One of New York State’s original twelve counties, Dutchess County retains a great deal of history and its lasting impact remains. Located in the Mid-Hudson Region of the Hudson Valley on the New York–Connecticut border, Dutchess is halfway between New York City and Albany making it an ideal landing spot for commuters and weekend trippers.
Well-connected to the city by mass transit, this 825-mile county contains a wide variety of experiences, from the scenic beauty of the Hudson Valley to historic landmarks, yearly festivals, and more. Whether in cities like Poughkeepsie, Beacon, and Rhinebeck or the quaint towns and villages dotted throughout the county, you’ll find many artistic offerings, including New York’s oldest theater and performance space designed by Frank Gehry. Outdoor enthusiasts enjoy everything from kayaking to golf to horseback riding. Shopping options range from Poughkeepsie Galleria to antique shops and flea markets.