Now, if you are anything like myself, you too must be captivated by the ruins of Bannerman’s Castle in the middle of the Hudson River. Taking Metro North down to the city from Poughkeepsie, I always marvel at the huge stone turrets and architectural wonders that make the appearance of this “Ghost of the Hudson River” so unique.

Always having wanted to visit the castle, we thought it would be great fun to organize a Big Gay cruise and tour to Pollepel Island on Saturday, June 27th to check it out.

Yes, that is the day before New York City Gay Pride, although whether you are escaping the madness of Pride – or perhaps headed into the city for the celebration – leaving directly from the Beacon train station at 1:30pm on Saturday afternoon makes this cruise convenient for all… no matter which direction you are going!

The cruise will leave (rain or shine!) from the ferry dock located at the Beacon Train Station at 1:30pm promptly. Metro North drops you off right there at the Beacon Station (or you can drive there as well). We’ve got 144 seats available, so the sooner you book your tickets – the sooner we can ensure its an all-gay cruise! If not, we might have to share the ship with some other passengers…

chillLogo6Following our three hour tour at 4:30pm, we’ll head up to Gay-Owned Chill Wine & Tapas Bar at 173 Main Street in Beacon for a few libations. The owners of Chill are offering each cruise passenger their first drink at half-price just by showing their cruise ticket receipt.

So come on out and join us on June 27th to check out this Hudson Valley treasure.

Thank you to everyone who ordered tickets.  For those of you who wanted to come, stop by Chill in Beacon and join us for a drink post-cruise!

Not Familiar With The Castle?
Learn More About Bannerman’s Island, and the History Behind this Hudson River Landmark on the following sites:
Bannerman Castle Trust
Google Books; Bannerman’s History
Hudson River History

Are you an avid photographer?
Bannerman’s Castle offers one of the most unique places for photographers to explore. Check out some of the photos taken in the past by others visitors that are posted on the Bannerman Castle Trust website.