Blue Lilac House

Kathryn

Blue Lilac House

Food scene
The restaurant's name is Oriole 9, and....Mmmm-- the best breakfasts in non-Covid times, they still make lox and bagels to drool over. AND buttermilk brined fried chicken to go. And tubs of Margaritas! I had huevos rancheros there and they were great!!! They have opened for indoor dining and are already BUSY. I don't think they take reservations, so put your name on the list and then go explore Woodstock. Closed Wednesday and Thursday. https://www.oriole9.com
17 Tinker St
17 Tinker Street
The restaurant's name is Oriole 9, and....Mmmm-- the best breakfasts in non-Covid times, they still make lox and bagels to drool over. AND buttermilk brined fried chicken to go. And tubs of Margaritas! I had huevos rancheros there and they were great!!! They have opened for indoor dining and are already BUSY. I don't think they take reservations, so put your name on the list and then go explore Woodstock. Closed Wednesday and Thursday. https://www.oriole9.com
Fantastic menu for a very special evening. Unique cocktails prepared with premium spirits, and a fine wine list. My absolute favorite restaurant in Woodstock, although definitely on the pricey side. But worth it!
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SILVIA
42 Mill Hill Rd
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Fantastic menu for a very special evening. Unique cocktails prepared with premium spirits, and a fine wine list. My absolute favorite restaurant in Woodstock, although definitely on the pricey side. But worth it!
Wow!!! I had the most amazing mocha cupcake here. Who makes the kind of cupcake you remember months later? In good weather, you can sit at the side of the stream that meanders through Woodstock. The cupcakes are mini so you can try more kinds. And they won Food Network's "Best Cake in the Country" award in 2019. http://www.woodstockcupcakes.com
Peace, Love & Cupcakes
54 Tinker Street
Wow!!! I had the most amazing mocha cupcake here. Who makes the kind of cupcake you remember months later? In good weather, you can sit at the side of the stream that meanders through Woodstock. The cupcakes are mini so you can try more kinds. And they won Food Network's "Best Cake in the Country" award in 2019. http://www.woodstockcupcakes.com
If you're the kind of person who lives for real live homemade bread in sandwiches, toast, French toast-- this is the place. MMM. They also have great deli style take-away foods, pastries and desserts. Tip: the brioche bread makes the most amazing French toast! https://www.breadalone.com
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Bread Alone Bakery
22 Mill Hill Road
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If you're the kind of person who lives for real live homemade bread in sandwiches, toast, French toast-- this is the place. MMM. They also have great deli style take-away foods, pastries and desserts. Tip: the brioche bread makes the most amazing French toast! https://www.breadalone.com
An elegant restaurant, they also offer upscale takeout as well as some pretty appetizing pizza offerings . Call after 3 PM for later pickup. http://www.cucinawoodstock.com/the-menu/
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Cucina
109 Mill Hill Road
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An elegant restaurant, they also offer upscale takeout as well as some pretty appetizing pizza offerings . Call after 3 PM for later pickup. http://www.cucinawoodstock.com/the-menu/
Great NYC style pizza-- even features meatball pizza! Order online for pickup or-- they deliver.
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Slices
Partition Street
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Great NYC style pizza-- even features meatball pizza! Order online for pickup or-- they deliver.
Varied menu, they even get great reviews on Tripadvisor (number 1 of saugerties restaurants) during the pandemic, for their outdoor seating and fantastic American style food.
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Miss Lucy's Kitchen
90 Partition Street
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Varied menu, they even get great reviews on Tripadvisor (number 1 of saugerties restaurants) during the pandemic, for their outdoor seating and fantastic American style food.
Wonderful vegan, organic and GMO free. Outdoor dining (weather permitting...) in a lovely courtyard.
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Garden Cafe Woodstock
6 Old Forge Road
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Wonderful vegan, organic and GMO free. Outdoor dining (weather permitting...) in a lovely courtyard.
One of the best upscale restaurants in the area, #2 in Saugerties Tripadvisor restaurant recommendations, take out or delivery, AND-- wait for it-- 1 mile away (2 minutes). The meals will still be hot!
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Red Onion
1654 New York 212
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One of the best upscale restaurants in the area, #2 in Saugerties Tripadvisor restaurant recommendations, take out or delivery, AND-- wait for it-- 1 mile away (2 minutes). The meals will still be hot!
Of course you need that morning coffee!!! And if the Nescafe, Keurig and filter coffee in the BlueLilacHouse doesn't do it for you, head here for real barista goodness. Open during the pandemic.
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Bluestone Coffee Roasting Company
138 Partition Street
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Of course you need that morning coffee!!! And if the Nescafe, Keurig and filter coffee in the BlueLilacHouse doesn't do it for you, head here for real barista goodness. Open during the pandemic.
Inventive delicious ice creams, made in small batches and served up with fanfare. Try "Thai Tea with cookies and cream" or "Key Lime Pie", although the menu rotates and different flavors may be there when you get there. Not to be missed.
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Alleyway Ice Cream
135 Partition St
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Inventive delicious ice creams, made in small batches and served up with fanfare. Try "Thai Tea with cookies and cream" or "Key Lime Pie", although the menu rotates and different flavors may be there when you get there. Not to be missed.
DONUTS made fresh every single time you ask, and offered to you “hot in hand”. Now, trust me, I am a donut afficianodo. (I drove my kids cross country on a “donut tour” in a Uhaul van, photodocumenting a donut in every state we passed through.) But these— oh these— are likely only surpassed by the fresh beignets at Cafe du Monde in New Orleans. They come with a story too, about an invading general who brought the recipe. Ask the guy frying the donuts. Marvelous specialty coffee also for sale.
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Half Moon Rondout Cafe
36 Broadway
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DONUTS made fresh every single time you ask, and offered to you “hot in hand”. Now, trust me, I am a donut afficianodo. (I drove my kids cross country on a “donut tour” in a Uhaul van, photodocumenting a donut in every state we passed through.) But these— oh these— are likely only surpassed by the fresh beignets at Cafe du Monde in New Orleans. They come with a story too, about an invading general who brought the recipe. Ask the guy frying the donuts. Marvelous specialty coffee also for sale.
An eclectic menu, tons of five star yelp reviews, outdoor seating with views of the Hudson. People rave about the steaks.
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Mariner's Harbor
1 Broadway
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An eclectic menu, tons of five star yelp reviews, outdoor seating with views of the Hudson. People rave about the steaks.
From the website: "WHAT KIND OF FOOD DOES SHINDIG SERVE? Heartwarming comfort food just like your mom used to make, if your mom was rocking organic, local, and seasonal ingredients, that is." Also a great selection of craft beers and ciders, smoky sauce, and a heat at home chicken pot pie, if you're lucky and they're not sold out! Take out and pick-up currently.
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Shindig
1 Tinker Street
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From the website: "WHAT KIND OF FOOD DOES SHINDIG SERVE? Heartwarming comfort food just like your mom used to make, if your mom was rocking organic, local, and seasonal ingredients, that is." Also a great selection of craft beers and ciders, smoky sauce, and a heat at home chicken pot pie, if you're lucky and they're not sold out! Take out and pick-up currently.
A charming drive from Lilac House, this restaurant is hands down the most romantic in the drivable area. An all day into night bistro complements the formal sit-down restaurant, too, so don't ignore it if you're heading in the Rhinebeck direction. It's not just ambiance, either. Food is great!
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Terrapin Restaurant
6426 Montgomery Street
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A charming drive from Lilac House, this restaurant is hands down the most romantic in the drivable area. An all day into night bistro complements the formal sit-down restaurant, too, so don't ignore it if you're heading in the Rhinebeck direction. It's not just ambiance, either. Food is great!
The best Indian food that I have eaten in literally decades, since Gaylord’s in San Francisco closed. Elegant, refined, subtly spiced, and served with class. Beautiful outdoor seating area. And nice cocktails too!! Most highly recommended
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Cinnamon
51 East Market Street
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The best Indian food that I have eaten in literally decades, since Gaylord’s in San Francisco closed. Elegant, refined, subtly spiced, and served with class. Beautiful outdoor seating area. And nice cocktails too!! Most highly recommended
Can speak from experience-- great barbecue, New York style, with thick spicy sauce (in two levels of heat) and the perfect sides-- great slaw and baked beans, which is what I went for. Going back again as soon as I can!!
Smoky Rock BBQ
6367 Mill St
Can speak from experience-- great barbecue, New York style, with thick spicy sauce (in two levels of heat) and the perfect sides-- great slaw and baked beans, which is what I went for. Going back again as soon as I can!!
Fine Thai food in a beautiful outdoor setting. The service was gracious, the dishes well prepared. Don't be fooled by the "cocktails" though-- they are wine based because the restaurant doesn't have a liquor license.
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Aroi
55 East Market Street
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Fine Thai food in a beautiful outdoor setting. The service was gracious, the dishes well prepared. Don't be fooled by the "cocktails" though-- they are wine based because the restaurant doesn't have a liquor license.
Fantastic open air dining room right along the side of Esopus creek just as it empties into the great Hudson river. Excellent food. On a par with Sylvias. Pricey, but great for that really special celebratory dinner
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Hutton Brickyards
200 North St
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Fantastic open air dining room right along the side of Esopus creek just as it empties into the great Hudson river. Excellent food. On a par with Sylvias. Pricey, but great for that really special celebratory dinner
Sightseeing
Awe inspiring sculpture garden built over 37 years by a Bard professor from the native bluestone. They have very careful COVID precautions, but you can still visit by signing up in advance in small groups. https://opus40.org
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Opus 40
50 Fite Road
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Awe inspiring sculpture garden built over 37 years by a Bard professor from the native bluestone. They have very careful COVID precautions, but you can still visit by signing up in advance in small groups. https://opus40.org
No trip to the Hudson Valley is complete without visiting Catskill Animal Sanctuary. Open to the public for weekend tours from April-October. Meet cows, pigs, chickens, goats, ducks, sheep, and more.
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Catskill Animal Sanctuary
316 Old Stage Road
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No trip to the Hudson Valley is complete without visiting Catskill Animal Sanctuary. Open to the public for weekend tours from April-October. Meet cows, pigs, chickens, goats, ducks, sheep, and more.
This historic lighthouse kept the mariners safe that navigated the deep Hudson river all the way to Albany and back . Currently with abbreviated hours, it is lovely even from the outside and a fine place to take a picnic in clement weather.
168 Lighthouse Dr
168 Lighthouse Drive
This historic lighthouse kept the mariners safe that navigated the deep Hudson river all the way to Albany and back . Currently with abbreviated hours, it is lovely even from the outside and a fine place to take a picnic in clement weather.
One of the best venues to show horses on the East Coast. Lots of events for horse lovers-- check out the website for current offerings and policies.
Hits-On-The-Hudson
454 Washington Avenue
One of the best venues to show horses on the East Coast. Lots of events for horse lovers-- check out the website for current offerings and policies.
Not sure if this ought to be listed as a hike, since the pedestrian bridge is nearly a mile long. The Hudson River is the "beating heart of upstate New York" and here is a chance to cross it on foot.
Walkway Over the Hudson
Not sure if this ought to be listed as a hike, since the pedestrian bridge is nearly a mile long. The Hudson River is the "beating heart of upstate New York" and here is a chance to cross it on foot.
Exercise and Sports
Nearest place for famous Catskills skiing AND snow tubing, which requires, as they point out, "no skills." They may sell out, so consider reservations in advance.
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Hunter Mountain
64 Main Street
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Nearest place for famous Catskills skiing AND snow tubing, which requires, as they point out, "no skills." They may sell out, so consider reservations in advance.
From the website: Woodstock's own spiritual ashram, right in the center of town! Woodstock Yoga Center offers a range of yoga asana steeped in Indian tradition, with a foundation rooted in the healing and transformative powers of Yoga. Check the website for CoViD hours and precautions.
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Woodstock Yoga Center
6 Deming Street
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From the website: Woodstock's own spiritual ashram, right in the center of town! Woodstock Yoga Center offers a range of yoga asana steeped in Indian tradition, with a foundation rooted in the healing and transformative powers of Yoga. Check the website for CoViD hours and precautions.
Guess What! They rent snowshoes too. But call or check the website first, because their hours are restricted
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Overlook Bicycles
93 Tinker Street
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Guess What! They rent snowshoes too. But call or check the website first, because their hours are restricted
Well, somehow I can't enter the direct info for Windham Mountain, the area's other great ski resort and tubing venue. But let's try entering the website: https://www.windhammountain.com
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Windham
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Well, somehow I can't enter the direct info for Windham Mountain, the area's other great ski resort and tubing venue. But let's try entering the website: https://www.windhammountain.com
A genuine Catskills swimming Hole. Cool but not frigid water, fine for kids (supervised of course), wonderful on hot summer days, and just a short walk from the road. Drive towards Woodstock, take a left turn on Zena Road, and Little Deep is located just a few hundred yards, marked by a parking area on your right, opposite the small historical marker for Zena Cornfield. No other signage. Unlike its larger, more famous swimming hole up the stream, Big Deep, it is not marked "No Trespassing."
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Little Deep
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A genuine Catskills swimming Hole. Cool but not frigid water, fine for kids (supervised of course), wonderful on hot summer days, and just a short walk from the road. Drive towards Woodstock, take a left turn on Zena Road, and Little Deep is located just a few hundred yards, marked by a parking area on your right, opposite the small historical marker for Zena Cornfield. No other signage. Unlike its larger, more famous swimming hole up the stream, Big Deep, it is not marked "No Trespassing."
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A Day Away Kayak Rentals
944 New York 213
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So much fun for families or groups of friends! A little hard to describe, but basically people peddle railcars along a beautiful scenic track left over from the old days. At the turnaround, you can stop for a picnic. One of the few attractions I've ever seen that gets 5 whole stars on TripAdvisor! https://www.railexplorers.net
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Rail Explorers: Catskills Division
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So much fun for families or groups of friends! A little hard to describe, but basically people peddle railcars along a beautiful scenic track left over from the old days. At the turnaround, you can stop for a picnic. One of the few attractions I've ever seen that gets 5 whole stars on TripAdvisor! https://www.railexplorers.net
New High end golf in a stunningly beautiful surrounding... designer course, onsite restaurant!
Inness Golf
30 Whitfield Road
New High end golf in a stunningly beautiful surrounding... designer course, onsite restaurant!
Road Trips
Plan a day on the road
Let's do a Rhinebeck road trip....Start at Lilac House, and drive Southwest toward Woodstock. Your first stop is Elderberry, a tiny colorful antique and curiosity shop, curated by Jim, who also sells his stunning collage art and knitted goods in the small but intriguing space. Off into Woodstock, where you can either stop for breakfast at Oriole-9 (MMM huevos rancheros) or at Peace Love and Cupcakes, which boasts the Food Network’s award for best cake in the country! Double back onto Route 212 again, and turn right on Zena Road, through tiny Sawkill, and onto 209 to cross Rhinecliff Bridge. Follow Mt. Rutsen Road and stop, if it suits your fancy, at Ferncliff Forest, an old growth forest with trails, fishing, skiing, mountain biking, and lots of history. http://www.ferncliffforest.org/history/ Next, into Rhinebeck, a charming small village with a number of elegant homes and inviting farm to table restaurants. The Framer’s market takes place there from May to December on Sundays, and features such delights as alpaca fiber designs, apple pies, artisanal cheeses, harvest spirits, and foil gras! Explore the shops (I especially loved Paper Trail, Oblong Books and Music, and Hammertown, selected as one of the Top 100 Stores in the country by Cottage Living Magazine. ) But there are so many other distractions! https://enjoyrhinebeck.com/directory/shop/ If you think to call ahead and have time, there are dueling day spas— Haven and Mirabeau— both willing and able to massage those knots out of your back that driving through Manhattan left you with. And now, if you can possibly eat, consider the Terrapin Inn https://www.terrapinrestaurant.com — voted Hudson Valley’s most romantic restaurant, and featuring a less formal bistro open all day until 10PM, or an intimate fine dining experience. New York is allowing limited indoor dining, but they also do takeout or curbside. Well, that’s a full day. So retrace our steps home. BUT if you whizzed through it all, extend the trip by heading South to Hyde Park, with its FDR home and presidential library, or North to Bard College, to relive those days you spent at — umm— a small private East Coast college, maybe. Or maybe not, but wish you had… And Kingston!!! But that’s another day…
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Rhinebeck
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Let's do a Rhinebeck road trip....Start at Lilac House, and drive Southwest toward Woodstock. Your first stop is Elderberry, a tiny colorful antique and curiosity shop, curated by Jim, who also sells his stunning collage art and knitted goods in the small but intriguing space. Off into Woodstock, where you can either stop for breakfast at Oriole-9 (MMM huevos rancheros) or at Peace Love and Cupcakes, which boasts the Food Network’s award for best cake in the country! Double back onto Route 212 again, and turn right on Zena Road, through tiny Sawkill, and onto 209 to cross Rhinecliff Bridge. Follow Mt. Rutsen Road and stop, if it suits your fancy, at Ferncliff Forest, an old growth forest with trails, fishing, skiing, mountain biking, and lots of history. http://www.ferncliffforest.org/history/ Next, into Rhinebeck, a charming small village with a number of elegant homes and inviting farm to table restaurants. The Framer’s market takes place there from May to December on Sundays, and features such delights as alpaca fiber designs, apple pies, artisanal cheeses, harvest spirits, and foil gras! Explore the shops (I especially loved Paper Trail, Oblong Books and Music, and Hammertown, selected as one of the Top 100 Stores in the country by Cottage Living Magazine. ) But there are so many other distractions! https://enjoyrhinebeck.com/directory/shop/ If you think to call ahead and have time, there are dueling day spas— Haven and Mirabeau— both willing and able to massage those knots out of your back that driving through Manhattan left you with. And now, if you can possibly eat, consider the Terrapin Inn https://www.terrapinrestaurant.com — voted Hudson Valley’s most romantic restaurant, and featuring a less formal bistro open all day until 10PM, or an intimate fine dining experience. New York is allowing limited indoor dining, but they also do takeout or curbside. Well, that’s a full day. So retrace our steps home. BUT if you whizzed through it all, extend the trip by heading South to Hyde Park, with its FDR home and presidential library, or North to Bard College, to relive those days you spent at — umm— a small private East Coast college, maybe. Or maybe not, but wish you had… And Kingston!!! But that’s another day…
Road rip— Kingston! Kingston is the largest city in the area, and if all you know of it is the big box stores, you are not impressed. But let’s take a road trip back few hundred years and over to the Hudson waterfront for another Kingston altogether. In the early 1600’s, the Dutch developed a trading settlement on the shores of the Hudson and began trading with the Esopus Native Americans. Over time, the Dutch settlement governed by Peter Stuyvesant became and English town, and then the capital of New York State at the beginning of the Revolutionary War. The town was burned by the British in a particularly brutal attack in 1977, resulting in nearly total destruction and devastation of the residents, who fled for their lives to tiny Hurley, a village not far from Lilac House. (This event is re-enacted every two years, with the next due in October 2021.) The area of the waterfront sports two museums a fascinating and varied neighborhood with the right mix of must try foods, intriguing shops, and historical and educational venues. You’ll find the Hudson River Maritime museum, which accommodates small groups of four people during timed 1/2 hour visits, and is NOW offering one day woodworking classes (make your own Adnirondack chair or live edge coffee table!— register and stay at Lilac House while you’re here for the class…https://www.hrmm.org/woodworking.html). Nearby you can check out (in spring through fall) the Trolley Museum as well, offering trolley rides on the waterfront. http://tmny.org And come May, you will be able to take tours on the Hudson River from the same area, on the Rip Van Winkle touring yacht: https://www.hudsonrivercruises.com. Yelp reviews are enthusiastic about the scenery, mansions, lighthouses and bald eagles, not so much about the service, food, or historic narration. But for now, let’s just take in the culinary and retail therapy opportunities along Broadway, the Strand, and the area around the TR Gallo waterfront park and promenade. Let’s start with Spruce, a home and design store with a fierce, almost stark design sensibility. Spacious by local standards, it invites at least half and hour of exploration while you consider throwing out everything you own and starting anew with the finds Spruce has to offer. Nearby, drop into Milne Design and Antiques “not your typical antique store” showroom http://milneinc.com , and see if you can find Kingston Wine store open for an eclectic selection of wines and ciders from around the world https://www.kingstonwine.com. In the next block you will find Clove and Creek, a venue for simple but elegant items for the home, including a collection of fine English brushes (!) that make you want to clean something, as well as scented candles, fine cookware and a few simple garments. There is a curated selection of books to browse. https://www.cloveandcreek.com Down a tiny adjacent alley, look for imported items of art, sculpture, pottery and basketry, all invitingly displayed, at the new Folk House Collective. https://www.folkhousecollective.com . And if you are a closet mystic or wiccan, find your place at Sassafras Mercantile, with its bulk teas and botanicals, and lots of tarot decks to tell your fortune by https://www.sassafrasmercantile.com/about. And now— you’re hungry, right? Because do I have a treat for you!!! Dash across the street to the Half Moon Roundout Cafe https://www.facebook.com/halfmoonrondoutcafe for DONUTS made fresh every single time you ask, and offered to you “hot in hand”. Now, trust me, I am a donut afficianodo. (I drove my kids cross country on a “donut tour” in a Uhaul van, photodocumenting a donut in every state we passed through.) But these— oh these— are likely only surpassed by the fresh beignets at Cafe du Monde in New Orleans. They come with a story too, about an invading general who brought the recipe. Ask the guy frying the donuts. Marvelous specialty coffee also for sale. BUT save some space for food later, cuz it’s coming. Now, walk towards the water, and take a turn around the promenade along the Hudson and Rondout creek that forms part of the TR Gallo park. Lovely. Then turn back toward the shore and locate, on West Strand street, the floral paradise HopsPetunia https://www.hopspetunia.com. (Closed until March 11th on vacation). In addition to unique flowers priced by the stem so that you can compose your own bouquet, you will find fine glass vases, jewelry, gifts, and wonderful tings to smell!! (Ask about rose perfumes…) Then quickly book your next stay at Lilac House and order a porch bouquet for delivery, every Friday. Past an intriguing boutique I sadly didn’t have time for but craved the handbag in the window, your path takes you to Enchanting Cakes. The cake shop was closed when I was there on a pandemic freezing weekend, but the Yelp reviews rave about the bourbon cake. http://enchantedcakesinc.com/#front-page-5 . Maybe, get one but DON’T EAT IT YET, because now you need to choose between Mole Mole Mexican food https://www.facebook.com/Mole-Mole-1447869508859742/, Savona’s Italian trattoria, and Mariner’s Harbor Seafood and Steakhouse with outdoor dining facing the river and a varied enticing menu. https://shiptoshorehudsonvalley.com Good luck with that. I would probably just pingpong between the three of them until one of them offers you some menu item you can’t leave town without trying. Now, see if it’s sunset yet on the Hudson, and then sigh, and make your way back home to Lilac House. Full day.
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Kingston
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Road rip— Kingston! Kingston is the largest city in the area, and if all you know of it is the big box stores, you are not impressed. But let’s take a road trip back few hundred years and over to the Hudson waterfront for another Kingston altogether. In the early 1600’s, the Dutch developed a trading settlement on the shores of the Hudson and began trading with the Esopus Native Americans. Over time, the Dutch settlement governed by Peter Stuyvesant became and English town, and then the capital of New York State at the beginning of the Revolutionary War. The town was burned by the British in a particularly brutal attack in 1977, resulting in nearly total destruction and devastation of the residents, who fled for their lives to tiny Hurley, a village not far from Lilac House. (This event is re-enacted every two years, with the next due in October 2021.) The area of the waterfront sports two museums a fascinating and varied neighborhood with the right mix of must try foods, intriguing shops, and historical and educational venues. You’ll find the Hudson River Maritime museum, which accommodates small groups of four people during timed 1/2 hour visits, and is NOW offering one day woodworking classes (make your own Adnirondack chair or live edge coffee table!— register and stay at Lilac House while you’re here for the class…https://www.hrmm.org/woodworking.html). Nearby you can check out (in spring through fall) the Trolley Museum as well, offering trolley rides on the waterfront. http://tmny.org And come May, you will be able to take tours on the Hudson River from the same area, on the Rip Van Winkle touring yacht: https://www.hudsonrivercruises.com. Yelp reviews are enthusiastic about the scenery, mansions, lighthouses and bald eagles, not so much about the service, food, or historic narration. But for now, let’s just take in the culinary and retail therapy opportunities along Broadway, the Strand, and the area around the TR Gallo waterfront park and promenade. Let’s start with Spruce, a home and design store with a fierce, almost stark design sensibility. Spacious by local standards, it invites at least half and hour of exploration while you consider throwing out everything you own and starting anew with the finds Spruce has to offer. Nearby, drop into Milne Design and Antiques “not your typical antique store” showroom http://milneinc.com , and see if you can find Kingston Wine store open for an eclectic selection of wines and ciders from around the world https://www.kingstonwine.com. In the next block you will find Clove and Creek, a venue for simple but elegant items for the home, including a collection of fine English brushes (!) that make you want to clean something, as well as scented candles, fine cookware and a few simple garments. There is a curated selection of books to browse. https://www.cloveandcreek.com Down a tiny adjacent alley, look for imported items of art, sculpture, pottery and basketry, all invitingly displayed, at the new Folk House Collective. https://www.folkhousecollective.com . And if you are a closet mystic or wiccan, find your place at Sassafras Mercantile, with its bulk teas and botanicals, and lots of tarot decks to tell your fortune by https://www.sassafrasmercantile.com/about. And now— you’re hungry, right? Because do I have a treat for you!!! Dash across the street to the Half Moon Roundout Cafe https://www.facebook.com/halfmoonrondoutcafe for DONUTS made fresh every single time you ask, and offered to you “hot in hand”. Now, trust me, I am a donut afficianodo. (I drove my kids cross country on a “donut tour” in a Uhaul van, photodocumenting a donut in every state we passed through.) But these— oh these— are likely only surpassed by the fresh beignets at Cafe du Monde in New Orleans. They come with a story too, about an invading general who brought the recipe. Ask the guy frying the donuts. Marvelous specialty coffee also for sale. BUT save some space for food later, cuz it’s coming. Now, walk towards the water, and take a turn around the promenade along the Hudson and Rondout creek that forms part of the TR Gallo park. Lovely. Then turn back toward the shore and locate, on West Strand street, the floral paradise HopsPetunia https://www.hopspetunia.com. (Closed until March 11th on vacation). In addition to unique flowers priced by the stem so that you can compose your own bouquet, you will find fine glass vases, jewelry, gifts, and wonderful tings to smell!! (Ask about rose perfumes…) Then quickly book your next stay at Lilac House and order a porch bouquet for delivery, every Friday. Past an intriguing boutique I sadly didn’t have time for but craved the handbag in the window, your path takes you to Enchanting Cakes. The cake shop was closed when I was there on a pandemic freezing weekend, but the Yelp reviews rave about the bourbon cake. http://enchantedcakesinc.com/#front-page-5 . Maybe, get one but DON’T EAT IT YET, because now you need to choose between Mole Mole Mexican food https://www.facebook.com/Mole-Mole-1447869508859742/, Savona’s Italian trattoria, and Mariner’s Harbor Seafood and Steakhouse with outdoor dining facing the river and a varied enticing menu. https://shiptoshorehudsonvalley.com Good luck with that. I would probably just pingpong between the three of them until one of them offers you some menu item you can’t leave town without trying. Now, see if it’s sunset yet on the Hudson, and then sigh, and make your way back home to Lilac House. Full day.
Hudson Road Trip Let’s drive North this time… to Hudson, easily the most sophisticated and stimulating village I’ve discovered so far. Drive into Saugerties and from there you can either take the fastest route along Highway 87 north (tolls) or the meandering rural and scenic route along highway 9 W. Either takes you to Catskill, where you will cross another of the area’s impressive bridges across the wide Hudson River. When you reach 9G on the other side, you MUST take a detour to your right to drive up to Olana State Historic site, where painter Frederic Edwin Church created a fantasy castle with Persian inspired turrets, extensive pathways and plantings, and a view of the great Hudson River that has changed remarkably little since he painted there in the nineteenth century. In fact, think about taking a picnic lunch, as the grounds invite one to lounge at one’s ease and watch the lazy river… But now we need to drive just a few minutes north into Hudson, with its iconic downtown Warren Street lined with elegant buildings from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Hudson has a colorful history, being at one time the fourth largest city in New York, and at another famous for its vice industry, prompting multiple raids on brothels, gambling houses, and other dens of iniquity which seem to have vanished. Meander down Warren Street (you won’t be able to see it all unless you devote the whole day to the effort, so just begin somewhere and keep walking…) You will discover an irresistible selection of antique stores— the kind you really want to see, clean, inviting, and hiding affordable treasures you can easily see in your own home. My favorite was Finch, which features both new and old pieces, including authentic mid-century modern pieces in excellent condition and with realistic prices that may have you flipping out that credit card. Another favorite retail spot is called “The Quiet Botanist”, which describes itself as “A botanical apothecary and dried flower shop.” Imagine perfect bouquets of dried flowers in all hues, arrayed all around you in a space that is scented with natural aromas of herbs and perfumed candles. You’ll also find edible delights, not the least of which are small glass jars of dried edible flowers for teas or novel culinary creations. Hard to leave this place, but there’s a line at the door, so you must… The Second Show is a well curated community thrift shop where you are sure to find something you are delighted to wear or place in your home. They were closed when I was there, so I missed out on the experience, but even the window shopping was tantalizing. “Fluff” features knit items, most of which are made from alpaca, look squishy soft and hard to put down… they sell online, and are closed now but reopening April 15th. Are you hungry yet? Check out Swoon kitchen bar for inventive and varied new American fare, or Ca’Mea for traditional Italian (one of New York’s twelve best places to get pasta, per I Love NY magazine). The unexpected and authentic flavors of El Salvador are hiding out in Casa Latina Pupusas Y Más , a little off the beaten path. Or if you’ve decided to go back to Olana, stop at Talbott & Arding Cheese and Provisions for quick and varied gourmet to go. Have to mention The Spotty Dog, which is an unexpected combination of a bookstore and a craft beer nirvana. it was still in Covid lockdown when I visited, but ought to be opening up soon— from the sidewalk it looked, well, just like the kind of bookstore you really want to drink beer in while you browse the books… Keep walking! You’ll find fine jewelry (Geoffrey Good) , a tea shop you could spend all day in (Verdigris Tea), a perfumery (Source Adage), a new bakery that specializes in sourdough (Breadfolks)— don’t stop! OK, and if you’re the guy who brought his fishing tackle instead of his credit card or appetite, there are some great public fishing venues along the Catskill creek just on the other side of the river, so head on over. Another day gone— you had better rebook Lilac House right away. These road trips aren’t going to take themselves, you know.
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Hudson Road Trip Let’s drive North this time… to Hudson, easily the most sophisticated and stimulating village I’ve discovered so far. Drive into Saugerties and from there you can either take the fastest route along Highway 87 north (tolls) or the meandering rural and scenic route along highway 9 W. Either takes you to Catskill, where you will cross another of the area’s impressive bridges across the wide Hudson River. When you reach 9G on the other side, you MUST take a detour to your right to drive up to Olana State Historic site, where painter Frederic Edwin Church created a fantasy castle with Persian inspired turrets, extensive pathways and plantings, and a view of the great Hudson River that has changed remarkably little since he painted there in the nineteenth century. In fact, think about taking a picnic lunch, as the grounds invite one to lounge at one’s ease and watch the lazy river… But now we need to drive just a few minutes north into Hudson, with its iconic downtown Warren Street lined with elegant buildings from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Hudson has a colorful history, being at one time the fourth largest city in New York, and at another famous for its vice industry, prompting multiple raids on brothels, gambling houses, and other dens of iniquity which seem to have vanished. Meander down Warren Street (you won’t be able to see it all unless you devote the whole day to the effort, so just begin somewhere and keep walking…) You will discover an irresistible selection of antique stores— the kind you really want to see, clean, inviting, and hiding affordable treasures you can easily see in your own home. My favorite was Finch, which features both new and old pieces, including authentic mid-century modern pieces in excellent condition and with realistic prices that may have you flipping out that credit card. Another favorite retail spot is called “The Quiet Botanist”, which describes itself as “A botanical apothecary and dried flower shop.” Imagine perfect bouquets of dried flowers in all hues, arrayed all around you in a space that is scented with natural aromas of herbs and perfumed candles. You’ll also find edible delights, not the least of which are small glass jars of dried edible flowers for teas or novel culinary creations. Hard to leave this place, but there’s a line at the door, so you must… The Second Show is a well curated community thrift shop where you are sure to find something you are delighted to wear or place in your home. They were closed when I was there, so I missed out on the experience, but even the window shopping was tantalizing. “Fluff” features knit items, most of which are made from alpaca, look squishy soft and hard to put down… they sell online, and are closed now but reopening April 15th. Are you hungry yet? Check out Swoon kitchen bar for inventive and varied new American fare, or Ca’Mea for traditional Italian (one of New York’s twelve best places to get pasta, per I Love NY magazine). The unexpected and authentic flavors of El Salvador are hiding out in Casa Latina Pupusas Y Más , a little off the beaten path. Or if you’ve decided to go back to Olana, stop at Talbott & Arding Cheese and Provisions for quick and varied gourmet to go. Have to mention The Spotty Dog, which is an unexpected combination of a bookstore and a craft beer nirvana. it was still in Covid lockdown when I visited, but ought to be opening up soon— from the sidewalk it looked, well, just like the kind of bookstore you really want to drink beer in while you browse the books… Keep walking! You’ll find fine jewelry (Geoffrey Good) , a tea shop you could spend all day in (Verdigris Tea), a perfumery (Source Adage), a new bakery that specializes in sourdough (Breadfolks)— don’t stop! OK, and if you’re the guy who brought his fishing tackle instead of his credit card or appetite, there are some great public fishing venues along the Catskill creek just on the other side of the river, so head on over. Another day gone— you had better rebook Lilac House right away. These road trips aren’t going to take themselves, you know.
Great Hikes
From the Great Northern Catskills website, https://www.greatnortherncatskills.com/attractions/top-attractions -- "Shooting off a small opening at the top of a sheer cliff, Plattekill Falls is the picture perfect waterfall of your dreams. To find these falls, park on Josh Road by the little red house and hike approximately a quarter mile, following Plattekill Creek as it winds downstream past Old Mill Falls and through rich forested land. Cascading 70 feet before crashing back into the creek below, Plattekill Falls will take your breath away. The rock faces surrounding it are covered in moss and greenery, giving it an almost mystical appeal, and the stream bed it flows into provides ample opportunity for rock hopping. Bring the whole family and spend a day tucked away in a Catskill mountains paradise." Not particularly strenuous, and unlikely to be crowded.
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Plattekill
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From the Great Northern Catskills website, https://www.greatnortherncatskills.com/attractions/top-attractions -- "Shooting off a small opening at the top of a sheer cliff, Plattekill Falls is the picture perfect waterfall of your dreams. To find these falls, park on Josh Road by the little red house and hike approximately a quarter mile, following Plattekill Creek as it winds downstream past Old Mill Falls and through rich forested land. Cascading 70 feet before crashing back into the creek below, Plattekill Falls will take your breath away. The rock faces surrounding it are covered in moss and greenery, giving it an almost mystical appeal, and the stream bed it flows into provides ample opportunity for rock hopping. Bring the whole family and spend a day tucked away in a Catskill mountains paradise." Not particularly strenuous, and unlikely to be crowded.
Exciting hike in all seasons, but can be steep and slippery, so exercise caution. Be aware that the town of Hunter does enforce parking restrictions and will tow violators. Also, note that currently, Kaaterskill Falls can only be accessed from the Laurel House Road and Scutt Road parking areas. The Molly Smith parking area and the Kaaterskill Falls Trail from Route 23A to the base of the lower falls will continue to remain closed for trail construction.
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Kaaterskill Falls
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Exciting hike in all seasons, but can be steep and slippery, so exercise caution. Be aware that the town of Hunter does enforce parking restrictions and will tow violators. Also, note that currently, Kaaterskill Falls can only be accessed from the Laurel House Road and Scutt Road parking areas. The Molly Smith parking area and the Kaaterskill Falls Trail from Route 23A to the base of the lower falls will continue to remain closed for trail construction.
A fantastic hike in nearly all weathers, and not too strenuous for people with pretty decent fitness levels. You arrive at the Hudson river via wooded paths. Tranquility.
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Falling Waters Preserve
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A fantastic hike in nearly all weathers, and not too strenuous for people with pretty decent fitness levels. You arrive at the Hudson river via wooded paths. Tranquility.
A jewel of a nature preserve, its 160 acres provide butterflies and birdwatching along lovely shady trails in season.
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Esopus Bend Nature Preserve
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A jewel of a nature preserve, its 160 acres provide butterflies and birdwatching along lovely shady trails in season.
Retail Therapy
Since I am a knitter, I confess I neglected the tea related parts of this shop, but the yarns! Lots of samples so you get a good idea of how the yarns will knit up, and unique locally sourced fibers and dyes to inspire you.
50 Market St
50 Market Street
Since I am a knitter, I confess I neglected the tea related parts of this shop, but the yarns! Lots of samples so you get a good idea of how the yarns will knit up, and unique locally sourced fibers and dyes to inspire you.
Marvelous assortment of books, cards, kitchen goods including pottery, gifts for all. In a generally enchanting shopping district of Kingston, a city with much to recommend it as a destination
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Clove & Creek
73 Broadway
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Marvelous assortment of books, cards, kitchen goods including pottery, gifts for all. In a generally enchanting shopping district of Kingston, a city with much to recommend it as a destination
This is actually a tiny "chain" with shops in Rhinebeck, New Paltz, and Woodstock. Their specialty is "comfort footwear", but don't imagine dull blocky shoes. The boots especially are imaginative and fun. Treat your feet.
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Pegasus Footwear
10 Mill Hill Road
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This is actually a tiny "chain" with shops in Rhinebeck, New Paltz, and Woodstock. Their specialty is "comfort footwear", but don't imagine dull blocky shoes. The boots especially are imaginative and fun. Treat your feet.
Such a fun place to let the little ones window shop, then dash in (masked of course) to run off with your finds. Close by in Saugerties. Don't forget the bookstore nearby too.
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Tinker Toys
5 Mill Hill Road
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Such a fun place to let the little ones window shop, then dash in (masked of course) to run off with your finds. Close by in Saugerties. Don't forget the bookstore nearby too.
Fresh flowers, coming up ! I wish I could be close enough to leave flowers for you, which I consider essential and always buy for my monthly stays at Lilac House. But don't worry-- here they are.
Jarita's Florist
17 Tinker Street
Fresh flowers, coming up ! I wish I could be close enough to leave flowers for you, which I consider essential and always buy for my monthly stays at Lilac House. But don't worry-- here they are.
Eclectic handmade items from the world-over. Pottery, basketry, sculpture, all enticingly displayed.
Folk House Collective
75B Broadway
Eclectic handmade items from the world-over. Pottery, basketry, sculpture, all enticingly displayed.
Do you like the wind chime at Lilac House? Find one for yourself here, at the flagship store for original Woodstock wind chimes, tuned to bring harmony to your life with their soothing tones. But that's not all-- marvelous one of a kind glass items, hand made kimonos, and a curated selection of jewelry that is my favorite in Woodstock.
Topka
25 Tinker Street
Do you like the wind chime at Lilac House? Find one for yourself here, at the flagship store for original Woodstock wind chimes, tuned to bring harmony to your life with their soothing tones. But that's not all-- marvelous one of a kind glass items, hand made kimonos, and a curated selection of jewelry that is my favorite in Woodstock.
In addition to unique flowers priced by the stem so that you can compose your own bouquet, you will find fine glass vases, jewelry, gifts, and wonderful tings to smell!! (Ask about rose perfumes…) Then quickly book your next stay at Lilac House and order a porch bouquet for delivery, every Friday.
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Hops Petunia Floral
73 Broadway
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In addition to unique flowers priced by the stem so that you can compose your own bouquet, you will find fine glass vases, jewelry, gifts, and wonderful tings to smell!! (Ask about rose perfumes…) Then quickly book your next stay at Lilac House and order a porch bouquet for delivery, every Friday.
Gracious furniture, refined gifts, so many delightful scents! You could blow thousands there on furniture to keep forever and pass on to the grandkids, or just pick up a cute jigsaw or scented tag to hang on the rear view mirror of your car (which is what I did). Work by local artists as well. Satisfying either way. Not to be missed.
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Hammertown Rhinebeck
6420 Montgomery St
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Gracious furniture, refined gifts, so many delightful scents! You could blow thousands there on furniture to keep forever and pass on to the grandkids, or just pick up a cute jigsaw or scented tag to hang on the rear view mirror of your car (which is what I did). Work by local artists as well. Satisfying either way. Not to be missed.
So many different styles, from elegant to casual, wonderfully curated by the friendly owner who travels to Italy to do her own buying. And definitely don’t miss the “last chance “rack where I bought fantastic clothes for a fraction of what they should have sold for. This is about the only place in Hudson where you can find great clothes at Super reasonable prices.
Manifest Boutique
356 Warren Street
So many different styles, from elegant to casual, wonderfully curated by the friendly owner who travels to Italy to do her own buying. And definitely don’t miss the “last chance “rack where I bought fantastic clothes for a fraction of what they should have sold for. This is about the only place in Hudson where you can find great clothes at Super reasonable prices.