This undated photo provided by Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture in Pocantico Hills, N.Y., shows one of the farm’s pigs. (AP Photo/Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture, Nicole Franzen)
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Exploring the region north of New York City isn't just for locals, and autumn is one of the nicest times of year to do it. The Hudson Valley offers history, culture and outdoor attractions with Hudson River scenery as a backdrop, just an hour or two from Manhattan. Open daily, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. through October, and until 5 p.m. November-March; adults, $9 for the museum ($18 if you add Springwood; Val-Kill and Top Cottage are separate), http://www.fdrlibrary.marist.edu/museum/.A short drive from Hyde Park in Poughkeepsie, this bridge offers a scenic stroll across the Hudson River, 1.28 miles (2 kilometers) each way, 212 feet (64 meters) above the water.The Hudson Valley's historic sites range from Philipsburg Manor, an 18th-century farm and mill, to Sunnyside, the riverside home of Washington Irving, the 19th-century author of "Rip Van Winkle" and "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow".The Hudson Valley is an hour or two by car from Manhattan, depending on your destination.From the MetroNorth train station in Tarrytown, it's a 10-minute cab ride to Stone Barns or to where Kykuit tours meet at the Philipsburg Manor Visitor Center.
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