Autumn Explorations – Dutchess County

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by Evelyn J. Mocbeichel



Enjoy the beauty of nature and the wonderful season of the foliage colors by going for a drive. There is so much to do in our area, especially in Dutchess County. Only 90 minutes from New York City, the heart of historic Hudson Valley is ideal for apple and pumpkin picking and a host of seasonal activities to enjoy. The Dutchess County Tourism Bureau offers an extensive agenda of things to do for both outdoor enthusiasts and those who prefer indoor activities. Dutchess County offers arts and entertainment, kids activities, farmers markets, floral festivals, craft fairs, concerts, shopping, antique hunting and so much more!

While the weather still cooperates, you can hike, bike, golf, and do some boating and fishing. Dutchess County has wonderful sites to partake of any of these pleasurable outdoor pastimes. There are golf courses, all with breathtaking views to enjoy. For those that love hiking, combine it with something for your taste buds, especially if you are a wine aficionado. Try the tours and tastings along the Dutchess Wine Trail. No need to travel to California vineyards when we have beautiful ones right here on the east coast! Some of the sites along the wine trail offer weekend activities that include musical entertainment and fine food to accompany the wine tasting.

History abounds in the Hudson Valley, and no visit to the area would be complete without a taste of our legendary past. There are castles and historic homes that are national landmarks such as Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Hyde Park, the Vanderbilt Mansion and the Samuel Morse Home as well as more than twenty other fascinating sites. A visit to the Morse home (he is the inventor of Morse code and the telegraph) includes a landscape garden tour as well as a visitor’s center with his inventions and artworks on display.


There are too many events to list here that are planned for the next few months. Dutchess County has exhibits, contests, music, crafts, tractor pulls, and flea markets. Speaking of flea markets, one of the most famous sites for this is the Stormville Airport Antique Show and Flea Market where more than 600 vendors from across the nation display an enormous variety of antiques, collectibles, and new items.

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For more information about Dutchess County tourism call (845) 463-4000 or (800) 445-3131, or visit:

Invite a friend, or gather up the family and head outdoors and visit some of these wonderful sites. Autumn has arrived and it is time we go out and celebrate it!

September 27, 2017 |

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