We are coming in two weeks for my son to visit Vassar. We will be arriving in a rental car. After our visit we are heading to Baltimore or D.C. (haven't decided which yet). We are considering taking Amtrak for our trip going south so that we don't have to deal with traffic around NYC, Philly, etc. and it seems much more relaxing. So my questions are:
~ Is there a car rental agency anywhere near the Amtrak station in Poughkeepsie? (We could also leave our car at an Amtrak outside of Poughkeepsie - like start driving south toward NYC)
~ Could you recommend hotels (I don't know Poughkeepsie at all) that would either be near Vassar or in an interesting part of town (good places to eat or just particularly nice) - under $200
I know these are vague questions, but as I learn more about the town and what it has to offer maybe I'll be able to make my questions more specific. Are there different characteristics of parts of town that I should know about? Any areas where we could not walk and would be unsafe? We'll only be there one night.