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Whether you’re dining at one of the Culinary Institute’s restaurants in Hyde Park or picking up fresh produce at one of the farmers markets, there are plenty of great food experiences to be had in the Hudson Valley. Here are five of the best:
1. Farmers Markets. Pick up fruits, cheeses and meats at one of the area’s bustling farmers markets, which line the valley from top to bottom. Just be sure to check when they run, as many operate on select days.
2. Foie Gras. The Hudson Valley is known for its succulent duck, and this delicacy is considered the prime portion.
3. Culinary Institute of America. Hyde Park is home to this well-known cooking school and its numerous student-staffed restaurants, including American Bounty, and Ristorante Caterina de’ Medici. Whichever of the five dining experiences you choose, you can be assured it meets the highest standards of the prestigious school.
4. Wineries. The Hudson Valley is the nation’s oldest grape-growing and wine-producing region, boasting more than 25 wineries. If you have a few hours to spare, stroll through one of the area’s wine trails, which include Shawangunk and Dutchess.
5. Stone Barns Center for Food Agriculture. Stone Barns isn’t just home to the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Blue Hill at Stone Barns restaurant — it’s also a fully functioning farm, which offers tours and children’s cooking classes.