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Travel Essentials


By Train or Bus

Amtrak Empire Service between Albany, Hudson or Rhinecliff, NY and Penn Station, NYC.

Amtrak Lake Shore Limited between Pittsfield and South Station, Boston.

Bard Bus and Shuttle  On select summer weekends, Bard offers round-trip bus service from Manhattan’s Lincoln Center directly to the Fisher Center, exclusively for performance ticket holders: Starting at $25 round-trip. Reservations are required..

Mega-bus between Albany and Ridgewood, N.J. and Penn Station, NYC.

Metro-North Railroad between Wassaic, Dover Plains, or Poughkeepsie, NY and Harlem (125th Street)  or Grand Central Station, NYC.

Peter Pan Bus Lines  Boston/Albany route serving Albany, Great Barrington, *Lee, Lenox, *Pittsfield, Stockbridge, Williamstown, and Boston South Station and Boston Logan Airport  (*greater frequency, better fares). NYC/Williamstown route serving Williamstown, Lee, Stockbridge, Great Barrington, MA, or Canaan, CT and Port Authority Bus Terminal, NYC.

Roosevelt Ride Free Shuttle  Free round-trip shuttle service daily (summer through October) from the Poughkeepsie train station to Hyde Park, Val-Kil, the Vanderbilt Mansion, Top Cottage, and the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum so Metro-North train passengers can tour historic sites without a car. For reservations and tour info, call the Wallace Visitor Center: 845-229-5320.

By Air

Albany Airport, Albany, NY (ALB)
Bradley International Airport, Hartford, CT (BDL)
Logan International Airport, Boston, MA (BOS)
New York City Airports (JFK, LGA, EWR)

Weather Underground
The radar is especially useful for tracking snow, sleet and thunderstorms.


Berkshire County

Tourist Information
Berkshire Visitors Bureau
Adams Visitors Center   (413) 743-8358
Lee Chamber of Commerce
Northern Berkshire Tourist Info   (413) 664-6180
Downtown Pittsfield
Discover Pittsfield
Southern Berkshire Chamber of Commerce
Stockbridge Chamber of Commerce
Williamstown Chamber of Commerce
Destination Williamstown

Rental Cars
Enterprise  (413) 443-6600
Hertz  (413) 499-4153

Rainbow Taxi, Pittsfield (413) 499-4300
Transport the People, Pittsfield   (413) 443-7111
Tobi’s Limousine Service, Inc., Lenox (413) 637-1224
Park Taxi, Lee (413) 243-0020
Abbott’s Limo & Livery Service, Lee   (413) 243-1645
American Cab Co., North Adams (413) 663-3000

Albany Medical Center
Albany, NY
(518) 262-3125

Berkshire Medical Center
Pittsfield, MA
(413) 447-2000

Fairview Hospital
Great Barrington, MA
(413) 528-8600

North Adams Regional Hosptial
North Adams, MA
(413) 664-5000

Columbia County

Tourist Information
Columbia County Tourism
Go To Hudson
Lebanon Valley Heritage Center

Rental Cars
Enterprise  (518) 828-5492

Colubia Transport, Inc., Hudson   (518) 822-1010
Crossroad Chaffeur (long distance)  (518) 392-2775
Green Bee We Taxi, Chatham
Hudson City Transport, Hudson   (518) 822-8880
Riverview Taxi, Hudson

Columbia Memorial Hospital
Hudson, NY
(518) 828-7601

Dutchess County

Tourist Information
Dutchess Tourism
Red Hook Chamber of Commerce
Rhinebeck Chamber of Commerce

Rental Cars
Avis, Poughkeepsie   (845) 462-7400
Budget, Poughkeepsie   (845) 3504

Allen’s Taxi, Poughkeepsie   (845) 2411
Anthony’s Taxi Service, Poughkeepsie   (845) 485-9090
Mid-Hudson Limo Service, Poughkeepsie   (845) 473-5177
Chariot Limo Town Car Service, Red Hook
Taximan, Amenia   (845) 789-1242

Vassar Brothers Medical Center
Poughkeepsie, NY
(845) 454-8500

Mid Hudson Regional Hospital of Westchester Medical Center
Poughkeepsie, NY
(845) 483-5000

Northern Dutchess Hospital
Rhinebeck, NY
(845) 876-3001

Litchfield County

Tourist Information
Discover Northwest Connecticut
Western Connecticut Visitors Bureau
Connecticut Office of Tourism (NW Connecticut)

Rental Cars
Hertz, Torrington   (860) 496-9999

NM Taxi Co., New Milford  
Patriot Taxi, Torrington   (860)869-4111

Charlotte Hungerford Hospital
Torrington, CT
(860) 486-6666

New Milford Hospital
New Milford, CT
(860) 355-2611

Sharon Hospital
Sharon, CT
(860) 364-4141

Historic Homes, Museums & Gardens

Adams, MA
Susan B. Anthony Birthplace & Museum

Annandale-on-Hudson, NY

Montgomery Place
A 434-acre intact Hudson River Valley estate

Athens, NY

Howard Hall Farm a laboratory for restoration training

Austerlitz, NY

Old Austerlitz

Germantown, NY

Clermont an early Hudson River estate

Home of Hudson River School painter Frederic Church

Hudson, NY

The American Museum of Firefighting

Hyde Park, NY

Home of U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt

The Vanderbilt Mansion relic of the Gilded Age

Kent, CT

Sloane Stanley Museum artist’s studio and tool collection

Kinderhook, NY

U. S. President Martin Van Buren house

Lenox, MA

The Mount Edith Wharton’s estate and gardens

Frelinghuysen Morris House & Studio Cubist paintings in a Modernist house

Ventfort Hall the Gilded Age Museum

New Lebanon, NY

Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon

Pittsfield, MA

Hancock Shaker Village

Arrowhead home of Herman Melville.

Rhinebeck, NY

Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome aircraft and auto museum; air shows

Wilderstein Historic Site elaborate Queen-Anne style house of the Suckleys. 

Poughkeepsie, NY

Locust Grove home of Samuel F.B. Morse

Sheffield, MA

Ashley House c. 1735 house; oldest in Berkshire County

Staatsburgh, NY

Mills Mansion house remodeled in Beaux Arts style by McKim, Mead & White

Stockbridge, MA

Chesterwood Estate & Museum home of Lincoln memorial sculptor Daniel Chester French

Mission House 1739 house with Colonial Revival garden

Naumkeag McKim, Mead & White summer cottage and gardens

Williamstown, MA

The Folly at Field Farm Modernist house and sculpture garden