We're still in the midst of summer, but it doesn't hurt to start laying out holiday travel plans. You may not know it, but the Hudson Valley region around the Shawangunk mountains (or 'Gunks as they're often called), are home to numerous wineries, including some of the oldest in New York State. Just 90 miles north of New York City, the 'Gunks host the annual Wreath Wine Trail Fineries at the Wineries festival each November and December. And this year, the historic Caldwell House Bed & Breakfast in Salisbury Mills has introduced a two-day Wine Trail Hopper package for thirsty couples.
On the weekends of November 22-23, December 6-7 and December 13-14, 2014, wine fans can take a self-guided tour of the Shawangunk Wine Trail called Wreath Fineries at the Wineries. On this self-guided tour, guests will receive a souvenir tasting glass and a handmade grapevine wreath. Visiting as many of the 14 wineries as you like during the weekends scores you tastings as well as an ornament to add to your wreath.
Among the wineries involved: Adair Vineyards, Applewood Winery, Baldwin Vineyards, Benmarl Winery, Brimstone Hill Winery, Brotherhood Winery, Clearview Vineyards, Demarest Hill Winery, Glorie Farm Winery, Palaia Vineyards, Robibero Winery, Stoutridge Vineyard, Warwick Valley Winery and Whitecliff Vineyard.
Non-locals should consider Caldwell House's Wine Trail Hopper package. for about $900 for two people (plus tax), guests receive a two-night stay at the Caldwell House B&B, 2-day admission to the Wine Trail Fineries at the Wineries event, private transportation and a designated chauffeur to as many of the wineries as you'd like to visit and complimentary three-course breakfasts. An optional one-day package runs about $600 per couple, plus tax. Each room includes full private bath (some with Jacuzzi tubs), smart TVs with Netflix and Hulu, iPads and free WiFi.
The Wine Trail Hopper Package is available the weekends of November 22, December 6 and December 13, 2014. A limited number of rooms are available. For more information, call 800.210.5565 or visit caldwellhouse.com
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