Hudson Valley Specialty
55 Redden Ln., Andes
New York is famous for its apples, and lately I’ve been really into hard ciders. A great cider is hard to come by, as they’re usually too sweet. But if you’re looking for a great cider and a great drive, check out Wayside in Andes. It makes its own, and a visit makes you feel like you’ve tapped into a local secret (call ahead to make sure it isn’t closed for a private event). Tiny Andes, meanwhile, is charming, and if you decide to hang around, take a spin through the fun vintage clothing store, Clementine.
Tuthilltown Spirits Distillery
14 Grist Mill Ln., Gardiner
Take a tour or grab a cocktail at this old-fashioned distillery in the middle of rural Gardiner. It’s hard to leave without buying a bottle or two of the whiskey or bourbon, and the restaurant, Char, is great for flatbreads and fried chicken sandwiches.
Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture
630 Bedford Rd., Pocantico Hills
Stone Barns, in Pocantico Hills, is not only a beautiful farm; it’s also an enlightening educational experience. You can learn about farming practices, beekeeping, and gardening; explore the greenhouses; and visit the goats, pigs, and guinea fowl that call this place home. Stop by the shop and pick up some candles or gardening equipment, and for one last treat, pick up a tartine from the on-site café. If you can manage it, a weekday visit is far less crowded.
Livingston Manor Fly Fishing Club
636 Old Rte. 17, Livingston Manor
More than just a fishing club, this five-acre wooded retreat hosts weekend getaways on a property that includes a clubhouse, cottages, 600 feet of private riverfront, and four tepee-like tents. When you want an entire weekend of cooking fresh-caught trout and relaxing with friends in nature, I can’t think of anywhere better. There’s also a wood sauna, fire pits, and lawn games—plus all the fly-fishing you’d want in Willowemoc Creek.
Tin Can Juicery
449 Warren St., Hudson
This souped-up 1950's trailer churns out made-to-order juices like the Mildred (beet, apple, lemon, ginger) and filling smoothies (we're partial to the Zenith, which includes peanut butter, almond milk, and bananas). There's grab-and-go cayenne pepper flavored popcorn, and for traditionalists who need straight-up caffeine in the morning, they've got cold brew, too. A note—in the winter months, their storefront is at 449 Warren Street, and when it gets warmer, they set up on the corner of Warren and Front, just next to the Chamber of Commerce. Follow their whereabouts on Instagram.
Talbott & Arding Cheese and Provisions
323 Warren St., Hudson
If you're looking for a spot to pick up a good chunk of cheese and a crusty baguette, this is it. (At any given time, there's a selection of some forty to sixty cheeses from northwest purveyors like Jasper Hill Farm and Sugar House Creamery.) There's also a nice spread of freshly prepared salads, sandwiches, and baked goods that change often based on what's freshest locally. P.S. The mini loaves of ginger cake are topped with lemon frosting and make for a great road-tripping indulgence.