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Tour 9 - Fire Tower, Wine Tasting & Castle
(Putnam & Dutchess County, NY)


We will start our tour at 7 am in midtown Manhattan, 8th Avenue between 33rd and 34th Street (by Duane Reade) DON'T BE LATE! Come 15 minutes early to sign in.

You will be greeted by your tour guide for the day. You will sign our liability waiver, and after departure a light breakfast will be served on board the van.


We will first drive to Putnam County where we will hike to the tallest existing fire tower in New York State by Nimham Mountain. The fire tower is 90 feet tall and sits 1340 ft in elevation.

Rarely will you be rewarded with such stunning views with a relative small effort. The hike to the tower is an relatively easy 1.5 miles (roundtrip) on a wide gravel road.


The tower was recently restored in 2005 and from the top you can on a clear day see to the south to New York City, west to the Catskills and north to the Taconics and Berkshire Mountains.


We will then drive north to Dutchess County. Here you will experience an informative and enriching tour of Millbrook Winery. The winery was called "The Hudson Valley's flagship winery" by the New York Times.


The tour will leave you with an insider's view of the entire wine making process, from careful tending of the vineyards to the Winemaker's art of vinification. 

The wine tour is capped off with a complete and informative tasting of current vintage Millbrook wines. The Wine Tasting includes a sampling of six different wines. (Minimum age 21 years old for the Wine Tasting)

We will enjoy a lunch by the Millbrook Winery, sit by one of the ponds and enjoy the natural surroundings.


Last stop on for the day is Wings Castle. The castle is build by artists Peter and Toni Ann Wing starting in 1970. Along with a love affair of castles came a love of anything old.

This house/museum has many antique memorabilia and collectibles, everything from military to primitive trinkets. 


The house has been featured on many TV shows and has been the backdrop of many music albums, movies, and fashion shoots. Come see for yourself and hear the story about how the idea of a castle became a home. It was all accomplished using 80% recycled materials.



We will drive back to NYC. Arrival back at approximately 7 pm.




Hines Tours reserves the right to alter the itinerary, plans and arrangements for the tour, if in the judgment of Hines Tours it becomes advisable to do so.




ID: Please bring a valid government issued identification. (Adults only)

CLOTHES: according to the weather,Upstate NY is usually about 10-15 degrees cooler than NYC.

FOOTWEAR: Good walking shoes/sneakers. We do not recommend wearing sandals, dress shoes or high heels.

WATER: In a plastic bottle, especially on hot days. Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration.

CAMERA: With extra film/memory highly recommended. You will experience breath taking scenery.

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CASH: Although our tour is classified as an "all inclusive". It is advisable to bring some cash for souvenirs, snacks for the bus ride back and gratuities for the guide which is left to your discretion.

AN OPEN MIND: Although this is a recreational/leisure tour, you will also learn about the wine making and history.


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