Out and About in the Hudson Valley, from Skiing to Shopping

Rustic Wrapped Christmas Present sitting on tableI could say the Hudson Valley is a mecca of things to do during the holidays, but I wouldn’t be doing it justice, because it’s a mecca all year around. The holidays add in a zip to the air topped with a pristine white layer of snow like frosting on one of our delicious innkeeper’s cupcakes.

Every year the Hudson Valley offers more events, more fairs, more specialty food companies and farmers markets, more farm to table restaurants and more cultural activities in addition to the wealth of historic venues, cuisines and dining from a huge variety of cultures and wealth of small businesses that cater both to tourist and local alike it already has.

For those coming to the area to ski, here are some of the places in the Hudson Valley to find some snow fun! Whether you are a die-hard powder hound, a X-Cross Country ski fanatic, snowshoer or boarder, the Valley offers something for everyone.

Belleayre Mountian, Highmount, NY
Burger Hill “Scenic Hudson Valley”. Rhinebeck, NY 
Catamount, Hillsdale, NY 
Clarence Fahnstock State Park, Caramel, NY 
Holiday Mountain, Monticello, NY 
Hunter Mountain, Hunter, NY 
James Baird State Park, Pleasant Valley, NY 
Minnewaska State Park, Kerhonkson, NY 
Mount Beacon, Fishkill, NY 
Mountain Trails Cross Country Ski and Snowshoe Center, Tannersville, NY 
Mount Peter, Warwic, NY 
Ogden Mills & Ruth Livingston Mills State Park. Old Post Rd., Staatsburg, NY 
Plattekill, Roxbury, NY 
Sawkill Family Ski Center, Kingston, NY h
Thunder Ridge, Patterson, NY 
Windham Mountain, Windham, NY Cross Country Skiers

Looking to relax a little bit more on your vacation and go browse local art and craft fairs or attend some cultural events instead of hitting the slopes? The Hudson Valley offers up a wide selection of events of all varieties. Here a just a few of the many events going on this holiday season.

December 1
Music, plays, story tellings, dance performances and a merry go-round are just some of the fun throughout the day-long festival. http://www.sinterklaashudsonvalley.com/

December 1 to 2
Unison 22nd Annual Holiday Crafts Fair, New Paltz, NY
Handmade crafts such as ceramics, children’s clothing, woodwork, leatherwork, jewelry, and blown glass. https://www.unisonarts.org/

Now through January 1
Sussin Family Christmas Light Show, Saugerties, NY
A walkthrough display for people of all ages. Every night from 5-10pm weather permitting. https://www.facebook.com/SussinLightshow/

Now through December 31st
Holiday Events at Wilderstein
Wilderstein in Rhinebeck will host its winter house tours from 1 to 4 pm on weekends until the end of December. Drink and eat in Victorian style at the annual Yuletide Tea on December 8 at 1 pm. http://wilderstein.org

December 16
Holiday Craft Fair. Mid-Hudson Civic Center, 14 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie, NY
Artists, crafters and local food products! http://www.midhudsonciviccenter.org/

For more local events visit Hudson Valley One and Hudson Valley Magazine.

We have such a variety of small local business and artisans and crafters, that trying to list all of them would make this post literally hundreds of pages long, so instead we have cherry picked some of our favorite local places to go for the holidays to find gifts for friends and family. Many of these stores and retail shops have been around for a very long time and their owners are just as much a part of the Hudson Valley’s History as the stores themselves.

The Gilded Carriage
95 Tinker Street, Woodstock NY
The Gilded Carriage has been around for over 50 years, with a huge assortment of plates, housewares, gift items, garden decor, candles, unique toys and much much more. They also carry coffees and chocolates. This store has something for everyone, but it is truly a cooks paradise.

Bimi’s Cheese Shop
21 Main St, Chatham, NY
Bimi’s Cheese Shop offers a carefully curated selection of cheeses and provisions from the US and the Hudson Valley region, and from around the world. Cheese and other provisions to compliment every foodies craving can be found here,

2 Note
255 Warren St, Hudson, NY
A small artisan perfumery. Products are hand crafted in small batches, and offered online and at the shop. Botanical perfumes and natural products for body, bath & home.

Bop to Tottom (For the Ladies)
334 Wall St, Kingston, New York
A fun store with the latest in fashion accessories, lighting, gifts, and jewelry. As they like to put it “Necessities, frivolities & embellishments for everyday life.”

Blue-Byrds Haberdashery & Music (for the Gentlemen and the Ladies who like hats)
320 Wall St, Kingston, NY
Blue-Byrds Haberdashery & Music has been around since 1992, and has one of the best curated collection of blues music on CD and DVD in the region. It also has a lovely selection for hat wear for men and for women.

Clove Kitchen Market
7 E Market St, Red Hook, NY
A home and kitchen market shop with a lot of gift items and ideas. Many coffee selections to choose from and an array of delicious spices and gadgets for the kitchen lover.

Oblong Books & Music
6422 Montgomery St Suite 6, Rhinebeck, NY (also in Millerton, NY)
Oblong Books & Music was founded in 1975, and is one (and among the few remaining book stores in the region) of the largest independent booksellers in the Mid-Hudson Valley. Books for all ages including bargain books and toys for children, and an extremely friendly and knowledgeable staff, it’s the place to shop for those friends and family who are hard to find gifts for.

Smoke House of the Catskills (Woodstock/Saugerties Line)
724 NY-212, Saugerties, NY
This was known for many years as Veterans Pork Store, a German butcher and gourmet shop, this is the go to place for fine meat products and an assortment of German specialties. Their double smoked bacon is absolutely delicious, and it’s one of the few places on the East Coast where you can find some unique sausages like Pinkelwurst. Visiting relatives for the holidays? Stop here and bring them a lovely roast for dinner or some smoked back bacon, we guarantee it will be appreciated.

Wardell Studio
28 Russell Street, Saugerties, NY
Handmade mugs, including custom mugs with logos, spirit houses, enameled jewelry, and a variety of clay and copper items at this wonderful gallery.

Crafts People
262 Spillway Rd, West Hurley, NY 12491
Crafts People has the largest collection of fine crafts in the Hudson Valley. The over 500 craftspeople who have items on display have been selected for the shop are among the finest artisans in the United States. Crafts People is housed in four buildings (6000 sq. ft of retail space) with pottery in one building, jewelry and wood crafts in another, blown glass and other fine arts are in the other buildings. A must stop for Christmas Shopping!

Don’t forget to ask your innkeeper when you are staying at one of our member inns, what their favorite place is to shop for the holidays. Tap into the wealth of information that they have, for eating, for drinking, for shopping, for outdoor activities and much much more. Our innkeepers are your concierges for the Hudson Valley Region.

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