4 Amtrak Day Trips and Weekend Getaways From Westchester

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Looking to get away on a budget? Croton-Harmon’s Amtrak station allows you to explore the Hudson Valley region hassle-free.

Jumping on the Amtrak and heading upstate is the perfect getaway for those looking to reconnect with nature, learn about our state’s history, or explore the dining scene. With so much to do just outside of the 914, here is your quick guide to Amtrak stops north of Westchester.

Hudson

1 hour, 15 minutes

Hudson is a vibrant city on the east side of the Hudson River. The train ride to this artistic hub is about an hour and 15 minutes. With plenty to do in the area, it would be a shame if you didn’t stop by one of the local art galleries; there are over 10! Once you work up an appetite, head to the Governor’s Tavern for a local, grass-fed, pasture-raised beef burger. Next, while strolling around town, you would be doing yourself a favor by stopping into the chic shops, such as The Quiet Botanist, Likemindedobjects, and Spotty Dog Books & Ale. Top off the trip with a glass of wine from Bar Bene, a modern Italian-style wine bar. And there you have it, a well-rounded day in the “Brooklyn of the Hudson Valley” is complete.

 

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Poughkeepsie

45 minutes

If you’re heading up to Poughkeepsie for the day, make it a point to eat your way through The Academy Food Hall. The recently opened food hall offers a range of bites including burgers, baked goods, and barbecue. Once your stomach is full, hit the Walkway Over the Hudson to soak in the views and hopefully the rays. Dive into local history at the Locust Grove Estate, a National Historic Landmark. The 200-acre estate and former home of Samuel Morse is open for guided tours. Enjoy Poughkeepsie’s hidden gems and scenic views before heading home.

Saratoga Springs

3 hours

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Saratoga Springs offers its visitors the ideal summer day. For horse-racing enthusiasts, spending a day or weekend in Saratoga is a no-brainer. While live racing at the track begins in July, you can hit up The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in the meantime. On the other hand, Saratoga boasts a lively downtown on Broadway. From quaint shops and boutiques to beer gardens and art galleries, this strip has it all. When it’s time to dine, explore the menu and history of The Brook Tavern. This 1800s horse carriage factory turned bar and restaurant emits a welcoming vibe. On warmer days, dine outside at Bailey’s Café and order up a boozy shake. With historic stays like The Inn at Saratoga, an overnight trip shouldn’t be a question.

 

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Schenectady

2 hours, 30 minutes

Want to enjoy the great outdoors? With plenty of outdoor trails and dining options, Schenectady is a prime location for outdoor adventure. Head over to New York’s Premier Zipline Park, Mountain Ridge Adventure, for a treetop challenge rope course. If you prefer to stay on the ground, you can explore the serene waterfalls at Plotter Kill Preserve. Fuel up with lunch at The Nest, a trendy restaurant that serves intricate cocktails. Or, have a cup of afternoon tea paired with a toasted sandwich from The Whistling Kettle.

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