Summer Fun in the Hudson Valley 2011
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Ride the Rails
For a unique way to see the upper Valley, consider hopping aboard the Catskill Mountain Railroad. Staffed and maintained by an all-volunteer group of rail enthusiasts, this train follows the former Delaware and Ulster line — which at one time ferried bluestone, fresh milk, and other products into New York City, and brought back hundreds of thousands of tourists to the Catskill Mountain House and other luxury hotels. The “Esopus Scenic Train” travels between Phoenicia and Boiceville, offering stunning views of the mountains, the Esopus Creek, and local wildlife. The 12-mile round-trip excursions take about 90 minutes, and run from Memorial Day weekend through Oct. 30. Two “Twilight Limited” rides (offered on July 9 and Aug. 20) feature live music, refreshments, and a nighttime journey along the route. During the trip, be sure to stop off at the Empire State Railway Museum in Phoenicia. Housed in the circa 1900 railroad depot, the site details the history of steam travel in the region from the latter part of the 19th century through the 1940s.