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he Hudson Valley has been a regional vacation destination since the days of Manhattanite Washington Irving, who penned “The Legend of Rip Van Winkle” on Catskills getaway in 1819. Over the past several years, the region has garnered national attention, and with it, increased tourism. This spike in demand for beds has led to a boutique lodging boom. Each of these eight accommodations offers its own brand of relaxation. Sleep among the trees, or stay on a working farm. If you’re in the mood for something less rural, try staying in historic Moliving at Hurley House, buildings just a bike ride Hurley away from town. Enjoy sound baths, saunas, private classes are available upon request. swimming pools, and a dozen other Healing bodywork, massages, and sound baths amenities. From tents to cabins to are also available. Other relaxing features include a steam room, sauna, and a heated classic suites, the Hudson Valley is indoor pool open to the outside and framing sure to have a place you’ll be happy Catskills views. Upstairs, the restaurant offers to call your temporary home. a complimentary breakfast of fruit, granola, Piaule Catskill

Founders Nolan McHugh and Trevor Briggs brought their vision of a sustainable getaway to life at Piaule: Twenty-four cabins raised up on stilts sit in the midst of 50 acres of mostly undeveloped land in the Catskill Mountains. Each cabin features a floor-to-ceiling glass wall, offering a full view of the surrounding woods. The property’s main building features panoramic views of the Catskill escarpment from every space on both floors. On the lower level, you’ll find a spa with yoga rooms, where group classes take place on the weekends and

and local pastry every morning. While dinner service is only on the weekends, Catskill and Hudson are only a short drive away, where there are plenty of restaurants to choose from.

Moliving at Hurley House Hurley

Moliving is opening its flagship hotel in Hurley this summer, replacing Twin Lakes Resort. The “nomadic hotel” comprises 60 stand-alone, movable suites. Each 400-square-foot cabin includes a living room, bedroom, and bathroom. The wood-paneled bedrooms feature king-sized beds that can easily be taken apart to form two twins. There are decks off the back and front of SPRING/SUMMER 202 2



Little Cat Lodge, Hillsdale

each unit, as well as floor-to-ceiling windows throughout. Each cabin includes a private bar. Roofs are equipped with solar panels and each unit has its own water recycling system. Other high-tech, hygienic features include a UV sanitization system and hands-free technology controls.

AutoCamp Catskills Saugerties

A self-styled “outdoor boutique hotel,” AutoCamp has locations in such epic vacation destinations as Yosemite, Joshua Tree, and Cape Cod, and will be opening its second East Coast glampground this August. AutoCamp Catskills will sit between the villages of Woodstock and Saugerties for easy access to shopping, cultural events, and restaurants. There will be 95 units available, including Airstreams, luxury tents, and cabins. These accommodations will include decor from local artists and provisions from Catskill farms and breweries. The centerpiece of the property will be the barn-style clubhouse inspired by historic Hudson Valley farms, where there will be a lounge and indoor fire pit, along with breakfast service. There will be a hammock grove among the trees and a year-round pool and hot tub. 10 C H R O N O G R A M . C O M / E X P LO R E

Hacienda Don Pedro Wallkill

Owners David and Mia Serrano open their farm to campers at Hacienda Don Pedro. Guests can bring their own tents or rent a prefurnished one. This site is cannabis-friendly, so feel free to bring your own supply and book a tent at Indica Way or Sativa Views. Goats, ducks, and chickens wander the property to greet guests. Taste the bounty of the farm by ordering breakfast made with fresh eggs and microgreens from the neighboring farm. Bundles of wood and s’mores supplies are available for purchase for a night around the fire. Hacienda Don Pedro is also located nearby Mohonk Preserve for rock climbing, mountain biking, and hiking.

Little Cat Lodge Hillsdale

Opening Memorial Day weekend, Little Cat Lodge will offer chic-but-cozy accommodations. New York City restaurateurs Matt Kliegman and Noah Bernamoff purchased what used to be the long-beloved Swiss Hutte Inn and gave it a modern twist. The property is located at the foot of Catamount Mountain for easy access to skiing and snowboarding during the winter months. The 14 guest rooms will feature furniture made of maple straight

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from the slopes of Catamount. Warm weather activities include swimming, golfing, and biking. There will also be barrel saunas tucked into the surrounding woods for use all year round. The 70-person restaurant will feature Alpine food with a health-conscious twist, made from local ingredients.

81 North Ellenville

81 North offers modern lodging in a centuryold building that’s anything but modern. Once home to the Ellenville Telephone Company, and later the Town Hall, this brick building now houses two luxury one-bedroom suites. Each suite has a fireplace and full kitchen, with curated vintage furniture and art. Suites also feature six-foot windows for expansive views of the Shawangunk Ridge. Guests can borrow bikes and ride around town to check out Ellenville’s shops and restaurants. Owners Richard and Cheryl Travers plan on adding a 12 C H R O N O G R A M . C O M / E X P LO R E

gathering room on the first floor, a cozy space with a library, fireplace, and reading couches. Coming attractions also include three new guest rooms and one additional suite.

Shandaken Inn Shandaken

Built in the 1920s as a clubhouse for the Rip Van Winkle Golf Course, the Shandaken Inn pays homage to the Catskills region’s heritage as a premier vacation destination. Suites are named after historic Catskill summer camps and hotels. Some have oak floors original to the building. The Clubhouse restaurant serves up elegant but hearty meals. Stop at the bar to choose from classic cocktails like a sage old fashioned or a Shandaken hot toddy. Or try a locally brewed beer. Shandaken Inn sits in the middle of the countryside, but is still just 30 minutes from prime skiing destinations like Belleayre, Hunter, and Windham.



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ating is serious business in the Hudson Valley. The region’s eateries focus on serving fresh, seasonal, and diverse farm-to-table offerings year-round. A dining experience in the Hudson Valley gives you a taste of the region itself—what fruits and vegetables are in season and what artisanal products are made in the area. From modern gastropubs to old-world cafes, Hudson Valley restaurants include a wide variety of culinary styles, applying innovative techniques to the local palette. Here are some exciting new additions to the regional food scene.

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Inness, Accord

Inness Accord

Since being acquired by New York City tastemaker, restaurateur, and hotelier Taavo Somer, the former Rondout Golf Club in Accord has been reborn as Inness, a high-end hospitality destination with 40 guest rooms, a restaurant, farm shop, two swimming pools, tennis courts, and yes, a nine-hole golf course. Golfing isn’t for everyone, but the farm-totable fare at the links-adjacent Inness is sure to draw a steady crowd. With an emphasis on local sourcing and seasonality, the restaurant at Inness focuses largely on wood-fired dishes prepared on outdoor smokers and grills and served a chic, modern environment, amidst blonde wood, vintage rugs, and blazing fireplaces. With western-facing windows, you get a view of the greens and the sunset behind the Catskill Mountains while you sip your craft cocktails or eat your meal. Inness’s dinner menu includes picks like the Denver steak served with new potatoes, charred turnips, and taleggio ($46) or the Berkshire pork chop served with braised greens and celery root ($42). On weekends, brunch is served from 11am to 3pm and features dishes both sweet and savory, like French toast served with honey butter, maple syrup, and sesame ($17) or a smoked white fish salad, pickles, hard-boiled egg, and toast ($16). 14 C H R O N O G R A M . C O M / E X P LO R E

Morningbird Kinderhook

A black-painted wooden facade frames the entrance to a Indo-Dutch cafe in a stately 19th-century factory building in Kinderhook. Inside, the aptly named Morningbird awaits; visitors will find imaginative seasonal pastries (like a squash and gouda turnover with scallions and sambal, notes of cumin, coriander, and mustard); coffee from Gotham Roasters and Coffee Project NY; lunch items and a selection of handcrafted items from BIPOC and women-identifying makers like Allison Samuels and Alice W. Chai. The menu highlights products from neighboring Hudson Valley farms and casual and comforting Southeast Asian dishes for lunch, like sauteed shrimp and glass noodles ($18) or hearty dinner offerings like grilled Hudson Valley pork shoulder ($21).

Primo Waterfront Newburgh

Primo Waterfront brings coastal Italian cuisine to Newburgh’s waterfront, in the former location of Cena 2000. For this project, restaurateur Jesse Camac of Heritage Food & Drink teamed up with one of his chefs, Frank Camey, and Ralph Bello, formerly of Il Barilotto, to design a seafood-centric menu that uses local produce and meats. In addition to Bello’s homemade pastas, Primo will offer a

FOOD & DRINK crudo and raw bar, developed in collaboration with John Daly, a kitchen alum of Michelinstarred Manhattan establishment Masa. Daly’s Japanese techniques combine with Bello’s Italian flavors and result in dishes like Montauk fluke with pistachio, ponzu, chives, and olive oil. Another dish on offer will be yellowtail with strawberry, basil, and pink peppercorn, alongside raw bar classics like oysters and king crabs. Designed to showcase the spectacular views of the Hudson from every seat in the house, Primo gives the feeling of a coastal getaway with walls of windows, indoor and outdoor bars, and a patio that seats up to 170 people.

Tanma Ramen Tavern Kingston

With papered-over windows and minimal signage, Tanma Ramen in Kingston is serving up serious speakeasy vibes alongside handmade gyoza and steaming bowls of ramen. Like at Tanma’s predecessor Gomen Kudasai in New Paltz, Youko Yamamoto is preparing everything from scratch. Kick your meal off with pan-fried pork gyoza, served in a sizzling cast iron pan. The avocado sashimi is deceivingly simple and delightful, drizzled with lemon juice and dipped in wasabi soy sauce ($8). For ramen, Yamamoto keeps it simple with just two options (both $15): miso, which uses a broth made of chicken and pork bone, served with sliced pork belly; and shio, with a vegan broth made from kombu, shitake, and other vegetables. Both are served with mung bean sprouts, chopped scallion, bamboo shoots, cashews, and wakame seaweed. If you’ve loaded up on apps, opt for the baby bar size of either for just $10.

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Darlings Tillson

Just like there are flyover states, there are what could be called drive-through towns. The hamlet of Tillson in Ulster County is one. Tillson is mostly a residential community, a place you pass through on your way to somewhere else—especially since its one watering hole, the Postage Inn, closed in 2021. But after more than three decades, the building is getting a facelift and a new identity. It will reopen in late May as Darlings, a bar and restaurant serving Southern food and craft cocktails. The venture is the latest hospitality undertaking from the owners of Huckleberry in New Paltz, Julie Dabbs and Billy Simkiss and Leah Allen and Mike O’Neil, who own six bars including New York City-

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Momo Valley Beacon

based Skylark, Lowlands, and the Adirondack between them. These two couples are joined by a third—Madi Taylor and Luke Peters, who have worked front-of-house at Huckleberry since its opening in 2015.

J. Lama, a native of Nepal, has been slowly upscaling her dumpling business since 2018. First, she ran a pop-up, then a stall in the Hudson Valley Food Hall in Beacon. In January, Lama opened her own brick-and-mortar location at the east end of the city. For the uninitiated, a momo is a traditional dumpling found primarily in the cuisines of Nepal and Tibet. Momo Valley offers four varieties—chicken, beef, spinach and cheese, and a vegan vegetable medley—(all 6 for $12). All the food is made on premises by Lama and her parents, and the menu includes entrees as well. The Himalayan Chicken Bowl is creamy, chunky chicken and garlicky broccoli served with jasmine or brown rice ($14). The Thukpa Bowl is housemade grass-fed beef bone broth with egg noodle, topped with seared chicken strips and garnished with scallion and cilantro ($16).

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Stissing House, Pine Plains

The Stissing House, an 18th-century landmark in Pine Plains, has operated as a bar/restaurant/inn since it was an overnight spot for Revolutionary War hero the Marquis de Lafayette. Most recently it was run as a French restaurant for 15 years by Michel and Patricia Jean until 2020. In mid-March, chef Clare de Boer reopened it, keeping the historic name. The revived eatery is the first solo restaurant project for de Boer, an alum of London’s River Cafe (along with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, April Bloomfield, and Jamie Oliver, among other revered chefs) who opened the Michelin-starred King in the West Village with fellow Brit Jess Shadbolt and Annie Shi in 2017. The menu is elevated tavern food that’s sturdy and understated— and mostly wood-fired. Dishes includes fin de la Baie oysters from New Brunswyck ($3.50), a Caesar salad ($17), beet and caper soup ($15), wood-roasted chicken with lemon and wedge potatoes ($29), seafood chowder with a giant saltine ($31), and sticky toffee sundae ($13) for dessert. 16 C H R O N O G R A M . C O M / E X P LO R E

Though it’s only been open a year, Cafe Mutton has quickly established itself as a neighborhood fixture in Hudson under the ownership of Fish & Game and Bartlett House alum Shaina Loew-Banayan. On the corner of 8th and Columbia, this quaint breakfast and lunch joint is known for its meat-centric menu. The menu showcases the Hudson Valley’s abundant produce and meats, routinely making use of secondary cuts to create things like the now-famous in-house sausage, pate, and bologna. The resulting menu is short but filled with delicacies. Scrapple and eggs ($12.50) is one of them— two sunny-side eggs are served alongside scrapple, a loaf made with polenta and braised pork that’s pan fried, and a choice of potatoes, toast, or greens. The country pate sandwich ($12.50) is another popular choice, featuring housemade pork and chicken liver pate, whole grain mustard, and cornichons on country white bread from Bartlett House. On Friday nights, Cafe Mutton stays open late for a chill happy hour and candle-lit dinner service.

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he Hudson Valley is enjoying a golden age of craft beverages, with over 100 producers making artisanal alcoholic beverages across the region. It’s hard to imagine that just 20 years ago that few of these businesses existed. The craft beverage boom has created not only tasty beers and cocktails, but also spurred a wave of hospitalityfocused makers as well. Here are some of the new craft beverage producers on the scene who are focused on creating on-site experiences. 18 C H R O N O G R A M . C O M / E X P LO R E

Foreign Objects Monroe

Over the past four years, Foreign Objects Beer Company has built an international fan base for their hazy IPAs and crisp German lagers; sleek, abstract can designs; and esoteric beer descriptions with distribution in 13 states, Europe, Asia, and Australia. A nomadic production operation, Foreign Objects has at various times been brewed out of Shmaltz Brewing in Clifton Park; Two Roads in Stratford, Connecticut; Octopi in Wisconsin; and Bolero Snort in New Jersey. After multiple COVID hiccups and pivots, last fall the brand finally opened a taproom in Monroe, dubbed the Nerve Center. The taproom has a whopping 20 taps; about half pour a rotating selection of Foreign Objects brews, and the other half are beers, ciders, and meads from sibling businesses in their beverage group.

Paul Brady Wine Beacon

Formerly a brand ambassador for the New York Wine & Grape Foundation, Paul Brady took his expertise and opened a chic wine shop and tasting room in Beacon last fall with a focus on New York State wines.

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Working with Todd Cavallo of Wild Arc Farm and Ben Riccardi of Finger Lakes winery Osmote, among others, Brady has developed his own line of low-intervention wines using hybrid grapes, which will be available in-store. One wine of note is his Fauxjolais, a carbonically macerated De Chaunac made with Cavallo. To nibble, there are charcuterie boards for two available ($45), prepared in collaboration with chef Brian Arnoff of Kitchen Sink.

Catskill Mountain Moonshine Saugerties

One of the newest distilleries in the region is Catskill Mountain Moonshine, which distills and serves its spirits at its storefront location in Market Street in Saugerties. Their offerings include vodka, gin, maple-flavored whiskey, honey-flavored whiskey, 100 proof corn whiskey, and 80 proof corn whiskey. The tap room has a deli-cum-roadhouse vibe, and flights are available for tasting as well as specialty cocktails. Catskill Mountain Moonshine serves food, a rotating food menu, what they call a “Menu-ish,” which might include charcuterie ($20/$32), pork carnitas ($12), or fried chicken with baked beans and slaw ($15). Bottles to go are also available for purchase.

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West Kill Kingston

In good news for the faint of hike, soon you won't have to make the trek out to West Kill’s original Spruceton Valley location to throw back a West Kill beer. The brewery is opening a tasting room outpost smack in the middle of Midtown Kingston this summer. The satellite tasting room will be housed in a long, low building at 602 Broadway (across the street from Pakt), which housed a seamstress shop for many years. “The vibe is going to be very much 'Catskills farmhouse' or 'public house,'” Barcone says. “Very woodsy, Catskills fish and game club, turn-of-the-century resort vibe—not Borscht Belt, but the turn-ofthe-century boarding houses.” The bar will have 12 tap lines, which will pour a mix of West Kill beers and draft wine and New York State cider.

Subversive Malting & Brewing Catskill

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local beers with grain malted in-house, procured from local farmers at its West Bridge Street location in Catskill. At the tap house and tasting room, a typical lineup of beers might include two types of IPAs, a pale ale, a copper lager, a couple of farmhouse ales, a Brett saison, and half a dozen others. They’re served in 13-ounce pours, which are $7 or $8 a glass. A small canning line, allows Subversive to sell 16-ounce four-packs for off-site consumption. They also have a limited range of large-format bottles (750-milliliter). Grab a brew and a burger or sandwich from their kitchen and settle in for a relaxed hang in their charming beer garden, with amber-colored twinkle lights overhead, picnic tables, and fire pits.

Lasting Joy Brewery Tivoli

Soon, every town, village, and unincorporated hamlet in the Hudson Valley will have its own craft brewery. Tivoli need wait no longer, as Lasting Joy Brewery is set to open this month on 32 bucolic acres on Lasher Road. The

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Honey Hollow Brewing Company, Earlton

brewery's tasting room, featuring wood and walls of glass, can hold 99 guests, and there's an outdoor patio with seating and fire pits. The brewery features its own beers on tap, in addition to a selection of ciders, wines, and pre-made cocktails from our favorite New York beverage crafters. For food, there will be a selection of snacks, as well as charcuterie and

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cheese boards available from Baldwin Farms. On select days Lasting Joy will host food trucks offering more substantial fare.

Honey Hollow Brewing Company Earlton

Tucked in the trees off the main drag of Greene County hamlet of Earlton, Honey Hollow Brewing Company’s quaint tasting room features a slew of brews made with hops grown onsite, while offering a laid-back place for families and friends to come together. For owner and longtime brewer Matty Taormina, creating a welcoming environment was an essential part of the Honey Hollow mission. “We wanted to support local people, and this was a great way of doing it,” says Taormina. Inside the eclectically furnished tasting room, chalkboards list the draft offerings. Honey Hollow has nine beers on tap at all times. During the summer, there’s pizza made in the outdoor wood-fired brick oven and live music from local blues and rock artists. Outside, tables under tents can seat about 45 guests, with more seating tucked away under the trees. Children are welcome at Honey Hollow, which has cornhole, bonfires, and a bocce ball court.

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The Who play Bethel Woods on May 28.


usicians are back on the road in a big way this year, and many top-notch national acts are stopping in the region to rock out. Many of these shows feature aging rockers, and nostalgic fans might do well to see their heroes while they can. Dirt Farmer Festival Arrowood Farms

May 21. In the words of the much-missed Levon Helm’s legendary ensemble, The Band, king harvest has surely come. Presented by Levon Helm Studios, the third annual Dirt Farmer Festival will return to Arrowood Farms in Accord on May 21. The initial lineup of the Dirt Farmer Festival includes the Midnight Ramble Band and Friends, Mavis Staples and her duo, and Amy Helm. Many more acts will be added to the bill prior to the festival. Named for the Arkansas-born musician’s Grammy Award-winning 2007 album, Dirt Farmer, the 24 C H R O N O G R A M . C O M / E X P LO R E

family-friendly festival blends the intimate warmth and jubilant, high-quality music for which Woodstock’s Midnight Ramble is so beloved—a combination that was itself inspired by the traveling medicine shows and raucous rent parties of Helm’s youth.

The Who Bethel Woods

May 28. One of rock’s most iconic bands returns to the scene of one of their most iconic concerts when the Who blasts their way back to the pavilion at the site of their raucous 1969 Woodstock Festival performance. On May 28 at 7:30pm, the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts welcomes the legendary British group—co-led by the Who’s two surviving original members, consummate guitarist and songwriter Pete Townshend and front man extraordinaire Roger Daltrey—to the former Yasgur’s Farm in Sullivan County for a high-energy evening of hits and classics culled from across the monolithic arc of their nearly 60-year career. The band will be backed by the Hudson Valley Philharmonic.

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Doobie Brothers Bethel Woods

July 2. The show is billed as “The Doobie Brothers 50th Anniversary Tour featuring Michael McDonald with special guests.” But can you have a real Doobie Brothers show without McDonald’s distinctive smoothand-gritty-at-the-same-time vocals? “What a Fool Believes” without Michael McDonald? Heresy. Thankfully, the band will have those pipes fronting their roots-based, harmonyladen, guitar-driven rock 'n' roll at Bethel Woods. The amazing thing about the Doobies, is that a band with so much great material need only play the hits; every song is a singalong.

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July 16. Alt-rock lengends Death Cab for Cutie bring their catalog of gossamer indiepop gems to Poughkeepsie on their summer tour. While recent albums have not garnered critical acclaim—2018’s Thank You for Today was seen as the best album in a decade of mediocre offerings—Death Cab is known for its mesmerizing live performances that create intimate experiences in multiplethousand-seat amphitheaters. Illuminati Hotties open.

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August 9. Arguably the greatest song ever written about the autumnal equinox, Earth, Wind & Fire’s 1978 smash hit “September” is an enduring masterpiece. It was added to the Library of Congress’s National Recording Registry of sound recordings that “are culturally, historically, or aesthetically important” in 2018. (And, as of this writing, over one billion plays on Spotify.) The band, which scored eight number one hits and sold more than 100 million albums worldwide, celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2020. It has won nine Grammy Awards, including one for Lifetime Achievement in 2012. What else is there to say but ba-dee-ya, dee-ya, dee-ya?

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September 18. Willie Nelson’s countryinflected Outlaw Music Festival will be wending its way across the country this summer. The second-to-last stop will be at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center on September 18. The tour features a rotating cast of players and bands. For the show at SPAC, Nelson will be joined by the Avett Brothers, Billy Strings, Larkin Poe, and Brittney Spencer. Nelson, who is 89 years old, is a national treasure. See him while you can.

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July 19. You oughta know. Not many albums of the past 30 years are as deeply embedded in the cultural landscape as Alanis Morissette’s 1995 debut, Jagged Little Pill. Critically praised and winner of seven Grammy awards, Pill cemented Morissette’s place in the singer-songwriter pantheon. Last year, she took to the road to celebrate the album’s 25th anniversary. The tour became the number one female-fronted tour of the year and also one of the top worldwide tours of 2021, selling over 500,000 tickets. Opening the show will be Garbage, no slouches themselves, with over 17 million albums sold.

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hen you’re ready to log out of your Amazon Prime account and take a break from the big box retailers, the Hudson Valley is dotted with thoughtfully curated shops that reflect the taste (and values) of their owners. From locally made, hand-dipped beeswax candles to Danish furniture to clothing for both men and women from exclusive designers, these Hudson Valley retailers will scratch that shopping itch. Woodsman Cornwall

Open the door to Woodsman in Cornwall and the first thing to catch your eye will likely be the hand-painted tile underfoot: a rustic scene of a bear, pine trees, and a cozy cabin. The scene,

embedded in the reclaimed barn plank flooring, is a fitting entree for a shop that celebrates rugged luxury for the modern man. A stack of “Peaky Blinders”-style newsboy caps fills an old wooden crate near the door. The black walnut ledges on an opposite wall display Bridge & Boro jeans, as well as Pendleton sweaters, Wolverine boots, and hand-stitched, recycleddenim Levis. A center table holds Shinola watches, wallets, and other leather goods. If it’s well-made, handcrafted, and classic, chances are it can be found at Woodsman.

Bosco’s Mercantile Saugerties

Bosco’s Mercantile is a thriving bedding and home goods shop on Partition Street, stocking ethically and sustainably made products, from organic linens and throws to vintage indigodyed throw pillows and tabletop ceramics. You can browse through plush terry cloth bathrobes from Dusen Dusen; waffle towels from Hawkins New York; organic cotton, flannel, and linen bedding from Coyuchi; lambswool and alpaca S P R I N G / S U M M E R 2 0 2 2 27

SHOPPING throws from Harlow Henry; throw pillows made by artisans in Latin America from Hudsonbased brand Minna; even ethical down duvets. And it’s not just delicious, cozy bedding. Bosco’s also stocks a wide array of candles from brands like Boy Smells and Apotheke to Anecdote Candle and Particle Goods. The small, curated apothecary inventory includes bath products from Compagnie de Provence, Wary Meyers, Jessie + Elizabeth, and Sweet Bella.

Gather Katonah

“My inspiration is villages by the sea,” says Suzanne Martin of the concept for her home goods boutique Gather, in Katonah. “Montauk, Malibu, seaside Italy, or Portugal.” Gather carries handblown glassware, ceramics, candles, straw baskets from Africa, stonewashed linens—all with a focus on sustainability and ethical working conditions. Some of the local artisanal products Gather stocks include hand-dipped beeswax candles from Newburgh-based Alysia Mazzella, cutting boards from Hudson-based KHEM Studios, and ceramics from Erica Recto. Martin also stocks carafes, cocktail glasses, and furniture from Danish company Ferm Living; runners, napkins, and dish towels from Lithuanian brand Linen Tales; dinnerware, glasses, and linen sheets from Hawkins New York; and vegan, botanical skincare products from Palermo Body.

taproom. It’s a gourmand’s dream, with a wide array of spices, jams, syrups, and kitchenware. But the stars of the show are the stainless-steel fustis—tanks of varying sizes with 90 different varieties of olive oils and vinegars that span a rainbow of flavors. Looking for a nice balsamic to drizzle over your roast chicken before it goes into the oven? Try the lemongrass mint. Their gremolata olive oil would brighten a Greek salad. There’s also a kitchen-centric annex with food and kitchenware. Here, a cooler holds truffle butter, pimiento cheese, and Vermont farmstead cheeses. Behind the bar are beautiful platters, trays, and cruets for sale; the bar itself is loaded with jarred pickles, jams, and dish towels.

River Mint Finery Kingston

Purposeful shopping is the ethos at River Mint Finery, the Stockade District where the curated selection of clothing, jewelry, and goods showcase quality fabrication and “a good story.” Mindful consumers can find Kingston-based brands Eleven Six and Lake & Skye at the store, as well as some of owner Kathryn Hammill’s designer favorites, like the cotton T-shirt line For Days. In addition to clothing, River Mint Finery stocks accessories, like a wide variety of Haomy bags, jewelry by Tai Rittichai and Studio Grun, and accents for the home like functional ceramics from Kingston-based L’Impatience studio. “I’m a designer, and I love to bring products I find to the community and people Warwick Olive Oil Company Warwick around me,” Hammill says. “We do carry Levi's Warwick Olive Oil Company is not your usual jeans—they're an American classic. Otherwise, I focus on independent designers who are close to their supply chain. A lot Bosco’s Mercantile, of the time, you buy something and Saugerties you don’t make the connection with where it came from.”

Valley Variety Hudson

Conceived by owner Chuck Rosenthal as a “modern and stylish interpretation of the traditional variety store,” Valley Variety carries an artful array of entrancing lifestyle accessories, home furnishings, and art. The shop, located on Warren Street, is Rosenthal’s passion project after spending nearly two decades in the Bay Area as the principal of a design firm. Whether your look is rustic farmhouse, industrial chic, or anything in between, the pieces you’ll discover are bound to blend and beautify. 28 C H R O N O G R A M . C O M / E X P LO R E

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fter two years of canceled shows, streamlined programming, and truncated seasons, culture is back in a big way in 2022. Powerhouse regional arts organizations like Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Bard Summerscape, and Maverick Concerts have scheduled full slates of events this summer, as have many other venues and festivals. There is an incredible pent-up demand to consume culture in person and to be in an audience with others for a shared experience. It’s going to be blockbuster summer. Here’s a snapshot of the bevy of worldclass art, theater, music, and dance happening this year.

Solid Sound Festival May 27-29

The Wilco-curated wonderfest wends its way back to Mass MoCA with still another stellar lineup of endlessly eclectic and entertaining attractions. Besides the host band and several of its members’ side projects, Solid Sound 2021 will include performances by Sylvan Esso, Japanese Breakfast, Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Terry Allen and the Panhandle Mystery Band, the Sun Ra Arksestra directed by Marshall Allen, Iceage, Hand Habits, Cut Worms, Mike Watt and the Missingmen, Angle Bat David, Sam Evian, John Hodgman’s Comedy Cabaret, and much more. See website for schedule and ticket prices. North Adams, Massachusetts.

Shadowland Stages June 3-October 23

Ellenville’s main cultural attraction is this beautifully restored Art Deco gem of a theater, which is staging six shows this year, including the world premiere of “Safe Home” (July 15-August 7) by Tom Hanks and James Glossman, based on stories by Tom Hanks. Another premier will be Donna Hoke’s “The Crossword Play” (June S P R I N G / S U M M E R 2 0 2 2 31

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24-July 10), which follows a puzzle-maker on a journey to solve her love life. Other standouts of the season include “Almost Heaven: Songs of John Denver” (August 12-September 11) and “The Life Span of a Fact,” a thorny drama about a dogged fact-checker and a writer who’s loose with the truth.

“genius grant” recipient Mac and Matt Ray that pay homage to queer icons of the past and present. A Juneteenth community event (June 19) has music (saxophonist Tyrone Birkett), dance (choreographer Robert Rubama), and a poetry lineup co-curated by “multi-award-winning poet Patricia Smith.”

Kaatsbaan Summer Festival


Kaatsbaan Cultural Park in Tivoli recently announced its 2022 Summer Festival schedule. With four segments, the festival roster mirrors Kaatsbaan’s multidisciplinary programming. “Live Arts Global” (June 4-5) marks the world premiere of “Journey,” a dance performance featuring new works by acclaimed choreographers Danielle Agami, Jessica Castro, and Kristin Sudeikis, and evening concerts by musician Jess Woods. “Rising Stars” (June 11-12) presents upcoming dance talent from ABT JKO School, the Juilliard School, and the New York City Ballet’s the School of American Ballet, joined by chamber group the Neave Trio. Taylor Mac (June 18) and collaborators will offer a work-in-progress revue of new songs by the MacArthur

The gorgeous grounds of Caramoor in Kathonah again host a summer of highpowered performances across genres. The season opens with Yo-Yo Ma & The Knights (June 18) and continues for nine weeks. Highlights include the American Roots Music Festival, featuring Molly Tuttle & the Golden Highway (June 25); Kronos Quartet (July 8); Silkroad Ensemble with Rhiannon Giddens (July 16); Broadway's Brian Stokes Mitchell (July 9); Rachael Price (Lake Street Dive) and Vilray (July 23); the world premiere of Michael Gordon's experiential, site-specific "Field of Vision" for 40 percussionists (July 24); Shemekia Copeland (July 29); Angelique Kidjo (August 6); and the jazz of the Matthew Whitaker Quintet (August 19).

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Bard SummerScape June 23-August 14

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Since its inception, the annual Bard SummerScape festival has presented stellar revivals of important but neglected operas in addition to innovative theater and dance performances. This year’s immersion in “Rachmaninov and His World” features “The Silent Woman” (July 22-31), the only true comic opera by Rachmaninov’s close contemporary Richard Strauss. Composer David Lang and choreographer Pam Tanowitz’s “Song of Songs,” a collaborative dance-theater performance, will be premiered (July 1-3). Director Ashley Tata puts a gender twist on Moliere’s “Don Juan” (June 23-July 17). And after a two-year absence, the Spiegeltent returns with performances by Suzanne Bartsch, Nona Bartsch, and a celebration of Black roots music.

Maverick Concerts

July 2-Septemeber 11


Maverick Concerts is the oldest, continuous summer chamber music festival in the country, celebrating over a century of world-class music in the woods outside Woodstock. After no performances in 2020 and a limited season in 2021, Maverick is back with a full slate of concerts at its open-air theater. The season kicks off on July 2 with percussion ensemble NEXUS’s 50th birthday bash with special guest Paul Winter. Woodstock’s own Simi Stone brings her contemporary rock on July 16. Folk legend Happy Traum performs with Cindy Cashdollar and friends on July 23. The celebrated Miro Quartet plays a program of Ravel, Glass, and Haydn on July 31. Jazz pianist Bill Charlap brings his trio on September 3.

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This summer marks HVSF’s the first year at its new location, just down the road from its old digs at Boscobel in Garrison. Don’t worry, the shows will still be staged under a massive, open-air tent. Three plays will be presented in repertory. “Romeo and Juliet” opens the season on July 11 with director Gaye Taylor Upchurch offering an age-blind production (read: middle-aged actors) of star-crossed love. Anne Washburn’s “Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play,” is up next, examining how the pop culture of one era might evolve into the mythology of another. Rounding out the season is Madeline Sayet’s deep, personal solo piece “Where We Belong,” about the intersection of Shakespeare and colonialism.


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Legoland, Goshen


ho says kids should have all the fun? At these spots, you can play with Legos, zip down a waterslide, or meet new furry friends. There are also teachable moments at science and history museums, where you can learn just as much as your kids. Get your steps in by climbing to the top of the Rondout Lighthouse or taking a guided hike. Competitive families can try their hands at mini golf or compete for prizes at the arcade. Just follow your inner child to one of these Hudson Valley locations. Legoland Goshen

Come build your own fun at Legoland Resort. Attractions include the Build and Test Station, where kids can make their own creations and see how they tick. Go for a spin on the Galleon pirate ship, a ride that rocks you like the high seas. Take in the views at Miniland, where city skylines are recreated with over 22 million Legos. Go behind the scenes at the New York exclusive Lego Factory Adventure Ride to see how Lego bricks are created. This summer, a new water park is opening to help you cool off. Choose from Lego-themed rooms at the hotel, located right next to the theme park.

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Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum, Poughkeepsie

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After a two-year closure, the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum has reopened, with new learning opportunities for kids ages 12 and under. The "Science Revealed!" exhibit includes 17 interactive displays. Open-ended exhibits allow visitors to experiment with how objects spin and hover in changing air flows. Other highlights include a waterfall of color-changing fiber optic strands, a cozy family reading space with a library of storybooks, and a garden where families can learn how to grow their own food.

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The Hudson Highlands Nature Museum helps kids of all ages connect to the outdoors. There’s Grasshopper Grove, a natural playground that the museum describes as a “bridge between a mowed lawn and the wild woods.” Take in the views on guided hikes and learn about native plants of the region along the way. Visit the hall of animals at the Wildlife Education Center and meet new friends like Edgar Alan Crow and Brier the rabbit. To learn about where those animals come from, check out an exhibit that explores different habitat types in the Hudson Valley.

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The Hudson River Maritime Museum provides families with the opportunity to learn about the area’s rich history. Climb aboard the solar-powered Solaris to take a trip out to the Rondout Lighthouse. Built in 1915, this fully operational light is the last of three lighthouses on the Rondout Creek. Start your tour on the first floor and climb all the way up to the observation deck. Tours take place Thursday through Sunday. Take note that kids under six are not allowed at the lighthouse due to safety concerns. Inside the museum, see nautical artifacts like ship models and photographs.

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Race side by side down the arctic plunge slides. The two-person raft rides range from tame to thrilling. After the more exciting attractions, head to the coconut pool or the lazy river for some quality pool time. Or sunbathe and build sandcastles at the rock beach. There are also kids-only play areas, with geysers and fountains.

Castle Fun Center Chester

Castle Fun Center includes plenty of tried-andtrue summer fun activities. The new InflataPark is a mega bounce-house with slides, a climbing wall, and an obstacle course. Challenge the family to a game of laser tag, or try to make it through the laser maze without touching any beams. The arcade includes both classic and new games, with plenty of prizes to take home. Take your child on their first roller coaster on the dragon coaster, a mild ride designed for kids and their parents. Get a bird’s eye view of the Hudson Valley on the 130-foot high zipline.


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his year, Columbia Memorial Health (CMH) is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its first Rapid Care center in Valatie. Its opening was an important step to expand emergency services outside of the hospital in Hudson and provide accessible urgent care options to the largely rural communities CMH serves. Since then, two more Rapid Care Centers have opened—one in Copake on the other end of Columbia County from Valatie, and the other in Catskill, across the Hudson River in Greene County. “We opened in Catskill in September 2021, and we were welcomed by the community with open arms,” says Dr. Michael Weisberg, CMH’s chief of emergency medicine and medical director for its Rapid Care centers. The expansion of the Rapid Care network speaks to its increasingly important role for patients, particularly in the last two years of the pandemic. When in-person visits were suspended at the Copake center last fall, the team remained committed to assisting patients through the use of telehealth visits. “Our providers, nurses, techs, and front-office staff all stepped up like never before,” says Dr. Weisberg. “Even with just telehealth in Copake, the number of patients we saw in the offices doubled by December 2021, from 60 patients per day to 120. We never saw numbers like that before, and we never turned anyone away.” The Copake office is now open for in-person visits on Friday-Sunday from 9am to 4pm, with plans to expand those hours by the

summertime. In Valatie, the Rapid Care center sees patients from 9am to 9pm, seven days a week. And as of April 1, the Catskill office is open from 9am to 8pm, seven days a week. As has always been the case, an appointment is never necessary. “Our Rapid Care centers are all walk-ins,” Dr. Weisberg says. “We’re available to treat sprains, lacerations, strep throat, and other minor medical emergencies, illnesses, or ailments.” And if the patient has existing medical records with CMH, the Rapid Care team can access them to assist in diagnosis and treatment. While in-person visits have resumed, patients can still request to be seen by a provider via telehealth if they prefer. Telehealth visits are available from 9am to 9pm, seven days a week. To initiate a telehealth visit, patients can simply call (518) 758-4300. “Our goal is to call the patient back to conduct that visit within 20 to 30 minutes after they request it,” Dr. Weisberg says. Whether telehealth or in-person, patients can be assured that every Rapid Care provider has extensive training in the emergency room and plenty of experience in the community. “Many of our providers have been in the area for years,” says Dr. Weisberg. “We’re locally owned and locally sourced. Our patients are our neighbors, and we have a true connection to our community.” S P R I N G / S U M M E R 2 0 2 2 41

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t’s hiking season again in the Hudson Valley, but the perennial hiking question remains: Where to go? To answer that query, we reached out to a handful of local outdoor guides and experts to suggest some hikes to explore this summer. Wherever you go, be responsible on the trails and follow "Leave No Trace" principles to minimize your impact on our fragile ecosystem. Mount Beacon Fire Tower, Beacon

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Brian PJ Cronin is an environmental/outdoors reporter for the Highlands Current. On paper, the hike to the casino ruins atop Mount Beacon seems like a lot of bang for your buck. Only one mile to a killer view of Beacon, Newburgh, and the Hudson River? Sweet! And it is sweet, but be forewarned that the one-mile hike is straight up: You’ll gain a lung busting 1,000 feet of elevation for that view. It’s worth it, but it’s a shame that so many of the crowds that brave the hike don’t keep going when they reach the top. The hard part’s already done. It’s about another mile south from the ruins—along a trail that’s mostly flat—to reach Mount Beacon’s true summit, where the fire tower marks a stunning 360-degree view of the Hudson Valley and, on a clear day, Manhattan shimmering in the distance. + FOLLOW CRONIN ON TWITTER @BRIANPJCRONIN

Millbrook Ridge Trail

Deyano Manco is the founder of BaseCamp, an outdoor community hub in Gardiner. Millbrook Mountain is the crown jewel of the Shawangunk Ridge. This hike is approximately 3 miles from start to finish (one way). The

views of the valley and Catskills are stunning as you meander on the actual ridgeline of Millbrook. But don’t worry, there are several spots to bail out onto carriage trails if needed. Be aware that there is a decent amount of easy scrambling involved in the terrain, so be prepared with proper footwear and hiking poles for stability if that helps. Along with the views, enjoy seeing raptors, including hawks, vultures, and even occasionally eagles from the numerous lookouts. Access is best from the Mohonk Preserve West Trapps parking area or the visitor center parking lot. (To hike in the Mohonk Preserve, visitors must purchase a day pass, which is $15.) + LEARN MORE ABOUT HIKING IN THE GUNKS AT BASECAMPGUNKS.COM

Byrdcliffe Trail

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Catskills. The BT itself courses up and across relatively gentle terrain, but once it meets the other trail the going gets steep, with a 900-foot elevation gain culminating in excellent views, so proper hiking footwear is highly recommended. Maps may be available at kiosk. The trailhead is in the northwest corner of the parking lot of the Byrdcliffe Theater, 380 Upper Byrdcliffe Road in Woodstock. + FIND HOLDEN ON INSTAGRAM @RANGERDAVEHOLDEN

Escarpment Trail

Heather Rolland is former president of the Catskill Mountain 3,500 Club. It’s very difficult to choose a hike to “promote”—I have to think carefully about where I would like to send people. Some of my absolute favorite places in the Catskills are sensitive and increasing traffic in those areas would be detrimental to exactly what makes them special. That said, there are so many truly lovely and magical areas. The Escarpment Trail runs approximately 25 miles from North-South Lake to Route 23 in Windham. There are numerous gems along the entire length of the trail, from spectacular views to waterfalls (not Kaaterskill Falls—that’s a separate trip!) to unique ecosystems. The entire North South Lake area is accessible from multiple parking areas and easy to plan short or mid-length hikes. This area is a real big-bang-foryour-buck experience. If a smaller, more intimate and quiet experience is what hikers are seeking, Sloan Gorge in Woodstock is worth checking out. It’s small compared to the grand high peak trails, but full of great rock formations, wildlife, and perfect for botanizing. Woodstock Land Conservancy owns a number of parcels open to the public for hiking. No dogs. + FIND ROLLAND ON INSTAGRAM @THE_BRAMLEYWOLVES

Cope’s Lookout

Andrew Bajardi, Director of Visitor Experience and Chief Ranger, Mohonk Preserve My favorite view in the Mohonk Preserve is from Cope’s Lookout. To get to Cope’s lookout, it’s a three-mile walk each way on carriage roads from Spring Farm trailhead. It’s a good hike for a larger group or visitors that aren’t looking for a significant athletic challenge. Cope’s is located on the back side of the Shawangunk Ridge, not far from the Mohonk Mountain House. The view is to the south, so you can see the Trapps, Near Trapps, and Millbrook Ridge and the Clove Valley below. + INFORMATION ABOUT THE PRESERVE CAN BE FOUND AT MOHONKPRESERVE.ORG 44 C H R O N O G R A M . C O M / E X P LO R E

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