The Great Connector: A Day Trip to Walkway Over the Hudson

  As a former resident of the Hudson Valley and current resident of New York City, the longing for days of bucolic serenity are encountered more often than not. With Labor Day approaching, I began to research a day-trip getaway to escape the encroaching tourist chaos before coming across an obvious choice. After living in the neighboring village of New …

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Hop Aboard the Great Dome Car

This autumn from September 28 – October 29, Amtrak’s Great Dome Car offers a unique way to travel on the Adirondack line between Albany and Montréal. The dome car has traveled the country, making its way onto the most scenic lines in America. With windows on all sides and a clear ceiling, this vintage car offers panoramic views of the changing …

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Bald Eagles on the Hudson

Watching the world go by your window is part of what makes riding Amtrak so pleasurable. This is especially true when the scenery includes the Hudson River and surrounding woodlands. It’s such a relaxing view that it can lull you into dreaming—unless you’re searching for Bald Eagles on the Hudson. Surprising to many train travelers, Bald Eagles live along the …

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Autumn Express Train Returns for 2017

The Amtrak Autumn Express excursion is back by popular demand for another year, operating Saturday, Oct. 14, and Sunday, Oct.15, from New York Penn Station for a trip through the Hudson River Valley. Passengers can join this historic train ride, view stunning scenery and experience rare mileage along a route that hasn’t seen regular passenger service in decades. This year’s …

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Ask a Local – Vermont

My job is about living and building sustainably and taking care of the places we live in and love. Living here allows me to do what’s important to me personally and professionally: live more sustainably by driving less, patronizing local businesses and being connected to community members. I walk to work, enjoy local restaurants and run into people I know …

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The City of Hudson & Beyond: A Day Trip to Columbia County

Looking to escape the busy summer tourism season on Long Island and New York City, I decided to be a tourist myself. Thankfully, after scanning New York By Rail‘s convenient travel itineraries, I came across the perfect escape in Columbia County. With the first distillery since before Prohibition, cozy boarding, Broadway-style musicals, classic American BBQ, historic landscapes and a mansion to explore, …

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All Aboard for Killington!

With 200 trails spanning seven mountains, Vermont’s Killington Grand Resort Hotel is a world-famous ski destination. But there’s plenty to do there in the summer months too—and Amtrak can get you there year-round. The Adventure Center at Killington, which opened in 2016, offers a wide—and sometimes wild—array of activities: an 18-hole golf course; scenic lift and zipline rides; the Beastcoaster, a 4,800-ft.-long roller coaster that streaks through woodlands, making 360-degree turns; gemstone mining and panning …

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Ask a Local – New York City

Thomas Perez is CEO of Alpha Dominche, an international designer and manufacturer of innovative coffee and tea brewing machines, with offices and a design lab in Industry City, Brooklyn. A native of Copenhagen, Denmark, he has lived and worked in Asia, Australia, New Zealand and Switzerland, but has developed an affinity for all things Brooklyn.

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Amber Waves – Craft Beverage Industry in NYS

Craft beers, cider and spirits return to New York State. Think of American alcoholic beverages, and chances are your mind wanders West, to Colorado’s mountains, Kentucky’s pot stills and St. Louis’s breweries—toward endless Midwestern fields of grain. But it wasn’t always that way. In the early 1900s, New York State was a leader in brewing cider and beer and distilling spirits. …

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Syracuse: A City of Versatility and Historic Charm

Sometimes overshadowed by New York City, we often overlook the grand city of Syracuse’s ability to impress. Home to unique restaurants, bars, and small eateries, Syracuse will not let you or your taste buds down—and let’s not forget about its remarkable museums and historic landmarks. Once here, you will not want to leave such a charming and lively city. So if …

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