Hudson River Valley Wine Tours shows.Sept.1-30

DISCOVER Hudson River Valley Wine Tours,Sept.1-15, Sept.16-30 travel shows by LTR

Over 40 wineries and only 2-4 hours from NYC, the Hudson River Valley, perhaps the nation’s oldest wine producing region has a lot to offer.

Think any number of varietal, local foods, historical sites, charming lodges and inns, resorts, and fine hotels for a long weekend or a full week’s stay. Fall Foliage in late September thru-November is a classic time to discover any one off its 10 counties by train, bus or car.
Mohonk Mountain House is an “all inclusive” 150 year plus resort in New Paltz, for hiking, skiing, water sports,food and wine and more. It’s a Victorian castle with 259 rooms only 90 miles from NYC.
Also, the Thayer Hotel in West Point, right on-the Hudson, is a find. It’s a registered historical landmark. It’s been part of the U.S. Military Academy since 1928 but has turned private only recently. The rates are
a steal for an overnight or weekend. A new menu starts after Labor Day.

Visit nearby Brotherhood Winery, America’s oldest in Washingtonville and Warwick’s colonial homes.
There’s also the Storm King Mountain Arts Center for outdoor sculptures, Olana on-the Hudson, and Woodbury Commons for shopping to no end.

This Fall go apple picking, and find your best pumpkins, along with a sample of valley foods and wines from any number of Wine Tours and Food Fests, Oct-Dec.
There’s also a Garlic Festival, a Tulip Festival, the NY Renaissance Fair in Tuxedo, and a lot more.

So Uncork New York!. Go or try: and “I Love NY”.com. Last year over 20 million visitors found the Hudson River Valley and its noted wine trails the place to be.

Photos of Hudson Valley
Photos of Hudson Valley
A student chef at the Culinary Institute of America
Photos of Hudson Valley
A view of the lake at Mohonk Mountain House, New Paltz, NY
Photos of Hudson Valley
Brotherhood Winery, America’s oldest winery


Michael Zufolo
Editor/ LET’s Travel! Radio

Visit the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde park for food and wine also.Nearby is Boscobel, a rstored 18th century river house. Tours here and their annual Shakespeare Festival is famous.

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Hornblower blows ‘em away!

Thurs., July 4 aboard the Hornblower Esprit, celebrating Macy’s 4th, the nation’s 233rd Independence Day anniversary. What a night!

Hornblower Yachts owns up to having the largest number of luxury vessels in eight U.S. cities, including New York. The company has seven here ranging from the largest, the Infinity, at over 200’, accommodating up to 700, to the smallest, the Esprit, at 90’ , accommodating 80-100. Cruises are set lunch/ brunch and dinner, for a coterie of special events and private parties, corporate meetings, and weddings, of course! They serve both sit-down and buffet menus.. They also do After 5 cocktail cruises, and a host of charitable events. The company is headquartered in San Francisco, Ca. It’s now in its 40th year.

On the night we were on, the 4th, we were seated on the Sky Deck of the Esprit, a restored beauty. There were only seven tables on this top deck facing out and with a nicely appointed bar in front of us manned by Nicholas, a really talented barkeep, and with some soft jazz by DJ Mike, which later turned to Pop, Latin, Disc and Rock for or dancing pleasure. Gabriel was our Maitre’d and Oscar was our chef for the evening. Boy can this guy cook! Dinner started off with a plate of Blinis with Caviar, followed by a nice medley of Little Neck clams and oysters on the ½ shell, with a sampling of jumbo shrimp in the best salsa I’ve ever tasted ( I asked for a second. My apologies ). This was followed by a full serving of Agnolotti served Italian style over freshly baked cherry tomatoes and a very fresh salad of lettuce, celery, cucumber and more cherry tomatoes. The entrée: Lobster and Filet Mignon with a crab filling topped with a wild mushroom sauce. A bottle of Chandon white was offered to each guest complimentary. Ha! You can’t beat that! As for dessert, a chilled freshly baked apple strudel and chocolate dipped strawberries was the finale, with good coffee and an assortment of blended teas for the asking. And, yes, the bar was open for the entire 3 ½ hours we were on board. By the way, the company provides translaters for Spanish, Portuguese, Mandarin, Korean, French, German and Italian guests.

The yachts ail from Pier 15/ 75 South St. adjoining the South St. Seaport and Pier 40 on the West Side/ W. Houston St. and the Hudson River, from March thru-November with 10 daily departures, 7 days-a-week.

In New York they operate the Statue Cruises affiliate to both Ellis Island and Liberty Island State Park from the Battery Park Terminal on the Manhattan side, along with a Liberty Water Taxi service. They also serve the Metro New York area with a round-the-clock ferry service, the city’s first commuter ferry operation to points in Manhattan, Bklyn and Queens. In brief, the company is the world’s leading provider of high-speed ferry services. For more on Hornblower try: or 1-844TKTS, or phone 646-780.9693 or simply:



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