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Area Activities

The Vassar Haiti Project (VHP) holds an annual sale and auction of Haitian paintings and handicrafts.

Come Early, Stay Late!

Planning for Families Weekend in the Hudson Valley? Consider coming early or staying longer to visit some of the many attractions in Dutchess County.

Arts in the Valley

Housed in a former Nabisco packaging facility, Dia: Beacon is the Dia Art Foundation’s renowned collection of art from the 1960s to the present. Take the exit for Route 9D off Interstate 84; go south on Route 9D to Beekman Street. Make a right onto Beekman Street and follow for a half-mile; the museum is on the right.

After your visit to the museum, head up Main Street in Beacon and visit Hudson Beach Glass, RiverWinds Gallery, and many art galleries and antique stores for your shopping pleasure. Visit the Dutchess County Art’s Council’s website for more information about arts in the Hudson Valley.

Antiquing and More

Unique collectibles, specialty foods,  precious antiques, equestrian apparel--you will find everything on your shopping list in Dutchess County. Exit Interstate 84 to the Taconic Parkway, north, to the village of Rhinebeck, where you’ll find great antiques, tack shops, and gourmet dining. http://dutchesstourism.com/listings/antique-shops/

Wind your way north on the Taconic Parkway and take a tour of the Millbrook Winery. Or head north on Route 9 and stop in Hyde Park to visit the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Estate or The Vanderbilt Mansion or take a quiet stroll around Valkill, the home of Eleanor Roosevelt (http://www.hydeparkny.us/Community/historicsites.html).


Dutchess County is home to the world’s premier culinary college, The Culinary Institute of America. Plan ahead to spend an evening at one of their many dining venues. Many of the CIA’s graduates have stayed in the valley and opened their own restaurants, many showcasing locally sourced and organic products. 

About the Area

For additional ideas about exploring the Hudson Valley, check out www.DutchessTourism.com. Enjoy!