Fine Dining and more

Places to eat and more…….Call first, things change.

The Bear Cafe
& Bear Cafe Catering
Bearville Theatre Complex

295 Tinker St./Rt 212
Bearsville, NY 12409
(845) 679-5555

Sit down to a world class dinner served streamside at The Bear Café. Take a tour of our menu and read what Gourmet Magazine and the New York Time’s have to say about Chef Eric Mann and The Bear Cafe. Visit The Bear Cafe Store, our on-line gift shop for Milton Glaser-inspired clothing and fine jewelry.

THE LITTLE BEAR”  is next door to The Bear Cafe,
stream side dining….Chinese food

Steve recommends lunch at Shindig  (center of Woodstock)
http://www.woodstockshindig.com/#who-we-are

YUM YUM NOODLE 4 rock city rd. Woodstock.845.679.7992
http://www.yumyumnoodlebar.com/

Great bread  and a good cuppa……..
BREAD ALONE in Woodstock,  Coffee and great Bread

Cue…….BBQ… Steve and Hudson Valley Magazine both say Great BBQ
136 Partition Street, Saugerties, NY 12477
845 246 4283
http://wwwcueshack.com

Cucina

Lois Freedman / Gianni Scappin
109 Mill Hill Rd
Woodstock, NY
info@cucinawoodstock.com
(845) 679-9800

Cucina Restaurant is the new kid on the block. Located in a restored and rambling farmhouse at the gateway to Woodstock, Cucina boasts a contemporary Italian menu based on seasonal, local ingredients. A warm, friendly ambience centers around a modern country setting with professional yet casual service and hospitality. Summer dining on the wraparound porch and fireside dining in the winter make a visit to Cucina a must while visiting Woodstock. Open 7 nights and brunch on Saturday and Sunday.

GARDEN CAFE
6 Old Forge Rd at 212, On the Green, Woodstock. 845-679-3600.

Pizza
Steve loves Slices of Saugerties..”it is now my favorite pizza”
http://www.slicesofsaugerties.com/

SLICES

SAUGERTIES

Jimmy Fallon’s hometown has a lot going for it, like the six-acre sculpture park Opus 40, the scenic bike rides, the Saugerties Lighthouse bed and breakfast, the microbrews at Dutch Ale House, and the fact that IT’S JIMMY FALLON’S HOMETOWN. But, let’s be honest, it’ll be the taste of Slices pizza (specifically, Grandma’s Pie with Grandma Crust) that will linger the longest after you return home — that, and the greasy stains on your clothes. If you’re in the area and in the mood for pizza, Hudson Valley Good Stuff’s Vanessa Ahern says Slices is the go-to move.

Catskill Mountain Pizza ……..Great pizza and menu right in Woodstock
Catskill Mountain Pizza Company
51 Mill Hill Road
Woodstock, New York 12498
(845) 679-7969

http://www.catskillmountainpizza.com/

Daisy and Van recommend The Peakamoose Restaraunt
http://www.peekamooserestaurant.com/

Steve says great lunch menu
JOSHUA’S

51 Tinker St, Woodstock. 845-679-5533.

LAND & SEA GRILL
Intersection of Rts. 32 and 212, Saugerties. 845-246-0355.

Landau Grill
17 Mill Hill Rd.
Woodstock NY 12498
(845) 679 8937

Lunch and dinner, seven days a week.

Mountain Gate Indian Restaurant
4 Deming Street
Woodstock, NY 12498
(845) 679 5100

Authentic Indian Cuisine specializing in chicken, lamb, beef, fish and vegetables. Extensive Vegetarian Menu. Tuesday night buffet. Open for lunch and dinner 6 days a week (closed Mon). Also in Oliverea, 30 miles west of Woodstock at 800-733-0344.

 

MISS LUCY’S
http://www.misslucyskitchen.com/
90 Partition St, Saugerties Village. 845-246-9240.

Steve says……A great food experience
NEW WORLD HOME COOKING CO.

1411 Rt. 212, Saugerties. 845-246-0900.

Restaurant & Catering
Ric Orlando
chefric@mac.com

(845) 246 0900

“Global Flavor, Local Pride”

New World Cooking Co is the home of Ric Orlando’s New World Home Cooking Cafe and New World Catering. We are a legendary Global Bistro in a Country Barn!
Our Cuisine is based on Lustily Spiced Home Cooking from Around the World. Soak up the colors and bask in the Big Flavors of New World Home Cooking!! Chef Ric was recently crowned CHOPPED Champion on the Food Network. Come try the food that’s won him the title.

ORIOLE 9
17 Tinker St, Woodstock.
Cafe Restaurant
contact@oriole9.com
(845) 679 5763

 

The Red Onion 
Restaurant & Bar
1654 Route 212
Saugerties NY 12477
redonionrestaurant@hotmail.com
(845) 679 1223

The Fabulous Woodstock
New American – Terrific Food Prepared with Ethnic Twists – Killer Cocktails…Eclectic Crowd…Chic, Relaxed Vibe – Knowledgeable Staff…World Class Wine List
Family & Budget Friendly

Our evening at The Red Onion was a flawless example of fine food and service — one that we wished wouldn’t end. Katz’s mastery of straightforward and bold-flavored international bistro cuisine was enormously satisfying. The staff was hospitable, highly professional and knowledgeable of the menu and food preparations, evidence of manager Tim Alles’ efforts. (Poughkeepsie Journal)

Reservoir Inn 

Fine Family Dining Serving Lunch and Dinner
167 Basin Road
West Hurley NY 12491
info@reservoirinn.biz
(845) 331 9806

Established: 1979

Located in the beautiful and scenic Catskill Mountains at the Eastern end of the Ashokan Reservoir.
4.5 Miles from Woodstock, NY.
5.5 Miles from New York State Thruway Exit 19.

Taco Juan’s 
Tinker Street
Woodstock, NY 12498
(845) 679 9673

Featuring the best, healthiest Mexican food, vegetarian specials, Woodstock’s ice cream Parlor, fountain delights, smoothies & cappuccino bar – Eat in or take out.

The Phoenix Restaurant 

At the Emerson Resort and Spa
Rt. 28 and Mt. Pleasant Road
Mt. Tremper, NY 12457
(845) 688 7700

Local. Creative. Elegant. Daring. Fun. The Phoenix captures the fiery spirit of its namesake with dishes that are provocative yet subtle. The menu changes with the season, celebrating the bounty of Hudson Valley ingredients. Dine in the romantic, adults-only dining room, the adjacent family room or the spacious bar with inventive cocktails and a tavern menu. Gorgeous outside dining available Spring through Fall. Private parties welcome. 10 minutes from Woodstock on Route 28

Farmers Markets…..
Rhinebeck Farmers Market
61st & 80th E. Market St., Rhinebeck, NY / DUTCHESS
Year-round Sundays 10-2
845-876-7756

Kingston Farmers Market
http://kingstonfarmersmarket.org/

Saugerties Farmers Market
http://saugertiesfarmersmarket.com/

 

Health Food Stores

SUNFLOWER , health food store in Village of Woodstock, next to Rite Aid Drugs.

motherearthstorehouse.com

Mother Earth’s Storehouse (Also in Kingston NY)
249 Main Street
Saugerties, NY 12477
(845) 246-9614
Located on the north side of Main Street.

Woodstock Delicatessens.
http://www.woodstockchamber.com/woodstock-new-york-ny-delicatessens-and-markets.html

 

Markets and Supermarkets

The Cub Market, (closest market to the Shady House) 3203 Route 212
Bearsville, NY 12409
(845) 679-6569

SUNFROST  on route 212, On the way to Woodstock from the Shady House.

Farmers Markets

http://www.woodstockfarmfestival.com/

http://saugertiesfarmersmarket.com/

 

Woodstock Meats…. and more.
http://www.woodstockmeats.com/butchersblend/about-us.html

HURLEY RIDGE MARKET.  on Rt 375,  Between Rt. 28 and Rt 212 Village of  Woodstock.

 

Hannaford

Hannaford Supermarket & Pharmacy

– www.hannaford.com
1261 Ulster Avenue, Kingston – (845) 336-0325
Directions and more »

Hannaford Pharmacy

– www.hannaford.com
100 Plaza Rd, Kingston – (845) 339-7483

and Shop Rite, in Kingston on Ulster ave.

Pricechopper
138 Ulster Avenue  Saugerties, NY 12477
(845) 247-4500

Steve highly recommends….Krause’s Chocolates
http://www.krauseschocolates.com/

 

Booze

 

HURLEY RIDGE WINES AND LIQUORS  next to HURLEY RIDGE MARKET.

TINKER STREET LIQUOR.  Center of Woodstock.

Keegan Ales
http://www.keeganales.com/the-bar-and-restaurant/

Wineries and Breweries
http://www.ulstertourism.info/landing/wineries-and-breweries

3 BBQ Trucks We Love

3 BBQ Trucks We Love

Looking for good grillin’ on the go? Try these barbecue trucks and other movable feasts

7 All-Time Favorite Side Dishes

7 All-Time Favorite Side Dishes

Every star needs a sidekick to balance the act. Scrumptious sides round out the barbecue experience

American Glory

American Glory

One of our featured barbecue joints in Columbia and Greene Counties

Bailey’s Smokehouse

Bailey’s Smokehouse

One of our featured barbecue joints in Rockland County

Big W’s Roadside Bar-B-Q

Big W’s Roadside Bar-B-Q

One of our featured barbecue joints in Dutchess County

Billy Bob’s BBQ

Billy Bob’s BBQ

One of our featured barbecue joints in Dutchess County

Billy Joe’s Ribworks

Billy Joe’s Ribworks

One of our featured barbecue joints in Orange County

Brian’s Backyard BBQ

Brian’s Backyard BBQ

One of our featured barbecue joints in Orange County

Brothers Barbecue

Brothers Barbecue

One of our featured barbecue joints in Orange County

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que

One of our featured barbecue joints in Rensselaer County

Elsie’s Place

Elsie’s Place

One of our featured barbecue joints in Ulster County

Fireside BBQ and Grill

Fireside BBQ and Grill

One of our featured barbecue joints in Dutchess County

Hickory BBQ Smokehouse

Hickory BBQ Smokehouse

One of our featured barbecue joints in Ulster County

Holy Smoke

Holy Smoke

One of our featured barbecue joints in Putnam and Westchester Counties

Max’s Memphis BBQ

Max’s Memphis BBQ

One of our featured barbecue joints in Dutchess County

Round Up Texas BBQ and Tumbleweed Saloon

Round Up Texas BBQ and Tumbleweed Saloon

One of our featured barbecue joints in Putnam County

’Cue

’Cue

One of our featured barbecue joints in Ulster County

Stick to the Ribs: The Hudson Valley’s Barbecue Breakthrough

Stick to the Ribs: The Hudson Valley’s Barbecue Breakthrough

A word from Hudson Valley Magazine’s Executive Editor, Olivia J. Abel

 More reference sites
http://www.woodstockchamber.com/

 

http://www.welcometosaugerties.com/

CULTURE > TRAVEL
Vogue’s Guide to the Most Famous Small Town in the World: Woodstock, New York
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OCTOBER 6, 2014 12:00 PM
by ABBY AGUIRRE
In Vogue’s October issue, longtime Manhattanite Jonathan Van Meter writes of his recent decision to leave the city and relocate to Woodstock, “where the 1969 music festival famously didn’t take place.” Jonathan already owned a house in Woodstock, which he’d bought five years earlier, after having visited the town only once. The place seems to have this effect on people. I too rashly bought a house in Woodstock after visiting only once. My husband and I first went four years ago to see a friend who was recording an album there. On a perfect fall night, a group of us went to the Midnight Ramble, the concert series held at the late drummer Levon Helm’s home studio, where for a few hours we watched Levon play with Steve Earle and shuttled between a potluck spread inside and a bonfire outside under the stars. That was it. On our second trip to Woodstock, we laid down our life savings on a cabin in the woods that we found on Craigslist. It’s an often repeated joke that Woodstock is filled with people who don’t realize the concert is over, but the truth is it’s filled with all kinds of people—an “oddball menagerie,” as Jonathan puts it—and was a haven for artists long before the festival that wore its name. Did we mention it’s only two hours from New York City? Below, we’ve compiled a list of the places you’ll want to visit over a weekend there. If afterward you find yourself combing real-estate listings, don’t say we didn’t warn you.
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Phoenicia Diner
This gem on Route 28 is where you want to fuel up before or after a hike. Be forewarned that if you order one of their skillet dishes, you may not be hungry for dinner, or ever again. Another terrific breakfast and lunch spot is Oriole 9, which serves strong coffee and excellent huevos rancheros.
Photo: Courtesy of Upstate Stock / @upstatestock

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Hiking
There are stunning hikes all around the area. The shortest with the biggest payoff is the one-mile trail to Kaaterskill Falls, pictured here, a two-drop waterfall and frequent subject of the Hudson River School painters. The two and a half-mile hike to Huckleberry Point is shaded and rambling and worth it for the sweeping view of Plattekill Clove. The trail from the Tibetan Buddhist monastery to Overlook Mountain is also two-and-a-half-miles, and uphill the whole way, but leads to a fantastic view of the Hudson and surrounding Catskills.
Photo: Courtesy of Abby Aguirre / @abbyaguirre

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The Graham & Co.
This relatively new 20-room motel in the nearby town of Phoenicia is owned by four Brooklyn-based friends who work in design, and it shows. There’s a swimming pool, hammocks, a badminton court, a fire pit, and cruiser bikes. Closer to Woodstock is the new Hotel Dylan, whose tagline, naturally, is “Peace. Love. Stay.”
Photo: Courtesy of The Graham & Co. / @thegrahamandco

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Woodstock Way
This cluster of charming historic cabins, along a stream right in the middle of town, was recently bought by Ryan Giuliani, and his wife, Mary Giuliani, caterer to the stars. They have done a lovely, painstaking renovation, and the location couldn’t be better.
Photo: Courtesy of Cindy Halliburton

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The Center for Photography at Woodstock
This non-profit exhibition space was founded in 1977 by Howard Greenberg, owner of the gallery on East Fifty-Seventh, and it offers a terrific roster of shows, speakers, and programs. (Past instructors: Richard Misrach, Sally Mann, and Arnold Newman.) Bonus: It’s housed in the building that was once Café Espresso, the bar where Bob Dylan and Joan Baez played in the sixties. The Elena Zang Gallery also shows great work, and when they host openings, the whole town shows up.
Photo: Courtesy of Lef Carroll / @lef_iv

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Garden Café on the Green
If you don’t like the vegan food here, you don’t like vegan food. With dishes like Indian chickpea enchiladas and exceptional build-your-own macro bowls, it’s a hub for Woodstock’s health-nut contingent, including green-juice motivational speaker Kris Carr. Sunfrost Farms, an organic grocery with an attached café and juice bar, is another great spot.
Photo: Courtesy of Lauren Lynch / @laurenlynchh

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Opus 40
A retired art professor from Bard and quarryman named Harvey Fite spent 37 years building this six-acre maze of a sculpture out of bluestone. Fite worked alone, using only hand tools. The site is now a sculpture park and museum, and an awesome place to spend a Sunday.
Photo: Courtesy of Abby Aguirre / @abbyaguirre

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Antiques
There are a number of great antique shops on Tinker Street, and in the nearby town of Saugerties, clustered around the intersection of Main and Partition Streets. Standouts are Scandinavian Grace, pictured here, which has a small but cool selection alongside new Scandi homeware; Resource Gallery, owned by the dealer James Morrison; and Time and Materials, owned by Tom Luciano.
Photo: Courtesy of Abby Aguirre / @abbyaguirre

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The Golden Notebook
The little independent bookstore that could, the Golden Notebook stocks a selection to satisfy die-hard readers, holds more than a hundred author events a year, and partners closely with the Woodstock Writers Festival, run by Martha Frankel (former New York City editor, writer, and bon vivant), to bring internationally known writers to town.
Photo: Courtesy of Azita A. / azitaloves

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Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary
Where rescued farm animals live the good life. Goats, turkeys, and more roam free and are cared for by two former film people who used to work with Errol Morris. (Word to the wise: unless you want the biography of every chicken in the chicken coop, skip the guided tour.)
Photo: Courtesy of Abby Aguirre / @abbyaguirre

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Byrdcliffe Theater
The Byrdcliffe Arts Colony, one of the country’s first utopian arts communities (past visitors: Isadora Duncan, Bob Dylan), has two great venues: the theater on its 300-acre campus, shown here, and a gallery space on Tinker Street. There’s always something good going on at The Woodstock Playhouse, and at the Bearsville Theater, the latter of which is the brainchild of Albert Grossman, the music-industry honcho who managed Janis Joplin, Odetta, Bob Dylan, and The Band, among others.
Photo: Courtesy of Abby Aguirre / @abbyaguirre

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Swimming Holes
More of a summer activity, but the area’s watering holes are one of its biggest draws. The Millstream, pictured here, is right downtown and one of the most popular. Big Deep is not far and a bit larger. Fawn’s Leap is further afield but very gorgeous.
Photo: Courtesy of Abby Aguirre / @abbyaguirre

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Woodstock Film Festival
Woodstock’s annual film festival bills itself as “fiercely independent” and lives up to the promise with a program heavy on international features and documentaries, a good portion of which screen at the Woodstock location of Upstate Films, pictured here. This year’s festival is right around the corner: it starts on October 15 and runs through October 19.
Photo: Courtesy of Abby Aguirre / @abbyaguirre

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Skiing
It ain’t the Rockies but the skiing upstate is still totally fun and easily the best way to cope with a polar vortex. The closest and the tallest is Hunter Mountain, pictured here, which also has a crazy-high zip line that you can ride in the summer months. Windham Mountain is generally less crowded and a little more ideal for beginners. For cross-country, you can’t do better than the trails on the expansive property of the ridiculously picturesque Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz.
Photo: Courtesy of Abby Aguirre / @abbyaguirre

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Hippie Merch
Close readers of Vogue.com know that tie-dye is back, from the runway to home décor. You can pick up shirts, scarves, and onesies at the stand pictured here, which is set up near the village green during the warm months. There is also the year-round Not Fade Away should you need, say, tie-dyed shoelaces or a Pink Floyd change purse.
Photo: Courtesy of Abby Aguirre / @abbyaguirre

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Woodstock General Store
The Steven Alan of Woodstock, if that’s possible. This store on Tinker Street stocks Fjällräven parkas, Baggu bags, No.6 clogs, great wool socks and gloves, and the most amazing 100 percent argan oil, which the owner, Nabile Taslimant, gets directly from his family’s village in Morocco.
Photo: Courtesy of Abby Aguirre / @abbyaguirre

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Cycling
There are beautiful roads and some pretty serious climbs all around these parts. If you don’t have a bike you can rent one in town from the excellent Overlook Mountain Bikes, where you can also pick up cycling maps with suggested routes of varying length. Two particularly scenic rides are around Cooper Lake, shown here, or along the Ashokan Reservoir Dam.
Photo: Courtesy of Abby Aguirre / @abbyaguirre

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Cucina
This Italian spot serves delicious pizza and pasta on the wraparound porch of an old farmhouse and is co-owned by Lois Freedman, president of the Jean-Georges empire. Two other Woodstock institutions are The Bear Cafe, which serves hearty mountain fare streamside, and Yum Yum Noodle Bar, whose bibimbap and Korean tacos are addictive.
Photo: Courtesy of Dana McCullough (via Foursquare)

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Tennis
Somewhat counterintuitively, Woodstock is a great tennis destination. There’s the Woodstock Tennis Club, as well as Total Tennis in Saugerties, pictured here, a world-class camp with 20 outdoor courts and a superstar teacher named Ty Dennis.
Photo: Courtesy of Sean Cutick / @sean.cutick

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Midnight Ramble
The concert series in the home studio of late drummer Levon Helm might be the greatest place around to see live music. Shows are less frequent since Levon’s passing in 2012, so check the website regularly for dates.
Photo: Courtesy of Lynn Bossange / @lynnbossange

http://www.vogue.com/2208057/leaving-new-york-city-country-life-woodstock/

 

http://offmetro.com/ny/2014/03/03/things-to-do-in-saugerties-ny/

THE BEST THINGS TO DO IN SAUGERTIES, NY

Opus 40

It’s easy to see why artists have been drawn to Saugerties for generations. This former mill town’s enviable geographic position, nestled in the Catskill Mountains and perched on the Hudson River, is inspirational. The eclectic mix of shops and restaurants combine quaint with a soupçon of chic. Stroll the bluestone slab sidewalks and you’ll quickly understand why Budget Travel named it one of America’s coolest small towns. Urban dwellers in need of an infusion of fresh air have come to the right place. Cycle, hike or enjoy the river on a kayak or sailboat.

The area’s deep-rooted agricultural heritage has meshed with kitchen savvy to make Saugerties a stomping ground for culinary geeks. If that’s not enough to entice you, Jimmy Fallon was raised here and locals couldn’t be prouder or more pleased to chat about their hometown boy. It’s all just two hours from NYC, close enough for a day trip, but with so much to do and fabulous hotel options, you’ll want to stay the night.

The In-Town Experience

Getting a feel for Saugerties means exploring Main and Partition streets. Its mix of highbrow/lowbrow shops and eateries are the big draw. Marky Marks Tattoo is respected for its innovative ink and precise piercings. The Modern Dream sells crafts and fiber arts, all handmade by local artisans. Green presents an array of recycled or sustainable furniture and housewares, a design and eco-conscious apartment dweller’s dream.Inquiring Minds Bookstore has a varied collection, including many Hudson Valley art and history books. Antique shops, thrift stores and art studios further cram the shopping palette. Time your visit right and you’ll be treated to Saugerties’ First Fridays. Stores, galleries and eateries stay open late, with special bargains and yummy refreshments.

The Active Experience

Saugerties The local cycling community has created several scenic bike routes, marked with distinctive green-on-white signage that makes them easy to find and follow. The Historic Village Bike Route is an easy six-mile pedal and a fabulous introduction to the town.

There is a strong movement to preserve Saugerties’ natural legacy, so you will have your choice of paths and trails where the area’s rural characteristics are fully intact. Take the half-mile trail out to theSaugerties Lighthouse. You’ll find a working lighthouse-hotel that can also be toured in season and a dreamy deck that’s the perfect place for a picnic. Time your expedition carefully, as this driftwood-laden stroll along the tidal wetlands is covered with water during high tide.

If the weather is fine, get out on the Hudson in a seaworthy vessel. The Saugerties Marina rents kayaks and Black Swan Sailings charters a 36’ Catalina Sailboat.

The Jimmy Fallon Experience

Make a pilgrimage to see where Jimmy Fallon grew up. Jimmy, who brought ”The Tonight Show” back where it belongs, is revered in Saugerties. Jimmy spent his formative years strolling the Historic District and chowing down at the Village Diner after a tough day of classes at Saugerties High School. Locals each have their own Jimmy story and all end with “He’s so down-to-earth, a really nice guy.” Many shops have creative odes to Jimmy in their windows. The design studio/retail shop Rock Star Rodeo is rumored to be owned by Jimmy’s best bud, so you may spot him as he makes his getaway.

The Digs

Diamond Mills Hotel is located in the heart of the village. Housed on the site of a former mill, it keeps traces of its blue-collar industrial legacy intact, despite a sophisticated level of service that caters to discerning bluebloods. Each of the thirty rooms offer private balcony with majestic views of the Esopus Falls, Saugerties answer to Niagara. If that’s not enough, heated bathroom floors, just-cut flowers at turndown and morning coffee service with fresh cream brought to your room, will satiate the most demanding guest. The Tavern at Diamond Mills serves delicious Hudson Valley cuisine in an inviting space, or dine al fresco on the panoramic terrace. The CIA-trained chef merits a Michelin Star.

If staying at a functioning lighthouse is on your bucket list, reserve well ahead at the Saugerties Lighthouse. This Hudson River landmark is currently a popular bed and breakfast, with two private bedrooms and a shared bath. A bountiful morning meal is included with your stay.

The Eats

The Saugerties food scene eschews big-scale agriculture in favor of small farms. This ethos is reflected on many local menus.

Miss Lucy’s Kitchen is as loved for its relaxed atmosphere, anchored by a collection of homespun aprons, as it is for its down-home cooking. The menu changes daily to reflect the market’s freshest provisions. Lunch and brunch treats may include sandwiches made with house-smoked pastrami and eggs Benedict made with locally sourced eggs generously drizzled with a knockout Hollandaise sauce.

In a region where farmers markets are a wonderland of edible delights, the Saugerties seasonal Saturday market stands tall. Foodies who crisscross the Hudson Valley on a zealous mission for the hyper-fresh give the market high accolades.

The Sweets

Saugerties things to do Saugerties was doubly blessed by the sugar fairy with not one but two award winning chocolate shops. Purists head to Krause’s Chocolates, owned and operated by the same family of confectioners for three generations. All-American, hand-dipped classics include sea salt caramels, peanut butter cream and almond bark.

Lucky Chocolates uses Fair Trade ingredients to make dark, milk and white treats. They have a tantalizing selection of vegan chocolates sweetened with maple and agave syrups. The omnipresent owner is deeply committed to using the best organic, fresh and local ingredients. The truffles are showstoppers, especially when flavored with concentrated purees of pomegranate and mint.

The Drinks

The Dutch Ale House serves their own micro-brewed beer on tap, along with a curated selection of fifteen craft beers. Breweries like Ommegang and Newburgh are popular New York State stalwarts. The vibe is pure local, but they relish the infusion of friendly, beer loving strangers. Bring your non-liquid appetite, because the burgers here are some of the best in the Northeast. The bacon, egg and cheese variety enjoys a cult-like following, thanks to its base of Angus beef and a Feather Ridge Farm fried egg sitting squarely on top.

The Secret Local Tip

Sculptor Harvey Fite’s Opus 40 is an abandoned bluestone quarry transformed into a mind-blowing work of environmental art. The six-acre visionary sculpture park blends artistry and landscape in a totally unique manner. Millions of pieces of indigenous bluestone, laid by hand, craft a labyrinthine world of finely fitted stone, swirling with ramps and terraces constructed around pools, trees and fountains. It is located just outside of town, an easy bike ride from Main Street. Open Memorial Day-Columbus Day, Thursday-Sunday, weather permitting.

The Directions

Adirondack Trailways goes directly from Port Authority to Saugerties. If you’re staying at the Diamond Mills, they offer complimentary pick-up from the Amtrak station in Rhinecliff.

For more information on planning your visit, go to Discover Saugerties and Ulster County Alive.

Photos: Allison Tibaldi, 

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