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Hudson Valley Restaurant Week 2012

Hudson Valley Restaurant Week, March 18-31, 2012, is the perfect time to discover world-class dining while exploring the scenic, historic and agricultural wonders of New York’s famed Hudson River Valley.

This culinary extravaganza runs a full 14 days, including two weekends, making it tantalizing for those looking for a tasty overnight getaway. More than 185 participating restaurants will offer three-course prix-fixe dinners at $29.95 and three-course lunches at $20.95.

NEWBURGH, New York – Hudson Valley Restaurant Week, March 18-31, 2012, is the perfect time to discover world-class dining while exploring the scenic, historic and agricultural wonders of New York’s famed Hudson River Valley.

This culinary extravaganza runs a full 14 days, including two weekends, making it tantalizing for those looking for a tasty overnight getaway. More than 185 participating restaurants will offer three-course prix-fixe dinners at $29.95 and three-course lunches at $20.95. Participating restaurants are located in seven counties (Westchester, Rockland, Putnam, Orange, Dutchess, Ulster and Columbia) along the Hudson River from north of New York City to just south of Albany.

The beautiful Iron Forge Inn in Warwick, NY is one of over 185 restaurants participating in Hudson Valley Restaurant Week. The two-week event runs from March 18-31. Find the full list of restaurants and make your reservations at www.hudsonvalleyrestaurantweek.com

Last year’s event drew more than 200,000 diners, and for good reason, stresses Janet Crawshaw, Hudson Valley Restaurant Week organizer and publisher of The Valley Table magazine, the recognized authority on all things food related in the Hudson Valley. “The Hudson Valley food scene is truly vibrant,” she says. “The Valley is home to the Culinary Institute of America, the country’s foremost cooking school. Plus, we have many celebrated artisanal cheese makers, world-class wineries and distilleries, and some of the top chefs in America.”
It’s no wonder, Crawshaw states, that The Lonely Planet, a leading travel website and travel guide publisher, recently named the Hudson Valley as the  #2 pick on their 2012 top ten list of places to visit in the U.S., notable for its farm-to-table foodie options.

A jaunt to the region can easily become a gastronomic adventure. To whet the appetite, visitors to the Hudson Valley during Restaurant Week can enjoy relaxing in an elegant spa, antiquing in quaint river towns, touring national historic landmarks, sampling wines and beers at local vineyards and breweries, tasting cheeses and other locally-produced foods at farm markets and catching the first sap run at maple-sugaring operations. Many will want to include a visit to the renowned Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park on their itineraries.

Because of the Valley’s strong agricultural base, the use of locally-produced ingredients on Restaurant Week menus is part of the event’s appeal. “Chefs go all out to use ingredients produced in the Hudson Valley, from venison, duck and heritage pork to artisanal cheeses, wines and seasonal fruits and vegetables,” Crawshaw says. “Our chefs find both inspiration and amazing ingredients in the surrounding farms, orchards and vineyards.”
Lots of cities, towns and villages have become hot dining destinations within the Valley. Surrounded by bucolic Columbia County, Warren Street in the city of Hudson is known for its many fine restaurants, including the new Café Le Perche.  Dining spots such as Crave and The Artist’s Palate are breathing new life into downtown Poughkeepsie. White Plains is home to 42, a sophisticated dining experience on the 42nd floor of the Ritz Carlton Hotel. By contrast, dining on the river is always a treat, whether you are at Torches in Newburgh, The Red Hat in Irvington or Hudson House Inn in Cold Spring.

Hudson Valley Restaurant Week is presented by The Valley Table in partnership with Dutchess County Tourism and Westchester County Tourism. Major sponsors are M&T Bank, WHUD Radio, The Gold Standard, The Culinary Institute of America, Hudson Valley Bounty, Crown Maple Syrup and Millbrook Vineyards and Winery.

To consult the list of restaurants participating in Hudson Valley Restaurant Week 2012, as well as hotels offering special overnight rates, go to www.HudsonValleyRestaurantWeek.com.

To obtain a free Hudson Valley travel guide, call 1-800-232-4782. Online tourism resources include www.travelhudsonvalley.com, www.hudsonrivervalley.com and www.hudsonriver.com.

Travel to the Hudson Valley

By Car
The Hudson Valley is well-served by a network of highways. The New York State Thruway (I-87), the Taconic State Parkway and I-95 are the main North-South routes and I-90, I-84 and I-287 are the main East-West routes.
By Train
 Metro-North trains run frequently on three lines from Grand Central Terminal in New York City to Poughkeepsie, Wassaic and Port Chester. Enterprise rental car pick-up can be arranged at many stations along the way.   Amtrak stops are at New Rochelle, Yonkers, Croton-Harmon, Poughkeepsie, Rhinecliff and Albany.
By Air
 Commercial air service brings passengers from all over the country into the Hudson Valley. Airports include Westchester County Airport in White Plains, Stewart Airport in Newburgh, Albany International Airport in Albany, plus LaGuardia, JFK and Newark Liberty Airports.

Click here to see the Restaurants participating in the event, menus and reservations.

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