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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Admire Blazing Fall Foliage in Poughkeepsie

Scope out riverscape views from the world’s longest pedestrian bridge and bike through bucolic woods in this revitalized Hudson Valley city.


1. Where to Stay

Enjoy the breakfast cooked by Culinary Institute grads at Le Petit Chateau.  

Enjoy a private fireplace and whirlpool tub in your room at the opulent Buttermilk Falls Inn & Spa, a 70-acre estate overlooking the Hudson (from $250). The elaborate on-site spa is a deal, offering hour-long facials for $100 and Swedish massages for $90. Complimentary tea and baked goods are served daily from 3 to 5 p.m.—the lavender for the pound cake is picked fresh from the on-site garden.

Sample local produce, cheeses, and meats at Le Petit Chateau Inn, a foodie-luring B&B located a half-mile from the Culinary Institute of America (from $175). Ingredients for breakfast are locally sourced, from the coffee beans to the eggs. Partake in a one-on-one cooking demonstration with a chef from the school at lunch or dinner (from $195).

Pedal through the Berkshire foothills at the Hilltop House Bed & Breakfast, where four complimentary bikes are available on a first-come basis (from $175). The five-room inn was renovated in April 2010 to include a modernized kitchen and Victorian décor throughout.

Stay within strolling distance of the scenic Walkway Over the Hudson—the world’s longest pedestrian bridge—at the Grand Hotel, a ten-story high-rise that’s just a few blocks from the entryway (from $109). Or opt for the more-modern 129-room Hampton Inn & Suites, which is ten minutes from the Walkway and offers a 15 percent discount if you book in advance (from $149).

Published on Sep 23, 2010 as a web exclusive.

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