The City of Poughkeepsie is located in New York's scenic Hudson Valley - about 80 miles north of New York City. Getting there:
By Plane: Poughkeepsie is near the following airports:
- Stewart International Airport: The closest airport, but offers limited direct flights to major destinations. There are direct flights from Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, Detroit and Philadelphia. Airlines include Delta, JetBlue and US Airways. Rental cars available.
- Westchester County Airport: About an hour south of Poughkeepsie, but a good alternative to the congestion of the 3 major international airports around New York City, if you aren't looking to spend time in the City. Rental cars available.
- Albany International Airport, It's about an hour and a half north of Poughkeepsie, but the drive down I-87S is easy, making this a decent alternative to the New York City airports. Rental cars are required and available at the airport.
- The NYC Airports - Newark Liberty International Airport, John F. Kennedy International Airport and LaGuardia Airport: JFK and Newark have public transit into Manhattan, or taxis are available at all three airports. (Tip: a taxi from Newark is pricey, so instead use public transit or book a private car, which is actually cheaper.) Once in Manhattan, you can then take the train to Poughkeepsie (see By Train a little farther down), but this would be a very long day. We recommend staying overnight or longer in Manhattan if you choose this route. Even better, stay in Brooklyn near us! Our families will be at the Aloft New York Brooklyn Hotel and the Hotel Indigo Brooklyn, right across the street.
Poughkeepsie is about 80 miles north of Manhattan -- a little less than 2 hours in normal traffic. If you drive up to Poughkeepsie the day of our wedding, please allow ample time to get there as roads to the Hudson River Valley get busy during summer and early fall, even on weekends. Please click on the following link for driving directions to Locust Grove.
Taking the train (Metro North Railroad, "Hudson" line) is a great option for those coming to Poughkeepsie by way of NYC but who don’t want to rent a car in NYC. All Metro North trains leave from Grand Central Terminal, one of our favorite places in the world. (Tip: don't mix things up and go to Penn Station, one of the ugliest places in the world.) Locust Grove and the wedding hotels are a 2 mile taxi ride away from the train station in Poughkeepsie. Express service between Poughkeepsie and Grand Central Terminal is about 1 hour and 30 minutes, and local service takes a good bit longer. One way fares are between $17 and $23 per person. For train schedules and fares visit the MTA website.
Things to do in the Hudson Valley:
We encourage you to spend a few days in the Hudson Valley, which is exceptionally beautiful and fun in August and September. You will have to rent a car. All major rental car companies are available in Poughkeepsie. Neat nearby towns include New Paltz, Beacon, Cold Spring, Rhinebeck, Hudson, Hyde Park (and the Roosevelt Mansion) and Bear Mountain. There are plenty of wonderful hiking trails, farms and wineries between those places, too. Below please find a list of things to do in and around Poughkeepsie.
Walkway over the Hudson: The Bridge, that connects Poughkeepsie to Highland on the other side of the Hudson river, was built in 1888 as a railroad bridge. Today it is the largest pedestrian park in the world. Being 212 feet over the Hudson River it gives you a great view of the unset and the skyline of Poughkeepsie and Highland.
Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum (15 minute drive from the center of Poughkeepsie).
Shopping: Woodbury Commons - Premium Outlets
Please visit the following websites for further information:
Restaurant and bar recommendations:
- Coyote Grill - Good bank for your buck; in walking distance from both wedding hotels
- Schatzi's Pub - Great German beer pub in downtown Poughkeepsie
- The Mill House Brewing Company - Fun brewery, serving food in downtown Poughkeepsie
- Ice House on the Hudson - Nice restaurant with outdoor seating and a million dollar view
- Lola's Cafe - Great for breakfast and lunch; right by the entrance of "Walkway over the Hudson"
- Shadows on the Hudson - Great Hudson Valley views ; 21$ all you can eat brunch on Sundays
- Brasserie 292 - French Bistro (a little on the fancier side), good food and wine selection
- The Artist's Palate - New American cuisine (little more upscale)