Two hours north of New York, on the east side of the Taconic Parkway, it's possible to not only visit iconic Hudson Valley farms but also return to the city with a cooler full of goodies, and appetites satiated by wonderful meals at the region's restaurants.
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Unlike Hudson and the Rhinebeck areas, where restaurants may well be the focus of a weekend trip, a visit to Chatham and its neighboring towns, Old Chatham, Kinderhook, and Ghent should perhaps focus on the beautiful farms and products from the region. (It's a good idea to have a cooler in your trunk to collect the goodies you'll want to bring home!)
There is no lack of entertainment in and around Rhinebeck, the pretty little town about an hour and forty-five minutes north of New York. Between grand estates, lovely hikes, welness centers, Gehri-designed art performance center, and even a very cool art film theater, New Yorkers will find plenty to do during a weekend or day trip. But who really needs entertainment when there is so much to eat in Rhinebeck, Red Hook and Tivoli?
Whether you're looking for an escape from New York City or coming in from elsewhere, the Hudson River Valley presents us with many opportunities to enjoy nature, culture and great food as well, as many well-trained and experienced chefs choose to settle in the region to benefit from and support local agriculture. Check out some of our favorites eats.