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Travel Essentials

Amtrak Empire Service between Albany, Hudson or Rhinecliff, NY and Penn Station, NYC.

Amtrak 449 Lake Shore Limited between Pittsfield and South Station, Boston.

Bard Bus and Shuttle  On select summer weekends, Bard offers round-trip bus service from Manhattan’s Lincoln Center directly to the Fisher Center, exclusively for performance ticket holders: $30 round-trip. Reservations are required. Box dinners can be ordered in advance for $10. Bard also offers shuttle service from and to the Poughkeepsie Metro-North train station for select performances: $10 each way.

Mega-bus between Albany and Ridgewood, N.J. and Penn Station, NYC.

Metro-North Railroad between Wassaic, Dover Plains, or Poughkeepsie, NY and Harlem (125th Street)  or Grand Central Station, NYC.

Peter Pan Bus Lines  Boston/Albany route serving Albany, Great Barrington, *Lee, Lenox, *Pittsfield, Stockbridge, Williamstown, and Boston South Station and Boston Logan Airport  (*greater frequency, better fares). NYC/Williamstown route serving Williamstown, Lee, Stockbridge, Great Barrington, MA, or Canaan, CT and Port Authority Bus Terminal, NYC.

Roosevelt Ride Free Shuttle  Free round-trip shuttle service daily (summer through October) from the Poughkeepsie train station to Hyde Park, Val-Kil, the Vanderbilt Mansion, Top Cottage, and the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum so Metro-North train passengers can tour historic sites without a car. For reservations and tour info, call the Wallace Visitor Center: 845-229-5320.

Weather Underground
The radar is especially useful for tracking snow, sleet and thunderstorms.

Gas Prices
The price of gas at many of the stations in your zip code and those immediately surrounding it.

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Harvest Festivals Across the Region

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Dowtown Salisbury last fall; photo by Pamela Wyeth

Is Columbus Day Weekend our Mardi Gras, the final fling before the serious business of preparing for winter?  This peak-leaf weekend offers many ways to spend all-day outdoors, surrounded by golden foliage. Whether you are searching for homespun hospitality or something grander, here are some of your options in three states:
 
Rural Intelligence Road Trips Hawthorne Valley Farm Fall Festival
A Harvest Parade, children’s games, crafts, farmers’ market, live-wolf and birds-of-prey presentations, puppet shows, hay rides.
327 Route 21C, Harlemville; 518.672.7092
Saturday, October 11
10:30 AM - 4 PM

 
53rd Annual Salisbury Fall Festival
In the twin villages of Salisbury and Lakeville, every church (Orthodox, Episcopal, Roman Catholic, Congregational, Methodist) participates in this harvest festival, along with local merchants and the Scoville Library. There are pancake breakfasts, rummage sales, book sales, a chili cook-off, a scarecrow contest, live music, and hay rides for the kids. On Saturday evening, there’s also Lakeville Gallery Night with openings at Argazzi Art, Morgan Lehman and The White Gallery,
Route 44, Salisbury, CT: 860.435.0051
October 10 - 12

 

Rural Intelligence Road TripsThe Berkshire Coaching Weekend
In case you never realized that Lenox and Stockbridge have been grand resort towns for more than a century, the two communities’ Chambers of Commerce have gotten together to produce a weekend that celebrates that history. Horse-drawn carriages will pass through Stockbridge and Lenox this weekend, and they can be viewed up close at noon on Saturday, October 11, at Shakespeare & Company, on Sunday, October 12, at the Norman Rockwell Museum, and on Monday, October 13, at The Mount.
October 11 - 13

Looking Glass Garden’s Octoberfest
A benefit for the Sandisfield Fire & Ambulance Department, this one-day festival, on Sunday, promises pumpkin carving, hay rides, live music, and face painting.
October 12
 


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