Shop & Dine

A handful of my favorite places, updated as mentioned in the blog & event calendar




A Hudson Valley destination for distinctive modern design, homewares, furnishings, tableware, textiles, fine art and wedding registry services.

Cold Spring Apothecary

A Hudson Valley-based health and beauty company with a strong commitment to luxury. Try the lavender & white tea candle to achieve the scent of a high-end hotel at home.

Cold Spring General Store

Focused on on handmade, American goods that have a story and a true soul behind them. My favorite place to look for statement throw blankets and unconventional room scents.

Consider The Cook

Essentials for the kitchen and accents for the home, On the Green in Bedford

Crown Maple

Setting the standard for maple in quality, purity and taste through singular, certified-organic maple products.

Harvest Moon Farm and Orchard

Offering their own farm products plus a variety of gifts, including Hardscrabble Cider.

The Horse Connection in Bedford Village

Tack, apparel, outerwear and home goods - their motto is "the best service, and the best price". Located in a charming antique building - once home to the nation's first A&P - on Bedford Green.

Kent Coffee & Chocolate Company

Small batch roasted coffee, fine chocolates and truffles - everything the name promises.

Millbrook Winery

Set on a hilltop overlooking Millbrook's stunning countryside, the Hudson Valley's flagship winery is well-worth the excursion. I particularly like their crisp whites - the Lollipop Hill Tocai Friulano and the Block Two West Chardonnay.

Moo Moo's Creamery

There's no sweeter reward after a day of antiquing or a hike up Bull Hill - take your cone to go and enjoy it while looking over the Hudson River, a few steps from their door.

North Winds Lavender Farm

A full line of products showcasing lavender grown on their Harlem Valley farm, sold in the heart of Pawling.

Privet House

An emporium of home goods, antiques and curiosities, in the delightful small village of New Preston.

Salinger's Orchard

All things apple including gift boxes and baked goods and my favorite, apple butter - owned by the same family for over 100 years.

Stormville Airport Flea Market

You'll find me here a few times every season, usually with an armful of old books and heaping portion frickles. No two trips are ever the same, and whatever your interest you'll have the chance to feel like an American picker.

Taconic Distillery

Hand-crafted, small-batch, award winning spirits - if the strong stuff isn't for you, try the maple syrup.


121 Restaurant

Globally inspired dishes starring local and seasonal ingredients from Hudson Valley farmers and purveyors. Try to catch a table by the fireplace, or enjoy some wood fired oysters by the bar during happy hour.

Arethusa Farm

Featuring a dairy bar, bakery and farm to table restaurant, the Bantam offerings from the Arethusa team are crafted to highlight the milk from their prized herd of Litchfield County dairy cattle.

Clock Tower Grill

Committed to serving and sourcing as many local – sustainable – organic & GMO free ingredients as possible, Clock Tower Grill is committed to providing a top quality dining experience while participating actively in the community. 

Culinary Institute of America

Being one of the nation's foremost culinary institutions, there are a lot of ways to eat here. My favorite is while attending one of their weekend classes - "Sauces" was incredibly helpful - but if you prefer not to pick up a whisk yourself, try one or several of their excellent on-campus restaurants.


This farm-to-table restaurant features a seasonally-changing menu which reflects Chef Peter Milano's eclectic background. Creative cocktails and an impressive wine list, with thoughtful pairing recommendations. 

G. E. Brown

Fine food and provisions to take away. A great solution for weeknight dinners or creative, nutritious lunches - with excellent coffee and baked goods, too.


Offering seasonal New American cuisine with a menu of signature dishes and specials designed to please every palate. If you don't have time for a sit-down meal, try J.P. Gifford a few doors down - the pear and brie sandwich is spectacular.


Hayfields is a locally owned and operated “destination location” for the neighborhood, and surrounding area, of North Salem, N.Y. They specialize in gardening, fresh produce, dry goods, high-quality baked goods, small bites and delicious coffee and smoothies.

Nine Main

As someone who regularly eats in the car, I prize an excellent sandwich - but it would be a shame to take Nine Main's fresh, thoughtful food to go. Nestled amongst New Preston's delightful shops, it's the perfect place to recharge on a day of antiquing (or house hunting).

Purdy's Farmer and the Fish

Farmer & the Fish is about providing a community-oriented restaurant where people can meet and enjoy reasonably priced, locally grown food and high quality seafood.  Three quarters of the vegetables and herbs they use are grown on site at their own farm.

Red Rooster

Leave your diet behind and enjoy a lavishly fried snack washed down with a milkshake, in a charmingly nostalgic setting.


This farm-inspired restaurant features whole farm cuisine and the agricultural richness of the Hudson Valley.  Ask for a table near the window for an unforgettable waterfall view, or stop by their terrace in fair weather.

The Wandering Moose

Cozy and unpretentious, The Wandering Moose is exactly what I think of when I imagine a relaxing brunch in the country.  Perfectly inviting on cold days, and a stone's throw from West Cornwall's covered bridge.