Cromwell Manor Inn

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Location: Cornwall, Hudson Valley Area/New York, United States

Monday, March 21, 2011

Hudson Valley Scenic Drive

(Originates from Cromwell Manor Inn, Cornwall, New York)

Are you looking for a very scenic drive (1 1/2 hours) in the heart of New York’s Hudson Valley? Well, here it is:

Take a left from the driveway of Cromwell Manor Inn.
Continue to traffic circle.
Go halfway around circle, continuing onto Main Street.
Go through first stop light. At next light, bear right, passing the pond.
At blinking stoplight, continue straight.
Stay on Route 218 (it takes a 90 degree right in town).
Go up 218 being sure to take the first pullout for a great view of the Hudson River.
Continue up the mountain to 9W south. Be sure you get on 9W south, not north!
Go to traffic circle and continue straight on 9W south.
Take first right to Bear Mountain.
Continue until you see Perkins Memorial Drive.
Take Perkins Memorial Drive to top of Bear Mountain.
On a clear day, you can see the skyline of Manhattan if you look carefully.

When you come back down the mountain, you can return by reversing the directions above, or you can take a right when you get to the bottom of Perkins Memorial Drive and then follow the signs to Seven Lakes Drive.
Stay on Seven Lakes Drive and enjoy great views until you get to Route 6 West. Take a right on Rt. 6 West to Route 32 North, continuing until you see Woodbury Common Premium Shopping Outlet on your right.
Go past Woodbury Common by about 1 mile into Central Valley.
Take a right on Smith Clove Road at the traffic light in Central Valley (there is a Chinese restaurant on your right). Smith Clove Road eventually turns into Angola Road.
Go about 8 ½ miles and you will pass Jones Farm on your left.
Cromwell Manor Inn is on your left after Jones Farm.

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Sunday, March 13, 2011

Hudson Valley Wineries Tour | 2 Days

Buy local, Eat Local, Drink Local. Enjoy a 2 day Hudson Valley Wineries Tour and stay local at one of NY's top 10 inns, Cromwell Manor Inn.

Conveniently located in the Hudson Valley Shawangunk Wine Trail area, Cromwell Manor Inn is a great place to call home while discovering some of the local wineries the Hudson Valley has to offer. A nice way to enjoy a day of winery hopping is to stop at the local market first to pick up some savory snacks or picnic lunch to enjoy at the wineries as the views are spectacular and worthy of lingering. Here is a sample of a Hudson Valley Winery Tour for your next weekend visit. All the wineries listed on this tour are open year round on weekends.

Day 1

Benmarl Winery

Located on 37 scenic acres overlooking the Hudson River and Berkshire Mountains beyond, their wines are artisan-made, aged carefully in oak or held in stainless steel until ready. They offer 15 different varieties for purchase and several for tasting. Benmarl Winery is known as America's oldest vineyard.

Stoutridge Vineyard

Stoutridge Vineyard is a half mile from the beautiful Hudson River on the south-east facing slopes of a ridge of land on which grapevines and fruit trees have been continuously planted for 200 years. They are a gravity winery meaning that they don't use pumps or filters in their winemaking. All of their wines are sold exclusively at the winery.

Whitecliff Vineyards

This vineyard's 70-acre property surrounds a tasting room that includes a large deck with spectacular views of the white cliffs of the Shawangunk Ridge. Their tasting includes a minimum of 6 wines.

Brimstone Hill Vineyard

The vineyard is over 13 acres and the small winery building houses a cozy tasting room overlooking the vines. Following the French tradition, Brimstone Hill grows 4 varieties of grapes including Chardonnay, Reisling, Cabernet Franc and Pinot Noir. All of their wines are made on premises.

On your way back to the inn for the evening, you may wish to stop for dinner first at one of the area's restaurants.

Day 2

Brotherhood, the oldest winery in the U.S., has the largest underground wine cellars in the country. Brotherhood's award winning wines include Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and Riesling.

Palaia Vineyards & Winery

Palaia Vineyards is located in a 200 year old barn on land once owned by Aaron Burr. Nestled in the clove of two mountains, the view of the vineyard is perfect from either their enclosed deck off the tasting room in the winter, or the main stage tent out on the lawn in the summer. They process all their award- winning wines right in the barn, and many are made from grapes grown at their Sweet Clover Farm.

While these wineries are open all year on weekends with longer hours during the summer and fall, there are a few other wineries along this trail that are open for part of the year. You may wish to add these wineries to your tour therefore extending your stay in the beautiful Hudson Valley!

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