AFTER LIVING IN Brooklyn for nearly a decade, I had the misconception that I had to be in the city to access the gluttonous pleasures that initially drew me in. Every time I took off a weekend from tending bar at King Mother, packed up the car, and drove to the Hudson Valley, I felt like a resistant tourist. If I wasn’t working, my weekends were meant for indulging, and it made zero sense to me that I’d leave the city for that. So, as you can imagine, it was downright preposterous to me when my husband suggested we move here.
I was naive not to understand the vast range of well-regarded restaurants in the Hudson Valley at the time, or that so much of what I was eating and drinking in the city had been grown or made upstate. We began to spend more time here, and I softened to the idea of moving. Cautiously beginning our house hunt, it became clear that moving here could mean having a little bit of it all. With each listing I came across, I started scouting the town for local gems. I was surprised to build a hefty list of restaurants, bakeries, wineries, breweries, and cider bars that pushed me toward what I knew was right for my family (and my stomach).
We eventually purchased a full-time home up here that we love and have found some Hudson Valley staples we now couldn’t imagine our lives without. So whether you’re a Hudson Valley resident or just looking for an escape from the city, the guide below encompasses all of my favorites, plus a handful of suggestions from the rest of the well-traveled team here at Departures.
Where to Eat
Good NightSoutheast Asian cuisine.
Ollie’s PizzaWood-fired pizza with a twist.
Kingston Bread + BarNaturally leavened bread and more.
InnessDiverse Mediterranean cuisine.
Talbott & ArdingFarm-to-table prepared foods.
Rabble RiseHandmade doughnuts.
Mama RouxDate-night spot.
Where to Drink
Hudson Valley BreweryUnique, coveted beers.
Brunette Wine BarLight bites and experimental wines.
Suarez Family BreweryConscious family brewing.
Westwind OrchardA love letter to the Hudson Valley.
Rough Cut BrewingSolid brewery with gluten-free eats.
Arrowood FarmsSustainable brewery and distillery.
Hailey Andresen Writer
Hailey Andresen is an audience development strategist at Departures. A New York–based writer and editor, she founded the digital lifestyle publication Household Mag and has spent more than a decade in the hospitality industry.
Alexandra Brodsky Photographer
Alex Brodsky is a photographer and filmmaker whose films have screened at venues such as New Directors/New Films, the Los Angeles Film Festival, and the Nantucket Film Festival, among others. Her film "Bittersweet Place" premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, garnering a special jury commendation. She is a founding partner, along with Mary Stuart Masterson and Cassandra Del Viscio, of Quality Pictures, a production company dedicated to social impact, located in the Hudson Valley.