The town of Poughkeepsie is a peaceful, mostly residential community on the Hudson River. Funky in parts, scenic in others, the town is home to Marist College and the historic Vassar College, a recognized arboretum.
The trip is about an hour and a half on the Metro North and can be even quicker by car, via the Taconic.
Parks & Rec
The Poughkeepsie Farm Project, whose mission is to build a more sustainable Hudson Valley, hosts classes on organic farming education and training.
Arts & Culture
Vassar College's Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center brings the work of famous artists to the Hudson Valley.
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