If you are looking for a fun, relaxing, and local weekend trip idea, Benmarl Winery could be a great option!
In this post, you can find everything you need to know to plan a perfect day trip from New York City to Benmarl Winery and Vineyard and enjoy nearby attractions in the Hudson Valley area. I also want to note here that this winery is kid friendly. We loved our wine tasting experience while our son explored the vineyards!
Visiting Benmarl Winery and Vineyard
When it comes to finding a good winery and a vineyard to hang out near New York, you do not need to look too far. Benmarl Winery, located in Hudson Valley, is one of the most famous wineries. It is one of America’s Oldest Vineyard. Through its deep history, quality, and commitment, Benmarl Winery has earned its reputation. Here are some highlights to know before you visit.
Benmarl Winery is located about 80 miles away from New York City in Marlboro, NY. It is spread on 37 acres overlooking the Hudson Valley. Best way to get here is by car but you may also get there via Metro-North from the Grand Central Station.
I highly recommend using a car to make the best of your weekend trip and explore the nearby attractions as well.
Wine Tasting and Food
Food is served a la carte here. No matter what you decide to order, keep in mind that they are very famous for wood-fired pizza made on-premises, and is delicious! Another excellent option for you is to get the cheeseboard that pairs incredibly well with wines on the menu. I cannot speak much about other food options, but these two are a must if you want something good to pair with your wine. Regarding wine tasting, you can get four glasses of wine to taste for $15. There is a lot of variety to choose from. Later you may also purchase the bottles.
When to Visit
Benmarl Winery is open year-round. During the warmer months, the guests have a choice to be seated on the outside patio overlooking the greenery of the Hudson Valley. During fall the foliage colors make the view even prettier. We have been here on both warm and cold days. The views outside/during warmer days are undoubtedly the best.
While the outdoor setting is charming, visiting this winery during winter days can also be lovely and cozy. We have had an opportunity to spend a day here during a winter storm, and the experience was Magical. Snow falls outdoors and a cold breeze paired with delicious wines and warm customer service inside.
Benmarl Winery is Kid and Pet Friendly
Benmarl winery is kid and pet-friendly! I am not sure how many parents are reading this post, but if you are one of them, then this may excite you. If you are parents like us who do not have babysitters lined up during the weekends, you will appreciate this place. I admire the flexibility that this place offers to busy parents looking to visit yet still be around with kiddos.
My son loved exploring vineyards and hanging out outdoors eating delicious snacks!
Valentines Day Special at Benmarl Winery
A winter trip to Benmarl Winery can be as charming as during the summer days. During a snow day, you will love the winter ambiance if you visit this place. In addition to regular winery visits, there is an added benefit to visiting this place in winter. Benmarl Winery offers an annual Valentine’s Day Wine and cheese pairing in February. This could be a beautiful couples trip to enjoy the romantic setting in one of the most charming wineries near New York City.
If you sign up for Valentine’s day special, expect a board of assorted cheeses, fruits, jams, and chocolates paired with four different types of wines. We loved trying out different flavors and tasting a variety of assortments. If you are looking for a small Valentine’s day date to pair with other activities, visiting Benmal Winery and Vineyards makes a perfect choice.
Attractions nearby Benmarl Winery
To make the day more adventurous, explore Bermarl Winery nearby attractions. You may Explore outdoor art at Storm King Art Center or take a long walk on the Walkway Over The Hudson.
Storm King Art Center
Storm King Art Center is an open-air museum located in Hudson Valley, NY and is roughly 30 minutes drive away from Benmarl Winery. This museum will find some of the largest outdoor sculptures in the United States. The museum is stretched over 500 acres of land. It is a great day activity for couples and families with kids.
There is just so much space for everyone and so much to explore. No matter how many times you visit the place there is always a change of exhibitions and programming so expect a lot of new artworks throughout the season. This is one of my favorite places to visit during weekends.
We have visited Storm King Art Center a few times. The best thing is to hike the trails and connect with nature while also exploring modern art. Besides outdoor museums, this place offers various educational digital content on its website. There you can find some creative activities, online exhibitions, and more. Consider exploring Storm King before or after your wine tasting at the Benmarl Winery.
For an extra romantic day out, order a date night box from Krush Dates and bring it with you in nature! We have tried two of their themed boxes and had so much fun! You could make s’mores on a picnic blanket, enjoy chocolate fondue, or many fun themes that will add a touch of fun experience to your trip.
Walkway Over The Hudson
Before you head back, and if you have more energy for the day, head over to the Walkway Over the Hudson. Since this attraction is only 15 minutes away from Benmarl Winery and Vineyards, it makes a very convenient spot to stop by before or after the wine tasting. Take a stroll on the bridge and enjoy Hudson river views. According to walkway.org, the walkway over the Hudson is the longest elevated pedestrian bridge in the world. It is 212 feet tall and 1.28 miles long.
If you are up for the more activities in the Area, the author Polly Sparling shares 25 activities to do in the Hudson Valley
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