Number one? Our Relaxmeong Fair, in Rhinebeck, June 3 to 5, 2016. We've compiled the following must-do list of Hudson Valley haunts, all of them lying within an easy-to-navigate 50-mile stretch, from the Roosevelt mansion in Hyde Park to the inestimable Coxsackie Antique Center. Plus: Print a handy cheat sheet with all these locations listed »
Hudson's Warren Street boasts nearly 50 antiques shops, most stocking outrageously expensive finery, which renders the worth-it wares at Hudson Supermarket relatively reasonable. Other affordable outposts on the town's main drag include Fred E. Trout, , , , .
310 Warren St., Hudson
This four-story megastore specializes in architectural salvage, so if you're not after a bathtub or mantel, head straight for the second floor's smaller stuff, like dishware, wood crates, and copper pots.
27 Hoffman St., Kingston;
With 100 dealers spanning 15,000 square feet, this CL fave sells everything from industrial cabinets to estate jewelry at decent prices.
12400 Rte. 9W, Coxsackie;
Junkaholics start to salivate upon pulling into the parking lot—consider those $9 weathered shutters harbingers of the tempting hodgepodge that awaits inside.
19 Old Farm Rd., Red Hook; 845-758-5668
Founded in 1978, this two-story shop stocks every type of antique or vintage light fixture you could imagine—turn-of-the-century porcelain wall sconces, goose-neck chandeliers, Deco pendants. You'll also find anything you might need for a bathroom reno, from medicine cabinets to claw-foot bathtubs. The best part? Every light that's up for sale has already been rewired. Open Friday through Monday afternoons and Thursdays by appointment.
34 Market Street, Saugerties;
Originally built in the 1700s as a stagecoach stop, this building later became the headquarters for President Roosevelt's secret service. Later, still, the spot opened as 9,500-square-foot antiques mall, focusing on 18th century through mid-20th century collectibles, tastefully spread through 50 booths.
4192 Albany Post Rd., Hyde Park;
This impeccably edited boutique's signature? Luxuriously unnecessary necessities, such as D.R. Harris & Co. toiletries and John Derian trays. Half a block west, the larger offers range: Order a custom sofa, or succumb to an impulse buy of extravagant matches priced at $3.75.
316 Warren St., Hudson;
You'll feel like a kid in a candy store at this shrine to small-batch sweets, though the choices (caramel pretzels versus coconut haystacks) may induce adult-level anxiety.
115 Partition St., Saugerties;
Maureen Missner and Serine Hastings first joined forces as Crate & Barrel merchandisers during the '70s. Now, the duo sources winsome stationery and witty gifts. Case in point: the meta candlestick-shaped candles above.
6423 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck;
Stock up on local honeys, preserves, and hot sauces—along with fresh-baked pies, artisanal cheeses, and fine teas at this farmstand-meets-garden store. Come spring, flowers and plants take center stage, and when summer rolls around, the tomatoes and sweet corn live up to their reputation as some of the region's very best.
10094 Route 9W, Athens;
After Otto Leuschel opened the old-school market on Main Street, he turned his attention to his latest project: a throwback five-and-dime, which debuted last summer. Focused on locals' basic needs, the shop stocks exclusively made-in-America goods, from kitchen supplies and stationery to hardware and sewing notions. We fell in love with the vintage general store display pieces—and the shop's friendly resident cats, Hansel and Gretel.
212 Main St., Germantown;
This small but quirky shop offers jewelry and clothing made by independent artists, ceramic pieces a local potter makes exclusively for Tivoli Mercantile, and a huge array of chalkboard paints—called Hudson Paint and formulated by the owner Jill's husband, Arno—in a surprising and fun color palette, from neon pink to turquoise.
5 E. Market Street, Red Hook;
Franklin Delano Roosevelt's lifelong residence remains remarkably unchanged, with the 32nd president's Harvard pennant and his stamp collection right where he left them.
4097 Albany Post Rd., Hyde Park;
Thomas Cole, founder of the Hudson River School of painting, first rented a room in this farmhouse in the 1820s. Today, you can tour his studio and then join a guided hike to sites depicted in Cole's work, including Catskill Creek (see the artist's 1836 rendering).
218 Spring St., Catskill;
Thomas Cole's protégé, Frederic Church, furnished his Persian-style manse—perched 600 feet above the Hudson River—with pieces amassed from his travels.
5720 State Rte. 9G, Hudson;
Two miles north of Springwood sits the opulent 1895 Vanderbilt Mansion, the first home in all of Hyde Park to have electricity. Designed by architects McKim, Mead & White, the structure reflects Gilded Age style and initially served as the country getaway for Frederick Vanderbilt. Don't miss a stroll through the 211-acre grounds, which stretch along the east bank of the Hudson River.
119 Vanderbilt Park Rd., Hyde Park;
Allan Chapin knew he'd open a boulangerie the moment he tasted a baguette in France's Le Perche region. And, yeah, his bread lives up to its backstory. The unexpected twist? A bistro that may best the bakery, with fries richer than any croissant.
230 Warren St., Hudson;
Former Whole Foods exec Otto Leuschel channels a grocer of yesteryear at this four-year-old business, which took over a 1927 store and carries produce, jams, and eggs from community farms. Superb deli sandwiches (the pimento cheese is tops) cement this market's status as the local culinary mecca.
215 Main St., Germantown;
Vintage aprons and kitchen implements adorn the walls at down-home Miss Lucy's, where the comfort-food menu changes daily based on what's in season.
90 Partition St., Saugerties;
Bypass the formal dining room in favor of the laid-back bar area at this converted 1825 church. You can't miss with the soul-food plate or the duck quesadilla—assuming you're able to resist the page-long list of build-your-own-burger options.
6426 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck;
Coconut cream, pecan, chocolate mousse, strawberry-rhubarb—pie's the star at this joint, except on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, when Me-Oh-My stages its newly minted "10 Dollar Dinners."
7466 S. Broadway, Red Hook;
Sure, it's fancy—and more than a little pricey—but this cooking school claims Anthony Bourdain and John Besh as alumni. Of the five different CIA eateries, we suggest reserving a table at the American Bounty restaurant.
946 Campus Dr., Hyde Park;
Mike Webber and Roy Ardizzone bought this late-1700s spot in 2010 as a weekend getaway; within a year, they'd ditched their Manhattan day jobs to turn the place into a small B&B. Still, the flawlessly decorated interiors feel anything but commercial.
10 S. Front St., Hudson;
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America's oldest continuously operating inn hosted the founding fathers and Chelsea Clinton's wedding-weekend cocktail party. It also happens to be located less than a mile from our Relaxmeong Fair at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds.
6387 Mill St., Rhinebeck;
For a full-service hotel experience, check in to this two-year-old lodge. All 30 rooms have balconies overlooking the waterfall where Esopus Creek meets the Hudson River.
25 S. Partition St, Saugerties;
This 30-year-old nonprofit theater screens 700-plus indie, foreign, and documentary movies a year. Of course, the popcorn here is made fresh and topped with real butter.
6415 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck;
For a small-town venue, Helsinki snags shockingly impressive acts: Justin Townes Earl, Sharon Jones, and Frank Black have played in the past. Another surprise? The kitchen serves delectable Southern dishes—the fried okra's a fave—that go way beyond bar food.
405 Columbia St., Hudson;
Crossroads may supply pubs in the Big Apple, but it's headquartered in tiny Athens. Saddle up to the brewery's bar, set in a refashioned 1893 opera house, and pick from 10 rotating ales on tap, all crafted on-site.
21 Second St., Athens;
Sophisticated yet unpretentious, this lounge resembles a refined hunting lodge. Expect to find familiar wines, in addition to some under-the-radar varietals and savory snacks (Marcona almonds, Spanish meatballs).
119 Warren St., Hudson
Head back to the colonial tap room, and toast fellow travelers—just as folks have done at this site since it opened as a stagecoach stop in 1776.
6387 Mill St., Rhinebeck;