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Riches of the Hudson Valley and West Point 2017

Riches of the Hudson Valley and West Point 2017

Nestled in the glorious, mountainous region of the Hudson Valley, NY, are estates that were home to some of the wealthiest and most influential individuals who helped shape America, as well as a prestigious academy whose aim is to shape the leaders of tomorrow. Enjoy this summertime retreat, a time to get in touch with the Hudson Valley's colorful past, bright future and magnificent scenery.

Package Includes: 

3 Night’s Hotel Accommodations, 3 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches (One at the CUlinary Institute of America), 2 Dinners, Cruise on the Rip Van Winkle, Step-on Guide, Vanderbilt Mansion Tour, Tour of the Culinary Institute of America, The Walkway Over the Hudson, Tour of Val-Kill the Eleanor Roosevelt Cottage, Tour and Tasting at Madava Farms, Millbrook Winery, Wing’s Castle, Guided Tour of West Point, Baggage Handling and Transportation.

 

 

***ALL WOLF'S TOURS - TIMES AND ITINERARY SUBJECT TO CHANGE***

DAY 1

Our getaway begins with meal and rest stops en route to Kingston, New York, where we will board the Rip Van Winkle for a sightseeing cruise. During our leisurely float on the Hudson River, we will see magnificent waterfront estates, picturesque lighthouses, and quaint sleepy villages surrounded by the natural beauty of vineyards, orchards and scenic preservation sites. Next, we will check into the Best Western Plus Historic Uptown Kingston, NY (845-338-0400) for a three night stay. The hotel features an indoor salt water pool, state-of-the-art fitness center and game room. The guest rooms offer a refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, 42-inch flat screen television with extended cable, hair dryer, iron and ironing board and high speed internet access. Dinner this evening will be included at the hotel with the remainder of the evening to take advantage of the hotel amenities or retire for the night.

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DAY 2

Begin your day with a hot American breakfast included at the hotel. We will depart the hotel en route to Hyde Park for a tour of the Vanderbilt Mansion, a remarkable example of a gilded-age country place, illustrating the changes that occurred as America industrialized in the years after the Civil War. In terms of architecture, interior, mechanical systems, road systems and landscape, Vanderbilt Mansion will leave you awe-struck. The beauty of the mansion is enhanced by the stunning Hudson River in the background. Next, we will visit and have lunch included at the Culinary Institute of America. Connecticut-based attorney Frances Roth was determined to establish a school that would become "the culinary center of the nation". Roth turned her passion into a new vision of education chefs. Formerly known as the New Haven Restaurant Institute located in Connecticut, in 1951 its name was changed to the Culinary Institute of America. In 1972, its new campus was opened in Hyde Park. Learn about the journey aspiring chefs take while attending the CIA. Afterwards, we will travel to Poughkeepsie, NY, for a stroll across The Walkway Over The Hudson. This is an old train bridge over the river that has been turned into an urban park, a walkway that affords you wonderful views up and down the Hudson River. Our final stop will be at the incomparable Mohonk Mountain House, a unique resort poised along the banks of Mohonk in the Hudson Valley. Founded in 1869, this Victorian castle resort is a National Historic Landmark surrounded by carefully landscaped gardens and pristine wilderness. Inside, discover a warm interior that is reminiscent of a bygone era featuring ornate woodwork, fireplaces constructed from Shawangunk stone, period accents, and expansive windows that frame the breathtaking scenery. We will have some free time to roam the grounds. Following dinner at the Mohonk Mountain House, we will return to the hotel for the remainder of the evening.

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DAY 3

A hot American breakfast will be included at the hotel. Following breakfast, we will depart for Val-Kill, Eleanor Roosevelt's home. The only residence owned personally by the First Lady, Val-Kill consists of 180 acres just two miles from Springwood,the Roosevelt family home. Located within the estate is Val-Kill Industries, which was a furniture factory started by Mrs. Roosevelt to teach young men from the area a trade during the Depression. After the factory closed in 1936, the First Lady converted it into a retreat home that eventually became her primary residence after FDR's death. Esteemed guests such as Winston Churchill, the King and Queen of England, and child celebrity Shirley Temple were invited to picnic and swim at this serene, picturesque estate. Next, we are off to Crowne Maple for a tour, tasting and lunch inside the state-of-the-art sugarhouse. Trace the miles-long journey their organic maple syrup travels in a day from tree to barrel. Go behind the scenes and learn about the environmental variables and artisanal practices that make pure maple syrup one of the earth's sweetest natural resources and how Crown Maple produces the exceptional maple products regarded as quite possibly the purest on earth. Your tour culminates in a guided 5-stage tasting in Madava's Tap Holed Maple Tasting Room, which offers a full view into Crown Maple's hand bottling and sugar-making operations. Afterwards, we will continue to stimulate our sense of taste with a visit to Millbrook Vineyards & Winery. The New York Times calls Millbrook the "Hudson Valley's Flagship Winery". Step inside Millbrook's tasting room, which is located in a beautifully appointed 1940's Dutch style barn and loft space to a select sampling of some of their awarding-winning varieties such as Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, Tocai Friulano, and Reisling. Feel free to purchase some of your favorites to take home and share with family and friends, or maybe to keep for yourself to enjoy with a good book. Located a stone's throw from Millbrook Vineyards is our next destination, Wing's Castle. Featured on HGTV and the backdrop of many albums, movies and fashion shoots, Wing's was built as a result of a love affair with castles by owners Peter and Toni Ann Wing. The castle resides on what was once Peter's family farm and part of that same family farm is home to Millbrook Vineyards & Winery. Almost 40 years later construction continues on this American marvel. Following our visit, we will continue to the historic little town of Rhinebeck, NY. A sophisticated, four-corner town and proud of its Dutch history, Rhineback has wonderful views of the Catskill Mountains, the Hudson River and more. Stroll through the tree-lined streets and browse the unique specialty shops and have dinner on your own before we return to the hotel for the night.

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DAY 4

Following breakfast included at the hotel, we will check out and depart for the oldest continuously occupied military post in America, the United States Military Academy West Point. PLEASE NOTE: Passengers will need to have valid state-issued photo identification to enter the academy and will need to provide Wolf's Bus Lines with your first, and last name, date of birth, what type of ID that would be used, state and country in which you reside, and gender for security purposes. You MUST have the original form of ID (no photocopies will be accepted) with you to enter West Point unless under the age of 16, NO EXCEPTIONS. West Point's role in our nation's history dates back to the Revolutionary War, and historic figures such as George Washington, Robert E. Lee, Ulysses S. Grant, Douglas McArthur, Dwight Eisenhower and even Benedict Arnold all have walked these grounds and contributed to its story. Your guided tour will be both informative and inspirational as you take a look back at West Point's history and learn about its mission to educate, train and inspire the Corps of Cadets and instill the values of duty, honor, and country in our future leaders. At the conclusion of the tour, we will have time for lunch and browsing on our own in the village of Highland Falls. Bordered by the Military Academy and the Hudson River, Highland Falls is a quaint, little town with a nice selection of dining options and specialty shops. We will depart for home with meal and rest stops en route.

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***ALL WOLF TOURS - TIMES AND ITINERARY SUBJECT TO CHANGE***

B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour. Pick up locations can vary by date. Please visit detailed overview tab for tours with multiple dates.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour. Pick up locations can vary by date. Please visit detailed overview tab for tours with multiple dates.

Name Address Contact Details
Camp Hill Camp Hill Radisson, 1150 Camp Hill Bypass
Park near Radisson sign across from McDonalds
Carlisle Carlisle Point Mall, 800 East High Street
Park in mall lot across from Pizza Hut
Hanover Hanover - Staples Shopping Ctr, 440 Eisenhower Dr
Park along grass island in center of lot
Harrisburg Mall Harrisburg Mall -3501 Paxton St.
Park near Pole 32
York York Four Points Sheraton, 1650 Toronita St.
Go to the right and park in the far corner of lot
York Springs York Springs - Wolf's Terminal
200 Old US Rt. 15 - Park near large sign
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