David’s guidebook

David

David’s guidebook

Sightseeing
A historic rail trestle is now the longest elevated pedestrian crossing in the world at 1.28 miles, just five minutes from our front door. Stop for Neapolitan-style pizzas at Lolita's, just off the bridge on the Poughkeepsie side.
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Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park
87 Haviland Road
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A historic rail trestle is now the longest elevated pedestrian crossing in the world at 1.28 miles, just five minutes from our front door. Stop for Neapolitan-style pizzas at Lolita's, just off the bridge on the Poughkeepsie side.
Just three minutes from the house and you're in protected woodland above the Mid-Hudson Bridge, miles of trails to explore, the ruins of a beautiful old stone house, plus access to the bridge's pedestrian pathway, the Walkway Over The Hudson, and miles of riverfront to explore. A local favorite.
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Franny Reese State Park
Macks Lane
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Just three minutes from the house and you're in protected woodland above the Mid-Hudson Bridge, miles of trails to explore, the ruins of a beautiful old stone house, plus access to the bridge's pedestrian pathway, the Walkway Over The Hudson, and miles of riverfront to explore. A local favorite.
The National Park Service takes good care of this gigantic piece of property that has helped keep Poughkeepsie from sprawling too far north. Not only is the library and home located here, there’s a whole network of well-maintained trails, including one leading through the woods and up to Eleanor’s secluded cottage. You don’t have to be interested in the history to enjoy the property. No charge to park—only for the tours, if you elect for those.
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Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum
4079 Albany Post Road
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The National Park Service takes good care of this gigantic piece of property that has helped keep Poughkeepsie from sprawling too far north. Not only is the library and home located here, there’s a whole network of well-maintained trails, including one leading through the woods and up to Eleanor’s secluded cottage. You don’t have to be interested in the history to enjoy the property. No charge to park—only for the tours, if you elect for those.
One of the country's finest private parks—absolutely massive, so many trails to choose from, you could spend weeks exploring. Famously attracts rock climbers from all over. The closest trailhead (Testimonial Gateway, 20 mins drive) is also one of the least likely to be full on weekends; most hikers prefer to get as high up the ridge as possible before starting, missing out on some gorgeous preserved farmland with sweeping ridge views. Note: Day passes aren't cheap; most people in the area buy the very affordable annual pass and go over and over again.
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Mohonk Preserve
3197 Route 44 55
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One of the country's finest private parks—absolutely massive, so many trails to choose from, you could spend weeks exploring. Famously attracts rock climbers from all over. The closest trailhead (Testimonial Gateway, 20 mins drive) is also one of the least likely to be full on weekends; most hikers prefer to get as high up the ridge as possible before starting, missing out on some gorgeous preserved farmland with sweeping ridge views. Note: Day passes aren't cheap; most people in the area buy the very affordable annual pass and go over and over again.
West Coast vibes, East Coast history. One of the Hudson Valley's most popular villages, just fifteen minutes' drive. Much of what's here caters heavily to transient trade (college students and day trippers), but there are some gems: Lunch on the patio at Lola's and/or Runa Bistro, the bookstores (yes, plural) of Church Street, chocolate at Krause's, and casual seafood dinners at Gadaleto's, our long-running local fish market. Huguenot Street's rich heritage and beautiful stone architecture is a must for history buffs.
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New Paltz
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West Coast vibes, East Coast history. One of the Hudson Valley's most popular villages, just fifteen minutes' drive. Much of what's here caters heavily to transient trade (college students and day trippers), but there are some gems: Lunch on the patio at Lola's and/or Runa Bistro, the bookstores (yes, plural) of Church Street, chocolate at Krause's, and casual seafood dinners at Gadaleto's, our long-running local fish market. Huguenot Street's rich heritage and beautiful stone architecture is a must for history buffs.
20 mins away. Lately, it seems there’s barely a block left in this compact, very old city that isn’t home to a renovation project—after half a century of being largely overlooked, nobody's more surprised than the locals. Explore Liberty Street’s growing selection of shops and restaurants, stop by Newburgh Brewing Company with its sweeping views of the river and Hudson Highlands, join the crowds at Hudson Taco in the old train station, or go old-school at the ultra-classic Tony’s Lunch, or local favorite Pete’s Hot Dogs.
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Newburgh
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20 mins away. Lately, it seems there’s barely a block left in this compact, very old city that isn’t home to a renovation project—after half a century of being largely overlooked, nobody's more surprised than the locals. Explore Liberty Street’s growing selection of shops and restaurants, stop by Newburgh Brewing Company with its sweeping views of the river and Hudson Highlands, join the crowds at Hudson Taco in the old train station, or go old-school at the ultra-classic Tony’s Lunch, or local favorite Pete’s Hot Dogs.
One of the country's finest historic resorts, just up the road. Hike in from the Preserve, or book a day visit—expensive, but a fraction of the cost of actually staying there. Definitely worth going at least once. Reserve breakfast (the best value) or a spa treatment and then spend the day exploring the property. There's no place quite like Mohonk.
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Mohonk Mountain House
1000 Mountain Rest Road
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One of the country's finest historic resorts, just up the road. Hike in from the Preserve, or book a day visit—expensive, but a fraction of the cost of actually staying there. Definitely worth going at least once. Reserve breakfast (the best value) or a spa treatment and then spend the day exploring the property. There's no place quite like Mohonk.
Food scene
Drinks with a view. The most popular orchard right here in the village (which maintains a presence year round at the NYC greenmarkets) has recently opened a brewery with river views from the patio. Just a five minute walk away.
Locust Grove Brewing Company
162 North Road
Drinks with a view. The most popular orchard right here in the village (which maintains a presence year round at the NYC greenmarkets) has recently opened a brewery with river views from the patio. Just a five minute walk away.
Well-prepared, excellent value weekday meals and snacks at the popular (and gorgeous) Apple Pie Cafe, reservation-only dinners at Bocuse and so many other restaurants—it’s all student-operated dining, but we’ve been going here for decades and it’s always an interesting experience. Beautiful grounds along the Hudson River worth strolling; the campus mess hall, known as The Egg, is open to the public as well, including on weekends. Barely over ten minutes from the house.
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The Culinary Institute of America
1946 Campus Drive
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Well-prepared, excellent value weekday meals and snacks at the popular (and gorgeous) Apple Pie Cafe, reservation-only dinners at Bocuse and so many other restaurants—it’s all student-operated dining, but we’ve been going here for decades and it’s always an interesting experience. Beautiful grounds along the Hudson River worth strolling; the campus mess hall, known as The Egg, is open to the public as well, including on weekends. Barely over ten minutes from the house.

Some of the country’s longest-running wineries are practically right around the corner; one of the Hudson Valley’s best, however, is also one of its newest, a side project that is turning heads far beyond the region for low-intervention, distinctive whites and reds. Always check their Instagram or call ahead to confirm that they're open to visitors, but when they are, tastings and bottle sales are available. Bonus: A gorgeous location, right up the hill.
Fjord Vineyards
251 Ridge Road
Some of the country’s longest-running wineries are practically right around the corner; one of the Hudson Valley’s best, however, is also one of its newest, a side project that is turning heads far beyond the region for low-intervention, distinctive whites and reds. Always check their Instagram or call ahead to confirm that they're open to visitors, but when they are, tastings and bottle sales are available. Bonus: A gorgeous location, right up the hill.
Long celebrated as America’s first (and still its second largest) apple capital (ask about our favorite orchard if you’re looking to buy apples from late August-late November, a longer drive but always well worth the journey), the Hudson Valley is now majorly into hard cider. There are some fantastic finds on our back roads, from Bad Seed to Weed Orchards to Brooklyn Cider House; many of the cider houses offer light meals or run a pizza oven on the weekends, making for a nice evening out.
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Bad Seed Cider Co
43 Baileys Gap Rd
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Long celebrated as America’s first (and still its second largest) apple capital (ask about our favorite orchard if you’re looking to buy apples from late August-late November, a longer drive but always well worth the journey), the Hudson Valley is now majorly into hard cider. There are some fantastic finds on our back roads, from Bad Seed to Weed Orchards to Brooklyn Cider House; many of the cider houses offer light meals or run a pizza oven on the weekends, making for a nice evening out.
Tucked into the orchards just a short drive west of the house, you get big Shawangunk Ridge views from the covered patio and creative German cooking here. There’s a great bar and during the daytime, a bakery counter worth checking out up front. A local favorite.
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Gunk Haus
387 South Street
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Tucked into the orchards just a short drive west of the house, you get big Shawangunk Ridge views from the covered patio and creative German cooking here. There’s a great bar and during the daytime, a bakery counter worth checking out up front. A local favorite.
Just a few minutes north of here, a historic monastery has become our area's newest distillery, producing Black Creek Whiskey. The bar has a nice riverfront deck; a boutique hotel will open soon and hopefully increase the now limited food offerings as well.
The Hudson House & Distillery
1835 Route 9W
Just a few minutes north of here, a historic monastery has become our area's newest distillery, producing Black Creek Whiskey. The bar has a nice riverfront deck; a boutique hotel will open soon and hopefully increase the now limited food offerings as well.
(May-Nov) One of a few orchards in the country firmly committed to growing heirloom or antique apples, on a historic Hudson River estate, owned by Bard College. The student-run stand is beautifully curated and a must-stop in season; things reach a fever pitch during the apple harvest—pies, cider and donuts are all top-notch as well. Worth the half-hour, mostly scenic drive; make a day trip of it with stops in Rhinebeck (see below), a cultural event at Bard, or a good workout on the trails at Poet’s Walk Park, an old estate grounds offering beautiful views of the Catskill Mountains. In season, ice cream at Fortunes in Tivoli is some of the best in the state.
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Montgomery Place Orchards Farmstand
4330 NY-9G
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(May-Nov) One of a few orchards in the country firmly committed to growing heirloom or antique apples, on a historic Hudson River estate, owned by Bard College. The student-run stand is beautifully curated and a must-stop in season; things reach a fever pitch during the apple harvest—pies, cider and donuts are all top-notch as well. Worth the half-hour, mostly scenic drive; make a day trip of it with stops in Rhinebeck (see below), a cultural event at Bard, or a good workout on the trails at Poet’s Walk Park, an old estate grounds offering beautiful views of the Catskill Mountains. In season, ice cream at Fortunes in Tivoli is some of the best in the state.
Our favorite grocery store and a perfect place to buy local cheeses—easily the best selection for many a mile. A Hudson Valley institution, and worth the short ride over the bridge. The in-store cafe makes one of the best (and cheapest) no-fuss breakfasts within a fifteen minute drive of the house.
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Adams Fairacre Farms
765 Dutchess Turnpike
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Our favorite grocery store and a perfect place to buy local cheeses—easily the best selection for many a mile. A Hudson Valley institution, and worth the short ride over the bridge. The in-store cafe makes one of the best (and cheapest) no-fuss breakfasts within a fifteen minute drive of the house.
Neighborhoods
Most day trippers pass by our historic village on the main road without even knowing it’s here—features include an excellent public library, a handful of businesses including a popular deli and bakery, a fine old wooden church and other notable historic architecture. Bonus: For drinks, snacks, a limited selection of groceries and the Hudson Valley’s favorite affordable ice cream, Stewart’s is a short walk up the hill. Our local park is also a short walk—turn left and walk straight down to the Hudson River, watching for cars as you round the curves; besides the restored historic train station, there are two docks extending out into the river, one with a large picnic table. Extend your walk by heading down Old Indian Trail, a secluded road that doesn't get much traffic, perched right above the river.
Milton
Most day trippers pass by our historic village on the main road without even knowing it’s here—features include an excellent public library, a handful of businesses including a popular deli and bakery, a fine old wooden church and other notable historic architecture. Bonus: For drinks, snacks, a limited selection of groceries and the Hudson Valley’s favorite affordable ice cream, Stewart’s is a short walk up the hill. Our local park is also a short walk—turn left and walk straight down to the Hudson River, watching for cars as you round the curves; besides the restored historic train station, there are two docks extending out into the river, one with a large picnic table. Extend your walk by heading down Old Indian Trail, a secluded road that doesn't get much traffic, perched right above the river.
Arts & Culture
The Hudson Valley’s flagship performing arts center, just over the bridge, (8-9 mins, max), housed in the oldest continuously operating theater in the state of New York. Home to the Hudson Valley Philharmonic, plus lots of great concerts and theater, author talks (David Sedaris, Alan Cumming, and many more this past year) and the Met Live in HD. (If you’ve never experienced it, it’s like going to the movies to see live opera. Affordable and fun.) Ask for our current recommendations for pre-theater meals in downtown Poughkeepsie, things are ever-changing on that front since the pandemic.
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BARDAVON
35 Market Street
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The Hudson Valley’s flagship performing arts center, just over the bridge, (8-9 mins, max), housed in the oldest continuously operating theater in the state of New York. Home to the Hudson Valley Philharmonic, plus lots of great concerts and theater, author talks (David Sedaris, Alan Cumming, and many more this past year) and the Met Live in HD. (If you’ve never experienced it, it’s like going to the movies to see live opera. Affordable and fun.) Ask for our current recommendations for pre-theater meals in downtown Poughkeepsie, things are ever-changing on that front since the pandemic. 

Art and music and barn vibes along the rapids of Lattintown Creek, just in the next village (Marlboro). People drive from all over for the shows and the scene—definitely take a look at their calendar and see what's happening while you're here. No cover, best for drinks, the patio is tremendous in season.
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The Falcon
1348 U.S. 9W
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Art and music and barn vibes along the rapids of Lattintown Creek, just in the next village (Marlboro). People drive from all over for the shows and the scene—definitely take a look at their calendar and see what's happening while you're here. No cover, best for drinks, the patio is tremendous in season.