Hi Hounds, I need your counsel:
I am planning a weekend trip with my girlfriend from NYC to celebrate our anniversary. We are late-20's, serious foodies and looking to get out of the city for some bucolic autumn scenery, fresh country air, art/antique browsing, and most importantly, great food & wine. 2 fabulous and memorable dinners, with local farm to fork cusine, must be at the heart of the trip. Where should we aim to stay and eat--Rhinebeck, New Paltz, Red Hook, Hudson? Is it worth doing a winery tour in the area?
The Mount Merino Manor in Hudson and the Emerson Resort in Mt. Tremper were both recommended to me. Can anyone share experiences at these places or shed light on the restaurant scene in the Upper Hudson Valley?
We spent some time last winter in Lenox and Stockbridge, MA and enjoyed the Berkshire country experience. I have been to Hyde Park and eaten at ICE but not for a long time.
Some our our favorite restaurants in NYC are Blue Hill, Saul in Brooklyn, Mas, Babbo, Gotham Bar & Grill, and Apizz, to name a few.
Any advice would be so appreciate as I am trying to put together a special (and surprise) weekend.