Just a short drive away from the city, Dutchess County is a hub of life and activity. Situated in the southeast corner of New York State, Dutchess is home to a stretch of the gorgeous Hudson River and its adjacent valley. Hiking and shopping are some of the pastimes of Dutchess County and with its six colleges and universities—including the prestigious Culinary Institute of America—there is a definite focus on education. The many public schools throughout the county stay on the cutting edge of technology and mathematics and many are recognized nationally for their fine programs and dedication to learning. There is a wonderful connection between the communities, schools and universities, making Dutchess County a friendly, engaging place to live.