Hidden Gem: Kevin McCurdy’s Haunted Mansion

Last week, student reporter Maddie Garcia published a piece on The Red Fox Report about one of the actresses working at the Headless Horseman Haunted House attraction in Ulster, NY.

That attraction is listed as the top haunted house experience in the country by several major publications, but its almost $50 price tag and location over of the Mid-Hudson Bridge make it a bit of an investment of time and money for Marist students. For a cheaper and closer but still spooky alternative, look no further than Kevin McCurdy’s Haunted Mansion.

Located south on Route 9 in Wappinger Falls, McCurdy’s has been a seasonal attraction in the Hudson Valley area for exactly 40 years. The ghoulish experience is designed by ImaginArts Studios, the company behind intricately designed activities such as the Guinness World Records Museum in San Antonio, TX. ImaginArts works with Dutchess County Parks to get the attraction up and running every year. Continue reading

Hidden Gem: The Pandorica

First things first: this hidden gem may not actually be considered that “hidden.”

The Pandorica in Beacon went viral last August due to its overall theme and is one of the few Doctor Who themed restaurants in the United States. Originally The Cup and Saucer Tea Room, the business went under renovation in the spring, when owner Shirley Wenlock-Hot first decided on the theme change, officially opening on July 7 in its new incarnation. A little over a month later the business went viral, popping up on social media and news sites while being shared by avid “Doctor Who” fans, affectionately called Whovians.

Pandorica Outside

The entrance to 165 Main Street, Beacon, NY – The Pandorica.

However walking along Beacon’s Main Street the restaurant looks like one of the many other shops in the town. Housed in a small brick building, with thirteen tables and bar seating, it’s the type of spot you either stop in because you know what type of place it is or you looked in the window and figured it looked like a neat place to try.

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