FARM FRESH FOOD, WINE
& FINE TEA WEEKEND
Sunday September 18, 2011
You will buy your own ticket.
Please update if you are going. I will email my cell to people planning to attend.
Meet at GCT Under the big clock at 9:15AM
ONE DAY GATEWAY TRIP BY METRO NORTH AND GUIDED BUS. COST $32.50. SENIOR SLIGHTLY CHEAPER.
TRY TO BUY TICKET IN ADVANCE AND RESERVE SHUTTLE BUS
WE TAKE METRO NORTH TRAIN TO WASSIC STATION, WHERE WE WILL RIDE BY GUIDED BUS TO TRAVEL DIFFERENT LOCATION AS DETAILS BELOW.WE MEET AT 9.OO AM AT GRAND CENTRAL TERMINAL ON UPPER LEVEL AT INFO BOOTH UNDER THE CLOCK.
WE TAKE 9:48 AM TRAIN .WE GET TO WASSIC AT 12:07 PM.WHERE BUS IS WAITING FOR US TO TAKE ALL DIFFERENT LOCATION TO SEE AND THEN BRING BACK TO BECON STATION TO GET TRAIN AT 6:19 PM TO GET TO GRAND CENTRAL TERMINAL AT 8:40 PM
The Link meets the train leaving Grand Central Terminal at 9:48 a.m., arriving WASSIC 12:07 p.m. For the return trip, the bus brings you back to WASSIC Station to connect with the 6:19 p.m. train, arriving Grand Central Terminal at 8:40 p.m.
Board the Dutchess County Farm Fresh Link shuttle at Wassaic Station for excursions to the charming Village of Millerton, Cascade Winery, and McEnroe Organic Farm, all located in the scenic Hudson Valley.
Begin your day in *Millerton, home to the internationally acclaimed Harney & Sons Fine Teas. Step into the charming tea store and tasting room for a "cuppa" or cross the street for an up-close look at handcrafted art glass by Gilmor Glassworks. Stroll through the pastoral village shops and choose one of several dining locations (a coffeehouse/restaurant, Mexican or Chinese food, vegetarian - there's something for everyone) to enjoy lunch.
Your next stop will give you an up-close and personal tour of Cascade Winery located on 68 acres in the township of Amenia. Cascade Mountain was founded in the spring of 1972 by the Wetmore family who pioneered the production of premium table wines on the eastern side of the Hudson River. Bill, along with his wife Margaret and their three children Charles, Michael and Joan, planted the vineyard in 1972, built the winery in 1977, and opened the restaurant in 1985. Today, Cascade Mountain is a thriving business which features a full line of award-winning table wines and a highly rated restaurant. Customers come from all over the world to enjoy a few pleasant hours on top of the Berkshire foothills accompanied by some of the best food and wine to be found in the Hudson River Valley. Tasting fee $7.00 (will be collected at the winery).
Check out the best that Mother Nature provides at McEnroe Organic Farm, where you'll learn first-hand about organic farming and composting. You'll tour the 700 acres and see cows, turkeys, llamas, fields of vegetables, and greenhouses fueled by corn and more! At the end of your tour peruse the gourmet delicacies at the full-service farm market and bring home some special treats.
You'll also have the opportunity to sample locally made artisanal cheeses from The Amazing Real Live Food Company (based in nearby Pine Plains... www.amazingreallive.com) from the Victualers at the McEnroe Market. The Chaseholm Farm Creamery is a small cheese making operation and the home of the Amazing Real Live Food Co. Chaseholm is a family run dairy farm that manages a 50-head milking herd of registered Holsteins. It is from the beautiful milk of these cows that produces probiotic cheeses and fine, artisanal cheeses (Fresh Herbed Farmer's Cheese, Queso Blancos, Chaseholm Camembert, Moonlight Chaource, and Stella Vallis Tomme).
The Dutchess County Farm Fresh Link shuttle will transport you to the various locations and bring you back to Wassaic Station for the trip home. Reservations for the Farm Fresh Link shuttle are required in advance by calling[masked]-3131. Reservations must be made at least 48 hours in advance. Once you've made your reservation, purchase your rail and shuttle ticket at any Metro-North station with a ticket office, at all full-service Ticket Machines (except Wassaic Station). I WILL TRY TO RESERVE FOR GROUP BUT CALL TO RESERVE FOR YOURSELF.
Some activities may require an additional fee. For more information visit www.dutchesstourism.com.
*Dutchess County Tourism has the right to substitute a farm or related itinerary stop to ensure the quality of the overall program and the individual getaway experience.
- On sale August 27. Discount round-trip rail fare from your boarding station PLUS
- Discount shuttle transportation to/from Wassaic Station and all venues included in the package: adults/seniors/children 5-11, $5; children under 5, free.
Take the Harlem Line to Wassaic Station. The bus will meet the train departing Grand Central Terminal at 9:48 a.m., arriving Wassaic Station at 12:07 p.m. When you get to Wassaic Station, your "Farm Fresh" shuttle will be waiting in the bus area. Check here for an ITINERARY.