Travel Information

The Menus of Change Leadership Summit takes place at the Hyde Park, NY campus of The Culinary Institute of America.

Hyde Park is easily accessible from New York City and New England by train or car (see details and directions below). We suggest you have a car in order to take advantage of everything to see and experience around the Hudson Valley, but taxi service is available throughout the area. Here is a list of taxis and limos from the Dutchess Tourism website.

Travel by Car

The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park is located on the east bank of the Hudson River, three miles north of Poughkeepsie, midway between New York City and Albany on U.S. Route 9. The campus is easily reached by plane, train, or car. The address is:

  1946 Campus Drive
  Hyde Park, NY  12538

The CIA is approximately 1 1/2 hours from Albany and 2 hours from New York City, Hartford, CT, and Scranton, PA when traveling by car.

From North:  New York State Thruway south to exit 18 at New Paltz. Follow Route 299 East to Route 9W south, crossing the Mid-Hudson Bridge to Route 9 north. Follow Route 9 for 3 miles. The CIA is on the left. OR: Route 9 south to Hyde Park. The CIA is on the right.

From South:  Henry Hudson Parkway north to the Saw Mill Parkway, north to the Taconic State Parkway, north to Interstate 84 West; or Hutchinson River Parkway to Interstate 684 North to Interstate 84 West. Follow I-84 to exit 13, Route 9 north. Follow Route 9 for 16 miles. The CIA is on the left. OR: New York State Thruway north to exit 18 at New Paltz. Follow Route 299 east to Route 9W south, crossing the Mid-Hudson Bridge to Route 9 north. Follow Route 9 for three miles. The CIA is on the left.

From East:  Interstate 84 West into New York State to exit 13, Route 9 north. Follow Route 9 for 16 miles. The CIA is on the left.

From West: Interstate 84 East across the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge to exit 13, Route 9 North. Follow Route 9 for 16 miles. The CIA is on the left.

Travel By Plane

Several airports are located within two hours of the CIA: Albany International Airport, Albany, NY; John F. Kennedy International Airport, New York City; La Guardia Airport, New York City; Newark Liberty International Airport, Newark, NJ; Stewart International Airport, Newburgh, NY; and Westchester County Airport, White Plains, NY.

For car services from any airport to your hotel or the CIA campus, please see the taxi service link above or contact Mahogany Ridge Transportation (845-724-4403) or Visconti Car Service (845-562-5671 or 845 562 4040), two companies frequently used by the CIA.   

Travel By Train

Metro-North Commuter Railroad operates numerous trains daily from Grand Central Terminal in New York City to Poughkeepsie, NY. Amtrak offers connections to hundreds of major cities throughout the country. Taxi service is available to the CIA from the Poughkeepsie train station, a 3.75-mile trip.

Note: The Culinary Institute of America does not endorse any external websites. They are listed for your convenience.

What to Pack

Suggested dress code for Menus of Change is business casual attire; chef’s uniforms are not necessary. The conference will take place in several meeting rooms at the CIA as well as outside for the evening receptions. Please come prepared with layers for warmer or cooler environments so that you can adjust your own temperature accordingly.

In the interest of sustainability, we recommend carrying a re-usable water bottle at the conference. We are excited to offer attendees an opportunity to purchase a 12 oz. reusable glass Menus of Change KeepCup. The KeepCup is great for both cold and hot beverages served throughout the conference, as well as sampling beer and wine at receptions. We encourage you to take advantage of the opportunity to reduce and reuse through the purchase of a KeepCup or by bringing your own reusable water bottle to this year’s Menus of Change Leadership Summit. Pre-ordered KeepCups will be available for pickup at conference registration. KeepCups will also be available for purchase during the conference at the full retail rate of $22. Only reusable water bottles and KeepCups will be permitted in the General Session Theater.

Area Accommodations


Our recommended hotels are noted with orange pinpoints on the map below. Click the pinpoint to book your stay. 

Find a listing of additional accommodation options here. You can also find lodging throughout Dutchess County on Dutchess County Tourism's website.

Please note: External sites are not endorsed by The Culinary Institute of America – they are listed for your convenience. We are not responsible for any content on the websites above, as they may have changed after being added to our listings. They are added for your convenience.

CIA Restaurants

Want to dine at a CIA restaurant while attending Menus of Change? Breakfasts and lunches will be served as part of the conference program. But if you would like to enjoy one of our on-campus restaurants—actual classes where our students are your chefs and service staff, under the guidance of our expert instructors—we suggest that you reserve your table well in advance.

  • American Bounty: Focusing on the seasonal Hudson Valley products, along with award-winning New York State wines
  • The Bocuse Restaurant: Re-imagining classic French fare through the lens of ultra-modern cooking techniques
  • Ristorante Caterina de’ Medici: Celebrating truly authentic regional Italian cuisine and providing a culinary escape to another world

Learn more about all the restaurants on