The Best of the Hudson Valley

The picturesque New York region brims with singular shops, innovative cuisine and cultural landmarks.

John Gruen/Courtesy of Hammertown Barn
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Hammertown Barn, Pine Plains

What began as a horse barn is now a destination for serious shoppers and casual browsers. Hammertown (3201 Rte. 199; 518-398-7075; features owner Joan Osofsky’s well-thought-out selection of country-themed jewelry, furniture, housewares and gifts. While in the area, head to nearby bucolic Ancramdale and stock up on grass-fed meat and poultry at Herondale Farm (90 Wiltsie Bridge Rd.; 518-329-3769; and sample chef Job Yacubian’s farm-to-table fare (fried chicken and pulled pork!) at the Farmer’s Wife (3 County Rt. 8; 518-329-5431;