When looking at the almost Middle-Earthian paintings of the Hudson River School's work, it is difficult to imagine that the real landscapes can compare to the paintings, but the artists' inspiration came from somewhere. While working at The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, or any of the other theatre companies that litter this area of the world, your backdrop is one of theose paintings brought to life- a stupendous landscape of lush, rolling hills, epic mountains, and the powerful and picturesque Hudson River cutting through it all. In addition to all that nature, below are a handful of recommendations on places to eat and drink along the way...
Located in downtown Beacon, Meyer's Olde Dutch Food and Such is the newest offering from local chef Brian Arnoff who brought Beacon the uber-popular Kitchen Sink Food & Drink. This highly casual menu does comfort food very well like their signature burgers (including a delicious Pork and Bacon Burger with local ground pork mixed with applewood smoked bacon, chipotle bbq sauce, grilled onions, and cheddar cheese on a potato bun) or their delicious Crispy Chicken Sandwich. Serving up local craft beer and cider on the side, the portions aren't huge, but the quality is glorious at this order-at-the-counter spot with a beautiful back patio when the weather permits.
184 Main St, Beacon, NY 12508 HOURS: Mon- Tues CLOSED Wed- Thurs 12PM- 9PM Fri- Sat 12PM- 12AM meyersoldedutch.com Sun 12PM- 9PM
Cathryn's Tuscan Grill
Cathryn's Tuscan Grill in downtown Cold Spring gets a lot of hype from the folks who have worked at Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival before, and, the best part is, it lives up to all of it. This from-scratch, simple Italian eatery is doing it right by doing the basics. Trust the daily specials would be my advice; they seem to be sure-fire. This is an ideal location when family is visiting or if there's a special occasion night but call in advance as they can fill up.
91 Main St, Cold Spring, NY 10516 HOURS: 12PM- 10:30PM
Round Up is an incredibly unassuming BBQ spot off the side of Route 9 that isn't something you would ever be likely to stumble upon. Folks seek this place out because over the years it has garnered an immaculate reputation for killer bbq like smoked brisket, chicken, and ribs and perfect sides like their fried okra, mac & cheese, and ranch beans. During any summer spent working in Hudson Valley, a craving for some heavy BBQ is bound to kick in, and, when it does, take the company car as well as some company to this incredible spot.
2741 U.S. 9, Cold Spring, NY 10516 HOURS: Mon: CLOSED Tues- Thurs 11:30AM- 8PM Fri- Sat 11:30AM- 9PM Sun 11:30AM- 8PM rounduptxbbq.com
Owners Marcos and Ramona Antonio are proud Argentinians who opened Rincon Argentino a few years ago. This quaint, brightly decorated eatery with outdoor garden on Main Street in Cold Spring has become a beloved spot with the locals, serving up fresh and absolutely delicious homemade empanadas and pasties as well as espresso drinks. This spot is ideal for an affordable, quick lunch. Order from the counter and take your food to a table inside, outside in their garden area, or down the block to the river walk. These sumptuous, perfectly seasoned empanadas will hit the spot every time.
21 Main St, Cold Spring, NY 10516 HOURS: Mon- Tues CLOSED Wed- Sun 9AM- 7PM
The Restaurant inside The Beacon Hotel is a surprising gem of a place serving up absolutely delicious dishes with so much heart and care poured into them you'll feel like someone back there knows you. The menu is American comfort food ranging from an awesome burger to some shrimp and grits that will make you very happy. This is a lovely, quiet, peaceful restaurant back off the street and away from their bar area so ideal for family when they visit.
424 Main St, Beacon, NY 12508 HAPPY HOUR: Mon, Thurs, Fri, Sun 4PM- 7PM HOURS: Mon 5PM- 10PM Tues- Wed CLOSED Thurs 5PM- 10PM Fri 5PM- 11PM Sat 11AM- 3PM, 5PM- 11PM Sun 11AM- 3PM, 5PM- 9PM https://beaconhotelhudsonvalley.com/beacon-hotel-new-york-best-restaurants-beacon-ny/
Only a few years old, Royal Crepes quickly became a favorite. These made-to-order crepes are as fresh and delicious as they get. Think simple and affordable at this affable, laid back spot. Order from the counter then snag a seat at any of the tables, complete with hand-stiched pillows and wildflower arrangements and enjoy a light, healthy afternoon meal that is sure to please. I highly recommend going with a friend and getting a savory option as well as a sweet option to share as well as some perfect Turkish coffee. Best of all worlds.
303 Main St, Beacon, NY 12508 HOURS: Mon CLOSED Tues- Fri 10AM- 8PM Sat 10AM- 9PM Sun 9AM- 7PM
Barber and Brew
On mainstreet in downtown Cold Spring, Barber and Brew is a brand new bar located behind a (yup) barber shop. It opened it's doors just last summer and quickly won our hearts. Boasting a fantastic craft beer menu that features many a local brew as well as a healthy selection of ciders, this is the perfect spot for a quick pint and a snack after rehearsal or a late-night celebration with friends in town.
69 Main St, Cold Spring, NY 10516 HOURS: Mon- Tues CLOSED Wed- Sun 10AM- 10PM barberandbrew.com
Doug's Pretty Good Pub
So, the other local bar you should take your business to in downtown Cold Spring is located directly across the street from Barber and Brew- Doug's Pretty Good Pub. This dark, unpretentious pub is open late, with a terribly friendly staff, affordable drink prices, and an owner (Doug) who will occasionally bring your table a late-night basket of pretzels. This dive bar has a sense of community to it that is beautiful. Also, it is larger than Barber and Brew and has an order-from-the-bar set up, making it ideal for a group hang and mingle.
54 Main St, Cold Spring, NY 10516 HOURS: Sun CLOSED Mon 12PM- 10PM Tues 4PM- 12AM Wed 12PM- 12AM Thurs- Sun 12PM- 1AM dougsprettygoodpub.com
Piano Wine Bar
Piano Wine Bar in downtown Fishkill is close to the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival Actor Housing and is a lovely, local establishment that you should definitely take your business to. The atmosphere here is chill and friendly, and the pours are generous. With indoor seating and some outdoor tables as well, gather your company and visit this somewhat hidden gem. The staff is terribly sweet about accommodating separate checks and comers and goers as well.
1064 Main St, Fishkill, NY 12524 HOURS: Mon CLOSED Tues- Wed 4PM- 11PM Thurs 4PM- 12AM Fri- Sat 4PM- 1AM Sun 3PM- 11PM pianopianowinebar.com
Roundhouse in downtown Beacon is a somewhat shocking place to stumble upon. Up past main street, this multi-layered deck bar is outdoors and looks out over some gorgeous greenery and a small waterfall. Serving up local beer and wine, snag a table or a high-top by the bar and enjoy an afternoon outdoors at this truly lovely little hideaway that will help your shoulders drop.
2 E Main St, Beacon, NY 12508 HOURS: Mon- Thurs 3PM- 9PM Fri- Sat 11:30AM- 10PM Sun 11AM- 8PM roundhousebeacon.com
In downtown Cold Spring there lives a delicious latte. Sharing a space with Cold Spring Apothecary, The Pantry has an outpost inside this clean, white, wildly bright space that serves up absolutely delicious espresso drinks. Some tasty (if pricey) local baked good are there as well if you need an afternoon pick-me-up while rehearsing downtown.
75 Main St, Cold Spring, NY 10516 HOURS: Mon- Tues 10AM- 5PM Wed- Fri 10AM- 6PM Sat 10AM- 7PM Sun 10AM- 6PM https://www.thepantrycs.com
Cupoccino Cafe is your other coffee option on main street in downtown Cold Spring, and this charming, local owned establishment brews their coffee hot, fresh, and ready to enjoy. The sandwiches can sometimes take some time- be aware of that on a quicker break- but if you have time to spare, this is a nice place to snack and read for a bit.
92 Main St, Cold Spring, NY 10516 HOURS: Mon- Fri 6AM- 6PM Sat- Sun 8AM- 7PM cupoccino.com
Bank Square Coffee House
Located on main street in downtown Beacon, Bank Square Coffee Roasters roast local, and this is their spacious, comfy outpost where you can kill some hours with work or take your cup to go while you stroll the length of adorable downtown Beacon.
129 Main St, Beacon, NY 12508 HOURS: Mon- Fri 6AM- 9PM Sat 7AM- 10PM Sun 7AM- 9PM banksquarecoffeehouse.com
This new coffee alternative in hip downtown Beacon is a local joint. TRAX Espresso roasts all of their coffee in small batches in Beacon and has the goal of bringing you "the best coffee experience possible." These delicious coffee and espresso drinks are worth the trek out and then I invite you to linger for awhile. Bring along your script or a laptop and sit either inside or out of this spacious establishment where the mood is relaxed and the music is mellow.
1 E Main St, Beacon, NY 12508 HOURS: 7AM- 7PM DAILY traxespresso.com
Moo Moo's Creamery
You'll hear about Moo Moo's from locals and previous offenders even before reaching Hudson Valley, but know that this little treasure in downtown Cold Spring is everything they say it is. Locally owned and operated, this ice cream is heavenly. With flavors ranging from the wildly creative to the simple stuff, they do it all right here.
32 West St, Cold Spring, NY 10516 HOURS: 12PM- 9:30PM DAILY moomooscreamery.com
Glazed Over Donuts
In downtown Beacon, the first this you do at Glazed Over Donuts is fill out a form. That's right. They custom make your donut in the kitchen right next to the counter, so you choose your toppings, your icing, what have you, and then watched a fresh, hot, perfect donut get churned out and then placed in front on you. These unbelievably tasty morsels deserve to be eaten right away, with that slight crisp on the outside and still warm insides. I can't rave enough about this spot.
315 Main St, Beacon, NY 12508 HOURS: Tues CLOSED Wed- Thurs 9:30AM- 5PM Fri- Sat 9:30AM- 7PM Sun 8:30AM- 5PM Mon 9:30AM- 5PM glazedoverdonuts.com
Zora Dora's Micro Batch
Zora Dora's Micro Batch makes paletas. Paletas are similar to popsicles only a traditional Mexican paleta is made with real fresh fruit with chunks sometimes remaining inside. All the paletas at Zora Dora's are handmade in small batches, using fruit that is sourced locally and hand picked as well as local Hudson Valley dairy. Zora Dora's creator, Steven Astorino in a nationally renowned dessert chef who recently turned his attention on harnessing the freshest ingredients possible into these extraordinary creations. The menu includes both sorbet and dairy options including Pineapple Chili Lime Salt, Coconut Tumeric Latte, or Mojito. However, if you're not feeling too adventurous, they also have flavors like Chocolate Chip Mint, Orange Creamsickle, and Mango. 201 Main St, Beacon, NY 12508 HOURS: Mon- Wed CLOSED Thurs- Sun 12PM- 5:30PM zoradora.com
Split Rocks Books
Yes. Main Street in Cold Spring deserved a good book store, and I was thrilled to see the brand new Split Rocks Books has finally moved into town. This adorable little book seller clearly gives considerable time and energy to making their selection refined and eclectic as well as highly functional. Come here for all your new-release summer page-turner needs as well as a vast collection of incredible classic titles that should be on your "to-read" list.
97 Main St, Cold Spring, NY 10516 HOURS: Mon- Sun 10AM- 7PM splitrockbks.com
The Pantry/ Marble Meat Shop
Here's The Pantry's other location where you get coffee while also buying local beer, cider, chocolate, etc. This incredible spot off the side of Route 9 is its own little oasis of special goods. Next to The Pantry (and behind) lives Marbled Meat Shop. Working with small, family-owned New York farmers, this butcher's shop is tiny and highly specialized with a staff that's eager to talk about what they have that day and even what to do with it (if you need help in that arena.) This whole complex is your one-stop-shopping for highly specialized local fare from coffee to meat to beer to condiments. The riches of the farmland of the Hudson River Valley are on full display here.
3091 U.S. 9, Cold Spring, NY 10516
Marbled Meat Shop The Pantry HOURS: Mon- Tues CLOSED HOURS: Mon CLOSED Wed- Thurs 10AM- 6PM Tues- Thurs 8AM- 6PM Fri 10AM- 7PM Fri- Sat 8AM- 6:30PM Sat- Sun 9AM- 6PM Sun 8AM- 5:30PM marbledmeatshop.com thepantrycs.com
Boutique Wines, Spirits, and Ciders
A real labor of love, Boutique Wine, Spirits, and Ciders in located in the shopping center across from The Hudson Valley Shakes actor housing, and is a place you must bring your business. This extraordinarily curated liquor store runs the gamut of rare, specialized wines, ciders, and liquors to incredibly affordable, tasty deals. Their hand written signs, and notifications of local vineyards, cidaries, and distilleries is a clue into how personalized this shop is for those who got it up and running just last summer. Go here and go often.
18 Westage Drive, Suite 13, Hudson Valley Towne Center, Fishkill, NY 12524 HOURS: Mon- Sat 10AM- 7PM Sun 12PM- 4PM boutiquewsc.com
Flowercup Wine is an adorable, narrow little wine merchant on Main Street in downtown Cold Spring where you can rest assured that absolutely every bottle you lay your hands on will be delicious. With a highly select collection of labels, every single bottle comes complete with a thoughtful and honest description below so you know exactly what you're getting. With a healthy selection of local New York wines as well as wines from around the world, consider branching out from the extraordinary French labels that surround you and tack a local bottle onto your purchase as well to take back to actor housing.
82 Main St, Cold Spring, NY 10516 HOURS: Tues CLOSED Wed- Sat 11AM- 8:15PM Sun- Mon 12PM- 7:15PM flowercupwine.com
In 2003, Dia Art Foundation opened Dia:Beacon on the banks of the Hudson River. Housed in a former Nabisco box factory, the museum's goal is to aid artists in achieving visionary projects that might not otherwise be realized because of scale or scope. Hence the name "Dia" from the Greek word meaning “through" as an homage to the museum's mission of helping artists who are going for something enormous and bold to have the opportunity to see their visions through. This is a museum you must visit while working at Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. I recommend going early and giving yourself a whole day, and I also recommend going on your own if you can. These expansive works of art invite introspection and a private sense of discovery while moving through and amongst the art. Something that can best be experienced on ones own. 3 Beekman St, Beacon, NY 12508 $15 Admissions Fee HOURS: Tues- Wed CLOSED Thurs- Mon 11AM- 6PM diaart.org
In such a stunning area of the country, day trips should be inevitable while working out of town. Some of the suggestions below require nothing more than an afternoon and others deserve a whole day off.
Walkway Over the Hudson...
A 25 minute drive north from Fishkill, Walkway Over the Hudson is a stunning creation. Once a railroad bridge that was constructed in 1889, the bridge was badly damaged by fire but brought back to life in 2009 as a 1.28 mile linear pedestrian park offering panoramic views of the Hudson River and Valley on either side. This is a wonderful day trip to make while working in upstate New York. Find a beautiful day to do it.
87 Haviland Rd, Highland, NY 12528
About a 20 minute drive north of Fishkill is one of the most popular hikes in The Hudson Valley, Breakneck Ridge. This hike has warranted its name. It is insanely steep and encompasses a 3.7 mile loop that usually takes folks about 4 hours to complete. However, you're staying nearby, so take the time one day to do this stunning hike with exceptional views of the Hudson River Valley.
Just 15 minutes east of the Hudson Valley Shakes actor housing is a beautiful local farm that would love you to visit. Fishkill Farms was founded in 1913 and has been an operational farm ever since. With a Pick-Your-Own schedule that lasts from the summer through the fall (check their website for what's available when) and a Cider Garden that offers tastings Monday- Sunday 12PM-6PM year round, there are many reasons to visit this lovely little farm while staying so nearby all summer.
It may not be California, but New York state is home to over 100 distilleries, breweries, cidaries, and wineries, some of them among the best in the world. It should be no surprise that this rich farm country produces ideal ingredients for delicious and hand-crafted beverages, and, if you are working at Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, you will be dangerously close to a number of scenic and impressive destinations worthy of a trip or two. (Truth be told there are dozens of spots I did not include on this list, just too many to include...)
That's right, that national brand has its home and roots here. Angry Orchard's Cidery is open for visitors Spring through Fall with a complimentary tasting, no reservations required, and they offer many rare and small-batch ciders here unavailable for purchase anywhere else. You can also opt for a Barrel Room Tours Thursday through Sunday. This is a behind-the-scenes tour of the cider cellar and a more in-depth tasting of Angry Orchar's limited release ciders. These tours are $10. Or, on Saturdays and Sundays, the Cider Garden is open. It is a beautiful outdoor space complete with a fireplace, so kick back and enjoy this lovely spot some afternoon or evening.
2241 Albany Post Rd, Walden, NY 12586 * 30 minutes from HVSF Actor Housing. HOURS: Mon- Wed CLOSED Thurs- Sun 11AM- 6PM angryorchard.com
Brotherhood Winery boasts that it is America's oldest winery. This beautiful, historic vineyard was founded in 1837 by French Huguenot Jean Jaques, and, in 1839, Jaques built underground cellars to ferment his first wine vintage. Those cellars, the oldest and largest in America, are still used by Brotherhood Winery today. The Winery offers tours for $6, tastings for $7, and a tasting plus tour for $10. There is no need to reserve ahead of time for any group smaller than 25 people, so head over here with some castmates and learn even more about this beautiful place seeped in history.
100 Brotherhood Plaza Dr, Washingtonville, NY 10992 * 27 minute drive from HVSF Actor Housing. HOURS: Mon- Thurs CLOSED Fri- Sun 11AM- 5PM brotherhood-winery.com
Baldwin Vineyards is a second generation, family owned and operated vineyard that has won a number of awards for their delicious varietals over the years, but this winery has specifically made a name for itself in the arena of fruit wines. Their Strawberry Wine won best fruit wine at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition in 2006 and 2007, Double Gold at The Finger Lakes International Wine Competition, as well as Best Fruit Wine in New York State at the New York Food and Wine Classic in 2012. They also have a Spiced Apple Wine (Double Gold at The Finger Lakes Competition in additional to other gold medals along the way) in addition to a Black Raspberry wine (2013 Gold Medal at the International Eastern Wine Competition.) You can do a tasting of 8 wines for $10 when you visit, and, with live music on weekends, an outside picnic areas, corn hole, chess, checkers, badminton, and more, this is a delightful summer destination to try something new and enjoy the beautiful setting of a Hudson Valley vineyard.
176 Hardenburgh Rd, Pine Bush, NY 12566 * 38 minute drive from HVSF Actor Housing. TASTING ROOM HOURS: Sun- Mon 12PM- 5PM Tues- Wed CLOSED Thurs- Fri 12PM- 5PM Sat 12PM- 6PM baldwinvineyards.com
Tuthilltown Spirits Farm & Distillery
You've seen the products of Tuthilltown Spirits around. This Distillery holds the title of New York's first distillery to open since Prohibition. For 220 years the Tuthilltown Gristmill, a landmark listed on the National Register of Historic Places, operated, but it wasn't until 2003 that the mill was transformed into a micr-distillery. Since then, Tuthilltown has catapulted to one of America's most award-winning craft distilleries. Their Vodka is made from apples grown at orchards less than 5 miles away, and their Hudson Whiskey line (sold almost everywhere) uses grain harvested less than 10 miles away. Visit this lovely, sheltered mill and farm, and taste the whiskeys, vodkas, gins, liqueurs, and other spirits that this place has to offer. They even have an onsite restaurant inside the old 1788 gristmill, Tuthill House at the Mill, if you're feeling peckish. Their vodka and baby bourbon really are exceptional, though, and it will be well worth it, after a tasting, to take a bottle back to actor housing.
14 Grist Mill Ln, Gardiner, NY 12525 *36 minutes from HVSF Actor Housing. HOURS: Sun 12PM- 6PM Mon- Sat 11AM- 6PM tuthilltown.com
Whitecliff Vineyard and Winery
Whitecliff is a vegan winery, and it is a locally owned and operated enterprise that has grown exponentially over the years due to its high quality. With over 20 grape varietals on the property today, they are also one of the largest vineyards in Hudson Valley and well worth a visit. You can swing by Whitecliff whenever, no reservations required. They have a lovely deck with a breathtaking view of green and mountains, as well as a menu of small plates and some excellent cheeses. Their lights range from $8-$16
331 Mckinstry Rd, Gardiner, NY 12525 * 40 minute drive from HVSF Actor Housing. HOURS: Sun- Mon 11:30AM- 5:30PM Tues- Wed CLOSED Thurs- Fri 11:30AM- 5:30PM Sat 11:30AM- 6PM whitecliffwine.com
This young winery was founded by the Robibero Family in 2007 when they took over an existing winery and began a labor of love that has grown to a wildly successful vineyard. These wines are small batch only and sold exclusively online, in their tasting room, or in just a handful of local wine stores and restaurants. They have a particularly good Petit Verdot and Cab Franc as well as blends that have become local favorites like "The Stray" (Merlot, Cab Franc and Malbec.) For $12 you can taste 5 of their wines in the tasting room, and then buy a glass to take outside and sip while you order some fresh, made to order pizza and listen to local music or wander the lawn with friends. These beautiful grounds and their beautiful wrap-around porch offer the perfect escape.
714 Albany Post Rd, New Paltz, NY 12561 * 38 minute drive from HVSF Actor Housing. HOURS: Mon- Wed CLOSED Thurs- Sun 11AM- 6PM rnewyorkwine.com
Benmarl might be the fanciest winery I include on this list, not only because of its stunningly picturesque grounds and location, but also because of the quality of the wines they make here. Benmarl also holds the title of the "oldest vineyards in America." Their estate grown Baco Noir and Cabernet Franc are delicious as well as their award-winning Reserve Dry Riesling which is sourced in from Seneca Lake. They charge $10 for a tasting of 6 of their wines in the tasting room, so come for a tasting and stay for the grounds. This is the ideal place to soak up the glory that is the Hudson River Valley.
156 Highland Ave, Marlboro, NY 12542 * 21 minutes from HVSF Actor Housing. HOURS: Mon- Thurs CLOSED Fri- Sun 12PM- 5PM benmarl.com
Founded in 1955 by the Rouff brothers, Mountain Bauhaus is a family-run German restaurant tucked away in the Shawangunk Mountains that is well worth a visit when you are able. This warm, golden spot with windows everywhere looking out onto the natural beauty all around and a cozy buzz of unpretentious locals and a buzzy staff, will immediately win your heart. They want to make great German food here, and they want you to have a good time- no prevention, nothing sleek about it. There's carpeting on the floor, old family photos on the walls, and an old-fashioned appeal that is as comforting as it is unique. Get the good ol' German favorites here like schnitzel along with a stein or two, and you will be in Oktoberfest heaven.
3123 US-44, Gardiner, NY 12525 * 40 minute from from HVSF Actor Housing. HOURS: Mon- Tues CLOSED Wed- Sat 11:30AM- 9PM Sun 11:30AM- 8:30PM mountainbrauhaus.com
Drive 30- 40 minutes north of Fishkill, and you will find yourself in beautiful and historic Hyde Park. While staying so close, visiting the various museums that litter this area is the perfect way to kill a day or an afternoon off.
Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt Historic Site
About a 30-40 minute drive from the HVSF Actor Housing is Hyde Park and the family Home of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. This is a beautiful place and a fascinating piece of history well worth a day trip. You can tour the family home (guided tours only) and tours last about an hour long, and then you can wind your way through the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library & Museum all on your own. There is almost too much here to fit into one day so try to come on the earlier side so that you can take your time and truly absorb all the incredible history here.
114 Estates Lane, Hyde Park, NY 12538 * 35 minute drive from HVSF Actor Housing. HOURS: Sunrise to sunset (yep, that's what they said) https://www.nps.gov/hofr/planyourvisit/basicinfo.htm
Eleanor Roosevelt's Val-Kill Cottage
Val-Kill Cottage was Eleanor Roosevelt's private quarters. The rich history and natural beauty of this place make it a perfect compliment to any day spent touring around the Hyde Park area. The $10 admission tickets gets you a access to an intro film, a 45 minute tour (these tour guides are truly extraordinary), as well as access to further exhibits.
106 Valkill Park Rd, Hyde Park, NY 12538 * 34 minute drive from the HVSF Actor Housing. HOURS: 9AM- 5PM DAILY nps.gov
Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site
The thing they keep emphasizing throughout your guided tour of The Vanderbilt Mansion in Hyde Park is how modest this mansion is compared to the other Vanderbilt family homes. This fact will never cease to be completely mind-blowing throughout your tour. Although it was partially under construction when we visited in the summer of 2017, this astounding home and grounds are still well worth a visit. The tour guides here are similarly exceptional, and a tour of this gilded-age wonder will only cost $10.
119 Vanderbilt Park Rd, Hyde Park, NY 12538 * 40 minute drive from the HVSF Actor Housing. HOURS: 9AM- 4:30PM DAILY nps.gov
Just a 50 minute drive north of Fishkill is beautiful downtown Rhinebeck. This lovely community hosts a beautiful main drag that is home to a number of shops, restaurants, and bars that will keep you nice and busy during an afternoon visit.
Bread Alone Bakery
You'll see Bread Alone all over now, but it was founded by Daniel Leader in 1983 in the Catskill Mountains where Mr. Leader was moved by a passion to make the best bread possible using the finest, organic ingredients. Although the main bakery and heart of the organization is in Kingston, this location in downtown Rhinebeck is ideal for a sandwich or pastry to go. It is tiny and frequently mobbed, so assume there won't be anywhere to sit and you can take your treat along for your walk.
45 E Market St, Rhinebeck, NY 12572 HOURS: Mon- Fri 8AM- 3PM Sat- Sun 7AM- 4PM breadalone.com
The Amsterdam is a glorious restaurant. Founded in the spring of 2017 by a husband and wife team, this spot, housed in a 1798 Dutch townhouse, embraces a classy commitment to quality and friendliness that have quickly catapulted it to local popularity. With a New American menu drawing from the produce of all the spectacular farms so close by, come here even just for a snack and a drink at the bar while you're visiting. You will tell everyone about this spot.
6380 Mill St, Rhinebeck, NY 12572 HOURS: Mon CLOSED Tues- Thurs 5:30PM- 9PM Fri 5:30PM- 10PM Sat 11AM- 10PM Sun 11AM- 9PM lovetheamsterdam.com
Tavern at The Beekman Arms-Delamater Inn
Located inside a historic inn founded in 1766 at the intersection of King's Highway and the Sepasco Trail, lives a historic Colonial Taproom that you should pop into while visiting Rhinebeck. At the Tavern at The Beekman Arms Inn grab a pint of something and soak up the beautiful history evident in the walls and beams and bar of this Colonial gem. With a large fireplace and lots of cozy nooks, this is particularly ideal for a cold night.
6387 Mill St, Rhinebeck, NY 12572 HOURS: Sun- Thurs 10:30AM- 9PM Fri- Sat 11:30AM- 10PM beekmandelamaterinn.com
A 50 minute drive up and across the Hudson will take you to beautiful Kingston. Stick to the downtown strip along Wall Street, the "uptown historic district" of the city, and you will find a number of spots worthy of a sip or a bite one afternoon or evening.
Duo Bistro is a bright, friendly place ideal for a lunch time stop, but, the food is so good, dinner would be great here as well. The fresh, seasonal, American menu is complimented by a local selection of beers on tap and a chill atmosphere. Their burger is heaven and paired with Ommegang Rare vos, an amber ale from Cooperstown, NY, makes it even better.
299 Wall St, Kingston, NY 12401 HOURS: Mon- Tues 11AM- 3:30PM; 5:30PM- 10PM Wed- Thurs CLOSED Fri 11AM- 3:30PM; 5:30PM- 10PM Sat 10AM- 3:30PM; 5:30PM- 10PM Sun 10AM- 3:30PM duobistro.com
Outdated Cafe calls itself an “antique café." Absolutely everything in this coffee shop is for sale. Full of vintage furniture and antiques like posters, lamps, bowls, and clocks, this cafe follows this all up with excellent coffee and an impressive selection of local baked goods. With plenty of tables and space, this is a great spot to take a breather and a recharge.
3820, 314 Wall St, Kingston, NY 12401 HOURS: Mon- Thurs 8AM- 4PM Fri- Sat 8AM- 8PM Sun 9AM- 4PM outdatedcafe.com
Operated by a husband and wife team, The Stockade Tavern is the classic bar of your dreams. In a former sewing machine factory, the space is old school and the prices are as well. Featuring an impressive menu of regional brews and small snacks like their fresh hot-baked pretzels or sardines in a tin, this bar invites you in to stay for awhile. So why not?
313 Fair St, Kingston, NY 12401 HOURS: Sun CLOSED Mon- Thurs 4PM- 12AM Fri- Sat 4PM- 2AM
A 35 minute drive north New Paltz can blame SUNY New Paltz for making this little windy downtown is so cool, but don't think that this college town is any less charming because of the large student population. These tightly packed strips of bars and restaurants are surrounded by historic buildings and streams and mountains making it a lovely breath of fresh air on a day trip.
Huckleberry will make you think you're in Los Angeles. This hip, eclectic bar has a gorgeous outdoor patio, dotted with firepits and a huge smoker and grill they use to make your food right in front of you. Inside is an intimate bar, as well as two fireplaces with old church pew seating in front of them. Cocktails here are king, so try their "Smoked Manhattan" with Rittenhouse Rye, Cherrywood Smoked Antica Carpano, and Angostura Bitters or their "Sunday Best" withCrop Cucumber Vodka, Chareau Aloe Liquer, Cherry Blossom Tea, Rhubarb, Lime. You really can't go wrong with any of them. 21 Church St, New Paltz, NY 12561 HOURS: Mon- Thurs 12PM- 2AM Fri- Sat 12PM- 4AM Sun 10AM- 2AM huckleberrynewpaltz.com
Don't let End Cut's simple exterior fool you, there is some solid French cooking happening inside this New Paltz restaurant. This is a special occasion spot, but you can trust here that the money you dish out will be well worth it. The meal begins with house made bread served with house made ricotta drizzled with local honey, and you are off to the races. This spot specializes in, of course, their meats, so go to town and trust the specials as well- they're sure bets.
5 Church St, New Paltz, NY 12561 HOURS: Tues- Wed CLOSED Thurs- Mon 5:30PM- 10PM
Cafeteria Coffee House
A college town just isn't complete without a great coffee house or two or three, but Cafeteria Coffee House should be your stop if you need a mid-day pick me up. With lots of seating and delicious coffee drinks (some of which boarder on dessert like their Oreo Cappuchino,) grab something to go or linger awhile.
58 Main St, New Paltz, NY 12561 HOURS: Mon 9AM- 10PM Tues- Thurs 9AM- 9PM Fri- Sat 9AM- 10PM Sun 9AM- 9PM cafeteriacoffeehouse.com
Bacchus is a restaurant, a brewery, a local music venu, a billiards room, and just an all around great joint that the New Paltz locals love. With a great music selection, generous pours, and affordable prices, this local spot deserves your business if you want to settle in with a pint or two during your trip.
4 S Chestnut St, New Paltz, NY 12561 HOURS: Mon- Fri 12PM- 11PM Sat- Sun 11AM- 1AM bacchusnewpaltz.com
The Cheese Plate
With over 80 cheeses from all over the world inside The Cheese Plate, you may feel overwhelmed, but my recommendation here is to give preference to their vast selection of local and regional cheeses that you may have trouble finding anywhere else. This sweet, knowledgeable staff is eager to help you along the journey to create a cheese plate of your own and enjoy it there or take some cheeses back to actor housing with you for some post-show snacks.
10 Main St #302, New Paltz, NY 12561 HOURS: 11AM- 6PM DAILY cheeseplatenewpaltz.com