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A Foodie’s Guide to Upstate New York

City dwellers have been social distancing this year, and it’s easy to feel the need to escape, even if just for a day. New Yorkers rejoice: Your sanity is just a short ride away.

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North AmericaUnited States1 day / June 2018

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Supporting local farmers while eating your way through upstate New York!

Remember to keep pandemic restrictions and precautions in mind

Itinerary Overview

The trip is, of course, a refreshing escape from the city, but perhaps more importantly, it is an experience that showcases how food tourism can empower the communities/destinations we visit. Local agriculture is a driving economic force and way of life in the Hudson Valley, and exploring the region through a food theme is a great way to support local farmers and entrepreneurs.

  • Day trip: McEnroe Organic Farm Market & Eatery
  • Day trip: Taconic Distillery
  • Day trip: Irving Farm New York
  • Day trip: Harney & Sons
  • Day trip: Crown Maple Estate

Q & A

  • What would you have changed?

    The pandemic has given rise to the popularity of domestic travel, and for New Yorkers looking for a safe, socially distanced getaway, Dutchess County offers quite the respite. That in mind, for any type of travel during the pandemic, make sure to keep safety precautions in mind (such as avoiding travel if you don’t feel well as well as well as respecting social distance etiquette). You can either opt to rent a car, or start your day from Grand Central station with a relaxing and scenic train ride upstate on Metro-North. From there, take a car to explore different destinations within the beautiful Dutchess County region.

  • Anything go wrong during the trip?

    Smooth sailing! Great escape for New Yorkers who are familiar with upstate or looking to travel for the first time – it's all pretty easy to get to and navigate.

  • What tips would you give a friend?

    Take the Metro-North up from the city! It's a budget-friendly and scenic ride, and you can rent a car once you're upstate.

  • Booking details?

    You shouldn't need bookings for anything, but call ahead and double check just in case any hours have changed due to limitations from the pandemic. If you want someone to help plan your trip, this post was inspired by EscapeMaker, a local tour company for day trips and weekend getaways from New York City, and you can look to them for more in-depth information on places to go and ways to support locals.