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Hudson Valley Explorer

deluxe weekend dining car train journeys

 Departing from New York City

 Choose your overnight destination:

Lake George, Saratoga Springs or Southern Vermont

 

2014 Season:

  June 21-22, 28-29;  September 27-28

October 4-5, 11-12, 18-19

October 17-19 only:

Luxury NYC to Vermont Bed 'n Breakfast Train

 

For one-day dining journeys from New York City see our Wine 'n Dine Train!

Its a fantastic weekend escape through the Hudson River Valley and into the Catskills.  Join us for a delightful outing complete with majestic sightseeing, fine dining and fun entertainment.  Choose one great destination option where you will relax overnight on Saturday evening and wake-up to explore on Sunday:

Option A:  Lake George

Option B:  Saratoga Springs

Option C:  Vermont

        

Travel in comfort free from crowds and traffic hassles aboard our exclusive 1950's streamlined-era Pullman Dining Car "Epicurus".  Relax as you wind along the mighty Hudson River for over 300 miles roundtrip.  Enjoy awesome views of the Hudson River Valley you'll never see from any highway.  Sights include West Point, Bannerman's Castle, Storm King Mountain, Bear Mountain, Hudson Highlands, stately mansions, massive bridges, and a myriad of picturesque sailboats, barges, tugboats and lighthouses.  Never lose your sense of place as our large GPS monitors continuously pinpoint location of the beautiful surroundings.  Experience first-hand the greatness of the Hudson that has inspired so many artists, poets and writers.

              

Dining aboard the Epicurus is always a special event as our chef prepares savory meals for your dining pleasure.  Each day a traditional five-course "dinner in the diner" is served restaurant-style complimented by fine china and snow white linens.  Choose onboard from a Meat, Seafood or Pasta entree.  Soothing music enhances the experience. 

The return trip to New York City is a special treat as you experience a majestic Hudson River sunset, after which we'll dim the dining room lights to enhance your twilight riverside views.   Following dessert tap your feet as the train comes alive with song, dance and video.  

     

Destination Option A: Lake George

Disembark the train at Fort Edward station, located in the foothills of the Adirondacks and immerse yourself in the many pleasures of sparkling Lake George....a wonderful family destination.  Within walking distance of the village you can visit Fort William Henry where a crucial French & Indian War battle occurred.....Splash away the heat at the Million Dollar Beach or in your hotel pool....Wander the haunted halls of the House of Frankenstein Wax Museum....Taste award winning wines at the Adirondack Winery....Browse the boutiques and arcades....take a candle lit Ghost Tour....thrill to great nightlife....discover your inner monkey at the Adirondack Extreme Adventure Course....or catch a breeze aboard an open-air horse-drawn carriage.  Of course no trip to Lake George is complete without a scenic cruise on an authentic Paddlewheel Steamboat

Lake George region Special Events Dates:

June 21-22: Summerfest

September 20-21:  American Music Festival & Fireworks

September 20-21:  Adirondack Balloon Festival  (Queensbury)

September 20-21, 27-28:  Oktoberfest @ Great Escape (Queensbury)

October 10-12: Oktoberfest Arts & Crafts Show

October 5, 12, 19: Fright Fest @ Great Escape (Queensbury)

 

 

           

Destination option B: Saratoga Springs

"Perfect from Start to Finish" Saratoga Springs boasts dozens of famous mineral springs, spouting geysers, soothing mineral baths, The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame, art galleries [incl. The Tang], great golf courses, a classic automobile museum, boutiques, fine dining, nightlife, dance museum, gaming, thoroughbred racing, an antique carousel as well as peaceful places to stroll, bike and swim.  History comes to life at Saratoga National Park...site of the turning point of the American Revolution. 

Saratoga Springs region Special Events Dates:

June 28-29:  Saratoga Jazz festival

June 28-28: Saratoga Opera

October 12:  Gore Mountain Harvest Fest

 

   

Destination option C: Vermont

Our final destination is Vermont...a complete escape from city life that will immerse you in the rural charms of the Green Mountain state.  Reserve a guided backroads tour (discounted $25 fee; advance reservations required) and explore the lush valley between the Green Mountains and the Taconics.  Its a land of Maple Sugar Houses,  Covered Bridges,  Dairy Farms, Waterfalls and Scenic Hilltops/Gorges.  Alternatively guests may visit the Norman Rockwell Museum, Wilson Castle or take a walking tour of Downtown Rutland and explore over one-hundred buildings that are listed in the National Historic Register including the Chaffee Art Center.  During summer and early fall guests may choose to leave the fast pace of everyday life behind with a relaxing mile and a quarter ride up to the top of 4,241-foot Killington Peak aboard the enclosed K-1 Gondola for thrilling views of five surrounding states and Canada.  Sports enthusiasts will enjoy swimming, hiking, kayaking, caving, mountain biking, golf, disc golf and rock climbing.

Overnight in a cozy hotel or a traditional Vermont Bed 'n Breakfast Inn.

Rutland region Special Events Dates:

September 28; October 5, 12: Killington Hay Festival

October 12:  Art in the Park Fall Festival

 

Charming Vermont Bed & Breakfasts we feature:

 Maple Crest Farm   Antique Mansion   Applewood Manor

Maple Crest Farm on YouTube

     The Porch Relax on our shady porch where thereís nearly always a breeze.  Itís a great place to have early morning coffee, afternoon cocktails, or naps at any time of the day!

NY Times Weekend Explorer: "The Hudson's New Wave"

 

 
:: All-Inclusive Package

 

Deluxe Rail Travel roundtrip aboard our exclusive Pullman

Dining Car "Epicurus"

Complimentary Five-course

Dinner served en route daily

Complimentary Beverages

 en route including wine, beer

and cocktails

One Night Standard Hotel or standard Bed 'n Breakfast

incl. Breakfast* & Taxes

Services of Dining Car Host/Concierge/Guide

   

*******

Fare:

$349 per guest

 

Fare is per guest Double/Triple Occupancy Hotel.  Upgrade to Single Occupancy Hotel $50.  For upscale Bed 'n Breakfast accommodations with full private bath add $50 per guest

 

*Many (but not all) hotels utilized provide complimentary Continental or American Breakfast.  BnB's may not be available during peak Autumn weekends.   Limited hotel availability during July in Saratoga Springs and Lake George.

Dining Train Timetable

(subject to change)

Saturdays                 Sundays

 Northbound          Southbound

3:15pm.....New York City....10:50pm

3:39pm.......Yonkers, NY.......10.16pm

3:58pm......Croton-Harmon.....9:55pm

6:00pm.Rensselaer/Albany.7:53pm

6:50pm..Saratoga Springs....6.47pm

7:10pm..Fort Edward, NY*..6.25pm

8:24pm......Castleton, VT.....5.24pm

8.48pm.......Rutland, VT.......5.05pm

9:18pm...North Creek, NY**..3.45pm

*Fort Edward-Glens Falls station  servicing the Lake George Region.  Taxi fare approximately $20 one-way.

**Via Saratoga and North Creek Railway.  Separate ticket required.  Limited summer hotel availability. 

Roundtrip guests seated at tables are guaranteed riverside seating in at least one direction.  Seating requests will be honored in the order in which paid reservations are received.  All tables comfortably seat 4 guests.  

Ride our Wine 'n Dine Train

for one-way

northbound fare of $169

* * * * * *

Ride our Saratoga Dining Train

for one-way

southbound fare of $109

 

Printable Amtrak Timetable pdf

Train serves Pennsylvania Station in New York City.

Special Fares for groups numbering 12 or more guests.

Custom group itineraries and exclusive luxury railcar charters available.

Personalized arrangements may be available for guests wishing to extend their vacation additional days.

Discount rates available for pre/post journey hotel lodging in New York City.

 

Terms and Conditions

 

 

Let us entertain you!

 

 

Sample Dinner Menu

[menu changes weekly]

Goat Cheese & Asparagus Ravioli w/Sage Cream Sauce

Hearty Lentil & Ham Hock Soup

Mediterranean Salad

Charcoal Broiled Sirloin Steak

Grilled Sea Scallops

Stuffed Breast of Chicken

served w/ Golden Mashed Potatoes & Chef's Vegetable

Warmed Crispy Sfogliatelle Pastry or Home-made Vermont Apple Pie

 

 

 

 

Limited Capacity....purchase here online now to avoid disappointment!

2014 Travel Dates

Hudson Valley Explorer

Double/Triple Occupancy Hotel

$349 per guest

 

Hudson Valley Explorer

Single Occupancy Hotel

$399 per guest

 

October 04-05
October 11-12 Sold Out--Call to Waitlist.
October 18-19
Gift Certificate
Luxury NYC - Vermont B 'n B Train:  October 17-19 $2490 per guest (dbl. occ.) Enjoy over 600 scenic miles roundtrip by luxury excursion train (double occupancy stateroom) from New York City to Burlington, Vermont with stops to explore Rutland, Middlebury and the remarkable Shelburne Museum; fare includes meals & attractions.
Optional Vermont Backroads Sightseeing Tour $25 per guest

Telephone Information & Reservations:

(908) 688-7277     (800) 292-7245

 

Thank you again for your warm & generous hospitality aboard the "Epicurus" ...a great experience...." S.P. NY,NY

"We wish to thank you for a wonderful, wonderful trip.  We'll never forget it.  The scenery was beautiful, the food and accommodations great....

We are telling all our friends about your tours"....D.H. West Trenton, NJ

"All six of us thoroughly enjoyed our Hudson Valley explorer trip...." E.S. NY, NY

 

RAILPACE NEWSMAGAZINE REVIEW  (July 2012)  (pdf)

 

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