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A Taste of the Hudson Valley

Program Number: 12545RJ
Start and End Dates:
6/22/2014 - 6/27/2014;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Newburgh, New York
Price starting at: $645.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Food & Wine Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Low Salt; Gluten Free; Vegetarian    

Explore the elegant Culinary Institute of America located in a picturesque former Jesuit seminary overlooking the famed Hudson River. While there, enjoy a sumptuous meal prepared under the tutelage of world class chefs and enjoy a cooking class emphasizing local produce taught by a CIA graduate. Farms and farmers markets are an important part of the Hudson Valley’s Landscape providing us with an opportunity to explore the art of cheese making and enjoy a tasting at a local farmer’s market.




Highlights

• Take a field trip to the famed Culinary Institute of America in its elegant setting overlooking the Hudson River for a sumptuous meal prepared under the tutelage of world-class chefs.
• Enjoy afternoon refreshments at a beautiful local inn and learn how running an inn and its dining operation have changed over time.
• Visit a local brewery and Cruise the resplendent Hudson River as you enjoy stunning scenery that has inspired generations of artists.



Activity Particulars

Program gets you on your feet and includes activities such as walking up to a mile in a day and standing during field trips.



Coordinated by Mount Saint Mary College.




Newburgh

The Hudson River Valley, just north of New York City, harbors quaint villages and historic sites, such as the Roosevelt homes in Hyde Park and Val-Kill. The area also hosts numerous art museums and concert venues.



Accommodations
College campus suites with private baths, air-conditioning and breathtaking views of the Hudson River.
Meals and Lodgings
   Mount Saint Mary College
  Newburgh 5 nights
 Mount Saint Mary College
Type: Campus/Dorm
  Description: Our lovely campus has a beautiful view of the Hudson River. We are located in historic Newburgh, home to Washington's Revolutionary War Headquarters and closeby to West Point, Hyde Park, and many other attractions. The campus features a modern library and a gym/recreation complex which is shared with other programs and available on a limited basis.
  Contact info: 330 Powell Avenue
Newburgh, NY 12550 USA
phone: 845-926-9000
web: www.msmc.edu/roadscholar
  Room amenities: The dorm rooms will be clean and comfortable. Each room has a refrigerator and microwave. However, Participant may want to bring their own alarm clock, radio, reading lamp, hair dryer .... to make their stay more comfortable.
  Facility amenities: Our secure modern, air conditioned campus suites all have private baths. The breathtaking views of the Hudson River are truly the best in Newburgh and campus is just minutes away from a Hudson River walk. Breakfast served in the lobby of our accommodations; all other meals in campus dining facility a short walk from your suite.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Bathroom: Sakac Hall rooms are a typical suite set-up. Each bedroom has its own bath but the bathroom door is 3' adjacent to the bedroom door and one must step into shared area (not hallway) to go into the bathroom.
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior:  We are sorry that we are not able to consider requests for extra nights lodging. Please call if you would like a listing of local hotels. 845 565 2076.
  Check in time: 2:00 PM
  Additional nights after:  We are sorry that we are not able to consider requests for extra nights lodging. Please call if you would like a listing of local hotels. 845 565 2076.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Check-in: 2-4 p.m. - Dormitory - Sakac Hall, Mount Saint Mary College, Newburgh, NY. You will be staying at Mount Saint Mary College that night.
  End of Program:
Check-out: 1 p.m. from Dormitory - Sakac Hall, Mount Saint Mary College, Newburgh, NY. You will be staying at Mount Saint Mary College the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Participant should bring photo i.d. with them.
  Parking availability:
Parking is available beside the dormitory which is the residence. Parking is free.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Newburgh
  Nearest city or town:  Newburgh
  Nearest highway: New York State Thruway and Rt. 84
  Nearest airport:  Stewart Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: Newburgh
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

NYC - Grand Central Station

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
Metro North Railroad
phone: 800-638-7646

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Metro North has a senior rate - approximately $20+ Senior Fare: approx. $10 for cab
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1.5 hours, train ride from Grand Central Station + 10 minute cab ride 

 

Distance:

 

Beacon is right across the river from Newburgh.

   

For train: From Grand Central Station you would take Metro North to Beacon. This is a beautiful ride along the Hudson River. Beacon is a 10 minute cab ride from the campus. Please call office - 845 565 2075 - for cab phone numbers.

 

Stewart Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately $10
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

10 minutes 

   

From Stewart Airport in Newburgh you are just 10 minutes from the Mount Saint Mary College Campus.

 

NYC - Port Authority Bus Depot

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation

 

Travel Time:

 

1.5 hours 

   

From Port Authority in New York City - take the bus (Shortline) to Newburgh. You will then have to take a cab for a 10 minute ride to campus.

 

NYC - La Guardia or JFK or Newark or Albany

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation

   

There are 3 major airports in the Metropolitan airport as well as Albany International Airport. All 4 airports are 1.5 hours from the campus. Each has car rentals available as well as transportation to bus terminals or railroad. Please see: Kennedy: www.panynj.gov/airports/kennedy Laguardia: www.panynj.gov/airports/laguardia Newark: www.panynj.gov/airports/newark Albany: www.albanyairport.com Please call our office - 845-565-2076- if we can be of further help with your travel needs.

 
Driving Directions
  From points East Take I-84 west to second Newburgh exit, 10S. Bear sharply right on exit ramp and go 1/4 mile to traffic light at intersection of Rt. 9W and Rt. 32. Turn right onto Rt. 9W south. At second light (Sunoco gas station is on the left), turn left onto North Plank Road, which becomes North St. Turn right at next traffic light onto Powell Avenue; the Mount is 1/4 mile on left.
  From points North or South Take the New York State Thruway to Newburgh exit 17. Go through tollbooth, bear right and follow signs for I-84. Take I-84 east to Newburgh exit 10. At the bottom of exit ramp, turn right onto Rt. 9W south. At first light (Sunoco gas station is on the left) turn left onto North Plank Road, which becomes North St. Turn right at next traffic light onto Powell Avenue; the Mount is 1/4 mile on left.
  From points West Take I-84 east to Newburgh Exit 10. At bottom of exit ramp, turn right onto Rt. 9W south. At first light (Sunoco gas station is on the left) turn left onto North Plank Road which becomes North St. Turn right at next traffic light onto Powell Avenue; the Mount is 1/4 mile on left.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Registration/Welcome/Orientation
(Sunday, June 22)

Note: Welcome! following a tour of our lovely campus you will enjoy a welcome dinner followed by an orientation and schedule review.



   
 Afternoon: Our registration hours are from 2-4 p.m. Welcome to Mount Saint Mary College! We will take you on a walking tour of the lovely Mount campus en route to a welcome dinner.
 Dinner: We are glad to have you join us and serve a nice welcome dinner to greet you.
 Evening: Welcome and Orientation. We will go over the schedule for the week to come. Usually a film is shown tonight.
   
Accommodations: Mount Saint Mary College
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Farm to learn about cheesemaking!
(Monday, June 23)

Note: We will visit a local goat farm to learn about their cheesemaking operation and sample some of their fine product.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast is from 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. and served in the dorm.
 Morning: We will visit a farm and learn about cheese making onsite.
 Lunch: Lunch.
 Dinner: Tonight you will enjoy an interactive cooking class emphasizing local produce and some cheeses from the farm and taught by a Culinary graduate. Dinner will be delicious!
 Evening: View a "foodie" film.
   
Accommodations: Mount Saint Mary College
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: The world renowned Culinary Institute!
(Tuesday, June 24)

Note: Visiting the Culinary Institute in Hyde Park is a fantastic experience! We will take a tour of the facility, enjoy the views of the Hudson from the campus, but, most important eat and savor some amazing food served by students nearing graduation in the beautiful Caterina de' Medici restaurant.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast is from 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. and served in the dorm.
 Morning: This morning we will head to the Culinary and begin with a tour. For more than six decades, The Culinary Institute of America has been setting the standard for excellence in professional culinary education. More than 44,000 alumni serving their professions are living testament to the quality of a CIA education. The CIA is in a former Jesuit seminary, St. Andrew-on-Hudson in Hyde Park. The college purchased the five-story, 150 room building situated on 80 acres of land overlooking the Hudson River, in 1970 for $1 million. Two years and $4 million in renovations later, the new school opened, with its main building renamed Roth Hall. The CIA is the recognized leader in culinary education for undergraduate students, food service and hospitality professionals, and food enthusiasts.
 Lunch: Luncheon at the Culinary Institute! An experience you will always remember. (Code is dressy casual - please no jeans!) No matter which restaurant we eat in you are in for a wonderful time. The wait staff are students normally due to graduate in just a few weeks. It's enjoyable to learn about what they majored in, enjoyed the most about their educational experience, and where they are headed to work following graduation.
 Afternoon: Local breweries are extremely popular and we will visit the Newburgh Brewing Co to tour and taste a bit.
 Dinner: Dinner is from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
 Evening: A local farmer will lecture about the Historical Perspective of Food in the Hudson Valley. Steve Clarke is a sixth-generation grower of cherries, peaches, nectarines, apricots, apples, pears, and plums. In the mid-Hudson valley, fruit, nut, and berry crops account for more than $45 million in revenue. The health of the farms is a key component in efforts to conserve open space. For local families, the farms are a source for healthy, locally grown apples, pears, plums, and other fruits.
   
Accommodations: Mount Saint Mary College
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Cruise the spectacular Hudson River! Special Lecture tonight!
(Wednesday, June 25)

Note: You've been enjoying it from the dorms all week now enjoy the cruise on the "River that Flows Both Ways".



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast is from 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. and served in the dorm.
 Morning: There will be a special lecture this morning.
 Lunch: Lunch will be served. We are planning to eat down on the river at one of the local restaurants with a view that cannot be beat!
 Afternoon: We will cruise the spectacular Hudson River. The Hudson River is a 315 mile watercourse that flows from north to south. It begins at Lake Tear of the Clouds in the Adirondack Mountains, flows past the state capital at Albany, and eventually forms the boundary between New York City and New Jersey. Because its current changes four times every day as ocean tides pulse upriver to the Troy dam, it is also called the "river that flows both ways." The river is named after Henry Hudson who explored it in 1690.
 Dinner: Dinner is from 5:30-6:30 p.m.
 Evening: Tonight : a special lecture is planned.
   
Accommodations: Mount Saint Mary College
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Free time to enjoy the valley on your own. Tea and pastry in the afternoon!
(Thursday, June 26)

Note: The beautiful Buttermilk Falls Inn will be the site we visit to enjoy a lecture by the innkeeper and enjoy a delicious pastry with tea!



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast is from 7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
 Morning: Enjoy a morning of free time!
 Lunch: Lunch will be served.
 Afternoon: This afternoon we will visit the beautiful Buttermilk Inn & Spa. We will enjoy afternoon tea and learn how running an inn has changed over the years. Buttermilk Falls is a 75 acre estate with a circa 1764 building and beautiful views of the Hudson River.
 Dinner: Dinner is from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
 Evening: Farewell Party.
   
Accommodations: Mount Saint Mary College
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: A documentary will be shown to wrap up the week!
(Friday, June 27)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast is from 7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
 Morning: Watch the Gefilte Fish Chronicles! Much of this documentary revolves around the family as they lived in Newburgh! An enjoyable end to our "foodie" week!
 Lunch: Lunch is from Noon - 1 p.m. Departure is 1 p.m.
 Afternoon: Departure is promptly at 1:00 p.m.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Newburgh Mount Saint Mary College
The Mount campus is accessible by car, train (Metro North Railroad from Grand Central Station / Beacon station), and bus (Newburgh Shortline Station). A car rental is suggested as the best way to fulfill sightseeing needs during free time. Each participant's folder will have a list of directions from the Mount to the site. Examples would be to West Point, FDR's home in Hyde Park, Washington's Headquarters, Vanderbilt Mansion, and more. If what you're looking for is not on the list we will happily supply directions!
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


The Hudson River Valley Reader


Author: Goodman, Edward C.


Description: This anthology celebrates the extensive hsitorical and literary heritage of New York's Hudson River Valley, discovered and explored over 400 years ago by its namesake, the English navigator Henry Hudson while aboard the Dutch ship Half Moon.



Hudson Valley Harvest


Author: Greenberg, Jan


Description: The only comprehensive guide to the foods, farms and restaurants of the Hudson Valley: a food lover's guide to the farms, local foods, open air markets, restaurants and regional cuisine of New York's historic and bountiful Hudson River Valley.



Historic Hudson Valley: A Photographic Tour


Author: de Flon, Nancy and Anton


Description: With passion and expertise, Nancy de Flon and Anton de Flon expose the history, infrastructure, architecture, and natural beauty of their beloved Hudson Valley.



River of Words: Portraits of Hudson Valley Writers


Author: Shengold, Nina


Description: For centuries, writers have drawn inspiration from the Hudson River and its surroundings. John Burroughs, James Fenimore Cooper, Washington Irving, Edna St. Vincent Millay, and Edith Wharton all lived and worked in the region immortalized by the Hudson River School of Painters.



The Hudson Valley in the Ice Age: A Geological History & Tour


Author: Titus, Robert and Johanna


Description: Tour the Hudson River Valley and see this region through the eyes of geologists who see a half mile thick sheet of ice grinding its way down the valley and overtopping even the highest mountains.





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