy all kinds of fun activities like craft projects (12 p.m. – 4 p.m. daily) or “Make Your Snowman,” now through February 28th! (Reservations required.) Snowmen are guaranteed to last the whole winter through – and then some! Stay warm this winter making your own snowman from molten glass! This experience allows you to get up-close-and-personal with hot glass, and create your unique glass snowman. Once you’ve created your masterpiece, check out the life-size glass snowmen family in the GlassMarket, created by Hot Glass Show glassmaker George Kennard and team, go on a “Winter Wonders Gallery Hunt” or take a “Family Hidden Treasures Tour!” Admission for kids and teens 19 and under is always FREE at The Corning Museum of Glass!

The Great Market Street Antique Sale
Saturday, February 22. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Visit for a once-a-year buying opportunity at a street-long sale, hosted by the entire Market Street Antique & Collectible dealership. Many items will be marked down, some significantly, in an effort to thin inventories and make room for more merchandise.

Cabin Fever Wine and Beer Tasting
Friday, February 28th, 5p.m. – 8 p.m. Beat the winter blues on this special night of Finger Lakes wine and craft beer sampling, paired with terrific shopping and dining promotions – and Mardi Gras beads! Featuring more than 20 wineries and breweries from the Finger Lakes, complimentary shuttles, and collectible wine and beer glasses, visitors age 21+ are invited to celebrate the winter tradition in historic downtown Corning!

MORE EVENTS!
Cheese and Wine Lovers Weekend
– Feb 15-16, Keuka Wine Trail, 2300: Multiplied – Feb 20, Corning Museum of Glass, Winter Cycle Therapy – Feb 22-23, Glenn H. Curtiss Museum, Hammondsport


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On sale Jan. 06, 2014. Valid Thurs.- Mon. for travel
Jan. 9 – April 24, 2014. Blackout dates apply
Up to two children ages 2-15 may ride with each adult
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Dear EscapeMakers,

Cozy up to Montreal and escape across the border on a magical train ride! On sale January 6th through April 21st, Amtrak® is offering a special $89 round trip weekend fare (Thursday to Monday) between New York City and Montreal.

Zoom through a winter wonderland on the Adirondack® –one of the ten most scenic train rides in the world!Whether you go for the culture, the nightlife the food or the adventure, the Adirondack® will get you there rested, relaxed and ready to enjoy the city.

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