Duchess County, N.Y., is in the heart of the Hudson River Valley. The region has many fine German restaurants, with each having its own special way of making German food. Several bike tours go through the quaint towns of Rhinebeck and Pleasant Valley as well as the Hudson River Valley. Approximately 30 miles of the Appalachian Trail pass through Duchess County. This provides ample opportunity to hike trails like Harlem Valley Rail Trail, Hyde Park Trail and others. With 14 golf courses, golfers will find the perfect course to suit their game. Duchess County offers opportunity for fishing along the Hudson River in a variety of locations. Lakeside Park and Taconic State Park have boating and rentals, swimming and cross-country skiing in season
Bavarian Manor Restaurant
Bavarian Manor Restaurant is part of a country inn. The restaurant serves German and American food. It has a program that uses students from the Culinary Arts of America and the California Culinary Institute to cook in the kitchen. The menu has delicious German appetizers like potato pancakes, fried mushrooms and herring in sour cream. The German specialties on the menu include wiener schnitzel breaded veal, sauerbraten, bratwurst German sausage served with potatoes and sauerkraut. All dinners are served with salad, red cabbage and spaetzle homemade noodles. Grilled entrees include chicken and beef. Dessert includes Black Forest cake, apple strudel, parfaits and specialty coffees. It is open Thursday through Sunday evenings. The bar serves wine, beer and spirits along with complimentary snacks from 6 to 8 p.m. on Fridays. Enjoy the atmosphere of a quaint country inn and fine restaurant in one location.
Bavarian Manor Restaurant
866 Mountain Ave.
Purling, NY 12470
Gus's Restaurant and Tavern
Gus's Restaurant and Tavern serves delicious German and American food in a relaxed, casual atmosphere. The full-service bar has a menu for appetizers. The regular menu has German appetizers like a German antipasto with salami, ham, cheese and peppers, smoked trout, smoked wild salmon, and escargot snails in white wine and broth. The lunch menu has soup, salads, sandwiches and daily specials. Side dishes of German potato salad and spaetzle are offered. Hot luncheon specials include roast loin of pork, bratwurst, broiled cod and more served with vegetable, potato bread and butter. The dinner menu features bratwurst, sauerbraten ,Hungarian goulash, steak, pork loin and filet of cod. It has is a full-service bar and weekend entertainment. Some special events are the Oktoberfest held in September and the Garlic Festival the same month.
Gus Restaurant and Tavern
10 Quassick Ave.
New Windsor, NY 12553
The Traveler's Rest is a German-American restaurant where you can enjoy food in a casual elegant atmosphere. The daily four-course dinner specials include appetizers, salads, entrees and desserts. Some of the main entrees include Bavarian sauerbraten with red cabbage and dumplings, Norwegian salmon, wiener schnitzel, and chicken and shrimp. Side dishes include potato pancakes and homemade spaetzle. The desserts include cheesecake and Black Forest cake. The specials menu changes daily. The regular dinner menu has more choices and a la carte items. It is an elegant, upscale restaurant.
Ossing, NY 10562
Joan Russell has been a freelance writer for many years. She writes on variety of topics, including food, health, gardening, travel and education. She's written for the Christian Science Monitor, IGA Grocergram, Home Cooking, Atlantic Publishing and Duclinea Media. She has a B.A. in journalism/communications from the University of Bridgeport and an A.S in food service management from Naugatuck Valley Technical Community College.