Contributed by Dutchess Tourism.
Nestled in the heart of the Hudson River Valley, Dutchess County is just 90 minutes from New York City or Albany.
Agritourists love Dutchess County! From simple farm-market picnics to gourmet meals at The Culinary Institute of America’s four restaurants, dining in Dutchess is always an event. The Culinary Institute of America, the world-renowned training center for professional chefs, is the centerpiece of Dutchess County’s extraordinary food and wine offerings. Try French cuisine reimagined and brought up-to-date at their newly opened Bocuse Restaurant. Sign up for a weekend class or boot camp and recreate the meals at home. Learn while enjoying themed lunches and dinners during their Winter Dining Series. The school provides a steady supply of graduates, who practice their art from one end of the county to the other, so dining in our restaurants is a never-ending delight. Look for our Hudson Valley Restaurant Weeks each spring and fall.
One reason Dutchess restaurants are so special can be traced to the terrific variety of produce and vegetables yielded by the area’s rich, well-drained soil. More and more restaurateurs are developing distinct regional menus featuring locally grown products that afford a special just-picked taste and texture. Tour and taste at four award-winning wineries. Savor freshly-made cheeses and breads and meet friendly farm animals at our pick-your-own farms. Farmers’ markets and farm stands that dot the countryside let you bring some of the bounty home. Discover such high-quality products as Crown Maple Syrup from Madava Farms, served at President Obama’s 2013 Inaugural Luncheon, and Harney & Sons Fine Tea, who were commissioned to create a 2011 Royal Wedding Tea by the Historic Royal Palaces organization.
Hudson Valley Restaurant Week is Nov. 2-15 and offers an extraordinary opportunity for restaurants to showcase their best creations, attract new patrons and delight regular customers. It’s become the valley’s largest, most successful dining event. Participating restaurants offer a three-course, prix-fixe dinner menu for $29.95 per person and may offer a three-course lunch menu for $20.95 per person (plus tax, beverage and gratuity). Restaurants are encouraged to feature Hudson Valley products on the menu.
Enjoy a taste of history, a world-class meal, and a full menu of outdoor recreation, surrounded by outstanding natural beauty. Come find out what makes us “Distinctly Dutchess!”
Three New Breweries Open: create your own craft beer trail! Why not take a day to tour and taste at several newly-opened Dutchess breweries? These three join our already established brewpubs, Hyde Park Brewing Company and Mill House Brewing Company in Poughkeepsie. Take home hand-crafted ale in a growler to share later. And be sure to look for our distillers, brewers and vintners at Craft Beer Fests, and Wine and Food Festivals, throughout the Hudson Valley! You can take the train to both Beacon and Poughkeepsie; see Metro-North’s schedules.
North River Hops & Brewing: Although established in 2012, North River gives off the feel of an 1800s general store. The family-owned brewery offers free samples after the purchase of a $4 tasting glass, and the ability to take some freshly-brewed beer home. Located in Wappingers Falls.
2 Way Brewing Company: Named for how the Hudson River (a tidal estuary) flows, 2 Way Brewing Company offers great beer made from their own special strain of yeast. Enjoy great company a casual place to sit, relax and enjoy works by local artists on exhibit. Located in Beacon.
Blue Collar Brewing Company: An old factory/warehouse was renovated to become a brewpub by a father and son, but it still has that working class feel. Blue Collar Brewing offers a variety of beers (and NYS wines), as well as a casual dining menu divided up into shifts; your appetizers, meals, and desserts. Located in Poughkeepsie.
Dutch’s Spirits at Harvest Homestead Farm is opening soon in Pine Plains!