Hiking & Exploring 2 Wineries, Breweries or Distilleries
Mount Beacon hiking
About the Mount Beacon Hike (Other hiking options available as well)
See the Hudson River in all its beauty starting the day with a morning moderate to difficult 2 1/2-mile (4 km) round trip hike up and down Mount Beacon! We'll be 2,210 feet (.67 km) above sea level and this approximate 2 1/2-hour round trip hike (this includes time for pictures at the top) will certainly make you marvel at the highest summit in the Hudson Valley. Gorgeous views await you at one of the most popular hiking destinations in the Hudson Valley! This hike is switchback trails (back and forth trails) walking up steep hills. It will certainly make you sweat and work, however it's well worth it!
*Other hiking options are also available of course. This above featured hike is just an example. Some of the other choices to choose from our:
- a llama/alpaca/goat hike on a local Dutchess County farm
- The Walkway Over the Hudson in Poughkeepsie
- Franny Reese State Park in Highland
- Long Dock Park in Beacon
- Lake Minnewaska and/or Awosting Falls (Minnewaska State Park) in Gardiner
- Vanderbilt Mansion outdoor grounds, Hyde Park
About Benmarl Winery- America's oldest vineyard!
Enjoy some delicious wine! Nestled in the farming town of Marlboro, NY and overlooking the historic Hudson Valley, this 37-acre estate lays claim to the oldest vineyard in America! They actually have the first official New York State Farming License! Although history runs deep here, it is the tireless commitment to quality and consistency that has made Benmarl one of the premier wineries in the Hudson Valley. New York wines are making a name for themselves on the world stage and Benmarl Winery is proud to be one of the leaders in that movement.
Benmarl Winery Pictures
Nostrano Vineyards is a family run 75-acre farm, vineyard and winery in the Hudson Valley. The tasting room sits atop a picturesque hill overlooking a serene farm and vineyard vista. Enjoy their wines, local cheese boards and other delicious food options as well as their regular live music. This is a great spot for lunch! Relax indoors in the beautiful rustic tasting bar, al fresco on their patio or on their lawn taking in the beautiful Hudson Valley views! Be sure to try their famous wine slushies (aka Froze') on a warm day! They are highly recommended!
*wineries may be substituted for breweries/distilleries upon request.
*other wineries may be substituted for the above shown wineries based upon availability/itinerary. These are just 2 examples. This area has 11 farm style wineries/breweries in just one town! Fjord, Locust Grove, Bad Seed, Weed's, Hudson Wildflower, Kedem, Quartz Rock, Sonny Weed's, Stoutridge, Benmarl and Nostrano's.
*this is usually a 7 to 8 hour day. You'll get 1.5 to 2 hours at each winery/brewery/distillery.