13 Ways to Eat, Drink and Be Merry—a la the Hudson Valley!

Establishments like the renowned Culinary Institute in Hyde Park, along with the bounty of local produce, put the Hudson Valley onto foodies’ radars a long time ago. So, it’s no surprise that the gastronomic scene here has continued to thrive. Cheers to these 13 venues that are definitely worth your attention!

1. Bear Mountain Inn Oktoberfest 2022 | Rockland County

Get ready for the most fun you can have with your Lederhosen on…celebrating Oktoberfest this year for the first time since 2019, Saturdays and Sundays during the month of October! Come out and enjoy beer, delicious food, live music, and fun activities for all ages. For tickets, click here. Weekends in October: Oct. 1-2, 8-10, 15-16, & 22-23 from 12-5pm

2. Bricktown Bierhaus | Rockland County

Visit Rockland County’s Newest Microbrewery. Just in time for Oktoberfest—Stony Point Brewing Company's new tap room! Stop by and enjoy an ice-cold craft beer, the Outdoor Biergarten and Oktoberfest-inspired menu! Live music! Open Thursday to Sunday. 69 East Railroad Avenue, Haverstraw, NY. Phone: 845-947-8071.

3. Hops on the Hudson Modern Makers Markets | Putnam County

50+ Artisans, Artists, Local Musicians, and Local Food Trucks and more!
October 8th at St. Mary’s Church in Cold Spring, NY.

4. Shady Knoll Orchards and Distillery | Dutchess County

Sip terroir-driven spirits surrounded by horse farms and verdant hills at Shady Knoll Orchards and Distillery in Millbrook, NY. Enjoy brandy, pommeau, whiskey and other award-winning artisanal beverages from apples grown onsite. Make an appointment for your visit, as the Dutchess Tourism Taste Finder unlocks both a guided tasting and a family farm distillery tour.

4. The Academy | Dutchess County

The Academy is a new food hall and event space in the heart of the city of Poughkeepsie, NY where various food stalls serve delicious Asian fusion, southern-style BBQ, fresh vegetarian cuisine, baked delights and so much more. Plus, their expansive American bistro offers endless options for lunch and dinner, as well as an array of local beers and cocktails.

4. Cooper’s Daughter Spirits at Olde York Farm | Columbia County  

Located in a former carriage house along the Claverack Creek just 10 minutes from the city of Hudson, NY— this distillery and cooperage uses local grain, fruit, botanicals, and tree syrups as the foundation for its seasonal batch spirits. Handmade barrels are used to age bourbon and whiskey. On weekends, enjoy drinks and food truck fare in the Cocktail Garden!

5. The Maker Lounge | Columbia County

Tucked away inside a restored 19th century carriage house with leather clad walls and grand ceilings, The Lounge transports its guests to another world. Settle into a candle-lit corner by the hand-carved fireplace, a seat at the captivating bar, or relish the evening out on the patio. The menu offers an enticing selection of craft cocktails, wines, and local beers alongside a tempting menu of savory plates. 302 Warren Street, Hudson, NY.

6. Palaia Winery | Orange County

Located in Highland Mills, NY, the heart of New York’s Hudson Valley, and housed in a 200-year-old barn—Palaia’s live music sets the vibe every weekend while their selection of local wines, craft beers, hard cider and local spirits and food keep you satisfied. Special Vineyard/Winery Tours available by reservation. Check website for events and hours. A great place to get your groove on!

7. Stagecoach Inn | Orange County

Discover all the charm of this five-room guest house and intimate event venue in Goshen, NY featuring historic ambiance coupled with modern amenities. Enjoy elegant, yet casual dining showcasing seasonal and local ingredients in dishes like Bacon Wrapped Scallops and Ricotta Gnudi!

8. Tanners Boathouse | Greene County

Enjoy Lobster Rolls, Smash Burgers, Crispy Calamari, New England Clam Chowder, and more at this cool venue in Tannersville, NY. Tanners Boathouse features a rotating selection of local craft beers, wines and a full spirit selection.

9. See & Be Kitchen | Greene County

Visit this inspiring place in Cairo, NY to enjoy Farm-to-Table cooking with a veg-forward focus—featuring Ben's Bread and Chrissy's creative dishes! After working at hotspots in NYC, the chefs decided to pour their passion into creating a direct daily connection with their food and nature at See & Be Kitchen, sourcing local ingredients like locally milled flours, butter, milk, fruits, vegetables and giving back to their community. Open Wednesday-Saturday 10am-2pm.

10. Good Night at Rock City Road | Ulster County

From the family that brought you Silvia, a new sister is born--an ode to all who celebrate the family meal and the act of sharing. Good Night offers an array of globally inspired, vibrant dishes based around South East Asian cuisine with a modern twist. The venue is designed for comfort with a nod to romance and most importantly, joy. Whether an intimate meal for two or a gathering of 20 or more, you can be sure that yours will be a Good Night. Phone: 845-684-7373.

11. The Hudson House & Distillery | Ulster County

For a truly unique experience, check out this craft distillery in the cellar of a former monastery, event space and soon-to-be-boutique hotel located in the heart of the Hudson Valley. Situated on an iconic 27-acre waterfront property enabling both land and water access, The Hudson House is home to a one-of-a-kind farm distillery producing ultra-premium, limited batch spirits. Phone: 845-834-6007.

Why not make it easy on yourself? After a fun night out, check into a luxurious nearby hotel! For a few ideas, check out this list.

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