James Autery

Chic, small stores, locavore restaurants, and high-design inns are reenergizing this classic weekend getaway two hours north of New York City.

September 16, 2015

Michael A. Hill

1. WM. Farmer & Sons Boarding & Barroom
After a gut renovation, owners Kristan Keck and Kirby Farmer transformed this 11-room guesthouse into a rustic-modern hideaway, with sliding farmhouse doors and amenities from a local apothecary in every room. The latest additions: a cozy American restaurant (with clever cocktails created by the late New York City bartender Sasha Petraske) and a coffee shop, Mercantile. Doubles from $149.

2. Talbott & Arding Cheese & Provisions
This gourmet pantry and takeaway counter is a collaboration between a former Chez Panisse chef and two cheese experts from the Bay Area and Boston. Line up early for breakfast (try the sausage rolls and galettes filled with onion, herbs, and cheese) or grab picnic-friendly fare like a salmon-rillettes sandwich.

3. Hudson Milliner Guesthouse & Inn
If you’re looking for a room to fit a brood, book one of the four suites with kitchens at this quirky and comfortable inn. The onetime hat shop has been stylishly converted, with restored midcentury appliances (including a bright yellow 1950s Philco fridge) and claw-foot tubs. Suites from $220.

4. Spotty Dog Books & Ale
At this firehouse turned bookstore and bar, a longtime favorite, you can sip local cider or French press coffee, graze on charcuterie and herb-dusted almonds, and browse everything from books to art supplies.

5. Hudson Food Studio
A wood-and-white aesthetic and a low-key vibe set the stage for pillow-soft pork bao, Vietnamese chicken-and-mint salad, and house-made apple-coriander sodas—all using ingredients from nearby farms. Entrées $15–$26.

6. Flowerkraut
At Mairead Rhona Travins’s light-filled floral boutique, local peonies, tulips, and dahlias sit side by side with sauerkraut (like a tangy Red Apple Raw blend) made by her husband, Seth Benjamin Travins, who goes by Sauerkraut Seth.

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