This post is about an all-day excursion on Wednesday, June 25th to hike the “Walkway Over the Hudson” pedestrian bridge in Poughkeepsie, NY,  to visit the FDR Home and Presidential Library in Hyde Park, New York and to have  lunch at the American Bounty Restaurant just up the road at the nearby Culinary Institute of America.  Transportation will be by bus from Manhattan. 

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A ONE-DAY VACATION IN THE HUDSON VALLEY on Wednesday, June 25th.   Before Summer hits full swing it seems like a great idea to have a celebratory outing, a season-capper,  school-trip / extracurricular, big-bang sort of trip where we bundle together several great activities linked by location.   So what we’ve come up with is this:  we’ll get on a bus and motor up to Poughkeepsie, NY to hike over the WALKWAY OVER THE HUDSON bridge, then head on over to Hyde Park to see the FDR HOME and PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY  and then we’ll wind up at the CULINARY INSTITUTE OF AMERICA to have lunch at their American Bounty Restaurant and get a tour of the place.

walkwayFive years ago this Fall, the WALKWAY OVER THE HUDSON was opened.  Formerly an abandoned railroad bridge connecting Poughkeepsie, NY (on the east side of the Hudson River) with Highland, NY (on the west side) it is now a 1.28 mile elevated pedestrian bridge – the longest in the world – and also a New York State Park.  But it is also what it always was – a vantage point which offers up magnificent North and South views of the Hudson River and valley at one of the river’s widest points.  It also makes for a great start to the day with a bracing 2.5 mile walk with great views – and company.

Franklin EleanorNot too far away from Poughkeepsie is HYDE PARK, famously the site of  “SPRINGWOOD,” Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s ancestral home.  This home was always at the center of Roosevelt’s life – he was born there in the second floor tower bedroom; he redesigned it in 1915 to enlarge it for his growing family and this is where he Springwood-Home-of-FDR-Hyde-Park-N_Ywaited out election results.  When he was President he made over 200 trips back to Springwood from Washington, DC , commenting, “All that is within me cries out to go back to my home on the Hudson River.”    Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt are both buried in the Rose Garden at Springwood.  As the unofficial White House, FDR entertained many heads of state at Springwood, most notably in 1939 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth – who were served hot dogs for lunch.  A stone’s throw from the house on the same property is the FDR Presidential Library, the very first one, which was built in 1939 while FDR was a sitting president.

CIA_logoFinally, after all this walking and historic site-visiting, it will be time for lunch !  And what better place to have it in this particular corner of the world than at the CULINARY INSTITUTE OF AMERICA (the “other” CIA).”  Founded in 1946, the CIA is the world’s premier formal training ground for a range of food and hospitality-related vocations.  The school owns and operates the CIA Restaurant Group, which consists of three restaurants to provide the public – and their students – with a range of culinary experiences.  From modern French (“Bocuse”) to farm to table (“American Bounty”) to authentic Italian (“Catherina de Medici”) each of these restaurants offers their students a real-world, commercial environment for hands-on learning.   After lunch (at “American Bounty”) we will take a brief tour of Gastrotypo Athe school.  As you might expect their “school store” has a great selection of cookbooks, cook- and bakeware and hard-to-find food preparation items.  If we’re lucky, we will also get to see the historic and just- installed artwork (just last month), “Gastrotypograhicalassemblage”, a wall-length collage created in 1966 by graphic design genius Lou Dorfsman made up of food-related words and sculptures which the CIA acquired in 2008.

What a day !  Please join us.

DETAILS:  Wednesday, June 25th from 7:00 am to approximately 5pm (return time in NYC).  The cost for the day out will $130. per person and will include transportation to and from Manhattan, admission to the FDR Home and Library and lunch at the CIA.  Not included is wine with lunch (which can be ordered) or your contribution to our driver’s gratuity.  All current members will be sent a Reservation /Payment link which will also be available in the “Members” section of the website.  At this time we are intending to leave at 7:00 am; yes, an early start but we want to have enough time to see the FDR home before going to the CIA for lunch at 11:30 am-  we will try to see if we can shift the departure time by a bit.    At least initially, we ask that you not invite any non-members to make sure we can accommodate as many members as possible – however, if we find we can add to our number we will change this and let you know.



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