Nestled in rolling hills, fertile farmland, and spectacular mountain views, Dutchess County is blessed with a moderate climate for the northeastern United States. Average monthly temperatures range from 16 degrees in January to 86 degrees in July. Variable weather patterns and seasonal changes contribute to the area’s unmatched beauty. The County is home to several large corporations and hundreds of small businesses that help fuel and strengthen our local economy and keep residents employed.
Dutchess County also boasts popular tourism attractions including: The Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site, Library and Museum, the Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site, the Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site, the Culinary Institute of America, Dutchess Stadium, home of the Hudson Valley Renegades baseball team, the Bardavon 1869 Opera House, the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College, the Mid-Hudson Civic Center and McCann Ice Arena, and the Young-Morse Historic Site–Locust Grove.
There are also beautiful wineries, public gardens, arboretums, a zoo, pick-your-own farms and an extensive network of parks and recreation centers with facilities for boating, swimming, walking, picnicking, biking, fishing, golfing, bird watching, camping, skiing, skating, ice sailing, equestrian events as well as hiking along rail trails. In fact, public parks total 3,329 acres of land and the county offers 14 public golf courses.