Visit the Hudson Valley and Taste the Richness of the Region
Looking for a tavern in a quaint town? Try Gaskins in Germantown. Started by Nick and Sarah Suarez, Gaskins serves up a wholesome menu informed by available ingredients from nearby farms. Dishes include wood-roasted eggplant, house-made pappardelle, and pork chops spiced cream fraiche. Another famed establishment is Peekamoose Restaurant in Big Indian. This farm-to-table restaurant and tavern boasts an ever-changing menu that updates daily. The restaurant, set among the Catskill Mountains, has a cult following, killer cocktails, and a nightly bonfire.
If the city is more your speed, try C.H. Evans Brewing Company at the Albany Pump Station. Located in the building where the original water pumping station for the Albany Water Works was, C. H. Evans Brewing Company is Albany’s premier location for food and handcrafted beer! With up to 12 in-house brews to choose from, The Pump Station is sure to have something for every beer lover.
Another popular Hudson Valley brew house in a historic building is Crossroads Brewing Company in Athens. Grab a microbrew and relax in the former Brooks Opera House in Athens. Crossroads’ award-winning ales are served with fresh, locally sourced fare in a casual, friendly setting.
Our most terribly kept secrets are the restaurant experiences available at the Culinary Institute of America, the world’s premier culinary college. Reserve a table at any of the Hyde Park campus’s four award-winning restaurants and dine in a real world, live-action classroom. Try the Tavern at American Bounty for casual lunch or dinner fare, where students and faculty utilize fresh, local ingredients to create modern American dishes. Enjoy a pint from the Brewery at The CIA, created as a partnership between Brooklyn Brewery and the college, which produces its own beer.
For a full farm-to-table experience, check out Blooming Hill Farm in Monroe. Blooming Hill is renowned for its unaltered and eclectic products available for purchase on-site, and for supplying fresh ingredients to some of the best restaurants in New York City. Enjoy organic vegetables from the farm stand, grab brunch at the café, and enjoy sourdough pizza, baked pancakes, and more!
To cleanse your palate with bright spirits, visit Neversink Spirits Distillery located in downtown Port Chester. Founded by Noah Braunstein and Yoni Rabino, two long-time friends with a passion for the finer things in life, Neversink makes craft fruit eaux-de-vie, apple brandies, delightful gin, and aged bourbon whiskey in a barrel-packed distillery.
For a little winter flavor why not head to Defiant Brewery in Pearl River to taste their Abominable Snowbeer. This winter seasonal is a tasty Belgian double witbier with a nice character of citrus, banana, and a little spice on the finish. Perfect for when you have successfully outrun the infamous winter beast. Come taste this flavor at their beer festival, The Abominable Snowfest, on Saturday January 25. Admission includes all you can eat BBQ specials, live music, custom tasting glass and much more.
Wherever you travel in the Hudson Valley, the bountiful abundance of the region greets you. Discover the rich culinary offerings, incredible scenery, and historic attractions of the Hudson Valley any time of year. Find more at www.travelhudsonvalley.com.