"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."
"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."
"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."
"Deer Mountain Inn is like having the perfect weekend home, not too big nor too small, just right. I haven’t had the chance to stay over, but after visiting I can't wait to head back up for a long weekend this fall."
"Not to be missed is the recently constructed round barn at the Churchtown Dairy funded by Abby Rockefeller. There’s a small farm store that sells meats and yummy cheeses made onsite, as well as and raw milk. That’s it. There’s a medicinal garden and handsome critters. One is free to roam about and I would definitely recommend doing so."