Take a Mini Break: A Quick Hit List for Hudson Valley, New York

by Jeralyn Gerba
Gather 'round the fire at Graham & Co. Photo: Poul Ober

HUDSON VALLEY — What do we want: Summer! When do we want it: Now! Plan your weekend accordingly.

Graham & Co


The Graham & Co. 
80 Rt. 214, Phoenicia; +1-845-688-7871
This picturesque new lodge has all the trappings of an upstate dreamscape: handmade wood furniture, a spring-fed swimming pool, bonfires and beers at night. The New York Trailways bus drops you off right down the street. 


Montgomery Place Orchards 
At the intersection of Rt. 9G and Rt. 199, Red Hook; +1-845-758-6338
You can’t call it a country weekend without a trip to the farm for locally grown strawberries, cherries, raspberries, and corn, plus fresh pasta, jams, and vinegars. A stone’s throw away is Bubby’s Burritos, an adorable little trailer in front of Hardeman’s Orchard.

Scandinavian Grace


Scandinavian Grace Butik and Kafe 
2866 State Rt. 28, Shokan; +1-845-657-2759
Pair your afternoon coffee with Swedish pastry and Danish teak. Make room in the trunk for Scandi groceries and a modern bird house. 


Tubing the Esopus 
Via Town Tinker, 10 Bridge St., Phoenicia; +1-845-688-5553
Tubing is a big summer pastime in this little Catskills hamlet. Do like the locals do: Pick up one tube for you, and one tube for your frosty beverages. Float both down the river.

Phoenicia Diner


Sweet Sue’s
49 Main St., Phoenicia; +1-845-688-7852
The classic mom-n-pop for monster pancakes, huevos rancheros, and local yocals.

Phoenicia Diner
5681 Rt. 28, Phoenicia; +1-845-688-9957
Choose from a well-appointed menu of skillets, sandwiches, and salads — with a dollop of Brooklyn on the side.

717 Warren St., Hudson; +1-518-822-9323 
Get ready for hyper-local grass-fed burgers (the owners run an angus farm), homemade sodas, and hand-cut fries.

Storm King Art Center


Storm King Art Center 
1 Museum Rd., New Windsor; +1-845-534-3115
On your way back to NYC, pack a picnic and plan to ramble through this gorgeous outdoor museum. Five-hundred acres of landscaped hills and quiet woods lead to huge clearings with larger-than-life-size installations from sculptural giants like Alexander Calder, Richard Serra, and Maya Lin.


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Inset photos (from top left): Poul Ober for Graham & Co.; courtesy of Scandinavian Grace; courtesy of Phoenicia Diner; photo of Storm King by Jeralyn Gerba.

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