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Follow This Food-Filled Day Trip Along the Metro-North Hudson Line

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Riding the Metro-North isn’t just to get to and from New York City. It’s one of the best ways to ditch the car and explore small towns in the Hudson Valley. And what better way to explore than with a food tour? The Hudson Line runs along the eastern shore of the Hudson River, ending in Poughkeepsie. Out the window you will see Bannerman Island, bald eagles flying during peak seasons, and beautiful mountains across the river that attract tourists year-round.

Now, we’re taking you off the train and to some of our favorite spots to munch, starting in Tarrytown.

Savor breakfast at The Bakehouse

At the Tarrytown station

We aren’t leaving the train station for this one. The Bakehouse is a full coffee bar serving breakfast and lunch daily in the historic Tarrytown train station. We’re here for a sweet treat, with fan favorites being the crumb cake cup and apple turnover. The eatery has everything from cinnamon, chocolate, apple and cherry danishes to ham and Swiss and bacon and cheddar quiches. It’s a casual spot, so don’t expect bells and whistles. This is a hidden gem, with high-quality food coming out of a small kitchen.

2 Depot Plaza, Tarrytown

Before getting back on the train: Pierson Park is a short walk away, offering river views and a walking path with benches to sit out and look at views of the Tappan Zee bridge and the lighthouse. For those in a spooky mood, the famous Sleepy Hollow Cemetery is less than two miles away. It’s a beautiful cemetery with recognizable names, but most will be excited to cross the Headless Horseman Bridge.

Grab a coffee and snack at the Peekskill Coffee House

Four-minute drive or 18-minute walk from Peekskill station

This is one of the locals’ favorite coffeehouses, with lattes that are works of art done by talented baristas. This place has so much charm, with food and drinks to match. It serves coffee frappes, fruit smoothies, and the classics we all love like espressos and macchiatos. The crepes, including the batter, spreads, and compotes, are all made in-house (and gluten-free and vegan options are available). The choice between sweet and savory is a hard one, but either way you are in good hands.

101 S Division St, Peekskill

Before getting back on the train: If you are there on a Saturday, head to Peekskill Farmers Market, held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. starting in June through the end of November on Bank Street. Looking for a break from all of the food already? Peekskill has intriguing local shops, like Bruised Apple Books, which is filled with an array of used books from floor to ceiling. Book lovers are in for a treat because the Field Library Bookstore isn’t too far away either. The best part about exploring towns on the Hudson Line is that they all have amazing waterfront parks. Head to Riverfront Green Park for a backdrop of the Hudson Highlands, kayakers, swans, and occasional barges.

Savor lunch at Hudson House

Five-minute walk from Cold Spring station

We’ve been snacking all day, but it’s about time for a proper sit-down meal. Hudson House, just a short walk from the train station, offers Americana favorites in an elegant atmosphere right near the river. Start lunch off right with homemade Maryland crabcakes or steamed Littleneck clams before moving onto mains like the signature Hudson House black angus burger or a New England lobster avocado roll.

2 Main St, Cold Spring

Before getting back on the train: It’s true that Cold Spring is known for its hiking destinations that are walkable from the train station, like Breakneck Ridge. However, that’s a day trip in itself. Cold Spring offers so much more, including antique shops up and down the main street where you can find tchotchkes to bring home with you. Don’t miss out on the Cold Spring Antiques Center, which has several vendors within its walls.

Enjoy ice cream at Beacon Creamery

13-minute walk from Beacon station

The Beacon Train Station is only a short walk from Main Street but be forewarned that it’s an uphill trek. At the end, you’ll be greeted with the first shop you see: the Beacon Creamery. It offers a wide selection of flavors that alternate frequently, including pumpkin in the fall. The shop has other unique flavors like ginger, chai, lavender, and cappuccino Kahlua.

134 Main St, Beacon

Before getting back on the train: Beacon has a mile-long Main Street that offers many blocks of boutiques, art galleries, bars, and cafes. If you want to grab something to drink, Beacon is the spot to do it. The Vinyl Room offers cocktails all day long, Pillow & Oats Brewing is a go-to for hazy IPA lovers, and wine bars like Reserva and Paul Brady Wine make it easy to sample new-to-you vintages. Cheers!

Finish your day with dinner at Mahoney’s Irish Pub in Poughkeepsie

At the Poughkeepsie station

We’ve made it to the last stop on the Hudson Line, and we’re in Poughkeepsie. Located in the same parking lot as the train station, Mahoney’s is just as much of a hub for Irish fare as it is for happy hours and weekend hangouts. Swing by to sample favorites such as Lou’s seared salmon filet or “piggy” mac, or lean into all things Irish with dishes like bangers and mash and corned beef and cabbage.

35 Main St, Poughkeepsie

Before getting back on the train: Head to the Walkway Over the Hudson for sunset. It’s the world’s longest elevated pedestrian bridge, spanning 1.28 miles over the Hudson River. Go as short or long as you’d like. Either way, it’s the perfect way to end a food-filled day before hopping back on the train.

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