Poughkeepsie is the Place to Be This Spring

February 21st, 2020 by


Mid Hudson Bridge lit up across the Hudson river near Poughkeepsie, NY

If you are someone who loves the outdoors or just loves having a great time, then Poughkeepsie, NY is the place to be this spring, as the Hudson Valley gears up for another great season. There are plenty of fun things to do and sites to see throughout the Hudson Valley, and there is no better place to make your base of operation for any tour than in downtown Poughkeepsie. This city has grown to become a major culinary center in the region, thanks in part to being just down the road from the world-renowned Culinary Institute of America. In addition, the beautiful scenery and nearby farms add so much to the area, making this one of the most scenic spots in the northeastern United States. As usual, this spring will bring some really special events to Poughkeepsie and its nearby communities.

A Walk Unlike Any Other

A visit to Poughkeepsie is not complete without a chance to walk across the world’s longest elevated pedestrian bridge. The Walkway Over the Hudson connects Poughkeepsie to the village of Highland on the west bank of the Hudson River. You will enjoy incredible vistas along the Hudson as you make this memorable walk. And there are few better times to enjoy the Walkway than during the spring as all of flowers in the Hudson Valley start to bloom. The Walkway is open daily from 7 AM until sunset, and you can enter the Walkway at 61 Parker Avenue. If you need special access, an elevator is available at 83 North Water Street. In addition, there are parks on both sides of the Walkway, with plenty of enjoyable things to do, including boat rentals.

Spring Into the Season at the Adams Annual Lawn & Garden Show

Clean landscape with white, yellow, red, and purple flowers surrounding sharp, green grass

If you love gardening and want to get a head start on the spring planting season, then you should mark some time on your calendar between February 28 and March 8. Adams Fairacre Farms will be hosting its Adams Annual Lawn & Garden Show. You will marvel at the incredible installation of spring flowers, shrubs, and trees, situated throughout the patios, ponds, and walkways of Adams Fairacre Farms. Garden experts will be on hand to answer all your questions. There will also be seminars, giveaways, and free raffles for all attendees. Best of all, the Lawn & Garden Show is free to attend. While you are there, you can also enjoy all of the other features of Adams Fairacre Farms, including the delicious bakery, the gourmet deli, and the wonderful gift shop. Adams Fairacre Farms is located at 765 Dutchess Turnpike, just east of downtown Poughkeepsie.

Two Local Events for the Artistically Inclined

If you have a teenager at home who loves to make films or take photographs, or you are just a fan of film and photography and want to see the next wave of great artists, then make plans to attend Art Effect’s annual Reel Exposure Teen Film and Photography Festival on April 4. The festival will feature photography and short films produced by young artists from around the world, including narratives, animation, experimental, and documentary. The festival will be held at the Bardavon Opera House on 35 Market Street, and it begins at 5:30 PM. It is open to the public, and admission is free.

If poetry and spoken word are your things, then get ready for the PoughETRY Fest at the Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center on 9 Vassar Street. The Fest will start at noon on Saturday, April 18, and run until 9 PM, celebrating past and present poetry, giving visitors the opportunity to experience the spirit and diverse voices reflected in today’s poetry. The event is being curated by the 2017 & 2018 Dutchess County Poet Laureate, Poet Gold, and is free and open to the public.

Celebrating the Season With Beer and Maple SyrupFive maple leaf shaped syrup bottles of different brown colors sitting on a wooden banister

The Hudson Valley is well known for its agriculture, and two areas that have grown over the past few years are local micro-breweries and maple sugar farms. If you love beer and are 21 or over, then pop over to the Lucky Hops Craft Beer Festival at Revel 32 on 32 Cannon Street. Get ready for St. Patrick’s Day by sampling some of the best local craft beers from over 20 different breweries. There will also be live music and dancing, as well as food vendors who will help you pair your favorite beers with some delicious sweet and savory dishes. The festival takes place on Saturday, March 14, from 2 PM until 6 PM, with $40 admission tickets on sale now. If you want to beat the crowds, VIP tickets are available for $60 and will get you inside the event one hour early.


If you have more of a sweet tooth, or would like to attend an event that is perfect for your kids, then head over to Eden Village Camp at 392 Dennytown Road in nearby Putnam Valley on Sunday, March 22. Watch as people from the farm tap their maple trees for everyone’s favorite pancake and waffle topping. See how sap is collected and learn how boiling the sap produces the finest maple syrup. You will even get to sample some of the delicious products on a pancake snack. The event will take place from 12:30 PM until 2:30 PM, and Eden Village will be providing a shuttle service from the Cold Spring village station on Metro North’s Hudson line if you need to take public transportation. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 on the day of the event, although there is a chance the event may sell out. There is also a $10 fee for the shuttle from the Colorado Spring station. Children 4 and under can attend the event for free.

Those Daring Young Men in Their Flying Machines

I may work at an automobile dealership, but I, and many of my coworkers, can appreciate other forms of travel, including the biplanes of yesteryear. One of my earliest memories of the Hudson Valley is attending the incredible air show at Cole Palen’s Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome. Located at 9 Norton Road in Red Hook, the Aerodrome is an easy drive out of town heading up NY-9G north. You will be amazed by the collection of Pioneer, World War I, and Golden Age aircraft on display at the on-site museum, which opens to the public for the season in May. But my advice is to wait until June 21 when the air show season begins.

Each Saturday and Sunday through the fall, the incredible pilots at the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome will actually fly many of these incredible machines, including ones that are over 100 years old. Watch as the evil Black Baron in his Spad VII takes on all other pilots. See the earliest airplanes in the world return to their glory. Best of all, if you have ever wanted to fly in one of these old biplanes, the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome gives you the chance to fly with one of their experienced pilots, for an additional fee. You will get to see the beautiful Hudson Valley as you have never experienced it before. There is also admission for the airshow and museum, with discounts for seniors, military personnel, and children 17 and under. Children 5 and under are free. Tickets go on sale in May, so call ahead to get the current prices and to make a reservation.

From everyone at DePaula Ford, we have you have an amazing Spring! Now go out and have a great time!

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