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Heip with several weekend trips to the Hudson River Valley

Heip with several weekend trips to the Hudson River Valley

Old Jun 9th, 2010, 11:24 AM
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Heip with several weekend trips to the Hudson River Valley

I need some help in planning our trips to the Hudson River Valley. I will be working for several weeks in Cooperstown NY. Last year we covered most of the upper state and western NY. I will be working the same job from Mid Aug. till Labor Day.. This year we have 2 or 3 weekends to see the sights. We will be flying out of Albany on Sept. 6th. The Labor Day will provide a Friday afternoon ( I get off work at 3pm ) till Monday time frame. The other two weekends will be from Friday afternoon till Sunday night. We have a rental car .
I thought I would go to the Lower Hudson on the longest weekend. I have a room at the Monday time frame. The other two weekends will be from Friday afternoon till Sunday night. We have a rental car.
I thought I would go to the Lower Hudson on the longest weekend. I have a room at the Sheraton in Tarrytown for Friday night. Hope to see Kykuit Sat. morning and then spend some time in some of the towns (??) on a slow drive up to Storm king Art Center. Late afternoon we are looking for a area to see and then spend the night in the Beacon –Fishkill area. Sunday I need help with working my way towards Albany. The Boscobel Restoration looks good and also Diaeacon. Sunday night will be spent in Albany by the airport.
On a two day weekend we plan to drive from Cooperstown to the Hyde Park area. We have a Hotel in Poughkeepie for Friday and Sat. I have tour tickets for FDR @ 930am on Sat.
I think I might have a 3rd weekend to help with the Middle Hudson Valley.
I’m somewhat overwhelmed by the amount of sights and trying to figure “real” driving time. THANK YOU for any help .
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Old Jun 9th, 2010, 12:17 PM
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You're planning too much for that first Saturday. Kykuit, lunch and Storm King in themselves make for a full--and rewarding--day. As for Kykuit, I'd plan on taking the tour (or tours) which cover both the mansion and the outdoor area.
For your Saturday in Hyde Park, it would make sense to add lunch or dinner at the Culinary Institute and a visit to the Vanderbilt Mansion.
Boscobel and DIA Beacon are also excellent choices.
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Old Jun 10th, 2010, 07:46 AM
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If it helps at all, Cooperstown - Tarrytown is about 3 1/2 hours, I went to school in Oneonta and did volunteer work in Cooperstown, know the route well!

I think your plans are good for Kykuit/Storm King, as long as you get an early start. See Kykuit in the AM, have lunch in TT and head to Storm King by 1:00 ish. If you run out of time, you could stay near West Point, then Storm King/Beacon the next day. We do day trips from Tarrytown - Beacon all the time.

For your second trip, I agree about the CIA for lunch or dinner, and to see the Vanderbilt Mansion.

For your third trip, you might want to cross over into Mass and see the Berkshires....or, check out the Hudson River Valley web-site: http://www.hudsonrivervalley.com/Home.aspx

One more idea would be a trip through the wine trail around the New Paltz area. There are also nice trails/parks in this area. Probably about a 2 hour drive from Albany.

Have fun!
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Old Jun 10th, 2010, 10:28 AM
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Thanks for the info...I will get a early tour time for Kykuit. Lunch at the CIA should be great ! Thanks again for the responce.
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Old Jun 10th, 2010, 10:33 AM
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Hi jsolo, not a tremendously helpful post but while you're in Cooperstown check out the Ommegang Brewery, and the last time my husband and I made it up there without kids we had a fabulous meal at Alex & Ika's - they have this crazy thing they do to the tomatoes in the salad (the salad!!) that had my husband and I fighting over them. Enjoy your adventuring!
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Old Jun 10th, 2010, 11:02 AM
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The CIA is a great suggestion. Just in case you decide to do something more casual, this is perhaps my favorite casual greek restaurant, and it is in Tarrytown. We always bring a jar of their salad dressing home. If only I could source their fresh pita!
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Old Jun 11th, 2010, 08:14 PM
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My wife and I went to the Ommegang Brewery last year. Going back this year and gettng one of their hats! The Greek restaurant in Tarrytown sounds great.
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Old Jun 12th, 2010, 04:20 AM
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You have received good advice above. Here are my thoughts.

Short weekend - Poughkeepsie base/Hyde Park area. There are several Marriott co hotels, and a relatively new Hampton Inn (or maybe it's a Hilton Garden Inn - all on the same RT9, none more or less convenient than the others. Visit FDR, Vanderbilt, CIA. I would add in a stroll over the walkway over the Hudson at POK. http://walkway.org/ Avoid the middle of the afternoon if you can as it gets crowded (esp parking).

Long weekend -
Fri. Tarrytown hotel
Sat. Kykuit & Storm King in one day. IMO the towns in the lower Hudson aren't really worth a stop to see. Saturday Beacon/Fishkill area. Saturday night you could take in the last show of the season of the HV Shakeaspeare festival at Boscobel - Sat 9/5 is Taming of the Shrew.

https://hvshakespeare.org/db/index.taf. You can get a picnic lunch (BYO or buy from them ahead of time or maybe you can buy there).

Sunday - you could visit the Dia, stop in the villages of Rhinebeck and Hudson on your way north to Albany. You could also visit some of the sights in Albany area. The Erie canal is quite close to the airport and there are miles of walking & bike trails within 10min of the airport. I like to see the locks in action & labor day will be an active weekend, assuming the weather is nice.

If you need hotel and/or restaurant reco's for Fishkill/Beacon/Cold Spring let me know. $ to $$$, BBQ, Mexican, Italian, and steak house are some good options.

Ditto for POK area restaurants - let me know & I'll chime in.

Driving distances. Tarrytown to Storm King is 30min or so. Storm King to Beacon, also about 30min. Beacon to Albany is 90min by highway, 2hrs if you travel via rt 9 without stopping. If you didn't get a chance to visit the walkway on your POK weekend, you could stop by on your way north. Not much else right in POK worth seeing, truly.

3rd weekend.
May not be worth a return visit all the way to the Hudson area. From Cooperstown you could reach Woodstock much faster than Poughkeepsie. If you like live music there are many venues in Woodstock. The Colony cafe is one of them. www.colonycafe.com. Quite a few restaurants in Woodstock as well, but I'm not familiar with them enough to recommend. The village of New Paltz is also nearby. If you like hiking & vistas, there is some nice hiking just west of New Paltz. a) state park (Lake Minneswaska), b) just before LM park is the Shawangunks - very popular rock climbing cliffs with a nice loop trail around the east and west sides, or c) the private reserve/resort of Mohonk Mtn house. You need to pay to even enter the grounds to hike, but the resort is supposed to be quite nice, but also pricey. www.mohonk.com
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Old Jun 13th, 2010, 01:47 PM
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For your third weekend, depending on what are your interests, you may want to do a stop in quaint and historic New Paltz, home of America's oldest street. You can eat great food at the Village TeaRoom Restaurant & Bake Shop or the Harvest Cafe who both have an exquisite farm-to-table seasonal menu.

If you enjoy the outdoors, a visit to the Mohonk Preserve (somewhat adjacent to the Mohonk Mountain House) is filled with world-class hikes and views.

So much to do... so little time!

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Old Jun 14th, 2010, 11:10 AM
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Thanks for the nice long post J62. Your time and knowledge has helped my plan really take shape. You and HVtraveler have gotten me to take a second look at New Paltz . I had kind of overlooked that town in my first reserch.
Thanks to ALL for your advice ! What a great Forum.
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