Join Onward Travel for a one of a kind epicurean immersion journey in (arguably) the world’s most legendary epicurean city and its bucolic countryside.

Enjoy a late spring getaway to experience the best of New York City and the Hudson River Valley. We’ll spend two nights each in NYC and the lovely Hudson Valley village of Rhinebeck.

Take in the hustle, the bustle, the energy and the amazing creativity and flavors of the Big Apple. We’ll stroll the High Line, visit markets, eat, and explore together. Then let’s travel just two hours north along the Hudson River to a region home to farmland, craft beverage, quaint towns, and the legendary Culinary Institute of America.

Throughout the tour, enjoy the company of fellow food and culture enthusiasts. You’ll be in good hands as Onward Travel has years of experience leading tours to the tastiest locales in New York City and your host, co-founder Molly Crist, lives on an apple orchard in the Hudson Valley.

Wednesday, May 31—Get in a NY State of Mind

  • Spend the afternoon enjoy NYC at your own pace.
  • Enjoy the sights and smells at Eataly, plus a special 4-course chef’s table dinner.

Arrive in NYC mid-day today. We’ll enjoy a welcome group lunch together in Central Park at The Loeb Boathouse, an urban oasis in the concrete jungle. After lunch, take a stroll through the park. Before the tour, we’ll determine the group’s interests and create two tracks. Options include the Museum of Modern Art, a ferry ride to Brooklyn, an outing to the State of Liberty, and more!

We’ll convene at The Hotel Edison, our comfortable, centrally located hotel based on the edge of Times Square in a grand Art Deco building. This evening, we’ll head to Mario Batali’s Eataly for a special culinary evening at La Scuola di Eataly. We’ll dine at the communal chef’s table and enjoy a festive and seasonal 4-course meal with wine pairings. Each course and wine will be presented by the Chef and the Sommelier.

Thursday, June 1—A Delicious Day in NYC

  • Nosh your way around the Lower East Side.
  • Experience The High Line: a park built on a 1.45 mile-long, elevated freight rail structure.

We’ll embark this morning on a Lower East Side Noshing & Walking Tour, and let’s get started by heading straight to The Doughnut Plant for doughnuts and coffee. Widely considered the best doughnuts in NYC and possibly the world, these doughnuts are really a treat. Throughout our walk we’ll enjoy bialys (sort of like a Polish bagel), pickles, time at an interesting indoor food market and a candy shop where you’ll find anything you want, including obscure treats from your childhood, pastrami at world-famous Katz’s Deli, NYC must-have lox and bagel, fresh mozzarella and New York cheesecake. Let’s finish it all off with a beer at McSorley’s – one of the country’s oldest drinking establishments, there’s sawdust on the floor and it’s been over a hundred years since the décor has changed. Their house-made Irish ales, light or dark, are delightful.

You’ll have time to explore Chelsea Market after our walking tour. Chelsea Market is located in the old Nabisco factory that has been repurposed to house restaurants, markets, bakeries, a fantastic bookstore, and more, all to the delight of NYC’s food lovers. Upstairs is where The Food Network has their studios, so keep your eye out for Rachael Ray!

Above Chelsea Market runs the High Line, an elevated park and walking path that was incorporated into the Chelsea neighborhood just a few years ago along an old rail track that used to service the warehouses and factories that once made up these blocks. A favorite relaxation point for both locals and tourists alike, the High Line provides wonderful views of Manhattan and the Hudson River in a beautifully landscaped (all native species!) environment.

Tonight, spend the evening as you wish. We’re in the heart of the theater district, so why not enjoy dinner and a Broadway Show along with your hosts or on your own, or hop on the subway or into a yellow cab to explore NYC in the evening. Countless dining options abound – this is the perfect opportunity to make a reservation somewhere special.

Friday, June 2—From the Big Apple to an Orchard

  • Enjoy lunch at an apple orchard that is home to your Onward Travel guide, Molly!
  • Savor Hudson Valley cider, whiskey & wine.

This morning we’ll take a private bus out of the city to Walden, New York to visit Crist Brothers Orchards. The Hudson Valley is known as The Apple Belt and for good reason. Enjoy a tour of the orchard and packing house and learn some interesting facts about apple farming and beekeeping. Then, we’ll dine outside (weather permitting) at the orchard, enjoying an early summer luncheon featuring products from the farm… and some gorgeous bouquets of peonies.

After lunch, it is time to head out on a Hudson Valley craft beverage crawl. First, we’ll visit Angry Orchard’s Innovation Cider House. Angry Orchard is the largest cidery in the country and they’ve just opened their cider house to experiment with new varieties and processes. We’ll tour the beautiful facility and enjoy an exclusive tasting in their treehouse. Next: choose your own adventure. Visit Tuthilltown Spirits Farm Distillery, New York’s first whiskey distillery since prohibition known for Hudson Valley Whiskey, plus a selection of other wonderful products or visit nearby Whitecliff Winery, home to over 20 grape varieties and some wonderful wines.

Now that your thirst is completely quenched, we’re off to charming Rhinebeck. But first, we’ll stop at an orchard with breathtaking views and an ice cream stand. Once in Rhinebeck, we’ll check in to the centrally located Beekman Arms & Delamater Inn. The rest of the evening is yours to enjoy dinner in this quaint, walkable village.

Saturday, June 3—Historical & Culinary Immersion in the Country

  • Get a fascinating look at American history at FDR’s estate.
  • Immerse yourself in the CIA’s culinary programs and dining.

The Hudson Valley has a rich history and we’ll visit a cornerstone: the Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site, managed by the National Park Service.

We’ll enjoy a guided tour of FDR’s 1826 home that remains almost exactly as it was at the time of the president’s death in 1945. Then, enjoy free time to explore the Presidential Library and Museum, the only Presidential Library used by a sitting president. It was conceived and built under President Roosevelt’s direction and opened to the public in 1941. Grab lunch at your leisure at the onsite cafe Uncle Sam’s Canteen.

Early afternoon we’re off to the Culinary Institute of America, the nation’s premier culinary college. We’ll enjoy a student led walking tour of the picturesque campus and some time in the gift shop (an epicurean’s dream). Then, we’ll join one of CIA’s world renowned educators for a food and wine pairing class. During the class, we’ll explore the fundamentals of marrying wine with food. Learn how to select the best wine for a meal and enjoy a lecture on food and wine pairing basics plus a wine and cheese tasting where we’ll practice the principles learned in class. Could our time at the CIA get any better? Yes! We’re sticking around for an excellent dinner at one of the CIA’s five restaurants.

Sunday, June 4—Drinking in the Landscape

  • Admire the Hudson Valley landscape from a perch high above the river.
  • Picnic amid sculptures created by some of the most acclaimed artists of our time.

Enjoy some free time in quaint Rhinebeck this morning. The weekly farmers market is taking place and it is a fun affair. Mid-morning, we’ll check out of our hotel and head south to Poughkeepsie to experience the Walkway Over the Hudson. In 2009 the long abandoned Poughkeepsie-Highland Railroad Bridge was opened as a linear park traversing the Hudson River. So take a walk with some of the best views in the world (in our opinion).

The Hudson Valley has long been inspiring creativity, so we’ll conclude our time together at Storm King Art Center. Storm King is a 500-acre open air sculpture museum. The grounds are serene and the artwork intriguing. We’ll have a docent-led tour and a picnic lunch will be provided. A private bus will transport the group to the airport this evening for a flight home. Farewell!

  • $2,245 based on double occupancy.
  • Air travel is not included but Onward Travel is happy to assist.
  • Please see the Itinerary PDF for additional information.
  • Contact Molly with questions at 267.825.5880 or