"Travelers411" Radio Show - July 04, 2015
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Chip Allemann, General Manager, The Garrison, Garrison, New York, USA.
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Golf, Fine Dining, a Cozy Little Inn and amazing views of the Hudson River

Travel Expert and Radio Show Host Stephanie Abrams talks with Chip Allemann, General Manager of The Garrison, about the 300 acre resort and country inn which offers golf and fine dining. Chip says his name is a nickname deriving from the saying "a chip off the old block" since he looks so much like his father. He is originally from Switzerland where his family heritage traces to the German part of Switzerland in what Chip says is a lesser known canton (state/province), Solothurn, Switzerland.

Chip Allemann attended school in Switzerland at the prestigious Swiss Hotel Management School in Lausanne which is a three and a half year program. Chip describes the school year as roughly divided in two. The first half of each of the first three calendar years is devoted to study at school while the remainder of the year is an internship lasting at least five months. During the first year study is focused on the kitchen, the second year is focused on service, and the third year is spent on the front office for hotel. The last five months of the program are dedicated to study of administration, at the school. Chip says he did his internships for Kitchen in Spain at El Rincon de Pepe restaurant in Murcia, just south of Valencia and Barcelona. He was exempted from doing the second year internship because of good grades and past experience working at the Beau Rivage Palace Hotel in Ouchy, Lausanne which he says is right next to the Hotel Angleterre and Residence. As a bit of an aside, Stephanie and Chip discuss one of Stephanie's experiences in Lausanne. According to Stephanie Swiss retailers hold massive sales at the end of the year due to tax laws for retailers that make it impractical to retain stock. Chip says the perfect time to visit Switzerland is in May.

After the Beau Rivage, Chip Allemann says he did a stage (internship) at the Hotel Farinet in Verbier, Switzerland. Later on he was running a club in Hong Kong which was part of the Club Corporation of America, some of whose members include the Pinehurst and the Hempstead. Through this group he says he came to know the people buying the Garrison, almost 16 years ago, eventually situating him at the Garrison in the Hudson Highlands.

How can a place that feels so far away be so close to NYC? This is a question Chip Allemann, General Manager for the Garrison says he is often asked. He says of the experience of being at The Garrison that its "relaxed realness". Stephanie agrees that it's an amazing escape. Chip comments that the attitude is very different from many other places. Even with Westchester County just to south, he says it’s a "completely different feeling". It’s the style and character of the Hudson Highlands and of the property, the depth of outdoor activities, hiking and walking that make it such a great place.

Travel Expert and Radio Show Host Stephanie Abrams says that The Garrison, just north of Westchester and about an hour north of New York City is a place travelers should put on their must visit list. She comments on its spectacular view and especially on some of the design elements which Chip attributes to Tony Chi, the properties designer. Out the windows Stephanie and Chip are looking at the Hudson Islands, which Chip describes as a ten to twelve mile stretch of river running through the Appalachian Mountains. He says it is the deepest and narrowest strip of the Hudson River.

The Garrison is the site of a public 18 hole golf course, the Valley Restaurant and bar, as well as an event space and Inn. Overnight accommodations are available, though Chip says with only 4 small rooms, it's not particularly large. He calls the golf course "old fashioned" and says newer golf courses tend to be more expansive with wider greens and fairways. In contrast, this Highlands course is narrow with close knit fairways, small greens, and visually can be a little intimidating and challenging which makes it very fun course to play.

Stephanie Abrams urges business to think about NY State as a venue for business meetings and retreats. She says The Garrison is an inspirational spot and is just an hour north of NYC and very close to major airports, yet fully off the beaten path in terms of landscape. Stephanie says to business people that their next big idea or quantum leap in thinking is not going to happen in their conference room. With a change of pace, environment, and scenery the creativity can flow and the next big idea can happen.

Chip Allemann, General Manager of The Garrison talks a bit about some other local draws for the region including Manitoga -- the Russel Wright Design Center. According to Chip, Russel Wright and his wife Mary were industrial designers of the 1940's and 1950's known for table top ware and dishes, etc. Their designs were top sellers during mid-century years and they wrote a book called "Guide to Easier Living". Chip says some other creative venues in the area include the Dia museum in Beacon and the Storm King Art Center.

Stephanie and Chip are enjoying the view from one of the main party rooms at The Garrison which is complimented with floor to ceiling windows presenting a view of the Hudson River, with dominating Storm King Mountain in the background. A notch is cut into the side of the mountain and is visible from Stephanie and Chip's vintage point. Chip says it is actually Rt. 218 which was built in the 1920's or 1930's and is the "only corniche in the Hudson Highlands". The road goes from West Point Military Academy around the mountain to Cornwall, New York.

The interview is closed out with a brief discussion about weddings at The Garrison. Chip says it’s a very popular venue with about sixty five to seventy weddings a year. Winter weddings are becoming popular too, and The Garrison is open year round and even during the winter its views are sure to be spectacular.

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Mary Kay Vrba, President and CEO, Dutchess Tourism, Dutchess County, Hudson Valley, New York, USA.
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Dutchess County in New York State is an Easy Escape From the Hustle and Bustle of New York City.

Travel Expert and Radio Show Host Stephanie Abrams is joined by Mary Kay Vrba, President and CEO for Dutchess Tourism, to discuss Dutchess County. They are on-location to record this interview in the new Dutchess Tourism offices which, Mary Kay says, they recently relocated to during January, 2015. Of the move, Mary Kay says it gives them a wonderful opportunity to meet visitors traveling on the Rt. 9 corridor.

Dutchess County is located in New York State's Hudson River Valley region and is located within easy reach of New York City via train or car. While an easy commute to NYC, the county has the added advantage of being far enough away from the city to find oneself in rugged wilderness. Stephanie describes exploring the region as a magical trail and a treasure trove of great finds to satisfy every interest range. With direct access to NYC via Metro North or the Harlem River line on the county's eastern side, it makes for a great and convenient escape from the city. Mary Kay Vrba says that whether for business or pleasure, if travelers are already on the east coast they should think about visiting Dutchess County. Stephanie suggests business travelers visiting NYC should plan to wrap up their business on Thursday and then take the train to Dutchess County for the weekend, before flying home.

Mary Kay describes Dutchess County and the Hudson River Valley as a gorgeous area with its southern portions accessible from New York City in as little as 15 to 30 minutes. She says the region is replete with great examples of Art, local history, fine food and culinary craft plus multiple recreational opportunities in the outdoors for physical activities. Tourists will find Dutchess County's proximity to NYC a benefit and a welcome contrast to the crowds in the big city.

Mary Kay thinks the county is the "best of both worlds" in that it's a restful and relaxing destination but affords the same or sometimes higher quality of experience that tourists might find in New York City. She points out a few examples including the Dia Center for the Arts in Beacon, New York (NY) which she describes as a 300,000 sq. foot contemporary art museum and mentions famous artists Richard Serra and Andy Warhol in particular who have some creations that are physically too large for most big city museums to have or dedicate space to. Mary Kay says that in the DIa visitors find a place and a space with beautiful natural light, right on the Hudson River. In addition to the Fine Arts scene Mary Kay mentions the region's draw for its wine country, lakes and ponds, local cheese and farm products and feels the region makes for a "great close totally different experience".

Mary Kay Vrba, current President and CEO for Dutchess Tourism, says she has been with the organization for over 20 years. She originally hails from the mid-west and grew up in a small town called Creighton, Nebraska. She says she went to primary school there and eventually attended college within the state before starting her career with a job in Nebraska's Parks and Rec Department. Later on, she moved to Illinois where she felt she eventually hit a glass ceiling in her career. At that point she decided to look on the east coast for opportunity and applied for a couple of jobs in the New York area. One of them was in Pawling, New York and in making the trip from NYC to get to the interview she drove up the Taconic State Parkway. She says that when she saw how beautiful the landscape of the region was she knew that she was in what was destined to be her new home. Travel Expert and Radio Show Host Stephanie Abrams says she is very familiar with the Taconic and the natural beauty of the landscape it traverses. She says that regardless of the season, weather or time of day it’s a beautiful drive. Mary Kay agrees that regardless of which season, the drive is remarkable. She says the changes of weather and cloud formations just add to the wonder and sheer natural beauty of the region.

According to Mary Kay Vrba, one of the best aspects of visiting Dutchess County in New York State's Hudson Valley region is that visitors get to discover something new every time they visit. If traveling by car, you can stop at the Taste of New York store located along the Taconic State Parkway, near Todd Hill and Rt. 55 which is the exit for Poughkeepsie and Pawling, New York. The store is situated on an island in the center of the parkway within a little stone house. The facility formerly was a small auto filling station and now serves as a farm market and tasting venue for the Taste of New York store. Stephanie is familiar with the location and thinks that it is in a fantastic location. Mary Kay says that Governor Cuomo has made a big push for Taste of New York and that the store changes products every four to six weeks. Customers can visit the store and then visit the local farms that produced the products ranging from cheese, restaurant pasta sauce, cannoli chips and more.

Once in Dutchess County travelers can find great locations to run, bike, and hike. The county is home to the longest pedestrian bridge in the world spanning 212 feet and extending over the Hudson River. Paths connect more than 30 miles of trails and the Bike Tour Guide publication explores eight different routes throughout the county. Bicyclists can explore back roads that pass by wineries and several historical sites including the FDR museum and library, the Vanderbilt museum, and the Culinary Institute of America. Enthusiasts looking for more challenging terrain can look to the Eastern part of the county which is dense with hilly land. Among planned summer 2015 activities in the Hudson Valley region is the Discover Hudson Valley Bike Ride in Poughkeepsie, New York, in the end of June.

Kayakers can take the train via Metro North to Beacon, in Dutchess County and dip into the Hudson River within five minutes. Local rentals of bikes and kayaks are available as are lessons. May Kay Vrba says Dutchess County is a great place to enjoy physical activity with great scenery and urges New Yorkers to pick up Metro North at Grand Central Station on New York City's 42nd street and enjoy the roughly 1 hour 20 minute trip to Dutchess. Travelers by train will enjoy scenery such as West Point Military Academy while they travel along the Hudson River. Mary Kay says a round trip NYC-Dutchess County train ticket costs about $38 as of press time. Train service is available on both sides of county via the Harlem Valley line and Metro North route running along the Hudson River.

Two new developments in the Dutchess County art scene are recent conversion spaces. The Wassaic Arts Project has utilized a former grain elevator by creating space on its levels for different artists and the old auction house makes space available for its artist in residence program as well as being host to a festival in July and August. Mary Kay Vrba describes the area as an incubator for bands, art, and local flavors. Fans of the Norman Vincent Peale book "The Power of Positive Thinking" will find the Peale History Center and Library in Pawling, New York. For those with an interest in looking at modern art, Mary Kay suggests taking a trip to the Richard Fisher Center for Performing Arts at Bard College in Annondale-On-Hudson which was designed by Frank Gehry. Visitors can also take n their music series, the Bard Music Festival.

Mary Kay says she began working for Dutchess Tourism as their Deputy Director in 2006 and that working for the group lets her share her passion for the area and inform people about all that Dutchess County has to offer in that it's a great place to visit, live, work and learn. On the subject of learning, Mary Kay tells us that the county is home to four major colleges including, Marist College, Vassar College and Dutchess Community College all in Poughkeepsie and Culinary Institute or America in Hyde Park. Mary Kay says that between these institutions students find strong programs ranging from Fashion Design, Liberal arts, Theatre, Culinary Studies and thanks to Bard College, degrees in Preservation, Territorial Studies and more.

According to Mary Kay, the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) has four restaurants which are open to the public and they just built an 800 seat theatre. Guests can now see a production after a meal thanks to an association with the Half Moon Theatre production company. The CIA is very close to Hyde Park, FDR's home. Dutchess County is also seat to the only home in America dedicated to a First Lady. Mary Kay calls the county's offerings "world class" and provides a long list of things people can only find in Dutchess including the world's longest pedestrian bridge and Hyde Park the home of the United States' only four term president. Additionally she recommends the Old Reinbeck Aerodrome which features air shows of World War One replica airplanes. Attendees can even go up and take a ride in some of the planes with special reservations. The air shows are performed throughout the summer every Saturday and Sunday from June through October at 2:30pm. Mary Kay suggests visiting the museum and arriving early to browse the museum's three buildings which filled with old cars, planes and motorcycles. She says you can book a ride on a plane, get the goggles and bring your leather hat to fully get in the spirit of antique flying.

Dutchess County isn't only about tourism, says Mary Kay Vrba, President and CEO of Dutchess Tourism. It has a rich tapestry of local business and industry. She says IBM maintains a significant presence in the area and still develops main frame computers at their facility. According to Mary Kay the area is also home to research and data call centers. She says The Gap operates a warehouse distribution center in the county as well. Also, there's a strong medical presence in the area, soon to be more so thanks to Vassar working on a 400 million dollar expansion. This means that if people want to take a trip or see family without worrying about nearby quality health care they should consider Dutchess.

Mary Kay informs listeners that in addition to medical facilities, the region is host to a wealth of health, nutrition, and spirituality services. For instance, the Omega Institute is a holistic retreat center with classes in yoga, nutrition, spiritual life with a variety of performances and music to allow visitors to get away and rejuvenate with hundreds of programs. The center also has a notable vegetarian cafeteria.

The region is replete with dining options and Mary Kay assures listeners that regardless of palette or diet needs you will find what you are looking for in Dutchess County. She mentions the county's Farm Fresh guide as a good resource. At least part of the reason for the density of quality dining in the region is thanks to the Culinary Institute of America being located within its borders.

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Frank Castella, Jr., President and CEO, Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce, 1 Civic Center Plaza, Suite 400, Poughkeepsie, New York 12601 , USA.
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Rich Kleban, Senior VP and COO, Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce, Poughkeepsie, New York, USA.
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