Hiking and Exploring 2 Wineries, Breweries or Distilleries
Mount Beacon hiking
About the Mount Beacon Hike
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 walking up steep hills. It will certainly make you sweat and work, however it's well worth it! Easier hiking options are also available which include:
About Benmarl Winery- America's oldest vineyard! Marlboro, NY
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- Marlboro, NY
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 food options as well as their regular live music. Relax indoors in the beautiful rustic tasting bar, their wedding venue barn or al fresco on their patio, taking in the beautiful Hudson Valley views! Be sure to try their famous wine slushies on a warm day!
Alternative to Mount Beacon hike or additional option: Llama, alpaca, goat walk- Hyde Park, NY
Meet some of the most personable and charismatic llamas, alpacas and goats in The Hudson Valley. This unique outdoor adventure is gaining in popularity and has been quoted as “The Best Day Ever”…by many of our visitors. Your visit will begin with a brief tour of the farm and introductions to some of the smaller friends (i.e. Pygoras goats, Sheep and overly friendly Barn Cats) with a short story of the 1850 homestead. The Historic Hudson Valley farm is on 25 acres and is located in Dutchess County approximately 25 minutes north of Poughkeepsie, NY.
Your Guide will assign you a llama, alpaca or goat on a hike through gentle pastures and wooded areas while encouraging llama, alpaca and goat selfies along the way. The hike is a mile round trip on groomed and maintained trails. You'll have time at the end to stop by the Farm Store and find some special farm items and mementos.