Between the Big Apple and Albany lies a landscape of red, white and blue. The red grapes of America's oldest vineyard. The white limestone mansions of "Millionaire's Row." The blue Hudson River, your constant companion on this vibrantly colored journey into the heart of the Empire State, one of the country's most historic and captivating regions.
1 Get your first glimpse of the Hudson Valley's quaint towns, exquisite summer homes and beautiful woodland Enjoy a tasting and see how maple syrup is made from bark to barrel at a family-owned farm Ride past acres of farmland, horses, green pastures and white church steeples to Beacon, the town named after mountaintop fires set to warn General George Washington, across the Hudson, that the British were coming.
2 Ride past farmland and wine and cider houses to Dubois Farms where they grow everything from plums and peaches to eggplant and pumpkins—you can even sample fresh apple cider or craft beer from their tavern Pedal rolling hills sprinkled with apple trees, vineyards, flower gardens and posh homes Stop in Marlboro for a wine tasting overlooking the historic Hudson River Valley—this 37-acre estate lays claim to the oldest vineyard in America.
3 Follow tranquil side roads alongside the Hudson River including a section of the Dutchess Rail Trail and its Walkway over the Hudson—the longest elevated pedestrian bridge in the world and rising 200 feet above the river In Hyde Park, pay a visit to the acclaimed Culinary Institute of America Stop by the FDR Museum for a look at rarely seen artifacts conveying the story of the Roosevelt era A ride within the vast and beautiful Vanderbilt gardens is certain to be a highlight.
4-5 Superb vistas of the Catskill Mountains are yours to enjoy as you bike the wide paved path around Ashokan Reservoir Linger over lunch in legendary Woodstock The town's wonderful array of galleries, shops and cafés may tempt you to stay awhile! On foot, follow a secluded path to the picturesque Saugerties Lighthouse, built in 1869 on the banks of the Hudson River Head out for a final spin through rolling hills dotted with horse farms.