With so much to explore at Pond Lily, you would be forgiven for spending your entire stay on the property. If you or your guests should wish to venture further afield, Columbia and Duchess Counties offer a variety of attractions. Here is a selection:
Lake Taghkanic State Park
Neighboring Pond Lily, a large number of outdoor recreational activities can be enjoyed in this stunning state park. Activities include hiking and biking, swimming, boating, fishing and hunting. Cross-country ski, ice skating and ice fishing are permitted when conditions are appropriate.
Olana State Historic Site
This Persian masterpiece of architecture and landscaping is the home and estate of Hudson River School painter Frederic Church. Hiking, picnicking, birding, snow-shoeing and cross country skiing are available seasonally along with programs and special events.
Tanglewood Music Festival
The Tanglewood Music Festival is a music festival held every summer on the Tanglewood estate in Lenox, Massachusetts in the Berkshire Hills in western Massachusetts. The festival consists of a series of concerts, including symphonic music, chamber music, choral music, musical theater, contemporary music, jazz, and pop music.
Historic Town of Red Hook
The Town of Red Hook comprises the northwest quadrant of Dutchess County, and contains a number of villages, among them charming Tivoli; Barrytown, site of the Unification Theological Seminary; and Annandale-on-Hudson, the home of Bard College. Spend the afternoon antiquing at the Annex Antiques Center, visit Poet’s Walk (a romantic landscape park) and Tivoli Bays (popular with hikers, bird-watchers and canoeists).
Tousey Winery has 15 acres of Chardonnay, Riesling and Pinot Noir under production and is located overlooking the Hudson River and the beautiful Catskill mountains. All wines are available to taste along with other products grown and made on the estate.
Hudson Antique Dealers Association (HADA) – Hudson
70 antique shops fill five historic walking blocks on Warren Street in the City of Hudson, which has become widely recognized as a premier antiques and art center in America.
Dutchess County Fair
For six days each August, the bucolic fairgrounds on Route 9 in Rhinebeck plays host to nearly half a million patrons. The second largest county fair in New York State is the showplace for agriculture in Dutchess County. Over 144 acres of finely manicured gardens and grass create the beautiful setting for thousands of farm animals, agricultural exhibits and horticultural displays.
Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome
The Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome is a true “living” museum of antique aviation located in the historic town of Rhinebeck, New York. Presenting one of the largest collections of early aeroplanes in the world, many of which regularly take to the air for thrilling demonstrations during weekend airshows. The Aerodrome features aeroplanes, automobiles, motorcycles, early engines and memorabilia from 1900-1935. In addition to the airshows, there are four museum buildings displaying aircraft form the Pioneer Era, World War I and the Lindbergh/Barnstorming era. The colorful era of early aviation is brought back to life amidst the roar of rotary engines and is great entertainment for all ages.
FASNY Fire Museum of Firefighting – Hudson
The FASNY Museum of Firefighting is the home of the premiere collection of American firefighting artifacts in the world.
Ancram Opera House
The Ancram Opera House is an intimate theatre with lovely acoustics and a raked stage, in the center of Ancram. It offers a unique set of programs including yoga classes, concerts, theatrical and literary events.
Hillrock Estate Distillery
Hillrock is the first U.S. distillery since before Prohibition to floor malt and hand craft whiskey on site from estate-grown grain. The estate features a Georgian house overlooking the Distillery and 100 acres of farmland growing heirloom varieties of rye and barley. The Distillery complex is comprised of the Malthouse, Granary and Visitor Center as well as the Distillery which features a custom made 250 gallon copper pot still.
Bard College, CCS-Hessel Museum
The Center for Curatorial Studies and Art in Contemporary Culture is an exhibition and private liberal arts college dedicated to the study of art and exhibition practices from the 1960s to the present, located just south of the village of Tivoli. Presenting exhibitions of contemporary art year-round on Bard’s Hudson River campus with a permanent collection of works by Janine Antoni, Sol LeWitt, Robert Mapplethorpe, Bruce Nauman, Cindy Sherman, Christopher Wool, and others. The CCS Bard Library and Archives, speakers’ series and gallery talks are free and open to all.