One-Day (Outbound) Getaways
Reconnect to the region’s rich agricultural heritage and explore the Renaissance City of Beacon when you pick up the Dutchess County Farm Fresh Link bus at the Beacon Station for stops at Main Street, Beacon, Sprout Creek Farm and Fishkill Farms.
Start your day with a visit to Main Street Beacon, a renaissance city on the Hudson and home to a growing arts movement (www.beaconarts.org). Visit the area's many galleries, eateries and specialty stores, or learn about glass-blowing at Hudson Beach Glass, located in a historic 1890 firehouse.
Before the two farm visits you’ll have the opportunity to explore the city’s restored historic districts. Visit the world-famous Dia:Beacon which is the museum for Dia Art Foundation’s renowned collection of art from the 1960s to the present. Sample and shop Beacon Farmer’s Market (10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sundays only) featuring an eclectic array of arts, crafts, and local produce. Make sure you eat lunch at one of the many delicious places in Beacon, Cup & Saucer Tea Room, Poppy’s Burgers, Homespun Foods or one of many other food & drink establishments. You can even picnic in the park or by the Hudson River.
Your farm tour begins with a visit to Sprout Creek Farm, a model of sustainable agriculture, also known for its artisanal cheeses lovingly produced by a graduate of The Culinary Institute of America. Try the creamery’s mouth-watering creations made from the rich and creamy milk of the herd of grass-fed Jersey, Guernsey, Milking Shorthorn and Brown Swiss cows. Sprout Creek’s cheeses are all about soil, seasons, grasses, and happy cows! Sprout Creek is a working farm encompassing 200 acres, raising free-range cows, sheep, goats, wild turkeys, guinea fowl, chickens and pigs. You will have a chance to shop for their award-winning cheeses and farm-produced meats in the market, which also offers eggs, vegetables and gifts.
Your second farm stop will be a tour of Fishkill Farms where you'll be greeted by a spectacular view of the apple orchard and Catskill Mountains beyond. Whether picking your own peaches, apples and vegetables, enjoying hayrides, or seeing the farm's flock of pasture-raised hens, the relaxed atmosphere and beautiful surroundings will lift your spirits. In the market, you'll find organically grown heirloom vegetables, fresh eggs, and a selection of locally produced meats and cheeses. Don't leave without trying the famous apple cider donuts or freshly pressed cider. Hayrides will be available for $3 per person. Learn about the farm's history: it was established in 1914 by Henry Morgenthau Jr., Secretary of the Treasury under FDR. It is still owned and operated by the family, and rare footage of Roosevelt and Churchill sipping drinks among the apple trees is shown along with historic memorabilia in the market.
Some activities may require an additional fee. For more information, visit www.dutchesstourism.com
*Dutchess County Tourism has the right to substitute a farm or related itinerary stop to ensure the quality of the overall program and the individual getaway experience.
IN ORDER TO SECURE YOUR SEAT ON THE BUS, RESERVATIONS MUST BE MADE AT LEAST 48 HOURS IN ADVANCE BY CALLING 800-445-3131. Tours frequently sell out. Once you have made your reservation, purchase your rail/bus ticket at any Metro-North ticket office, full-service ticket machine (excluding Beacon Station) or through WebTicket. WebTicket purchase must be made at least 5 business days in advance of your travel date.
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