"Le Belle Juliette Hermant has exquisite taste and a talent for sourcing out-of-the-ordinary objects whether it’s taxidermy, mismatched plates and glasses, door handles, a chair – they have it all. In winter she creates the most beautiful Christmas wreaths."
"Although I don’t go out for breakfast or coffee unless I have guests, I love going to the Bartlett House in Ghent for a twice-baked pistachio croissant to go (amazing!) and while there, I pick up a baguette for lunch. My guests love going here for breakfast on the porch."
"Danny and I spend our week day evenings in Manhattan either ordering in or eating out and so we really cherish being able to cook and entertain at home on the weekends. But ever since Chris Turgeon and Russell Prickett opened up Wilde Beest in Kingston this past year, we find ourselves cooking less and less! It pains us to admit it for fear of not being able to score a table there ever again but the truth is that the dinners they are serving there are by far the best we have ever had dining out while living in the Hudson Valley over the past 12 years, and rivals the best we have had in NYC as well! They are making pure magic in that kitchen."
"Vincent has the most sophisticated eye and a passion for large architectural artifacts that, for the most part, are historically and regionally appropriate. These objects are also quite extraordinary."
"Mark Naylon has expanded his NYC operations and opened in the former High Falls Mercantile and offers mid-century furniture featuring original pieces, restored furnishings and M/n, Mark’s own line of period inspired creations with a timeless visage. And there is nothing kitschy about Mark’s mid-century offerings. His mid-century is chic and modern! His wife Molly, a fashion executive, also throws in some chic antique textile inspired tunics that are just perfect for a weekend in the country."
"Farther afield BUT so worth the scenic drive is Sean Scherer’s, for lack of a better term, Cabinet of Curiousity Shop! An interior decorator himself, I could imagine Sean also being a set decorator for movies, plays and tv. His quirky shop is chock full of his vintage finds and I dare you to walk out without making a purchase or two! I mean, how can you resist a taxidermized crow, vintage photographs of affectionate cowboys, or even an anesthesia device from the 1920s! And on your way to or from you can stop for a delicious bite at."
"In Cold Springs there is truly one of the chicest collections combined with exceptional architecture created just for the collection. This is a private warehouse art space created by Nancy Olnick and Giorgio Spanu for their personal collection of Italian Post-war and Contemporary art."
"My friends have raved about (and created great instagram envy from) this celebrated sculpture park located in the town of Cornwall. The center boasts a collection of more than 100 carefully sited sculptures nestled in the midst 500 acres of rolling hills, woodlands and fields of native grasses and wildflowers. Maybe I’ll see you there!"
“Although it is self-serving to mention, I do feel that Storm King Art Center is an essential Hudson Valley destination. Our 500-acres have been sculpted over the past 58 years specifically to display outdoor artwork. It is a unique destination where visitors can experience large-scale sculpture and site-specific commissions under open sky.”
"This 1765 historic homestead was built as a private estate for poet-naturalist Myron B. Benton, who created a refuge for romantics, naturalists, humanists, and poets, hosting such illustrious guests like Mark Twain, Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and John Burroughs. Serving American farm-to-table cuisine sourced from local farms and purveyors from the Hudson Valley, the dining room has become a staple for residents of Amenia, Millbrook, Sharon, and beyond."
"Troutbeck is a 1765 country inn and tavern lovingly restored by new owners. Nestled in a park-like setting, it boasts a rich history of guests seeking a country retreat, and captures the spirit of the like of Mark Twain, Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson and the naturalist, John Burroughs. Take time for a cocktail as you wander the first floor public spaces and marvel at the inspired decor that amalgamates the historic past with a modern flair."
"In Garrison (a short drive to the Magazzino Italian Art Warhouse) is a wonderous home and collection created by the industrial designer Russel Wright. In the early 20th Century Russel Wright purchased a defunct quarry. He spend the next decade turning the land into a wondrous garden and the quarry into the pool. Built onto and into the rock is his home where he lived with his wife and daughter."