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Tulips at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie.

Meet Mary, a Poughkeepsie native. Step inside her Poughkeepsie, New York state of mind.

The best resources for learning about Poughkeepsie

The Poughkeepsie Journal, Deal Chicken or Sweet Jack. Hudson Valley Weather on Facebook.

Your go-to locale for…

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Apple Pie Bakery at The Culinary Institute of America.

The hotel you always book or recommend to friends, and why:

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Locust Grove.

The Courtyard Marriott on Route 9 in Poughkeepsie. It’s a central and convenient location. [It is] also located next to Locust Grove, the historic Samuel B. Morse estate.

The ONE thing visitors must see or do, and why:

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Walkway Over the Hudson.

Walkway Over the Hudson: Beautiful river views, it’s the longest walking bridge in the country. Connects to the Rail Trail and the Franny Reese hiking trails.

Your favorite hidden (or not so anymore) gem, and why:

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Vassar College.

The Beech Tree, nice environment, affordable, good for a burger or a more upscale meal. Across from Vassar College.

Number of hours or days required in town for the “full” experience:

24 hours.

The town is great for what type of visitor:

Those who (are):

  • EPICURATE (the foodie)
  • RECREATE (the adventure-seekers and fitness gurus)
  • Other: History Buffs, to check out Hyde Park and the nearby historical estates.

The town is best explored by:


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