Hudson River Valley Wine Trail tour

Lots to see and do this Fall in the Hudson River Valley after Labor Day.
Over 40 major wineries in 10 counties from Westchester to Renssalear. Drive from 2-4 hours along the Hudson River
on either side. Thanks to our guest ride from BMW’s Mini Cooper group, we were able to fast drive safe and sound with miles to spare. Over 30 MPG,in fact, with the top down on this 5-speed all weather drive train.
Fast, smooth, and easy-to-handle.
A real pleasure to drive.

The HRV Wine Trails extens more than 150 miles up river. You’ll need a map to discover all the sites and sounds while traveling. For this Hudson Valley Tourism, Inc. can assist you. Try for info
or call 800-232.4782. It falls under the state’s ” I LOVE NEW YORK”
umbrella.It’s a great way to go.But for wine there’s UNCORK New York!
It’s a trade group for the New York Wine & Grape Foundation. Try

HRV Wine Trails are older than CA’s. Wines and spirits were produced in NYS 100 years before CA, around 1627 by French Huegenots who first settled here. Brotherhood Winery is the nation’s oldest, around 1837.

You’ll find the Dutchess Wine Trail on the east side of the Hudson, the Shawanagut Wine Trail on the west side of the Hudson, and the Berkshire Wine Trail on the northern tier of the Hudson.Apple trails also abound in the HRV after Labor Day as NYS is one of the nation’s larges producers.Discover the Hudson Valley Apple Trail, a 25 mile loop through Ulster County. Every county has its own.There’s also Octoberfest throughout the valley. There’s Orchards of Concklin in Pomona, Hurd’s Family Farm in Modena, Terhune Orchards in in Salt Point, Love Apple Farm in Ghent. Applewood Orchards in Warwick, and Indian Ladderr Farms in Altamont. Corn,too. Discover the Mystery Corn Maze at Hullo Farms in Durham and Kettle Farms in Hoosick. Tours are available.And pumpkin picking is everywhere you find it throughout the valley.
It all starts after Labor Day.

Michael Zufolo
Editor/ Let’s Travel! Radio

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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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