Enjoy Harvest Season with Dutchess Farms Tours
September 21 & 22
Take Metro-North’s Harlem Line to Wassaic and there board the Dutchess County Farm Fresh Link shuttle for excursions to the charming Village of Millerton, McEnroe Organic Farm, and Dutch’s Spirits, all located in the scenic Hudson Valley.
In Millerton, home to the internationally acclaimed Harney & Sons Fine Teas, step into the charming tea store and tasting room for a "cuppa" or cross the street for an up-close look at handcrafted art glass by Gilmor Glassworks. Stroll through the pastoral village shops and choose one of several dining locations (a coffeehouse/restaurant, a diner, Mexican or Chinese food, vegetarian…there’s something for everyone). On Saturdays, until 1 p.m., enjoy the Millerton Farmer’s Market at the Railroad Plaza across from the Rail Trail.
Visit a famous bootlegger’s hideaway: Dutch’s Spirits in the heart of Pine Plains. Visit a 400-acre farm, where the infamous Dutch Schultz distilled moonshine in a sprawling network of interconnected tunnels, bunkers, cleverly disguised chicken coops and false chimneys all originally built to escape detection from the law. And now you can visit this under construction and renovations distillery site, which is on the eligibility list of State and National Register of Historic places. Dutch’s Spirits specializes in artisanal hand-made spirits: Dutch’s Spirits Sugar Wash Moonshine, Peach Brandy, and Dutch’s Colonial Cocktail bitters. (Tasting fee is $5 per person and is in addition to the package price).
The last stop on the tour is McEnroe Organic Farm, where you’ll learn first-hand about organic farming and composting. Tour the more than 1,000 acres and see cows, turkeys, llamas, fields of vegetables, and greenhouses. McEnroe Organic Farm is committed to organic and sustainable agriculture. The farm produces certified organic produce, meats and garden transplants. At the end of your tour peruse the gourmet delicacies at the full-service farm market and bring home some special treats.
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 any Metro-North ticket office, full-service ticket machine (excluding Wassaic Station) or through WebTicket. WebTicket purchase must be made at least 5 business days in advance of your travel date.
For more information visit http://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.
Package price from GCT/Harlem-125th Street: adults, $35; seniors, persons with disabilities and individuals receiving Medicare, $28; children 5-11, $7; children under 5, free.
Package price from other stations: check here for price from your boarding station.
Take the Harlem Line to Wassaic Station where the shuttle will meet the train that departs Grand Central at 9:47 AM and gets in at 12:10 PM.