What’s Hot in the Hudson Valley this Winter

Dutchess Winter Troutbeck

Curious about what’s happening in the Hudson Valley these days? We’ve assembled a list of super cool spots for you to check out. From luxury spas to decadent chocolates to winning whiskeys—these suggestions are sure to warm your soul and bring you cheer!

1. The Vale Fox Distillery | Dutchess County

This gem opened its tasting room in Poughkeepsie this past summer. Located on a 120-acre farm, the craft beverage producer makes vibrant dry gins—and soon, a single-malt whiskey. In addition, they teamed up with Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Hilarie Burton to feature their MF Libations Bonfire Rye and Blackberry Gin. Visit for tastings and tours.

2. Hudson House Distillery | Ulster County

Built in the 1850s, The Hudson House Distillery consists of a Parlor, Living Room, Library, and Bar all adjacent to one of the largest decks that overlooks the spectacular Hudson River. Enjoy in-house hand-crafted spirits, as well as a seasonal food and cocktail menu curated with locally sourced ingredients to insure a true Hudson Valley experience.

3. 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. Find a spot in a candle-lit corner by the hand-carved fireplace, a seat at the captivating bar or venture out onto the patio. The menu offers an enticing selection of craft cocktails, wines, and local beers alongside a tempting variety of savory plates.

4. The Aviary Kinderhook | Columbia County

This intriguing venue features Dutch and Indonesian-influenced dishes that highlight produce from the Hudson Valley. Expect to find surprising delights like Vale Catskills Miss Hong Napa Cabbage and Tivoli Oyster Mushroom Rendang on the seasonal menu. Open for dinner Thursday through Saturday 5:30-9:30pm.

5. Catskill Chocolate Co. | Greene County

Prepare to be utterly indulged. Located in Catskill, NY, this super satisfying sweet shop serves up seductive handmade chocolates, expresso, pastries, and gelato—all made with the finest ingredients, of course.

6. Glenmere Mansion Spa | Orange County

Treat yourself to a splendid respite from today’s frenetic world in sumptuous surroundings that reflect the opulence of the Gilded Age. Indulge every sense with bespoke services collected from around the globe. The finest products, ancient healing traditions, and modern techniques come together to offer what may be the perfect spa experience. Each ritual includes pre-or-post-treatment tapas and a selection of organic teas, juices, or water infusions in the Relaxation Library.

7. Troutbeck | Dutchess County

This enchanting retreat boasts an impressive history—once hosting Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Langston Hughes, and Samuel Clemens. Today you’ll find a wonderful mix of vintage and mid-century modern design, a Michelin-starred chef, tennis courts at the base of Oblong Mountain, an outdoor heated pool, curated walking trails, and a rejuvenating wellness center.

8. New Concord Bed & Breakfast | Columbia County

Enjoy a luxury getaway to scenic Columbia County. Minutes from the cultural attractions of the Berkshires, historic sites, antiquing treasures and chic shops of Chatham and Hudson, NY—this beautiful property offers enduring elegance with today’s modern comforts. Each guest room has unique furnishings and private en-suite bathroom. Wake up to a delicious full breakfast with locally sourced ingredients.

9. Winter Clove Inn | Greene County

Located on over 300 private acres, directly bordering Catskill Wilderness Park—Winter Clove Inn provides a picturesque place for family getaways, reunions and more. Offering a variety of activities and amenities, this inclusive family resort serves up relaxing dream days on the expansive front porch, invigorating hiking in the enchanting Catskill Mountains and everything in between.

Dutchess County Vale Fox Distillery

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