March in Hudson Valley is a month of transition: the cold retreats, ever so slowly…and you can literally see, right before your eyes, the sleepy towns starting to awaken to resume outdoor life and Spring activities. Warmer temperatures invite us to come back outside, little by little, and reward us with some gorgeous natural sights and fun things to do. Many March activities are family-friendly and involve some great chances to reconnect with friends and loved ones. The Millbrook Inn is centrally located among these Hudson Valley events with many requiring a short drive. Explore the best that a Hudson Valley has to offer in March with this handy guide.
For more information on March activities and events, give us a call. We look forward to meeting you!
- Location: Manor Ave, Annandale-On-Hudson, NY
- Distance from us: 33.4 miles
The Fisher Center at Bard, a performance hall on Bard University Campus on Annandale-On-Hudson, New York, offers live performances to the public, and their season starts in March! Performances include opera, jazz, and classical music; dance programs, and theatrical shows. This month, you can enjoy a live discussion between Harvey Fierstein and Justin Vivian Bond; a unique dance program performed by Bard students; and the Bard Conservatory Orchestra’s version of the famous opera, Salome. Check the Fisher Center at Bard’s website from showtimes and ticket prices.
- Location: Varies
- Distance from us: Varies
Adams is an enormous market that is renown for showcasing the foods and products from the best farms in the Valley, and during the first part of March, Adams Landscaping crew puts on Annual Lawn and Garden Show to celebrate the end of Winter! Each show creates colorful spring displays of flowers, waterfalls, trees, and stone walls. You can also browse DIY areas and pick up helpful hints and tips related to gardening and lawn care. While you’re there, you can pick up a great cup of coffee made with a beans from a local roaster, and walk the aisles to see why the Hudson Valley is the breadbasket of the East. Best of all, Adams Fairacre Farms Garden Shows are free to attend. For dates and locations, check the Adams Faircare Farms website.
- Location: 271 Halls Corners Rd, Dover Plains, NY
- Distance from us: 3.9 miles
Maple Weekend is a New York state event that takes place March 19-20 and March 26-27. Millbrook has a lot of maple trees; and in March, we go maple crazy. Maple Weekend is a great chance for visitors to see New York’s bustling maple sugar making process and tradition at the hottest maple syrup used by chef’s all around the country. This popular event also provides visitors with a chance to sample pure maple syrup. Crown Maple’s estate, just down the road from the Millbrook Inn, participates in this annual event.
- Location: 47 McCourt Road, Dover Plains, NY
- Distance from us: 3.7 miles
Maple Weekend can’t happen without Millbrook’s local Maple farming family at and Soukup Farms. Visit this authentic farm for maple tours; walk through the maple woods, and learn how saps become maple syrup! Enjoy a delicious breakfast, homemade maple donuts, and a relaxing walk through the beautiful farm and its maple trees. Make sure you visit the onsite farm store, where you’ll find a variety of excellent products made with Soukup’s maple syrup.
- Location: 179 Bowen Rd, Stanfordville, NY
- Distance from us: 17.0 miles
Looking for a great place to honor St. Patrick’s Day? Try Taconic Distillery, one of Hudson Valley’s premier distilleries. They use the natural spring water found on their 155-acre farm to create distinctive bourbons and rye whiskeys. To add flavor to their whiskeys, they distill below 160 proof and avoid chill filtering. You can stop by Taconic Distillery’s tasting room on any Saturday from 12:00 noon until 6:00 p.m. No reservation needed. Beer, wine, and soft drinks are also available, and you can even enjoy lawn games at their scenic Hudson Valley farm.
- Location: 10 N Chestnut St, Beacon, NY
- Distance from us: 26.2 miles
Denning’s Point Distillery is another excellent Hudson Valley distiller. They produce a variety of spirits, including bourbon, gin, vodka, and apple brandy. (They even have a coffee bourbon.) They use grains and fruits from local farmers to produce their award-winning products. For example, Beacon Apple Brandy uses apples from Wappingers Falls Meadowbrook Farm. Tastings are in the afternoons, on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. A small charge is required (currently $5.00). You can also enjoy a selection of unique cocktails when you visit Denning’s Point Distillery.
- Location: 282 Millbrook School Road, Millbrook, NY
- Distance from us: 12.0 miles
While the Trevor Zoo is open year-round, Spring is always the best time to visit…when animal babies are born and are a joy to watch! The zoo, located on the campus of The Millbrook School, a local boarding school here, consists of 180 animals from 80 different species, including eight endangered species. The zoo is open for groups or single tickets. Work out your spring fever with a trip to one of the most popular Dutchess County destinations. Children 3 and under are free