###Contact: Nancy Lutz, 845-463-5446 or Lydia Higginson, 845-463-5447
Dutchess County, N.Y. - Dutchess County Fresh Farm Link makes for the perfect one-day getaway from the New York City area. Convenient, affordable, and great fun for the family, the Dutchess County Fresh Farm Link tours the Hudson Valley's quaint countryside, farms, wineries, and charming villages, all from the comfort of a motor coach shuttle. Guests can even leave their belongings on board, as they travel to each location on the same bus. This summer and fall, Metro-North and Dutchess County Tourism team up to offer a series of weekend day trips, so you can easily enjoy the fresh wholesome goodness of nature's bounty. Enjoy fresh-from-the-farm produce, or pick your own fruit and vegetables. Tour and taste at award-winning wineries, savor freshly made cheeses, meet farm animals with the family, and more. Several different tours are available through Dutchess County Fresh Farm Link, including the Family Fun Farm Days tour, the Farm Fresh Food, Wine, Cheese, Fine Tea & Maple Farm Weekend tour, and the Fall Harvest Wine, Cheese & Apple Picking Weekends tour. All Farm Fresh Link Getaway Packages include discounted, round trip rail fare and shuttle transportation. Some select activities are optional, at an additional cost. More information about each tour is available at http://www.mta.info/mnr/html/getaways.htm . Packages are not available for purchase on the train or at destination stations. Packages and tickets go on sale 30 days before a tour. Reservations for the Dutchess County Farm Fresh Link Shuttle are required 48 hours in advance and can be made by calling 800-445-3131 and selecting ‘0'for operator. The Farm Fresh series kicks off on Saturday, September 15th with Family Fun Farm Days. For this tour, the Farm Fresh Link shuttle picks up guests from the Beacon train station and stops at Hudson Valley Fiber Farm, Fishkill Farms, the city of Beacon, and the farmer's market on Sunday. Spend a relaxing day in the countryside without spending any money at the pump, and return to the city that evening. For more information about Dutchess County's Farm Fresh Link One-Day Getaways, as well as area agri-tourism resources and news, visit http://www.dutchesstourism.com/ . Started in 1984, Dutchess County Tourism is a division of the Dutchess County Economic Development Corporation and is funded by the County of Dutchess.