Special Trips for Spring
Saturday's begining March - Hike and Winery Trip
We'll pick you up in midtown and transport you up along the beautiful Palisades to our first destination, Bear Mountain. Enjoy a short hike (approx 2 miles) at the top, while taking in the breathtaking scenery around you. We'll stop for lunch at the top so that you can dine while admiring the plethora of colors that Spring provides. After lunch, we'll make our way to America's oldest winery, Brotherhood Winery. There, we will go on a tour of the winery and attend a wine tasting in order to sample the great wines that Brotherhood produces there. Your tour includes, water, snack, lunch, loaner backpack, all fees at the winery, a take home wine glass, a coupon for the winery (in case you've sampled something that you want to purchase) and round-trip transportation.
Sunday's beginning in March - 4 - 5 mile Mine Hike
This is a newly added hike for 2012! Hike is approx 4-5 miles and includes spectacular views, lakes, a waterfall and many mining sites. Your tour includes water, snack, backback, choice of lunch and round trip transportation.
Wednesday's - Woodbury Common
Wednesdays = Woodbury Commons Shopping Our day will begin with your pickup in midtown. We will make our way across the George Washington Bridge admiring the scenery along the way. Woodbury Commons Outlet Center provides some of the best outlet shopping on the east coast. Enjoy a full afternoon of shopping and best of all, know you wont be fighting for a seat on a crowded bus. Our van takes only small groups so that you can end your shopping day with a pleasant trip back to the city. Your tour includes a coupon booklet for use at the center.
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Bald Mountain Hike
This hike begins just above the level of the Hudson River and ascends over 1000 feet to the summit of Bald Mountain. It starts on a gentle grade that crosses a small stream over a wooden bridge. It is on an old woods road that the British forces used to attack Forts Montgomery and Clinton in 1777. It then continues up along a stream where the trail starts a steep accent to a pass between The Timp and Bald Mountain. It then continues to the summit with exceptional views north of Bear Mountain, the Bear Mountain Bridge, Hudson River, Anthony’s Nose and West Point Military Academy. Looking south you can see the Manhattan skyline. At the top is an old abandoned iron mine known as the Cornell Mine. This trail has some challenging areas suited for an intermediate level hiker. Total distance is 5 miles.
Revolutionary War Historic Tour
Experience the struggle that soldiers faced over 200 years ago while trying to gain control of the Hudson River. The first stop of this three museum tour is the Stony Point Battlefield. This beautifully landscaped park sits on top of a 200 ft high overlook with commanding views in every direction. The museum here houses a collection of artifacts found on the grounds as well as a detailed account of the battle. Also here is one of the oldest lighthouses on the Hudson. Second stop is the Fort Montgomery State Historic site. This is where the Continental Army had a chain that stretched completely across the Hudson River to block ships from gaining access to the North. The museum here has an impressive collection of artifacts, dioramas, life sized soldiers and a movie detailing the battle for this fort. There are impressive views of the Bear Mountain Bridge and a 300 ft suspension bridge that links both forts Montgomery and Clinton together. The final stop is the West Point Military Academy museum. Upon arriving you will have a choice of either visiting the museum or taking a guided bus tour. If you choose to visit the museum, you will find an extensive collection of weapons and armor dating back thousands of years. There are three floors with detailed dioramas describing battles that shaped our world thru the millennia from the beginning of recorded history. There is also a movie that explains the history of West Point and the military academy. A large gift shop is available to purchase souvenirs. If you opt to take the guided bus tour, you will gain access to the grounds of the academy and learn about the historical buildings that sit on the grounds of West Point. Please note that the bus tour is run by West Point Tours. Tickets are subject to availability upon arrival, a government issued ID is required and an additional fee of $12.00 per person would be paid directly to West Point Tours. Time at West Point for either the museum or the bus tour is 1 hour. $125.00/per person USD
Doodle Town Hike
Once a thriving community with over 100 homes, businesses, churches, hotels and a school. Doodletown was acquired, one property at a time, by the Palisades Interstate Park Commission from the years 1920 to 1980. None of the homes or buildings remain but you can walk down Main Street and imagine what is was like when people lived there. Plaques are located along what is now a wooded road that shows the building that was once there. A companion book is available which has maps, pictures of every property, and the stories of people who lived there. This is considered a beginner lever hike as it travels along a gently sloping path. Total distance approximately 2 miles.
Bear Mountain Hike
This hike is both the most challenging and easiest hike offered. For those that want a hard core workout, we will climb 1,300 feet to the summit of Bear Mountain. Those who choose to stay behind can enjoy a leisurely stroll around Hessian Lake, see a beautiful carousel or enjoy the hospitality of the Bear Mountain Inn. (Under renovation now. Will re-open October 2011) This is a very difficult trail with very little level terrain. It begins with a steep accent up over hundreds of steps of cut stones. Arriving at the top, you are greeted by a beautiful tower made of granite stones that has unobstructed views in all directions. Hikers are free to climb the stairs inside the tower to reach the top. You can see Manhattan and the Catskills Mountains all at once. The trail descends steeply down the north side back to the Bear Mountain Inn. Total distance is only 3 miles but it is all either up or down. This is for advanced hikers only.
West Mountain Hike
This tour starts with a stop at a small bookstore that has an extensive collection of books and maps on the Hudson Valley. The hike begins with a gentle climb that becomes increasingly difficult as you reach the top of West Mountain. The trail merges with the Appalachian Trail and continues for just over a mile along a ridge overlooking the Catskill Mountains to the west, Bear Mountain to the north and the Hudson River to the east. There is a steep decent to an old woods road that leads thru old pine forests. This is a vigorous trail for the beginner-intermediate hiker. Total distance approximately 4 miles.
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