What better way to celebrate summer in the Valley than from behind the handlebars of your trusty bike? Explore our lovely region — and nab freebies while you’re at it!
Where: Great Freedom Adventures. 877-545-1864; www.greatfreedomadventures.com
What’s special: Great Freedom Adventures tours include more than just time cruising rural back roads on a bicycle. Jeanne Rummel, founder and owner, has discovered the best artisanal cheese-making farms, micro-breweries, sunset sails, hiking trails, iconic homesteads, mansions, and gardens. Rummel also recommends upscale lodges and shops along the way.
The deal: Get $500 off per person for up to three guests that book together on one reservation; $600 off per person for four or five booking together; and $700 off per person for six or more on one reservation. Book by August 31 (this extended booking time is exclusive for Hudson Valley Magazine readers; offer ends July 15 otherwise). Price before discount is $1,650 for six days/five nights. The program includes some lunches and all but one dinner. On the Hudson Valley trip, enjoy dinner at the renowned Culinary Institute of America; hike at Poet’s Walk, Washington Irving’s inspiration for “Rip Van Winkle”; visit vineyards for wine tastings; cruise past a historic lighthouse; and visit area mansions. Lodging, all breakfasts, most meals, guides, van support, entrance fees where required, and other region-specific costs are included in the tour rate, with the exception of alcoholic beverages and guide gratuities. Hudson Valley Magazine readers also receive an extra lunch.
When: Aug. 7-12 and Oct. 2-7