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

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The Mount: Drop by for a Drink

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The masterminds behind The Mount, the troubled but on the mend (we hope) Edith Wharton property in Lenox, have had an idea so brilliant it gives us hope for the historic site’s future.  On Friday and Saturday evenings throughout July and August, the cafe there will remain open from 5 to 8 to serve wine and hors d’oeuvres.  In other words, at the very hour when Wharton herself would have taken a break from writing her masterpiece, The House of Mirth (on any well-considered list of the top 10 English-language novels), to walk the magnificent grounds when the light is at its most beautiful and to relax on the terrace, so may we.  Moreover, like Wharton, we get to park the Duesenberg for free, and we may enter without so much as a dime changing hands.  If afterwards, you realize you had a magical moment there, and hope to do it again next summer, we suggest you sit down at once and write The Mount a big, fat tax-deductible check.

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